Middle East studies in the News
New Islamophobia Report: Authors Linked to Hamas [incl. Hatem Bazian]
A new report on the so-called "Islamophobia Network" has been released, authored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the leader of American Muslims for Palestine -- two groups with ties to Hamas financiers and a vivid history of extremism, slander and deception.
Here are three facts about the authors:
Both are linked to Hamas financiers based on prosecutions by the U.S. government.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as explained in our factsheet, has a history of Islamist extremism including links to Hamas and theMuslim Brotherhood. In fact, the Justice Department labeled CAIR an "unindicted co-conspirator" in a Hamas-financing trial and listed CAIR as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.
More specifically, CAIR was listed by the Justice Department as a part of the Brotherhood's covert "Palestine Committee" to support Hamas in the United States.
The other official author is the University of California-Berkeley Center for Race and Gender. If you look more closely, you'll see that the responsible section of the center is the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. So, who was the real author from the University's staff?
The aforementioned project is led by Dr. Hatem Bazian, chairman of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), co-founder of Zaytuna College and co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Click either of those two links to learn about the history of Bazian and his organization.
Bazian's AMP has extensive links to the same Brotherhood/Hamas circle that CAIR does. Congressional testimony from Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, a terrorism finance analyst for the Treasury Department from 2004 to 2007, is damning.
Schanzer outlines how AMP is intertwined with three now-defunct organizations known to have been fronts for financing Hamas. Though he did not accuse AMP of illegal activity, it is apparent that AMP is run by a collection of officials from the Hamas support network in the United States.
Bazian also promotes modernized versions of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion-type conspiracy theories that have been referenced by Islamists for decades. In his narrative it's always about wealthy hidden hands that puppeteer the most powerful institutions from behind a curtain. He has taught his students at Zaytuna College that this "Islamophobia Industry" is a creation of a war-seeking, military-industrial complex that wants to kill Muslims for profit.
It is their financing that is suspect.
It is CAIR and AMP, not the "Islamophobia Network," that is closely associated with extremist and even terrorist financing. As Clarion Project has reported, CAIR has raised money from dubious foreign sources in possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, in addition to their apparent violation of their tax-exempt status. There are also detailed reports outlining alleged money-laundering by CAIR to disguise its donors.
Clarion Project also reported the little-noticed fact that CAIR sued two adversaries and "was so desperate to keep their records hidden from the American public that they voluntarily dismissed the case and dropped the lawsuit regarding those charges."
As for AMP, NGO Monitor found that it is incorporated in Illinois but not as a 501 (c)3. For whatever reason, AMP receives its funding through a separate tax-exempt organization with the same address named "Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation." Neither organization's filings can be found on Internet websites like Guidestar.
They believe in lying and media manipulation.
Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas lie all the time. Islamist texts regularly justify or even mandate deception, particularly when dealing with perceived adversaries of the Muslim world (as they surely view the "Islamophobia Network").
Two of CAIR's founders, including its current executive director, were at a secret Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia in 1993. The transcripts show the participants, including one of CAIR's co-founders, emphasizing using deception to influence American public opinion and how to play tricks with semantics. There was no room for interpretation.
Federal prosecutors said in a court filing:
"From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists...the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists."
CAIR has even coached supporters on how to manipulate media coverage.
The new CAIR-AMP "Islamophobia Network" report could be used as an example of the phenomena of projection in a psychology class. They are accusing their adversaries of running a well-funded, deceptive, interconnected network. They assume their opponents are doing this because that is exactly what they are doing.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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