October 10, 2008, - 1:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT UPDATE ON MAHDI BRAY’S ANTI-SEMITISM ****
Remember Mazen Asbahi? Barack Hussein Obama’s first Muslim outreach director was fired for his connections to the Muslim Brotherhood (but is apparently still involved in the Obama campaign).
Now, Asbahi’s replacement, Minha Husaini, will probably have to go, too. You see, she attended a meeting with Asbahi and a number of terror-supporting Muslim groups that the FBI and Department of Justice say are fronts for HAMAS and other Muslim Brotherhood terrorist groups. Oh, and a number of the people at the meeting–like Mahdi Bray–have openly supported anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorist groups:
The Obama campaign said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states.
Minha Husaini, newly named as head of the campaign’s outreach coordinator to Muslims, attended a discussion session Sept. 15 with about 30 Muslim leaders and community members in suburban Washington, the Obama campaign confirmed. Participants included leaders of the Council of American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, which have been cited by the government in the past for ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
In August, the campaign’s previous coordinator, Mazen Asbahi, resigned over a similar issue. . . .
Mr. Asbahi, who also attended the meeting now entangling Ms. Husaini, resigned after questions arose about his brief tenure on the board of an Islamic investment fund along with a controversial Illinois imam. At the time, campaign officials said he was stepping down because he didn’t want to become a distraction for the campaign.
Thursday, campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, responding to questions about the September session in Springfield, Va., said Ms. Husaini wouldn’t have attended had she known that Council of American-Islamic Relations and Muslim American Society leaders were going to be there.
Baloney. These groups will be welcome in a Barack White House (and not so unwelcome in a McCain one).
Mr. LaBolt said campaign workers’ efforts are aimed at acquaint Muslim voters with Sen. Obama’s positions and to work on voter turnout. “We have a whole faith outreach effort that includes interacting with mosque leaders,” he said.
One attendee at the Springfield meeting was Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation. The Justice Department has asserted in court proceedings that the society’s organizers were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a global group promoting political Islam.
Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, also attended the session, as did the group’s legislative director. The government named CAIR an unindicted coconspirator in the Justice Department’s racketeering prosecution last year of alleged Hamas fund-raisers. CAIR said the designation was unjustified; the case ended in a mistrial, but is being brought again by the government.
Mr. Awad declined to comment. Mr. Bray didn’t respond to a request for comment. The Obama campaign said it couldn’t comment on Mr. Asbahi’s attendance at the session.
Mahdi Bray is openly anti-Semitic and, like Awad (who also goes by the name Nehad Hammad), is a vocal supporter of HAMAS and Hezbollah.
The thing is, the Bush Administration and Democrats and Republicans of all stripes have unfortunately feted these groups and individuals, lending them legitimacy when they never should have had any. Is this the beginning of the end?
Don’t hold your breath. It’s only the beginning of our end.
Yid With Lid and NBC have more.
**** IMPORTANT UPDATE: I’m reminded that I wrote about Mahdi Bray, who was at the meeting with Obama’s Muslim outreach chica, in the Detroit Free Press in 2002:
In October 1998, Mahdi Bray coordinated and led a Washington rally of 2,000 people, during which he played the tambourine as the crowd repeated, “Let’s all go into jihad, and throw stones at the face of the Jews.”
On Dec. 22, 2000, Bray organized and spoke at a rally outside the White House at which the emcee and crowd chanted responsively in Arabic: “O Jews, the Army of Muhammad is coming for you!” The Nazi swastika was openly displayed.
Yup, this is the kind of Muslim outreach Barack Hussein Obama is reaching out for.