Bravo, Jeff Epstein. Anti-dhimmitude at an interfaith gathering of the deceivers and the self-deceived: “Interfaith meeting rocked by terror accusation: Muslim leader unexpectedly confronted with group’s ties to parent of al-Qaida,” by Art Moore for WorldNetDaily, May 14:
An American Islamic leader friendly with the White House who leads an interfaith-dialogue movement was unexpectedly confronted at a Connecticut synagogue about her organization’s ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, the parent of al-Qaida, Hamas and numerous Islamic groups that aim to establish Islamic law worldwide through terrorism and other means.
Ingrid Mattson, director of the Islamic Society of North America, ISNA, was a featured speaker May 4 at an interfaith event hosted by Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, Conn., titled “How Religious People of Peace Can Transform Differences and Build Bridges of Understanding.”
Jeffrey Epstein – who as president of the non-profit America’s Truth Forum has researched and hosted conferences on the Islamic terror threat to the U.S – told WND he “felt it best to leave” after the president of the synagogue interrupted his second question, which had elicited noticeable gasps from the mostly Jewish audience of about 100.
Epstein first asked Mattson to explain why there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia, noting the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently designated 10 Muslim countries as among the worst violators of religious freedom.
“I’m not a Saudi and have no say over what they do,” Mattson replied, according to Epstein and two other witnesses who asked not to be named.
“We all know that the Saudi government is not a democracy and doesn’t do things like we do,” she said, according to Epstein. “The royal family is a dictatorial regime and has a history of human rights violations and persecuting minority religions. They don’t respect women’s rights.”
Mattson, whose group was founded in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students’ Association, traveled last month to Saudi Arabia for a meeting of the Islamic Development Bank, according to African media.
The bank was chartered by the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference in 1973 “in accordance with the principles of Shariah,” or Islamic law, as prescribed by the Muslim Brotherhood, notes counter-terrorism scholar Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy.
Mattson’s national profile was raised by her prayer at Obama’s inauguration prayer service, and she attended the president’s Ramadan dinner at the White House.
The moderator of the interfaith gathering said there would be no time for further questions, but Epstein insisted on asking another one, noting Mattson had agreed to answer two questions.
Epstein asked: “Ingrid, how can you sincerely represent yourself as a peace partner in terms of promoting interfaith dialogue and bridge-building, when you preside as president of the Islamic Society of North America – a known operating wing of the Muslim Brotherhood which is a terrorist organization that spawned both Hamas and al-Qaida.”
Mattson replied by listing her associations with the federal government, saying she worked with the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the White House.
The synagogue president then intervened, explaining it was not the time for politics.
With the microphone still in his hand, Epstein maintained that his question was not about politics but about terrorism.
He pointed to Mattson as the leader of an organization classified by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Dallas trial of the Holy Land Foundation, which was found guilty in 2008 of raising money for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
ISNA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation under Shariah, or Islamic law….