CAIR’s man in LA tweets

The mainstream media treat CAIR as a benign civil rights organization. Yet it was established by supporters of Hamas and earned its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal case brought by the United States against the Holy Land Foundation for supporting Hamas. Indeed, Andy McCarthy characterizes CAIR as a spawn of Hamas in his helpful account of the group’s origins and purposes.

Now Daniel Pipes explicates the tweet below by Hussam Ayloush, the long-time head of CAIR’s Los Angeles office. Ayloush tweeted just as Trump’s victory became apparent: “Ok, repeat after me: Al-Shaab yureed isqat al-nizaam. (Arab Spring chant).” That second line is Arabic (“الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام‎‎”) for “The people wants to bring down the regime.” In other words, Pipes asserts, “Ayloush unambiguously and directly called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.” I think Ayoush has left himself some wiggle room, but I respsect Pipes’s opinion. He knows what he’s talking about.

Pipes comments:

1) Ayloush may be the most vicious of the CAIR leaders. So far as I know, for example, he’s the only one of them to bandy about the term “Zionazi,” as evidenced in his e-mail…dated March 18, 2002.

(2) Ayloush is not a marginal figure but someone with access to the heights of American power, including the White House. According to an Investigative Project on Terrorism analysis in 2012, he was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. [and]…attended at least two White House meetings….

(3) The dawning of Donald Trump’s victory was apparently a trying moment for Ayloush, so he let loose with an emotion he’d normally have kept under wraps.

In other words, he offered a rare, candid insight into the mind of one CAIR apparatchik.

(4) According to 18 U.S. Code § 2385, “Advocating overthrow of Government”:

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States … Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

So, journalists, editors, and producers: do please note what CAIR stands for.

Well, we can dream. In the meantime I want to add Pipes’s note to our long-running commentary on CAIR.

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