Chicago Tribune helps Hamas-linked CAIR mislead about jihad

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The hopelessly compromised pro-jihad pseudo-journalist Manya Brachear of the Chicago Tribune here once again gives a platform to Ahmed Rehab of Hamas-linked CAIR, without ever bothering to tell her hapless readers that CAIR is a Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood group, several officials of which have been convicted of jihad terror offenses. Brachear doesn’t tell you that the Justice Department named Hamas-linked CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Nor does she mention that CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. She says nothing about how several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Nor does she mention that CAIR”s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements, or that its California chapter distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.

Think about that: several officials of the organization for which Rehab works clearly didn’t buy his jihad-is-rainbows-and-moonbeams shtick, and clearly endorsed the view of jihad he claims is “extremist.” Yet this arouses no curiosity in Brachear, if she even knows about those convictions. It never occurs to her to ask Rehab what Hamas-linked CAIR is doing to teach Muslims, including CAIR employees, not to take up this “extremist” understanding of jihad.

“‘MyJihad’ campaign hits Chicago buses, along with opposition: After Council on American-Islamic Relations launches ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative asks CTA to OK different message,” by Manya A. Brachear for the Chicago Tribune, December 18 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Chicago buses have become a battleground for two groups promoting different definitions of jihad.

We are not “promoting” a definition of jihad. We are pointing out that the definition of jihad that is being advanced by Hamas-linked CAIR is severely misleading and whitewashed, and doesn’t correspond to the understanding of jihad that all too many Muslims have, and that is the only one that non-Muslims need be concerned about.

This past weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations launched “MyJihad,” a national ad campaign featuring individuals’ testimonies about what the pillar of Islam means to them.

Jihad, as pivotal as it obviously is in the Qur’an and Sunnah, is not one of the five pillars of Islam.

But on Monday, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, asked the CTA to accept another batch of ads, featuring mock testimonies from high-profile Muslim extremists, including Osama bin Laden.

They’re not “mock testimonies.” They’re the exact words of the jihadis and the case of Major Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass murderer, of an eyewitness to his murders.

The campaign is the second one launched by the initiative, which rolled out a controversial series of bus posters last month urging passengers to “Defeat jihad.”

“The MyJihad campaign is about reclaiming jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on jihad,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR. Rehab also created the slogan.

Note that Rehab follows common and tired Islamic supremacist talking points in tarring as “extremists” both Islamic jihadis and those who resist them. He is trying to imply, with Manya Brachear’s willing help, that those who resist jihad are just as lethal, just as dangerous, as those who commit it. The goal, of course, is to intimidate people into thinking there’s something wrong with resisting jihad.

He is also trying to hoodwink non-Muslims into thinking that the view of jihad espoused by Hamas, bin Laden, Hasan, the Times Square bomber and Erdogan — the Muslims featured on our ads — is “extremist,” as if the mainstream understanding of jihad is the bicycling-through-the-meadows type he is pushing. And we, of course, are greasy Islamophobes who are, in our hate, endorsing the view of the “extremists.” He doesn’t tell the ever-credulous and starry-eyed Brachear, although he surely knows, that warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers is the mainstream Muslim understanding of jihad, as I detailed here.

The people behind the AFDI initiative have become the “premiere promoters of extremism and violence,” he said.

Note the sleight of hand: to expose and resist “extremism and violence” is to promote it. And Brachear lets this steaming pile of Orwellian doublespeak slide right by.

Pamela Geller, executive director of AFDI, said the fact that some Muslims consider jihad a peaceful concept does not cancel out the fact that there are others who interpret it violently.

“This usage of jihad is much more influential and widespread among Muslims worldwide than the benign and whitewashed understanding of it” presented in the ad campaign, Geller said.

Brian Steele, a spokesman for the CTA, said the second AFDI campaign is under review. The first CAIR and AFDI campaigns cost $5,000 each, he said. Geller said the second campaign will cost less than $10,000. She expects it to start in January.

Rehab said Geller’s attempt to hijack the “MyJihad” slogan amounts to fraud. He said CAIR’s campaign includes ads on buses and trains, as well as a social media component on Twitter, where users are asked to tweet their testimony with the #MyJihad hashtag.

Fraud? As the premier purveyor of a massive con job, a huge attempt to deceive the American people, Rehab has a lot of chutzpah to talk about fraud. I also notice that he didn’t say a word about “fraud” when MPAC parodied one of our earlier ads.

He added that the campaign has evolved into an interfaith effort, including Muslim mothers who are concerned that their children will be bullied, as well as Jews and Christians.

“We have been overwhelmed with the participation of people of other faiths tweeting their struggles,” campaign volunteer and Naperville mom Angie Emara said in a statement. “People of different backgrounds are finding a common language. They’re learning to see themselves in one another as they share similar expressions of their daily jihad.”

What about mothers who are concerned that their children will be killed in a jihad, a la Beslan? Unworthy of consideration. Greasy Islamophobes.

Robert Spencer: #MyJihad: Hamas-linked CAIR"s new campaign to whitewash Islam
New AFDI #MyJihad ads tell truth about jihad, expose Hamas-linked CAIR's deception
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Comments

  1. says

    We’re being stewed alive in PC juices and every attempt to get out of the pot is met with the PC lid of poorly educated conformists.

    Here we have non-Mohammedans joining in the jihad, projecting their own efforts to reasonably improve their state into the Mohammedan controlled narrative that that is all there is to the meaning of jihad. And heaven help anyone who tries to tell them differently.

    The anti-jihad bus campaign is vitally important. That Mohammedan apologists would go so far as to denounce the included quotes as mock testimony may blow-up in their faces. Perhaps including the datelines of the quotes in each add will facilitate putting egg on their faces.

  2. says

    The Trib was probably never the “World’s Greatest Newspaper”, as it claimed, but it was a very good one, offering sober and responsible journalism. No more. Col. McCormick must be spinning in his grave.

  3. says

    “We are not “promoting” a definition of jihad. We are pointing out that the definition of jihad that is being advanced by Hamas-linked CAIR is severely misleading and whitewashed, and doesn’t correspond to the understanding of jihad that all too many Muslims have, and that is the only one that non-Muslims need be concerned about.”

    Hear Hear. Very well said.

    Ahmed Rehab “The MyJihad campaign is about reclaiming jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on jihad,”

    You can only “reclaim” something that was originally lost. The Jihad of the Muslim “extremists” is the Jihad of Muhammad and the Quran.

    If anyone could “reclaim” Jihad it would be the Muslim “fundamentalists” who rely on the fundamental teachings of Islam, from the definitions provided by Ahmed Rehab.

    The definitions provided by Ahmed Rehab are dishonest because he seeks to portray that is what Islam teaches. If he was honest he would admit that the “fundamentalists” get their definition/inspiration from the Quran and the Hadiths and if he is wanting to promote his definition then he is wanting to reform Islam.

    If he was honest he must condemn, denounce and reject the verses in the Quran and the Hadiths that define Jihad as Killing the non-Muslim.

    “So, when you meet (in fight – Jihad in Allah’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). ..Thus [you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam and are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection],..But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.” Quran 47:4 Mohsin Khan translation

    And as Robert has pointed out those that oppose this Jihad are not “anti-Muslim extremists” to be tarred with the same brush as the Muslim extremists.

    If you oppose murder you do not become equal to the murderer.

  4. says

    Chicago Tribune helps Hamas-linked CAIR mislead about jihad
    ………………….

    Repulsive enabling of Jihad. More useful idiots in the press.

    More:

    It never occurs to her to ask Rehab what Hamas-linked CAIR is doing to teach Muslims, including CAIR employees, not to take up this “extremist” understanding of jihad.
    ………………….

    Well, that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Just during the past couple of days, since CAIR has rolled out the meretricious “#MyJihad” campaign, their bloodthirsty coreligionists have “misunderstood” Islam, and committed over a dozen Jihad attacks.

    If Jihad really was nothing more than a struggle to fit in gym time with a busy schedule”as CAIR claims”no one would have a problem with it.

    More:

    Chicago buses have become a battleground for two groups promoting different definitions of jihad.
    ………………….

    What crap. It’s not as though AFDI is pushing violent Jihad. They’re just pointing out that this violent “Holy War” against the Infidel is how virtually all Muslim use Jihad.

    And CAIR is not pushing for a peaceful interpretation of Jihad”they are hoping to snow the foolish Kuffar into believing that Jihad is benign.

    Note that Muslims in full power never resort to this sort of Taqiyya. You certainly aren’t seeing much of this, for instance, in Egypt now…

    More:

    But on Monday, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, asked the CTA to accept another batch of ads, featuring mock testimonies from high-profile Muslim extremists, including Osama bin Laden.

    They’re not “mock testimonies.” They’re the exact words of the jihadis and the case of Major Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass murderer, of an eyewitness to his murders.
    ………………….

    Exactly. And many of these are, in addition, references to the canonical texts of Islam’so this viciousness is true for Islam in general, and not just the individual Jihdists who are quoted in the ads.

    More:

    “The MyJihad campaign is about reclaiming jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on jihad,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR. Rehab also created the slogan.
    ………………….

    Such crap from Rehab. Pointing out savagery is not morally equivalent to perpetrating savagery, as they would have it.

    And Rehab, a creature of the horrifying Jihaidst Islamic Republic of Iran, is *not* trying to “reclaim” the concept of Jihad. He’s just trying to snow the credulous, ever hopeful Kuffar.

    More:

    The people behind the AFDI initiative have become the “premiere promoters of extremism and violence,” he said.
    ………………….

    *Grotesque*. That’s like saying that Winston Churchill was the premiere promoter of Nazism.

    And now he’s not merely claiming that non-violent Anti-Jihadists are as bad as violent Jihdists”ludicrous enough”but that they are *worse*. Madness.

    More:

    He added that the campaign has evolved into an interfaith effort, including Muslim mothers who are concerned that their children will be bullied…
    ………………….

    More Muslim victim speak. Point out the savagery of Islam, and Muslims respond with hysterical claims that they themselves fear becoming victims of “Islamophobia”. Never mind that such “backlash” never happens, while Jihad savagery proceeds apace…

    More:

    “We have been overwhelmed with the participation of people of other faiths tweeting their struggles,” campaign volunteer and Naperville mom Angie Emara said in a statement. “People of different backgrounds are finding a common language. They’re learning to see themselves in one another as they share similar expressions of their daily jihad.”
    ………………….

    My Jihad is standing against Jihad. Will the #MyJihad campaign feature my tweet?

  5. says

    “People of different backgrounds are finding a common language. They’re learning to see themselves in one another as they share similar expressions of their daily jihad.”

    Said by a non-Muslim.

    Utterly tragic. The epitome of obsequiousness and cluelessnesss.

    My “daily jihad”. I can’t believe this is happening.

  6. says

    “The first thing that we are calling you is to Islam” – Osama bi Laden

    “I would like the government of the United States to be Islamic” Spokesman of CAIR, Hooper

    That’s their Jihad. What’s yours?

  7. says

    “The first thing that we are calling you is to Islam” – Osama bi Laden

    “I would like the government of the United States to be Islamic” Spokesman of CAIR, Hooper

    That’s their Jihad. What’s yours?

  8. says

    “Muslim mothers who are concerned that their children will be bullied”.
    ………………….

    Yes. Besides general Taqiyya, Muslims are using the grotesque #MyJihad campaign to spread the idea of Muslim victimhood.

    Another of the ads shows a Muslimah in a slave rag, and reads:

    “#MyJihad is to not judge people by their cover”

    Of course, pious Muslims judge people by their “cover” all the time, preventing unveiled women in Egypt from voting, and beating women who are “malveiled”.

    “Egypt: Women without hijabs were prevented from voting”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/egypt-women-without-hijabs-were-prevented-from-voting.html

    But, of course, the implication is that it is “greasy Islamophobes” who are “judging” Muslims who wear Hijab…

    You can see the ad here:

    http://www.loonwatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MyJihad4.jpg

  9. says

    To all concerned…..

    I just thought that I would comment that the term “mock testimony” is actually an accurate and fair one. The #My Jihad campaign asked people to give their testimony as to what their “Jihad” was. Because apparently none of these quotes was intended to be used in this way, YES they are “mock” testimony. This is why the term “mock quotes” was not used but mock testimony. I like the posters but think that it would be best if our friend Robert Spencer would be more accurate in his criticism.Those who would deride this campaign use that terminology I believe because many don’t seem to be mindful enough to understand the difference perhaps, and many of the comments seem to reflect that.

    Mr. Robert Spencer needs to be more aware of this sort of thing lest he open himself and Jihad Watch up to rightful criticism, which then by association would taint the anti Jihadist movement.

    Thank you.

    Brother Mark:)

  10. says

    @David Dowes…

    Please take a look at your own offering of a definition
    for the word “mock”.
    The first and sixth as an example.
    The campaign being discussed is a mock up or “mockery”
    of the original #My Jihad campaign, and therefore the quotes given
    are erroneous as a representation of the original #My Jihad campaign as such. Yes, I believe that understanding that is very objective.

    Your own given definitions of the word “mock” prove you wrong and you STILL can’t admit it!

    You’re a REALLY good follower my friend, but would never make for much of a leader.

    Cheerio!

    Brother Mark:)

  11. says

    CAIRS Ahmed Rehab, the nazi meme spewing founder of My Jihad, posts at Loon Watch which decries anti Zionism under the guise of Jew hate. Loon Watch has been promoting My Jihad, Ahmed Rehab’s site, and he posts there as the poster called ‘Chameleon’. He is a rabid Jew hater though he pretends that it is Zionism he abhors. Of course, you can’t separate Zionism from Judaism.

    They deny Zionism and want Israel gone, just like they destroy Christianity in the Middle East, and want Christianity gone.

    The poster called ‘chameleon’ is Ahmed Rehab here, he shows his true colours because he thinks he is anonymous. As CAIR activist and Rahm Emanuel ally, he can’t accuse Jews of genes being the guiding factor of who enters Israel. These rabid vile racists like Rehab need to be booted out, NOW

    http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/12/new-yorkers-counter-terry-jones-hate-message-by-singing-the-beatles-all-you-need-is-love/

  12. says

    “Either the world is ending or journalists in Chicago like this one are crackheads.”

    I’m sure, David, you’ll understand that I’m rootin’ for the latter possibility you posed.

    May you and yours have a memorable Christmas, which, among other things, would include not seeing a single damn Muslim during a day which is a wonderful, atmospheric and good religious holiday as opposed to the wretched ones Muslims have.

  13. says

    Her jihad is to not judge people by their “cover”?
    Yeah, right! She looks like a Supreme Court judge, all trussed up in that black and white bondage gear.
    I bet judging people by their cover is her delight in life…her “jihad” as it were.

  14. says

    PJG

    you wrote – “Utterly tragic. The epitome of obsequiousness and cluelessnesss.”

    We’re dealing with what our charismatic/ pentecostal friends – following St Paul – call a Spiritual Stronghold, sister.

    The dhimma – whether they know it or not.

    Jihad and the dhimma.

    I haven’t yet read Mark Durie’s ‘Liberty to the Captives’, but it’s on my Christimas books-to-get list. Because I think he might be onto something.

    And, seriously, I think those of us who are Christians need to take Ephesians 6: 10-18…seriously.

    And James 5: 16b, 17-18.

    Pray for these people who are – whether willingly or in total naivety – being ensnared; conditioned to dhimmitude, as women are conditioned to the role of abusee. Pray for their deliverance.

  15. says

    a.baggacitto,

    “The #My Jihad campaign asked people to give their testimony as to what their “Jihad” was.”

    Your use of the word “testimony” here is incorrect, according to the English dictionary.

    “Because apparently none of these quotes was intended to be used in this way, YES they are “mock” testimony.”

    If you are implying a meaning of “testimony” in terms of the legal term “mock trial”, this neither describes the #MyJihad quotes used by the CAIR ad campaign, nor the quotes used by the AFDI ad campaign.

    Both are simply quotes of Muslims describing jihad. Just because one set of quotes was directly solicited, whereas the other was not, is immaterial, and distracting. Indeed, the unsolicited quotes have more force, because they reflect Muslims voluntarily (not to mention enthusiastically and proudly) describing what “jihad” — or a reasonably inferred jihad — means to them.

    Speaking of the law, it’s a legal principle — and a law in the U.S. — that ignorance of the law is not a defense in the commission of a crime. In this regard, an ignorance of the mountain of evidence demonstrating that the Erdogan quote, the bin Laden quote, and the Hamas quote are directly related to the meaning of jihad in mainstream canonical texts of Islam, is not a sufficient defense against the reasonable accusation we could level at you (and Manya Brachear) for seditious obfuscation.