November 3, 2006, - 8:12 am

ISLAMerica: Michigan Gubernatorial Candidates Pander to Hezbollah

By Debbie Schlussel
Two Michigan religious minorities–Muslims and Jews–are playing an interesting role in the state’s Gubernatorial election, next week. It’s a lesson in how legitimizing extremists can come back to bite the legitimizers. And how pandering politicians will do anything for a vote, even if it means sucking up to extremist terrorism supporters and agents–how politicians are willing to sell their souls to those who stand by the Hezbollah murder of over 300 U.S. Marines and civilians.
During the summer’s war between Israel and Hezbollah, Osama Siblani was vocal and steadfast in his praise of the “Hezbollah martyrs.” At a rally in front of the Dearborn City Hall, he asked protesters to have a moment of silence for them, “the heroes.” He was identified a few months ago as an agent of Hezbollah by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah. Siblani, editor and publisher of the Arab American News, is a Shi’ite Muslim from Lebanon.



Michigan GOP Gov. Candidate Dick DeVos

@ Pro-Hezbo/Divestment ACCESS’ Banquet


Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

w/Extremist Hezbo Supporter Imam Hassan Qazwini

Jewish community leaders–who’ve constantly feted this man over the years–were taken aback by Siblani’s comments. But the remarks are nothing new from anything he’s ever said or written. His newspaper consistently celebrates HAMAS, Hezbollah, and once ran a cover story honoring Louis Farrakhan’s birthday. Yet, over the years, Detroit Jewish leaders–who bend over backwards so much, you’d think they’re limbo champs–repeatedly broke pita with Mr. Siblani and, ultimately, legitimized him. Arthur Horwitz, leftist publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, had regular lunch meetings with Siblani. His editor, Bob Sklar, constantly featured Siblani’s quotes and statements in an approving way, including a special Jewish News feature featuring the voice of Arabs and Muslims right after 9/11.
But something happened during this summer’s war against Lebanon. Horwitz and Sklar were suddenly shocked–shocked!–by Siblani’s pro-Hezbollah comments. Apparently, they were temporarily awakened from their slumber by their less left-wing readers. Enter Michigan’s close gubernatorial race, to be decided on Tuesday.
Siblani also heads the Arab American Political Action Committee, a Muslim-dominated organization of questionable influence. AAPAC’s Secretary, Lola Elzein, sent me death threats and threatened to rape, torture, and murder me, my parents, and grandparents. She also denied the Holocaust. Siblani endorses all of this, and Elzein remains an officer of his PAC. And, so, apparently, does the Detroit Jewish News, which has refused to cover the story.
In early September, Michigan Republican gubernatorial challenger Dick DeVos was scheduled to meet with Siblani’s Arab American PAC. Jewish News editors feigned outrage about this man, Siblani, whom they, themselves, elevated to respectable status. They editorialized against the meeting citing Siblani’s comments. And DeVos cancelled the meeting. Not so fast. Siblani and his Islamofascist compatriots whined about the meeting, and under pressure from crotchety, moral equivalency-touting Detroit talk show host Frank Beckmann (who loves to kiss the rear of Siblani and “former” Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad on the air), DeVos met with them after all.
It’s not that Siblani and friends changed their views on terrorism and Hezbollah. It’s just that DeVos wants their votes, as does his opponent, Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. And both are willing to whore themselves out to these Hezbollah supporters to win. And it’s that Jewish News officials who legitimized terror agent and supporter Siblani for years woke up too late. Their half-assed protests were too little, too late, too insincere given their record.
Last spring, Rabbi Bunni Friedman–who fancies himself a political kingmaker in Detroit’s Orthodox Jewish community and stunned fellow members of his community by opposing Ward Connerly’s efforts to end affirmative action discrimination in Michigan–invited Orthodox and traditional Jews to his home to meet and ask DeVos questions about his race for governor. The e-mail invitation included a picture of DeVos in front of the Kotel, the Western Wall of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
At the event, DeVos spoke of his trip to Israel and his visit to the Kotel. But when it came to issues having to do with terrorism and Israel, the picture was a fraud. DeVos wasn’t having any of it, and his speech stuck to repealing Michigan’s Small Business Tax. He didn’t want to take any questions. But I asked them, anyway. DeVos waffled on questions regarding Israel and the State of Michigan, with his friend Rabbi Friedman trying to silence the questions. One of those questions was about ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.
Because Michigan has the most concentrated Muslim population outside of the Middle East, the state has become a microcosm of Islamist influence. Arab agencies catering to Muslims and endorsing divestment from Israel get millions in funding from the state.
That includes ACCESS. It was a sponsor of the 2002 Divestment Conference at the University of Michigan. Its federal job-training money apparently went to fund commercial driving lessons for members of an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell. And ACCESS opposed adding Hezbollah–and other Islamic terror groups–to the State Department Terrorist List. Its Arab American National Museum features several anti-Israel exhibits. ACCESS’ offices were raided by the FBI in 2002 because the agency was involved in enabling pregnant Muslim foreigners to get Medicaid to have their babies delivered in the United States.
DeVos and his wife Betsy, former Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, were honored guests at ACCESS’ 35th anniversary banquet, this year. (ACCESS chief and founder Ismael Ahmed was a Howard Dean Delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ran Jesse Jackson’s Michigan Presidential campaign.) When I asked him, DeVos refused to declare that he will not give state funds to organizations that support Hezbollah or divestment from Israel.
DeVos’ opponent, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, is tight with ACCESS, too. She was Michigan’s Attorney General at the time ACCESS was being investigated by her office. Yet, she named ACCESS’ chief and founder, Ismael Ahmed, as Chair of her transition team, not long after the FBI raids. And she’s appointed ACCESS officials to various State committees and commissions.
I asked DeVos whether he opposed divesting the State of Michigan’s assets from companies that do business with Israel, something his friends at ACCESS and the Arab American PAC are pushing. He hemmed and hawed and finally said he opposed divestment, promising to put a statement to that effect on his website, so his Islamist friends would see it. To date–just a few days before the election–the promised statement has never been posted.
Maybe someone will remind these two–Granholm and DeVos–that Michigan is in the Middle West, not the Middle East. Until then, the pandering to extremist Muslims will continue in Michigan politics.
And soon–very soon–the rest of America.

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7 Responses

Let Red Ryder explain all of this for you…
Lefties, especially of the Jewish variety, hate most of all White Christians, absurdly conflating the Nazis–at best a pagan movement–with White Christians, so they have to be on the other side.
This makes for strange results and bedfellows, indeed:
1. The “historic” relationship between liberal Jews and Blacks, even with their constant “Schwartze” put-downs in private, stems from their even greater hatred of White Christians. The Blacks, you see, are supposedly lined up against the Whites, also. Interestingly, this also invokes the notion that Jews often don’t consider themselves as “White” since that would betray their tribal identity, I guess. The fact that many Blacks are openly anti-Semitic seems to matter not at all.
2. The patently ridiculous apologist attitude portrayed by Leftist Jews toward the Muslims who would readily kill them, stems from their even greater hatred, as absurd as that seems, of White Christians. The Muslims line up against the Christians, and so should they. This attitude goes all the way back to the so-called Golden era of the Jews in Spain. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for them then, and will not work for them now.
3. Those on the Left stupidly think that the Nazis–a socialist movement–were somehow on the Right, and therefore must oppose all on the Right. Actually, these Left and Right designations came out of the French Revolution, and while Left could be properly interpreted as Socialist/Communist, the Right is simply opposed to that. I realize that Stalin and Hitler ended up as enemies, but were also allies for awhile. They were still both on the Left.
Truth be told, there was scant difference–especially to a Jew–in living under Stalin or Hitler.
4. Finally, nearly politicians are these days little more than whores, so none of their actions should surprise. Still, props to Debbie for exposing these useless eaters to the light of day.
P.S. We need a lot more right-wing Jews.

Red Ryder on November 3, 2006 at 9:06 am

So Michigan’s choice is between 2 pols who suck-up to the terror supporting Arab lobby–and it does make me sick.
Question-When will someone stand for something on real principles in Michigan politics without trying to play to BOTH sides? We see the same thing with Granholm and Devos both opposing proposal 2–to stop quota affirmative action programs displacing the most qualified persons in favor of set asides agendas. It would seem DeVos is doing this out of fear of a Detroit voter backlash, as if he will get more than 10% of the city votes anyway–some leader!
As far as Mr. Siblani goes, I have heard what goes on on WJR, our strongest AM radio station that has been like a Detroit area community “heartbeat” for many listeners for generations going back a ways. Every time some muslims blow something up or commit a new attrocity that gets many people riled up, Beckmann has Mr.Siblani on to give the “we are totally against terror” speech. Then in the next sentence will plead the good intentions of Arab terrorists and their Michigan accomplices. The effect is a that of a bad air freshener–it still stinks. The effect is that of granting legitimacy to those who don’t deserve the big microphone.
I called Mr. Siblani on one of his rants on Beckmann’s show –he was on to say how insensitive it was for westerners to insult Arabs by running cartoons of Muhammed with a bomb-turban. Recall that several protests/riots were going on in Europe and Africa because the imams were offended at the cartoons. I called in and asked Mr. Siblani directly, “what is untrue about the cartoon?” Of course he never answered directly and gave some doublespeak.
The thing that has amazes me on WJR is that I NEVER hear the voices of those who want to call the terror supporing accomplices to account (oh yeah, we do a little with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin who are on WJR– but these are national syndication programs). I know that plenty of us in this area have had it with selling out to the Arab terror voices in disguise–so I think they are losing listeners like me who see them as sellouts now.
I am grateful that Debbie is there to take these guys on. Stop igonoring the truth WJR! The truth is coming after you and will expose your sellouts for what they are–abetting the terrorists. Stop sucking up to the Arab lobby.
And as for Michigan and our elected pols–G-d help up us for having such pathetic candidates who are such a– kissers.

BB on November 3, 2006 at 9:39 am

(There are exceptions)but I’ve always believed that “Jewish leaders”(schmucks/ettes referred to as “leaders”) in Detroit are basically in the worst tradition of The Judenrat(“Jewish leaders”)who
were considered reps of The Jewish People by The Nazi’s during the Holocaust era.As a Jew who lives in Detroit-and who refuses to subscribe to or buy JN(The Detroit Jewish News)-the above story is no surprise.

jaywilton on November 3, 2006 at 9:42 am

I want to know if the FBI is monitoring, conducting around the clock surveillance of the Muslims of Michigan.
The FBI is probably busy there, but I think it is time to do some arrests and deportation if this government is claiming to be tough on terrorism.
Why in the world spending billions of Dollars, sending our boys and gals to their death overseas when the Muslim terrorists are welcomed, and roam freely in America and especially in Michigan?
If George W. Bush is serious about national security, he better start proving it by fighting homegrown terrorists first, stopping immigration of Muslims, arresting and deporting them.
If we want to live in peace and security, we need to clean America from Islam and the Muslims.

Independent Conservative on November 3, 2006 at 10:05 am

Excellent comments, Red Ryder. Too many of our so-called leaders are setting us up for a future beheading at the hands of Muslim fanatics.

FreethinkerNY on November 3, 2006 at 5:35 pm

British Jews to this day have enough pride to boycott the city of York, which massacred its Jews in 1190. American Jews should make the same statement: boycott Detroit and let the affluent suburbs rot just like the city has.

shleppy on November 4, 2006 at 8:01 am

Wow! Debbie, thanks for bringing us this information. I’m so glad I found your website. I’m a local guy and didn’t realize how tightly the two major parties are to the Islamofascists. This concerns me very much.

theclassiclib on November 4, 2006 at 4:45 pm

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