Nezar Hamze couldn’t have hoped for a better son-in-law than Abou Malek Hamze, who is also his cousin. Abou Malek exhibits pride in his new father-in-law, happily posting on social media about how Nezar was a guest at President Obama’s last State of the Union address. Abou Malek also exhibits the same fanatical ideology as his father-in-law, an ideology which includes hatred for the Jewish state of Israel.
Nezar Hamze is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As such, he is leader of an organization that has its roots in the terrorist organization Hamas.
CAIR was created in June 1994 as part of a terrorist umbrella organization led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. The founders of CAIR had held leadership positions in the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), then-US propaganda wing of Hamas. In 2007, and 2008, CAIR was named by the US Justice Department as a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. After the 9⁄11 attacks, CAIR used its national website to raise money for the defendant in the trials, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF).
Nezar Hamze’s CAIR-Florida reflects the same pro-Hamas extremism as its parent group.
In August 2014, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly wrote, “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God…” In July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a Miami rally, where rally goers shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.” Following the rally, event organizer Sofian Zakkout wrote, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!” In November 2012, during Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, CAIR-Florida Legislative and Government Affairs Director Laila Abdelaziz wrote, “Don’t worry ya Gaza, we’re working hard for you in Florida.” And Hamze, himself, has repeatedly refused to rebuke Hamas.
Abou Malek Hamze is Nezar Hamze’s cousin. He is also Nezar’s son-in-law. He announced his engagement to Nezar’s daughter on social media in August 2015. Though, there is no mention of a marriage, he does refer to Nezar as “father-in-law.” He did so this past January, when he proudly posted a piece from CAIR-Florida’s blog about how Nezar was going to attend the last Presidential State of the Union address. Abou Malek wrote, “My Cousin (father-in-law), he is going to meet the President Barack Obama in person.”
With Abou Malek Hamze, there is much for a radical Islamic in-law to be happy about. For one, Abou Malek is a misogynist.
In May 2010, he wrote, “MEN lie at women; women lie at the WHOLE WORLD.” In October 2015, following his engagement, he posted onto his Facebook page a graphic of an individual with a long beard enjoying a pipe, with the following caption: “WOMEN SHOULD DATE MEN WITH BEARDS, BECAUSE GROWING A BEARD TAKES PATIENCE, THE KIND OF PATIENCE IT TAKES TO DEAL WITH YOUR SH*T.”
Abou Malek likes to objectify women. He posts sexually suggestive pictures, and in November 2011, he wrote on Facebook, “I’m sorry, is your a*s from McDonald’s? – No, why? – Cause I’m lovin’ it!!”
As well, a radical Islamic in-law, especially one associated with CAIR, will no doubt love the fact that Abou Malek despises Israel, a given for Muslim extremists. Abou Malek refers to Israel as “the Zionist enemy.”
In December 2011, he wrote, “Light battles are now taking place on the Lebanese border with the Zionist enemy. After Israel bombed Hula [a small village in southern Lebanon] yesterday, Hezbollah responded and hit a Lebanese civilian.” Abou Malek was describing an incident that took place on December 12, 2011, the same date of his posting, where Hezbollah answered an attack by Israel by firing a rocket which accidentally hit and injured a Lebanese villager – something that was originally blamed on an obscure al-Qaeda group.
Abou Malek is concerned about Lebanon, because that is where he is from, as is much of Nezar Hamze’s family. Indeed, Abou Malek has a graphic on his Facebook page, stating “PROUD TO BE LEBANESE.”
Nezar’s other cousin, Abdelaziz Bilal Hamze, in June 2007, attempted to escape to Lebanon, after he had run over a Fort Lauderdale, Florida woman with his minivan and dragged her body for several miles down the road, in the process murdering her. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Today, Abou Malek resides in Miami Beach, less than an hour’s drive from his father-in-law’s Sunrise, Florida home. From there, he and his new wife – or soon-to-be wife – can begin to bring up a new generation of extremists, ones who think it is okay to put down women or to curse Israel, ones who may wind up having to one day flee to Lebanon themselves.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.