Middle East studies in the News
Of Democrats and Co-Conspirators [on Ingrid Mattson]
IPT News (Investigative Project on Terrorism)
On Sunday, Ingrid Mattson, the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), participated in a "public interfaith service of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists" at the opening of this week's Democratic National Convention. While there is nothing wrong with a "public interfaith service" in and of itself, the invited guests and speakers can raise legitimate questions about the motives and mindset of the organizers. Mattson's presence does just that.
Reporting on Mattson's appearance, the website for the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera stated:
Aside from reaching out to a handful of naïve Jews and Christians for "interfaith" dialogue, constantly whining about "Islamophobia" and claiming that the U.S. government's "war against terror" is, in fact, a "war against Islam," one wonders just what ISNA has done to "combat extremism."
Mattson's organization, ISNA, is currently an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Hamas-fundraising case in U.S. history, against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). In petitioning the federal district court in Dallas to remove itself unindicted co-conspirator status, ISNA's attorneys conceded substantial financial ties to top-Hamas operatives, claiming merely that such documentary evidence dated back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, before Hamas was officially designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
Whatever the dates of those financial transactions, they included money transfers to top Hamas official Musa Abu Marzook, as we have previously reported:
Adding to that, ISNA's on the record, public support for Hamas continued even after the group was designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S. government. Again, as we have reported:
And in the September/October 1997 issues, two and a half years after the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group, Islamic Horizons published an article describing Marzook as:
That hard core Hamas apologia is straight out of the mouth of an organization which now claims, on the front page of its website, in a press release titled, "Setting the Record Straight," that ISNA "has never supported any terrorist organization." Of course, they refer to Hamas as disliked by the "Zionist Entity" merely for its "Islamic orientation" and that a top Hamas leader was held in prison in the U.S. at the "whims of" Zionists. That very Hamas leader proceeded to thank ISNA for its support. That "thank you" was more than two years after Hamas was designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.
In "Setting the Record Straight," ISNA also denies its longstanding, well documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. At least in its court filing, ISNA assumes the authenticity of the documents and then proceeds to claim that they are too old or dated to matter. But on its web page, ISNA fails to address those documents at all. Rather, ISNA has reverted to its tried and true method of complete denial and claiming it is the victim of a "fear" campaign by individuals "whose malicious bias against Muslim Americans and their organizations is well-known." It is certainly much easier to claim that than to address the facts, which ISNA is well aware would be an extremely problematic endeavor.
No one should worry that its magazine praised and defended a Hamas leader, and that the very same Hamas leader publicly thanked ISNA, or that there are documented financial transfers to that same Hamas leader. The ISNA leadership is "moderate," and to prove it, they participate in "public interfaith services."
Meanwhile, we reported in July that ISNA's library page on its website contained genocidal language against Jews:
But this point should be made clear: one month before ISNA's president participated at an "interfaith" service to kick off the Democratic National Convention, her organization's website contained the line: "The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them." That has been on ISNA's website for years. That is all you need to know about ISNA's "interfaith" bona fides. If only the organizers of the Democratic National Convention cared about such sentiments.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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