DOJ & Government Officials Met With CAIR-Florida to Discuss Partnership and Funding
Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held a meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. Leaders from the South Florida Muslim community, with ties to Hamas, were in attendance. According to Frontpage Magazine:
“The Muslim participants of the event, titled ‘Community Resilience Meeting,’ included: Nezar Hamze, the Operations Director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, the Director of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA); and Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, the Legal Counsel for both CAIR-Florida and AMANA. Zakkout and Ruiz are shown prominently on photos from the event found on the CAIR-Florida website and social media.”
Representatives from the government included a U.S. Attorney, two FBI special agents, an official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Acting Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami police chief, Florida State Attorney, a Department of Homeland Security senior official and a U.S. Attorney.
These government officials met to collaborate with Islamists, including representatives from CAIR-Florida, whose Executive Director Hassan Shibly wrote, “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God…” And, in July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a pro-Hamas event in Miami, at which attendees shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.”
The meeting was was convened in order to coordinate efforts in a community resilience program which is a component of the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism project. Also, discussed, reportedly, was government funding for those in attendance who are partnered with the U.S. government, as it is a government funded initiative.
One of CAIR’s leaders in Florida, Nezar Hamze, is also Deputy Sheriff in the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Hamze took advantage of his law enforcement position late last year, by providing fellow Islamists with weapons training. The training was held at a Tampa Bay, Florida mosque which partners with designated terrorist organizations.
At the same time, in Florida, to the chagrin of groups like CAIR, lawmakers are moving quickly to approve a bill that would help Israel. The bill, HB 527: Scrutinized Companies, would crack down on businesses involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It would bar “local governmental entities from entering into contracts with companies” that participate in a boycott of Israel. The Tower reports:
“Launched in 2005, BDS aims to stigmatize and isolate Israel through social, economic, and political boycotts until it accedes to a number of unilateral Palestinian demands. Critics of the campaign have accused it of being discriminatory in tone and intention, and pointed out that many of its leaders have publicly affirmed that they seek Israel’s destruction. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, a hard-line opponent of the two-state solution, said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to ‘resistance by any means, including armed resistance,’ while leading activist As’ad Abu Khalil acknowledged in 2012 that ‘the real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel.’
A coalition of pro-BDS groups including Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) have partnered with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in a bid to defeat HB 527, and sent representatives to attend the appropriations committee hearing on Wednesday.”
CAIR, not just in Florida but nationwide, has been met with resistance by GhostSec, a counterterrorism unit within the Anonymous collective. The group of hacktivists joined the #BanCAIR campaign on Twitter in December and recently launched a #BanCAIR Twitter account as they ramp up their anti-CAIR offensive.