Abu-alwafa 2011-08-22 12:48:49
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
ADL ATTEMPTS TO DEFAME FLORIDA MUSLIMS
Behind-the-scenes smear campaign fails to block speakers
MIAMI, FL, 8/19/03 – (CAIR): A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today said it has learned that the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL) recently engaged in a behind-the-scenes smear campaign designed to
block speakers from taking part in a Muslim event in Florida. That
state’s office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), the
sponsor of the event, said speakers disregarded an ADL letter
smearing other event participants and making false allegations against CAIR.
The ADL sent letters to speakers, including journalists and human rights
activists, scheduled to take part in the August 2nd CAIR-FL banquet in
Ft. Lauderdale, implying that former Congressman (R-Ill.) Paul Findley is an
anti-Semite because “he labored to depict Israel and its American supporters
as a menacing force.” The letter made similar accusations against another
invitee, Rev. Bill Baker, based on statements he allegedly
made in the 1980s. In a letter to CAIR-FL, Baker, who heads Christians and
CAIR itself was targeted by the ADL letter, which repeated a
long-discredited claim that the group sponsored a 1998 conference in New
York during which a speaker made anti-Semitic comments. In fact, CAIR did
not sponsor the event, and no CAIR officials spoke at or attended the
gathering. CAIR’s New York office did not even exist at the time the
conference took place.
“It is disturbing that the ADL, a group claiming to fight bigotry, would
choose to exploit and amplify existing anti-Muslim prejudice by peddling
scurrilous smears based on distortions, fabrications and guilt by
association,” said Altaf Ali, executive director of CAIR-FL. “If we thought
an invited speaker did indeed hold anti-Semitic views, that person would
quickly be disinvited. We thank all those who stood up to this attempt
at religious exclusion to make our event such a success.” Ali invited the
ADL’s Florida office to enter into a dialogue on the issue of Muslim
participation in American society.
He noted that this was not the first time the ADL sought to exclude American
Muslims from the public arena. In November of 2001, the group
attempted to bar CAIR’s Los Angeles office from taking part in a hearing on
hate crimes. That same year, the Florida Commission on Human Relations
rejected an ADL demand to exclude a Muslim representative from an annual
civil rights conference and the State of California Select Committee on Hate
Crimes turned down a similar demand to prevent a Muslim leader from offering
testimony at a public hearing. In early 2002, the ADL demanded that Muslim
groups be denied the right to offer presentations on Islam to public
officials at a public event in Southern California.
At that time, the ADL’s smear campaign was revealed when the Los Angeles
Times wrote: “Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations such as the
Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense League and [Daniel Pipes’] Middle
East Forum think tank have provided news organizations with
reams of critical documentation on Muslim leaders in recent weeks.” (Los
Angeles Times, 11/3/2001)
The ADL campaign is not limited to American Muslims. In April of 2001, a
federal judge upheld a jury’s findings that the ADL defamed a Colorado
couple by publicly accusing them of being anti-Semitic. U.S. District Court
Judge Edward Nottingham said that evidence was sufficient to support the
jury’s conclusion that the ADL “acted recklessly in its efforts to publicize
what it perceived to be anti-Semitic conduct.”
(Associated Press, 4/4/2001)
In 1999, the ADL agreed to pay $25,000 to a community relations fund and
said it would not spy on other organizations as part of a settlement
with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other groups. The
settlement resolved a class-action lawsuit filed in 1993 that accused the
ADL of spying on Arab-American, pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid groups
and individuals. (Associated Press, 9/28/1999)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL:
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Dkastor6 2011-08-22 12:49:46
what was their fame anyway in the of alla most..most..most..?
Tonk911 2011-08-22 12:51:23
Florida Muslims have had no fame to claim, to start with.
It was Florida Muslim community that served as a temporary shelter for
many of the 9/11 hijackers.
It was Florida where Muslim woman Sultaana Freeman claimed the right
to be photographed for the driver license without showing her face.
It was in Florida where Jesse Maali, under the guise of Palestinian
and Muslim charities, organized $2.5 million money-laundering scheme
on behalf of groups supporting violence in the Middle East.
It was Florida Muslims that produced the now jailed terrorist
professor Sami Amin Al Arian along with three other arab members of
the Palestinian terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
etc., etc., etc….
Jeff 2011-08-25 04:00:12
Like we really care…. duuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh
William s. hub 2011-08-26 10:02:25
How can demons be demonized?