Joe Kaufman, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Horowitz Freedom Center, is Chairman of the Joe Kaufman Security Initiative (www.kaufmansecurity.org) and the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Republican Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (Florida-CD23).
In November 2016, Democrat Aramis Ayala was elected State Attorney to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, becoming the first black State Attorney in Florida history. No doubt, she is cognizant of this important achievement, as she has used her social media to display images of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, Ayala’s cavorting with a notorious anti-Semite, Rasha Mubarak, should concern those who view Ayala as a model of diversity and expect the prosecutor to treat all of her legal cases with impartiality. Indeed, this is a clear conflict of interest and a worrying development given Ayala’s influential position.
Rasha Ahmad Mubarak is an activist for radical Muslim and far left causes. Groups that she has been involved with, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic Relief, have significant links with overseas terrorism. CAIR has financial and foundational ties to Hamas, and Islamic Relief has been banned by a number of nations.
Mubarak has an extreme and pathological hatred for the state of Israel, so much so that she believes that Israel has no right to self-defense. This bigoted view has stuck with her for many years. In November 2012, Mubarak tweeted, “Lies I’m tired of hearing, Israel has the right to defend herself.” Just this past May, when Hamas launched more than 600 rockets into Israel, leading to the deaths of four civilians, Mubarak tweeted against anyone who would dare defend Israeli retaliation, including former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the producer of The Ellen Show, Andy Lassner.
Mubarak has tweeted pictures of Hamas celebrations, and she has promoted material from Hamas-supporting media, including Palestine Info Center and Shehab News, which are directly affiliated with Hamas and publicize the group along with shocking anti-Semitic cartoons of evil looking Orthodox Jews. Another, Falastin News Palestine: glorifies Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fighters as heroes; outright states, “God bless Hamas”; features numerous photos of armed masked terrorists interacting with little kids; and showcases photos of dead US and British Jews murdered in a Jerusalem synagogue, referring to the dead as “Occupiers.”
Mubarak has, herself, mocked Orthodox Jews for asking the Israeli government for “beard-friendly gas masks.” The August 2013 call for new masks was over a legitimate concern that Syria might retaliate against Israel following a US military intervention of Syria and that normal masks would not accommodate a lot of facial hair. The US military has dealt with this same issue regarding American soldiers with beards. About the report, which featured the side profile of an observant Jew with a long beard and side curls, Mubarak mockingly wrote, “Seriously? No seriously! Ufff… Lol…”
Earlier this month, Mubarak used both her Twitter and Facebook accounts to post photos of herself with State Attorney Ayala, at what appears to be a pajama party in celebration of Ayala’s birthday. One of the pictures has a smiling Ayala with both arms wrapped tightly around Mubarak in a warm hug.
Outside her Mubarak friendship, Ayala is not without controversy. This past May, Ayala announced she would not seek reelection over her refusal to ask for the death penalty in cases dealing with capital punishment. Over this issue, Ayala received harsh criticism from former Florida Governor Rick Scott, who reassigned cases to prevent Ayala from participation, and lawmakers called for her removal from office.
Ayala is not the only public figure to blatantly ignore Mubarak’s anti-Semitic bigotry. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed Mubarak to his newly formed Committee on Multicultural Affairs, and Florida Young Democrats (FYD) President Wesley Beggs has allowed Mubarak to be given the position of FYD National Committeewoman. It is no mere coincidence that both these individuals, Mayor Dyer and FYD President Beggs, have photos displaying their arms around Mubarak, as well.
There is no excuse for public figures’ fawning and falling over anti-Semite Rasha Mubarak, and it reveals crass opportunism. Instead of condemning her and demanding that she repudiate her bigotry, they are ‘sleeping with the enemy’ by granting Mubarak political legitimacy. It is high time that Mayor Dyer, Wesley Beggs and State Attorney Aramis sever ties with Mubarak, instead of condoning hatred of Jews and the Jewish state by allowing Mubarak a free pass.
The (literal) embrace of Mubarak by her peers is another example of the institutionalized Jew bashing, which has now become rampant in the Democratic Party. Rasha Mubarak is a documented anti-Semite, and those in public office who associate with her must be held to account.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.