Ahmed Rehab of Hamas-linked CAIR won’t condemn Hamas, and has accused the government of fabricating jihad terrorists
Surprise, surprise. “CAIR Rep’s Right Idea, Wrong Message,” from IPT News, November 30:
There’s a “pattern” we should be aware of, CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab told America during a recent appearance on Fox News. It has been Muslims who have helped “foil” recent terror plots and report extremists, he said.
- Refused to wholly condemn Hamas.
- Minimized extremist pockets in U.S. society.
- Accused the government of fabricating its own terrorists.
- Alleged that terrorism prosecutions are not based on evidence, but attempts to silence Muslims and activists for Palestine.
During a 2006 episode of BBC‘s “Hard Talk” Rehab was asked by the BBC‘s Stephen Sackur if he could give a “straight forward” condemnation of Hamas. “Do I condemn the hospitals run by Hamas, or the schools that help children learn, in Hamas?” Rehab answered. “No, I don’t condemn that. But I do condemn the blowing up of Tel Aviv pizzerias or cafes.”
Hamas isn’t the only radical group for which Rehab has offered no condemnation or a qualified one. The radical groups Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) and Revolution Muslim (RM) have both encouraged their followers to kill individuals with whom they disagree. Rehab has minimized their significance.
Just this year, RM has issued death threats against British parliamentarians and the creators of the television cartoon “South Park.” Similarly, HuT leaders have encouraged Australian Muslims to kill anyone who might stand in the way of establishing an Islamic super-state. As the IPT recently reported, ideological groups like RM are shifting to a more operational role in terrorism.
After the “South Park” threat, Rehab did say that RM should be “seriously investigated,” but he also implied the group might be a set-up. Rehab wrote that “whether true Muslims or agent provocateurs,” the guys behind RM, “are five community outcasts.”
“Most suspect the group is fraudulent,” he added. Rehab hinted at a conspiracy by mentioning that the group’s “mysterious leader” converted to Islam after living in Israel. CAIR’s national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper amplified Rehab’s argument when he claimed that, “most Muslims suspect they [RM] were set up only to make Muslims look bad.”…
Rehab does that very well himself. Read it all.