September 22, 2004, - 3:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A guy who wrote and performed a song called “Peace Train” could never be a terrorist, right?
Why was the “artist” formerly known as Cat Stevens denied entry to the U.S., yesterday?
Maybe it has something to do with Yusuf Islam (his latest name du jour) a/k/a Stevens a/k/a Stephen Georgiou’s ties to terror groups. Or maybe it has something to do with Stevens’ obsession with spreading hate around the world.
While the world knows him as the guy who sang “Peace Train,” the real tune Stevens/Islam has been singing reeks of fatwas, anti-Semitism, HAMAS front-groups, and Al-Qaeda fundraisers.
Here are some of Mr. Peace Train’s “peaceful” activities:
Cat Stevens supports murdering critics of Islam.
Remember Salman Rushdie, Muslim author of “The Satanic Verses,” who dared criticize Islam? Remember how Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the vigilante murder of Rushdie? Islam/Stevens/Georgiou supported that death sentence.
In Yusuf Islam’s “Wild World”, you have the freedom to write terribly annoying songs. But dare write critically about the religion of head-choppers, and your head is destined for Chop-Chop Square, with Mr. Peace Train’s full support.
Cat Stevens hates Jews.
He’ll apparently ride the “Peace Train” only if there aren’t any Jews or other “infidels” anywhere near the tracks. Yes, in 1988, the singer of “Peace Train” authored an “informational pamphlet,” called “Eyewitness,” containing these peaceful words:
“The Jews seem neither to respect God nor his creation. Their own holy books contain the curse of God brought upon them by their prophets on account of their disobedience to Him and mischief in the earth. We have seen the disrespect for religion displayed by those who consider themselves to be ‘God’s chosen people.’…There will be no justice until all the land is given back to its rightful owners… Only Islam can bring peace back to the Holy Land.”
Cat Stevens’ HAMAS Buddies.
It’s not just what Islam ne Stevens wrote in the anti-Semitic pamphlet, it’s for whom he wrote it: the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a HAMAS front-group with ties to Al-Qaeda.
Founded with a $490,000.00 check from the personal bank account of indicted HAMAS political director of Moussa Abu Marzook, IAP distributed the HAMAS charter, official HAMAS intifada communiqués issued from Gaza, and HAMAS glory records, which are tributes to HAMAS’ "violent successes" and lists of all the infidels it murdered. IAP also produces HAMAS training and recruitment videos.
IAP’s finances and board were entwined with those of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which in December 2001, the U.S. government shut down and froze the assets of, saying that it finances HAMAS. IAP is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the parents of David Boim, an American teenager murdered by HAMAS.
In December 2001, federal authorities deported IAP leader Ghassan Dahduli on immigration violations. Dahduli’s name was found in the address book of Wadih El-Hage, Osama bin Laden’s former finance chief and personal secretary, who was convicted in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in east Africa.
Not surprising, Cat Stevens won’t condemn HAMAS.
Cat Stevens & Al-Qaeda
In May 1999, Stevens/Islam was the keynote speaker at the “Second ‘United for Al-Quds Conference.’” Al-Quds is the Islamic name for Jerusalem. The conference was sponsored by the “Who’s Who” of America’s radical Muslim groups which support terror and refuse to denounce HAMAS and Hezbollah (which murdered over 300 American marines and civilians in the 1980s, while they slept).
One of the main sponsors of this conference was American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice. The group, which spearheads the Muslim boycott of Starbucks (because its CEO is Jewish), was founded and run by the late Mahboob Khan, who raised money for Al-Qaeda at the Santa Clara mosque he founded and headed. In the late ‘90s, Khan twice brought Al-Qaeda deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri, himself, into the US on a fake passport, to raise the money at the mosque. (Incredibly, Khan’s son, Suhail Khan, is a Bush political appointee and chief legal counsel to the Federal Highway Administration, where he has access to transport schedules for major weaponry and hazardous materials.)
True to form, Stevens, in his keynote speech at the conference, entitled “Jerusalem: The First and Last Scene of Faith’s Struggle” (a speech about Jihad for Jerusalem), said the Jews “were lowered to abject levels of disgrace and dishonor.”
Cat Stevens’ Map of Hate
Cat Stevens’ map of the world looks just like Al-Qaeda’s, HAMAS’, and Islamic Jihad’s map of the world. His website’s map lists every country – EXCEPT, there’s no Israel. Instead, there’s a new country, called “Holyland” in its place. Click on the blank map on Cat Stevens’ personal website to reveal the hidden state names on his “revised” planet. Hmmmm . . . . Let me guess: the new Prime Minister of “Holyland” is name Abu-something or other. Stevens calls this “small kindness.”
Cat Stevens & Terrorist Cronies, Ad Nauseam
In September 1999, Stevens delivered the five-time daily call to prayer at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual conference. At the event, he and NBA Star Tariq Abdul-Wahad attacked America’s freedoms.
Saudi-funded ISNA is at the forefront of promoting extremist Wahhabi Islam and owns and controls at least 27% of America’s mosques and many American Islamic schools through an ISNA subsidiary, the Islamic Trust. Stevens was invited for this honor by ISNA’s then-chief, Muzammil Siddiqi, a prominent, radical Muslim who openly supports martyrdom, jihad, and making the US a Muslim country. Siddiqi opposes Muslims serving in the U.S. military and used ISNA to raise money for HAMAS’ Political Director Marzook and the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
Cat Stevens HAMAS Buddies, II
Stevens was the featured main speaker at a Virginia fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on November 11, 1996.
Former FBI counterterrorism chief Oliver “Buck” Revell calls CAIR a HAMAS front group. CAIR got its seed money from IAP (and therefore, from HAMAS), as well as its founder/executive director, Nihad Awad, who was an IAP employee. Awad, an avowed HAMAS supporter, compared Hezbollah to Patrick Henry and the founding fathers. After the 9/11 attacks, CAIR spokesman Ibrahi Hooper refused to specifically denounce Bin Laden. CAIR designated the conviction of the “blind cleric,” Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as a hate-crime. Like IAP and ISNA, CAIR strongly supports HAMAS and Hezbollah and receives significant Saudi funding. Its spokesman, Hooper, and Board Chairman, Omar Ahmad, support making the United States into a Muslim country.
Now CAIR is returning the favor — whining about Stevens’ refused U.S. entry, just like they kvetch over every deported terror supporter.
Cat Stevens Favorite Radical Cleric
Then, there’s Cat Stevens’ favorite radical Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, whom he met with less than a month after the 9/11 attacks. Yusuf, with whom Stevens is close, was under investigation at the time for this speech two days before the attacks: “This country is facing a terrible fate. … This country stands condemned. It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did — and lest people forget that Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.” Unfortunately, President Bush invited him to the White House, where he was when FBI agents knocked on his California door.
At a 1995 ISNA conference, Yusuf delivered this speech: “The Jews would have us believe that God has this bias to this little small tribe in the Middle of the Sinai desert and all the rest of humanity is just rubbish. I mean that this is the basic doctrine of the Jewish religion and that’s why it is a most racist religion."
Clearly, Cat Stevens is not your garden-variety has-been ‘70s pop singer. Nope. He’s your garden-variety has-been ‘70s pop singer turned Muslim turned Islamo-fascist.
“They have hijacked my religion,” Stevens told Britain’s “The Independent,” after 9/11. But, it sounds like he’s hijacked his religion. Or, maybe, it has hijacked him.
Fortunately, the Department of Homeland Security is deporting Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam on a “Peace Train” back to where he slithered from.
Now, if only they would send his radical Muslim friends in America along with a one-way ticket.