US taxpayers have been funding Islamic groups that support Hamas for a long time. In light of Hamas’ recent atrocities, when its operatives raped, tortured, and murdered innocent Israeli civilians, from babies to the very old, and kidnapped 240 others whom they have held hostage, now is the time — or rather, now is long past the time — to call a halt to all taxpayer-funded aid that has been going to Hamas-linked groups. More on the scandal of this continuing aid, and on the need to end it now, can be found here: “Not Another Dime to Pro-Hamas Charities in US,” by Dexter Van Zile, American Spectator, November 24, 2023:
It’s time to impose a moratorium on the allocation of public funds to non-profit organizations in the United States that support Hamas, the designated terror organization responsible for the October 7 massacre that resulted in the murder of more than 1,200 Israelis. Not only is the organization an inveterate enemy of Jews, Israel, and the United States, but Hamas also currently holds at least nine American citizens hostage in the Gaza Strip.
Nevertheless, numerous Islamist charities in the United States have come forward to cheer Hamas’s ongoing war crimes. In so doing, these non-profits have demonstrated their allegiance to enemies of the American people. Not another nickel or dime should be given to these organizations by any government entity — local, state, or federal — in the U.S. until their leaders are forced to explain and recant their support for Hamas’s violent attack and for Islamism in general. Staffers of these organizations should also be forced to come clean on their connections to Hamas. Organizations with documented ties to Hamas and other terror organizations must be stripped of their tax-deductible status until they abandon this support and their Islamist ambitions. The integrity of the U.S. republic demands such actions. Our 501(c)(3) system was not established to serve as a conduit of funds for enemies of the American people and for the overthrow of Western democracies.
Without meaning to, the membership list of United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a suspected proxy for Turkey, provides a roster of organizations that lawmakers in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, and city councils can use to direct their investigations into public funding of Islamist organizations. The USCMO issued a statement on the same day of the massacre — before Israelis had even buried their dead — that portrayed Hamas’s spree of murder, rape, and kidnapping as an act of “self-defense.”
That praise of Hamas’ atrocities on October 7 should be enough to stop public funding both of the USCMO, and of its constituent organizations that have not distanced themselves from the USCMO statement calling Hamas’ attacks as “self-defense.”
Astonishingly enough, many of the organizations that comprise the USCMO have received public funds, the most notable being the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, which promoted the USCMO’s statement on its own website, is a notorious Islamist organization that has been under FBI scrutiny for decades, with good reason. Its national director, Nihad Awad, was present at a 1993 meetingwith Hamas members where Islamists decided to promote anti-Zionist propaganda to progressive audiences under the guise of liberationism. Awad, who co-founded CAIR with financial support from Hamas affiliates after this meeting, declared in 1994, “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
We shouldn’t forget that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terrorism trial. Nor that CAIR has promoted faked anti-Muslim incidents. Nor that it has urged its members not to collaborate with the FBI in terrorism investigations.
Late last year, Awad publicly mourned the passing of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a theorist of the Muslim Brotherhood and its spiritual leader, who infamously proclaimed Hitler was a divine tool for God’s punishment of the Jews and expressed hope that Muslims would serve the same function in the future. Awad hailed al-Qaradawi as the “most influential contemporary Muslim scholar” and, in commemoration of his death, recited the Koranic blessing “We belong to God and to Him we shall return.”
Zahra Billoo, CAIR’s executive director in the San Francisco Bay Area, characterized U.S. Jewish organizations as enemies of American Muslims at an anti-Israel event in 2021. CAIR employees allegedly created a website where, between 2009 and 2018, anonymous harassers targeted those who criticized Muslim extremists. More recently, CAIR promoted a fabricated hate crime story propagated by Uthman Ibn Farooq, a shaykh who claimed, without substantiating evidence, that an “Islamophobe” stabbed him in San Diego. However, no record of such a crime exists with the police or the district attorney. In so doing, CAIR defamed an entire county in California as an unsafe place for Muslims to practice their faith.
Despite all this, the Department of Homeland Security still dispensed $70,000 to the CAIR Los Angeles chapter in 2016 and $75,000 to the CAIR chapter in Florida, where protesters chanted, “We are Hamas” at a CAIR-endorsed rally in 2014. Furthermore, the Small Business Administration has provided $3,000 in total to CAIR chapters in Connecticut and Texas. (Not much money, but legitimizing amounts anyhow.)…
Another Islamist establishment that falls under the USCMO’s umbrella and has been a recipient of federal funding is the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque located in Falls Church, Virginia. This institution, which has a history deeply intertwined with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, has received more than $800,000 from federal departments, including the DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services, since 2009….
The Dar al-Hijrah mosque — possibly the most infamous mosque in the U.S. — for a time employed Anwar al-Awlaki, a member of Al Qaeda, as its imam. Among those who attended its services in 2001 were Nidal Hasan, the perpetrator of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, and Nawaf al-Hasmi and Hani Hanjour, two of the September 11 hijackers. In addition, the phone number for the mosque was found in the apartment of one of the planners of the 9/11 attacks, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, in Hamburg. And there are many other links between the Al-Hijrah mosque and Islamic terrorists. Given that history, why did the mosque receive $800,000 in public funds? In fact, why should any mosque be receiving government money, in violation of the separation of church and state?
The governmental authorities at the federal, state, and local levels should put a stop to all support given to Islamic organizations until they may be properly investigated for possible ties to Hamas, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. It is a scandal that just since 2007, $67 million in American taxpayer funds have gone to terror-linked Islamic groups. Taxpayers have a right to know what their money is going to, and especially if it is spent on groups that support terrorism. They have a right to demand an end to awarding grants to Muslim groups that are in any way linked to such enemies of Israel and the West as such terror groups asHamas, Hezbollah, and the PFLP. On October 7, that American money tap ought to have been turned off. It wasn’t then. So let it be done now.