The FBI reaches out to a group whose founder “compares Jews to parasites, calls the Holocaust ‘Divine punishment’ and foresees the ‘total extermination’ of Jews at the hands of Muslims.”
Steven Emerson reports for IPT News Service (thanks to all who sent this in):
Much has been written about the U.S. government’s current bout of schizophrenia in its outreach to the American Muslim community, specifically related to the Department of Justice. While federal prosecutors in Dallas have labeled several Islamist organizations as unindicted co-conspirators — describing them as front groups for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood – in the terrorist financing trial against the Holy Land for Relief and Development (HLF), the FBI is meeting with the very same groups to hold outreach events and the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ is setting up booths at their conferences.
As wrongheaded and shortsighted as these policies are, they do not hold a candle to a recent outreach event held by the FBI’s Detroit field office at the end of last month. As reported in the Detroit Free Press (see: Detroit’s FBI chief: Violence extremism cuts across religions), two top FBI officials from that office “spoke to about 50 Muslims inside the Islamic Organization of North America, or Tanzeem-e-Islami.” The Free Press described the organization as merely “a Sunni mosque with a primarily Pakistani congregation” and tells us that the meeting was nothing more than “part of an effort by the FBI to reach out to Muslims and other communities.”
Take this recent meeting with Tanzeem-e-Islami, a group founded in Pakistan in 1975 and headed by a man named Dr. Israr Ahmad. The FBI might be unaware, but Ahmad is often credited with initiating the vicious rumor, spread throughout the Muslim world, that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. On the heels of the attacks, he sent faxes to various U.S. mosques and Islamic centers, stating:
The secret Israeli service Musad [sic] orchestrated these terrorist attacks … [which] are a vital link in the chain of events that the Jews are undertaking to fulfill their dream of world domination.
It turns out that Dr. Ahmad is a rather prolific writer on such topics, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories permeate his writing. Canada’s National Post reported in 2006 that, according to Ahmad:
Islam’s renaissance will begin in Pakistan “¦ because the Arab world is living under subjugation. Only the Pakistan region “has the potential for standing up against the nefarious designs of the global power-brokers and to resist the rising tides of the Jewish/Zionist hegemony.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ahmad’s opinions about Jews. Also reported in the National Post:
Another of his books repeats the Jewish conspiracy theories popular among neo-Nazis, claiming that Jews have “a deeply ingrained tendency to conspire and to maneuver things surreptitiously for their own gain.”
The Jews exert a “wicked web of control and exploitation” through their ownership of banks, insurance companies and stock exchanges, he claims.
He compares Jews to parasites, calls the Holocaust “Divine punishment” and foresees the “total extermination” of Jews at the hands of Muslims.
Ahmad lives in Pakistan and didn’t attend the meeting. But what’s the best that can be said about the FBI, whose officials meet with members of a group founded by such a hate-filled man?
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