CAIR Leader Runs for New York City Council


Zead Ramadan, board president of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is eyeing a bigger platform from which to promote his Islamist agenda: a seat on the New York City Council. If he prevails, the city that endured 9/11 will count among its lawmakers a senior official in an organization linked to the financing of terrorists and intent on frustrating law enforcement efforts to foil the next jihad plot.

A Democrat and member of Community Board 12, one of 59 local representative bodies serving neighborhoods across New York, Ramadan has formally announced his candidacy to succeed the term-limited Robert Jackson in northern Manhattan’s District 7. He has gotten off to a quick start in fundraising and an even quicker start in playing the victim card, no doubt hoping to preempt criticism of his association with CAIR. “Ready 2 get attacked 4 my faith but I am not first or last,” Ramadan tweeted on January 13.

The opening salvo was a January 2 article by Azi Paybarah, published at CapitalNewYork.com. Relaying Ramadan’s description of himself as a “lightning rod,” the piece explains that he “has been a frequent target of local anti-Muslim commentators, and several times during the interview Ramadan predicted opponents of CAIR would turn their attention to his campaign,” because “CAIR has been a frequent target of Republicans and conservatives, who accuse it of being tolerant of terrorism, or worse.” Paybarah’s follow-up report states that “CAIR, a civil-rights group, says it exists in part as an antidote to radicalism, and condemns terrorism and religious violence.” A more thorough journalist would have mentioned that “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists,” in the words of federal prosecutors; that CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), whose leaders were convicted of funneling money to Hamas; that a federal judge, citing “ample evidence” of CAIR’s ties to HLF and Hamas, upheld the designation; and that the FBI ended outreach activities with CAIR as a result. Of course, these inconvenient facts might have ruined the witch-hunt narrative.

Paybarah emphasizes the Arab-Israeli conflict and the “politics in staunchly pro-Israel New York,” assuring readers that Ramadan “said he wanted to avoid using his Council campaign to refocus the dialogue in New York on Middle East foreign affairs” and would not prioritize such issues if elected. “I can’t affect the Middle East problem,” Ramadan told him. “I’m not condemning anything, OK? You want me to condemn one side or the other in a one thousand, two thousand-year dispute, what are you, insane?”

This is not the only time that Ramadan has passed on an opportunity to denounce Hamas. “Sir, do you consider Hamas a terrorist organization?” asked an Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) reporter at a press conference in 2011. After trying to change the subject to anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller, Ramadan offered nothing but bromides: “Islam, myself, and I think all people of conscience are opposed to all terrorism in all of its forms against all the people of the world. Anyone who is innocent that is killed, it’s not the way of the Islamic people or people of conscience or people who stand for liberty and justice. Thank you very much.” His evasiveness is consistent with CAIR’s long history of refusing to censure Hamas by name. Further illuminating his sympathies, an IPT article reveals that “Ramadan contributed $1,000 to Viva Palestina, an organization led by noted anti-Semite George Galloway, that supports Hamas financially and politically, in 2010.”

Though reticent to rebuke Hamas, Ramadan has no shortage of harsh words about life in the U.S. and sometimes disseminates them on Iranian-controlled Press TV, just as other CAIR figures have done. Ramadan employed the following hyperbolic analogy to peddle the Muslims-under-assault meme on the channel last year: “In Nazi Germany, they targeted the minority, the Jewish minority, and unfortunately it went from only philosophy to rhetoric to action. And that’s not where we want to go in America. I don’t think we’ll ever get there, but I don’t think we should allow the road to continue to be built towards that direction, because the comments that are being made against Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were made against Jews by Nazis.” During an earlier Press TV appearance, he painted Congressman Peter King’s hearings on Muslim radicalization as “an attempt to demonize the Islamic faith” and downplayed the danger of Islamic terrorism, suggesting that Jews are as great a terrorist threat as Muslims. He sparred with King on NBC in 2010, likening resistance to the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero to the internment of the Japanese, segregation, and slavery.

Ramadan has toed the CAIR party line on the New York Police Department’s surveillance program to identify potentially violent radicals, calling it “f—ked up” for “basically equating Muslim with terrorism, which is outrageous.” He previously chided the department for its use of The Third Jihad, a documentary that exposes Islamism in America and is narrated by reformist Muslim Zuhdi Jasser. According to a 2011 CAIR news release, “Ramadan compared The Third Jihad to past propaganda such as the Nazi-era film Triumph of the Will or Birth of a Nation, which vilified African-Americans.” As CAIR was protesting Jasser’s appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last spring, Ramadan penned a Facebook post smearing him as an “extremist” and asking, “Are David Duke and Pamela Geller on this panel too?”

Ramadan and CAIR-NY also participate in the Islamist pushback against vital FBI sting operations to nab budding terrorists. The aforementioned press conference at which Ramadan ducked the Hamas query was arranged by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Additionally, CAIR-NY co-hosted an event with the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism at Columbia Law School on January 31. Attorney General Eric Holder criticized such rhetoric before a Muslim audience in 2010: “Those who characterize the FBI’s activities in this case as ‘entrapment’ simply do not have their facts straight — or do not have a full understanding of the law.”

Finally, Ramadan has overseen one of CAIR’s more radical branches. A CAIR-NY Facebook entry from February 2012 “urges everyone to come out and support Dr. Aafia Siddiqui by attending her appeal for an unjust 86 yr jail sentence”; Siddiqui, a suspected al-Qaeda facilitator, was found guilty of trying to murder U.S. personnel in Afghanistan. Ramadan’s CAIR-NY colleague Cyrus McGoldrick infamously tweeted pro-Hamas messages, advocated the destruction of anti-jihad ads, and promised that “we’ll blast” police informants, whom he branded as “snitches”; he recently left the group, perhaps due to bad publicity. Furthermore, CAIR-NY board member Lamis Deek has warned Muslims of an “NYPD-CIA-Israeli alliance” out to get them and, upon the election of Islamist Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt, praised the supposed liberation from America’s “proxy-imperialist (colonialist) wrath.”

Notable on its own, Ramadan’s campaign also highlights the trend of American Muslims with Islamist track records seeking elected office. For instance, Esam Omeish, a former president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), described by federal prosecutors as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” pursued a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates four years ago, but he finished third in the Democratic primary. Minnesota’s Keith Ellison has been more successful. A Democratic congressman since 2007, he regularly collaborates with CAIR and similar groups; saw parallels between 9/11 and Hitler’s Reichstag fire; savaged Jasser on Capitol Hill in 2009, effectively calling him an Uncle Tom who “give[s] people license for bigotry”; and enjoyed a pilgrimage to Mecca funded by MAS. Despite this, Ellison defeated his challenger by nearly 50 points in 2012.

Though Islamists who enter the halls of power through the back door have drawn most of the headlines of late — particularly the many unelected Muslims with alarming histories currently populating the Obama administration — one must not forget to keep an eye on the front door as well. Will Zead Ramadan be the next to walk in, securing a New York City Council seat that would provide a vehicle for shaping key issues, from police counterterrorism programs to religious accommodations in public institutions, and bestow unearned legitimacy on CAIR itself?

The decision will rest with the voters of District 7. They deserve to be given the facts about Ramadan and CAIR — to offset the steady diet of puff pieces and sob stories — before making it.

David J. Rusin is a research fellow at Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Oh dear, am I shocked? Not! But this did not happen in a vacuum – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/05/u-s-movie-mak
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/22/first-amendme

    IF New Yorkers (my hometown) have any semblance of sense left, they will understand that CAIR IS the propaganda/legal mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia, and these are their roots and plans – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/25/the-muslim-ma

    IF not for the Islamist-in-Chief's revolving door for the "Brothers", the infiltration/penetration would not be near complete, though it started years ago.

    A travesty, tragedy in the making for fellow New Yorkers. So sad.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Fred

    Unbelievable that someone belonging to this organization can even be considered. Goodby America.

    • Guest

      Unbelievable that we elect, with millions of questionable votes( that go uncontested,) a leader whose actions seem to be those of a man who hates America and is actually doing everything in and over his power to take us down. A man who has no use for our "outdated" constitution and bill of rights…and a congress, except for few….act more like Manson followers than our representatives.

      I'm sure that politically corrupt, correct Mr. Bloomberg will happily endorse this front man.

  • Fred

    I am sure Charles Barron will be good friends with this guy

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      david kkk duke backed Mr. Charlie black panther Barronazi.

  • Dan

    The worst terrorist attack inside the United States was on 9-11 in New York City. C.A.I.R was named a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial by the DOJ where money was being collected for what appeared to be a good cause, the money was actually being sent to known terrorists who did celebrate the 9-11 tragedy. I believe if an individual running for office has associated themselves with terrorists in any way, we should not be so naive as to vote them in office to represent us, by doing so we are little by little giving the wolf the keys to the hen house, and not honoring those who through the years have sacrificed so we can have the Liberties and Freedoms we have today. God Bless all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots.

  • SDFSDFDS

    ALL THE JUDGES WHO REFUSED AAFIA'S APPEAL, I THINK ONE OF THEIR NAMES WAS RICHARD WISE (OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT), THEY MUST ALL BE EXECUTED IN THE MOST BRUTAL MANNER IN HISTORY. AMERICA KIDNAPPED, RAPED AND TORTURED HER AND HER CHILDREN IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS AND IS CONTINUING TO HAVE THEIR SADISTIC WAY WITH HER!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      SDFSDFDS, May you experience a "workplace accident" in your madrassa!

      INSHALLAH!

    • Ghostwriter

      In rebuke to your idiotic screeds SDFSDFDS,here's mine the way you like to do it:
      YOUR PEOPLE SCREAM FOR THE DEATHS OF AMERICANS ALL THE TIME! YOU WANT TO FORCE YOUR RELIGION ON AMERICANS AND WE DON'T LIKE IT. IF YOU AND YOUR PAL RAMADAN DON'T LIKE IT HERE,YOU'RE PERFECTLY FREE TO RETURN TO WHEREVER YOU CAME FROM. AND DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT,YOU SLIME.

    • JacksonPearson

      “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage,
      Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

      –Pamela Geller

      Israel Vs. Hamas is Civilization Vs. Savagery

    • Mary Sue

      Bullcrap. Prove it. You know, you sound like you're projecting, because guess who kidnaps women and rapes them pretty much 24/7. Yeah. The Muslim Brotherhood.

      HAPPY ETERNAL NAKBA!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "…RAPED AND TORTURED HER AND HER CHILDREN IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS AND IS CONTINUING TO HAVE THEIR SADISTIC WAY WITH HER!"

      Thank you for providing the example to show how much trouble you people have with facts. You've been manipulated, like virtually every other Muslim.

    • kafir4life

      Is that you abe hooper?? I recognize the writing style of the communications director of the terrorist supporting, hamas linked group of terrorist supporters at cair.

      allahu snackbar!

    • Drakken

      I really wonder how your going to fair when we start playing that new game called cowboys and muslims? Not to well I would imagine.

  • Infovoyeur

    (1) Secondary Point: the CAPITAL letters poster exemplifies a common syndrome. A prevalent mis-belief that "permanent peace and security" or Utopia can be achieved on Earth, below Heaven. I appreciate his desired goal, but not possible because of human nature, which is both good–and also uncivilized. This syndrome that global caliphate can bring perfection on earth, is same as Communist dream of anti-capitalism, wither away state, classless harmony. But not possible under or before Heaven, not on Earth with imperfect human nature. Same as other systems for it–also seen in hyper-Liberal-Left plans for social harmony via civil mature reasonable cooperation, but same bingo–it's flawed humans who'd contaminate things. Or am I wrong?

    • kaz

      is that the way you interpreted me capital? looked to me like he is advocating hell on earth. unlike heaven on earth, which human nature makes impossible, hell on earth is very doable.

      • kaz

        thats mr. capital.

  • Infovoyeur

    (2) Primary point: in re scrupulous detailed reporting on the allegedly "infected" background of the candidate for N.Y.C. office, once more thanks to this website for the effort that–if their reportings are true–seem salient for society.

  • Infovoyeur

    Sorry, as to my secondary point above, not clear enough. The central problem preventing Utopia or good civilization on Earth here, is this. Some men are bad, evil, but even the supreme Power cannot reach into them and clean evil and make them good. Nor can other men on earth reach in and alter the badness in some men. Therefore, this evil, perhaps diabolical, will continue to poison human community efforts of all kinds on Earth–to varying degrees, of course. Again, I may be wrong. But this is the central problem?

  • TexRanger

    Will New Yorkers elect the radical Muslim to its city council? Easy to answer that question. YES, the people of New York are so totally ignorant that they WILL elect a man whose religious goal is to either enslave them or slaughter them.

    New Yorkers elected and reelected Barack Hussein Obama who has the same goal so why wouldn't they elect Zead Ramadan!

    • kaz

      dont forget that new yorkers voted for hillary. after hillary and hussein, whats one more antiamerican in high office?

    • Asher

      I totally agree…stupid people will vote for their destroyer…man does not learn from his mistakes…If they think the hurricane was bad, they will be shocked by the destruction of Sharia Law on a peaceful society.

  • Lan Astaslem

    go take a steaming dump in your koran muzzy fool

  • Geppettwo

    Anyone who is INNOCENT that is killed, it’s not the way of the Islamic people or people of conscience or people who stand for liberty and justice.

    This is a consistent assertion by Muslims who use it to side step this or similar questions regarding whether or not they support Muslim groups generally recognized as terror organizations; Hamas, Hezbollah, etc
    .
    The next question should have been, "Do you consider non-Muslims 'innocents?'" He'd likely have a well rehearsed, canned response to that question too but, fact is, radical, Islamist functionaries from Muslim Brotherhood front groups, major among them CAIR, do not.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The next question should have been, "Do you consider non-Muslims 'innocents?'"

      Exactly correct.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    SDFSDFDS, I wish YOU Eternal Nakba.

    May your false prophet muhammed, prophet of satan, continue to burn in Hell for Eternity!

    INSHALLAH!

  • Ghostwriter

    It seems that SDFSDFDS is another Islamist thug who blames everyone else for his own problems. This guy needs help.

  • Ghostwriter

    It appears that the Islamist filth have come out of their putrid holes,starting with SDFSDFDS.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "It appears that the Islamist filth have come out of their putrid holes,starting with SDFSDFDS"

      CAIR makes them even more cocky and delusional than ever.

      • kafir4life

        SDFSDFS is the name that terrorist supporter abe hooper of terrorist supporting cair uses to post on infidel sites. I recoginze his writing style.

  • JacksonPearson

    ***CAIR are Founded By Terrorists***
    "We Know The Founders Of CAIR Are HAMAS Operatives"

    CAIR Has Been Identified By The Government At Trial As A Participant In An Ongoing And Ultimately Unlawful Conspiracy To Support A Designated Terrorist Organization, A Conspiracy From Which CAIR Never Withdrew.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    How much help is his campaign receiving from Obama, will Mullah Obama campaign for him,
    maybe the blind shriek will give a letter of endorcement. Bill Clinton has time on his hands
    and would be a voter draw for this dredge. Will he be representing all suicide bombers,
    disgusted minds want to know…………………..William

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Will he be representing all suicide bombers, disgusted minds want to know"

      That is CAIR's primary mission, to whitewash all aspects of political and violent jihad against the West.

  • Mary Sue

    You do realize, if you're legit, that you're giving "normal" Muslims a bad name? You're not exactly helping things. There's a reason most Muslim countries are sh*tholes: they are run by idiots like you.

  • Mary Sue

    BTW, as so many are fond of saying to those of your mindset:

    HAPPY ETERNAL NAKBA!

    Also, go see a psychiatrist, you are clearly insane.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "PUNISH THE AGGRESSORS AND THE LEECHES OF MANKIND"

    That's what we're doing psycho. When you wake up and realize who the aggressive lying leeches are, it might be too late for you.

    Your culture produces nothing but losers because your culture is based on lies. Therefore nobody trusts you, including yourselves. Your words and judgment are nothing.

    Our culture is far from perfect, but infinitely superior in every objective way to yours.

    I thought I ought to inform you as an act of love. People occasionally claim I have a problem with Muslims when I'm trying to help them as much as anyone else they cause harm to.

  • kafir4life

    Are you some sort of moon god worshipper? You like that trash koran that mohamat the pig shat from his anal orfice? You like that momo's favorite "wife" was the same pig he ate before poopin' the koran?
    Did you know that all caps makes you sound angry, muslim?

    allahu snackbar.

  • Asher

    Will people ever learn that the Islamists and the Left are one? Do people have to have their country and their lives totally disabled before they understand stealth Jihad works through government policies, the ballot box, and libel lawfare? They are emboldened because one of their own is in the White House!

  • Drakken

    Perhaps this muslim jihadist running for office will have a very untimely end, we can only hope.

  • Dan

    We The People need to know who we are voting for. I believe you are who your friends are, if you associate with and are a member of a group founded by terrorists, there's a great chance that you will fight for and believe as they do. CAIR was founded by Hamas (Terrorist Group) in 1994. – From the book "SHARIAH THE THREAT TO AMERICA". / The following not verbatim is from the book "Muslim Mafia". CAIR member Ibrahim Hooper and CAIR co-founder Nihad Awad met in Minneapolis where they worked in support of Bosnian Muslims in their jihad against the Serbs. At the time Osama bin Ladin was actively recruiting and training jihadists to fight alongside the Bosnians. Hooper also worked closely with Awad when he was running propaganda operations for Hamas at the Islamic Association for Palestine, where he published a rag that celebrated Hamas suicide attacks on Israelis and publicized Hamas calls for the death of Israel. CAIR was involved in the Holy Land Foundation case where the Islamic charity was convicted of funding terrorism. / – I'm going to guess Zead Ramadan went to great schools and has a clean record, but no matter how he comes across, him being a member of CAIR says more than enough about him and people should demand that he steps out of the race. God Bless America and all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots.