December 26, 2006, - 1:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Much is being made of Muslim U.S. Congressman-elect Keith Ellison’s speech, this weekend, at the Dearbornistan annual convention of the Muslim American Society (the Muslim Brotherhood) and the jihadist Islamic Circle of North America.
But not much mention has been made of another speaker at the event, Raeed Tayeh. Billed as a national “Muslim youth mentor” and speaking on “Intimidation at School: How to Deal with It,” Tayeh is an odd choice . . . or perhaps a deliberate one.
I know of Tayeh well because in 2002, I debated him on both FOX News’ “O’Reilly Factor” and MSNBC’s “Hardball,” when he was leading a worldwide Muslim boycott of Starbucks on the “grounds” that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is Jewish and had denounced anti-Semitism. Tayeh was also promoting Caribou Coffee, owned by mostly Saudis and employing high-level officers who support homicide bombings of Jews and American soldiers in Iraq.
At the time, Tayeh was the spokesman for a sketchy organization called American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, which had ties to Al-Qaeda and an extremist Southern California mosque and was reportedly rejected by the IRS in its attempts to get 501(c)(3) status. The organization and its website have since disappeared.
I saw Tayeh, again, in 2004, just after several Americans were beheaded by Muslims in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. He was MCing a Dearbornistan fundraiser for HAMAS-front charity Islamic Relief Worldwide, at which the “entertainment” was young Muslim American boys wearing American, British, and Israeli flags simulating beheadings on each other.
Tayeh, a former employee of the HAMAS-front group Islamic Association for Palestine, worked for several organizations tied to Islamic terrorist organizations and his activities are well-known in support of anti-Semitism.
Even wacko ex-Rep. Cynthia McKinney a/k/a “Jihad Cindy” fired Tayeh in November 2001 for writing an anti-Semitic letter to Capitol Hill newspaper, “The Hill,” questioning the loyalty of Jewish Members of Congress and the Senate.
Before that, he was filmed at a pro-HAMAS, pro-Hezbollah rally in front of the Clinton White House shouting statements about how Palestine was “from the river to the sea” (ie., all of Israel). Also of note, Tayeh was a “mediator” on behalf of convicted terrorist Fawaz Abu Damrah (see also, here), Imam of the Cleveland Mosque, who deservedly now rots in jail.
Tayeh is, indeed, an interesting choice for a “mentor” for anyone. That these Muslim organizations would choose this open supporter of terrorism, jihad, and bigotry to “mentor” their kids, tells us everything we need to know about them. And everything we already knew.
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