October 21, 2010, - 5:21 pm
Why are Michigan’s major party candidates for Governor speaking at the annual banquet of an anti-Israel organization, which is honoring a Muslim man who helped raise money for HAMAS and who fired a lawyer for being Jewish?
Why Are Rick Snyder & Virg Bernero Feting Islamic Terrorism Fundraisers?
That’s what will happen Friday night as both Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero speak at the American Arab Chamber of Commerce annual banquet honoring Yahya Basha, a CAIR board member who was the national President of the now-defunct American Muslim Council, a HAMAS fundraising arm.
Yahya Basha, HAMAS Fundraiser, Jew-Hater
The American Arab Chamber of Commerce was founded by supporters of Hezbollah who say they started it to change American foreign policy favorable to Israel.
As I’ve previously noted on this site, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce was founded by the openly pro-Hezbollah Ahmed Chebbani and Nasser Beydoun, both Shi’ite Muslims from South Lebanon. Its Chairman, Mr. Beydoun, openly praised Hezbollah as “the martyrs, the freedom fighters” at several pro-Hezbollah rallies in Dearbornistan during the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006. A Dearbornistan-based charity he headed and co-founded was under investigation for sending money to Hezbollah in South Lebanon. One of his two co-founders and fellow officers in the foundation, Kayed Bazzi, was a business partner of indicted fugitive Hezbollah financier Talal Chahine.
Mr. Beydoun, who is currently the organization’s Chairman and was Executive Director of the Chamber for years, and Mr. Chebbani, who heads the organization, told an Egyptian audience that they founded the organization to get America to change its pro-Israel foreign policy. To that end, Beydoun repeatedly signed anti-Israel letters to federal officials, on behalf of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, such as this 2008 anti-Israel letter to then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
The Arab American Chamber of Commerce is hardly better. It’s best known for hosting and organizing the U.S.-Arab Economic Conference in Detroit in 2003, a sponsor of which, the Arab Thought Foundation, was funded by Bakr Bin Laden and Saudi Royals, and hosted an anti-Semitic speaker at a Washington forum.
The Chamber also fiercely supports and enables Muslim illegal aliens in our midst, such as its officer and member Faris Alami, a Palestinian Muslim illegal alien, who came here on a student visa in the 1990s, quickly dropped out of school, married three women for a green card, using one of his wives’ social security numbers illegally, and finally managed to father an anchor baby with his current wife. The Department of Homeland Security tried to deport Mr. Alami for years.
Then, there is the dinner’s honoree, Dr. Yahya Basha, with whom Snyder and Bernero will be sharing the stage. A Syrian native, Dr. Basha is an extremist Muslim, who openly supports terrorist organizations and even helped fund HAMAS.
The organization Dr. Basha headed, the American Muslim Council, raised money for HAMAS, not only through the Holy Land Foundation, but also through the now-imprisoned, convicted felon Abdurahman Alamoudi. The openly anti-Semitic Alamoudi was caught with a briefcase of several hundred thousand dollars in cash he was taking to HAMAS terrorists. He was later convicted of plotting to kill Saudi King Abdullah (who was then Crown Prince) on behalf of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. During this time, Dr. Basha was the head of the organization, American Muslim Council. During his reign, the AMC was shut down and went out of business because of its activities on behalf of HAMAS and its leadership under Basha and Alamoudi. He then went on to head up another equally extremist and openly pro-terrorist organization, the American Muslim Alliance.
In 2008, Dr. Basha was sued by lawyer Beth Desmon after he fired her for being married with a family, just after he had hired her away from her law firm to become the general counsel of Basha Diagnostics. Ms. Desmon also believed she was fired because Dr. Basha discovered she is Jewish. Dr. Basha settled the case, late last year. At a CAIR event I attended in 2004, I was confronted by Dr. Basha, who was then a board member of the Michigan chapter of CAIR. Basha, a wealthy medical doctor, has a medical mill, with buses and the like driving around to give people health tests. He advertises on the radio about giving women mammograms, even though the FDA cited him for shoddy mammograms and faulty equipment (a fact left out of his ads). Not exactly the guy you want checking your breasts.
Sadly, none of this extremism, nor Dr. Basha’s open support for Hezbollah and HAMAS and his refusal to condemn them has ruined his reputation politically. Michigan’s Oakland County Republican Party regularly uses his offices to run their election campaigns. And his extremism apparently isn’t troubling enough for Rick Snyder and Virg Bernero. I expect this from Bernero, who is a radical Democrat and openly supports CAIR and gave an award to CAIR official Dawud Walid a/k/a Delano Anthony Willis, Jr. I expected better from Rick Snyder, who paints himself as a “tough nerd.” Clearly, he isn’t even tough enough to turn down this dinner invitation to be feted by and with extremists. Snyder is leading by 20 points in the polls. He will win and doesn’t need the votes of these Muslim extremists, who don’t vote Republican anyway. He and his press people declined to respond to repeated requests for comment regarding his appearance with Muslim extremists at tomorrow night’s Arab American Chamber of Commerce dinner.
I had planned on voting for Rick Snyder, the Republican candidate for Governor in Michigan. But, now, I will simply throw away my vote and cast it for the Libertarian candidate, whoever he or she is. That both candidates of major parties are at this dinner, tells me there is little principle in either of these men.
Once he’s elected, I and my clients have a few plans for Mr. Snyder vis-a-vis the Muslim extremists with whom he’ll hang tomorrow night. And it will be via the court system, the only place where he’ll be forced to respond and might be held accountable.
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