U.S. Muslim Group With Close Ties To The White House To Host Tunisia’s Jew-Hating PM

The Islamic Society of North America  has deep ties to the Obama administration. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s most trusted confidant, was the keynote speaker at their 2009 convention. And Ingrid Mattson, the group’s former president, was invited by Obama to deliver a prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports:

A major American Islamist organization close to the Obama administration will host Tunisian Islamist Rachid Ghannouchi at its national conference in late August. The invitation is one of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) most visible engagements with Islamist politics taking charge in the Middle East.

Despite ISNA’s insistence that Ghannouchi is “an advocate of religious tolerance and freedom, women’s rights, [and] non-violent leadership,” the chief of Tunisia’s Ennahda party has an extremist record.

Ghannouchi was denied a visa to the United States in the 1990s and much of this decade for a series of violently anti-American comments. He was only admitted into the country last year for a whirlwind tour, which included the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and several think tanks, after his party won power in Tunisian elections.

Since then, the Ennahda party won a plurality in Tunisian parliamentary elections, and Ghannouchi has hosted a visit by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and advocated for the repatriation of Tunisian al-Qaida members from prisons overseas.

He has also voiced support for Palestinian terrorism and the political legitimization of Hamas. The Arab Spring “will achieve positive results on the path to the Palestinian cause and threaten the extinction of Israel,” he said in a May 2011 interview with the Al Arab Qatari website. “The liberation of Palestine from Israeli occupation represents the biggest challenge facing the Umma [Muslim nation] and the Umma cannot have existence in light of the Israeli occupation.”

In 2009 he stirred up controversy with calls to “strike terror” into the hearts of Israelis with Qassam rockets. In June 2001, he appeared in an al-Jazeerah panel discussion in which he blessed the mothers of Palestinian suicide bombers:

“I would like to send my blessings to the mothers of those youth, those men who succeeded in creating a new balance of power…I bless the mothers who planted in the blessed land of Palestine the amazing seeds of these youths, who taught the international system and the Israel [sic] arrogance, supported by the US, an important lesson. The Palestinian woman, mother of the Shahids (martyrs), is a martyr herself, and she has created a new model of woman.”

To read Daniel E. Rogell’s full story, click here.

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  1. Johnny
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    When Tel Aviv is burning from a nuclear attack and there is partying in the streets of Gaza and Cairo, liberal Jewish Democrats will insist with a straight face that Obama is the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House.

    And most American Jews will believe it.

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    • AliasJoe
      Posted May 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      They will also claim the attack is because of American greed and arrogance — both, of course, brought on by the religious right.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Johnny, Alias Joe:

      Progressive Jews are pretty much the ideological replication of the liberal Jews who supported Communism and Stalinism, insisting that the Soviets were the best friends the Jews ever had.

      Nothing changes.

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