October 21, 2010, - 5:21 pm

GOP, Dem Gov Candidates To Speak @ Anti-Israel Dinner Honoring HAMAS Fundraiser

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

Stay tuned.

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11 Responses

[Debbie – 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.

Stay tuned.]

The suspense is killing me.
I want to know NOW!

I_AM_ME on October 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Maybe we should wait to hear what the candidates say at the forum. Perhaps it’s not likely but one or both might be brave enough to confront their funding of Hamas.

B: Don’t hold your breath. They are speaking on Small Business in Michigan. They have no business–large or small–speaking there. DS

BoKnows on October 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

This is proof once again that we have the best government Saudi petrodollars can buy.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

There’s no principle in men who see nothing wrong in playing to the jihadist gallery in this country.

If you can’t vote for them – vote for someone else or don’t vote at all!

NormanF on October 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Could there be a chance they don’t know? I mean heck I wouldn’t know this stuff if I did not read the blog.

S: It’s their job to research this stuff, but since they didn’t, I called to ask why Rick Snyder is going to this event, but his staff repeatedly declined to respond. Tells me exactly what kind of governor he’ll be. Don’t look for Michigan to get better under either of these guys. DS

sharon on October 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I suspect that because Michigan holds the largest Arab-Muslim-Muslim-Arab population in the USA, many of Michigan’s pols find it necessary to pander to that particular racial- religious group;I’m not saying this is right. We all know most politicians will sell their soul for a vote and/or campaign contributions.

The more I see of the realities of Islam the more I hate it. I now see it more for what it is…a cruel, unyielding and hate filled socio-political ideology bent on world domination. I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt but now I say, Bring on The Crusades part II.

Cuinn on October 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

wow who’s that gorgeous reporter ?

in love on October 22, 2010 at 4:29 am

I grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and lived in Dearborn Heights when I moved out at 18. I lived there only about 7 months because I had to schlep all the way to Bloomfield Hills for work. While I was there, Detroit did have the largest Arab Muslim population in the world, that is, outside of the Middle East. While I didn’t have an opportunity to meet many Arab men and women (West Bloomfield is diverse only insofar as it has a large Jewish population and still does), those I did meet, who frequented the clubs (then called “bars”) in Farmington Hills, were kind-hearted, caring and funny.

Of course, none of these people were extremist Muslims and they would date a Jewish woman in a heartbeat, as long as she met the usual requirements that most all men look for. In fact, most of the Arab men I met wanted to date non-Muslim, non-Arab women because they wanted to marry a chaste woman, and if you want to have an “overnight date,” how much better to have one with someone not in your cultural/religious community.

Anyway, things have really changed there. When I was there, Senator Levin was in office, and he was quite liberal. Is he still there? I am a Jewish conservative, and while we are hard to find at times, we are out there and proud! Anyway, it is one thing to be liberal, it’s quite another to cow-tow to extremists.

I would love to put this on my facebook, but I fear it will be taken incorrectly. I am part of some Jewish organizations and one of our members I think has a Muslim parent; he is Jewish, practices Judaism and is highly observant. Also, there are Muslims that visit one Jew’s sites that had a lot of misgivings about Judaism. Others were downright antisemitic. However, this one friend took the time to challenge their thinking, and while I would have barred them from my facebook page in a New York minute, he did not. Several people have “come around” to correct thinking. So, I have to be careful. Why? I’m a conservative who faces the truth.

While it’s not the same thing, people who say things about Jews and Israel usually are antisemitic. Now, those who say negative things about Muslim extremism and Arabs that want Israel to give up all her land (as well as those who do not even recognize Israel’s right to exist!) are not anti-Muslim. We are anti-antisemitic. When Jews become extremists and become violent, then the world can hate us. Of course, much of the world hates us anyway. We are dam-ed if we do and dam-ed if we don’t.

Another reason is that I was reckless (truly) when I emailed (but thank goodness did not “share” on facebook) a few photos that showed Muslims taking up whole streets in New York, from where police obviously had to divert traffic. I doubted they would do it for Christians and Jews and I was outraged that the CITY police rerouted drivers, when the left wants no govt connected in any way toward religious issues.

Well, I had not checked the veracity of these photos. I got hit with an angry email, so I went to truthorfiction.com, which examines these kind of things. The real deal was that these Muslims pray in the street once a year, not every Friday. My sister-in-law who has lived in the city for 65 years said that Jews do the same thing once a year on Rosh Hashana and Christian Catholics do it on Christmas Eve for mass. In other words, there was no PC or tolerance of Muslims using city streets that was not also afforded Christians and Jews.

Needless to say, I had to send apologies to everyone. So, while I’d like to post this on my facebook, I need to check out every fact first. This is no reflection on Debbie. I just want to be able to say that I checked out the facts. People used to send me stuff by Glenn Beck. Then I saw his antisemitic rantings.

PS: Um, this is my original work and research, so thanks for appointing yourself my unnecessary “fact-checker,” but you won’t be able to do this. And given your statements about Muslim men dating Jewish women, thus being okay, you’re definitely not up to the job. What an ignorant statement. You really think that because a Muslim is an equal opportunity sperm donor and has no problem with Jewish hos (you sound like you might have “dated” (euphemism) one of them?) being their sperm receptacles, this means they are “kind” and good people. Wow, you really need to wake the heck up. Try doing that, instead of appointing yourself the decider of the truth of my work, which is absolutely solid and the result of my original reporting and research that an ignoramus like you can’t hope to duplicate. The fact that you are too wimpy to post this b/c you might insult someone is disgusting and big part of why we have this problem with Muslims in America. People like you are more worried about offending liberals than telling the truth and avoiding more deaths from Islamic terrorists. DS

Pamela Shapiro on October 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Snyder and Bernero are both dumbells. Bernero is also taking money from Matty Moroun, which stinks. I won’t vote for either.

Truth on October 25, 2010 at 7:11 am

I regret what I filled in on my absentee ballot now. I felt this year wasn’t one to throw away my vote on libertarians, like I often do.

Agen T. on October 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I hope Hezbollah sends a katyusha right up your ass, you ugly bleached blonde dumb bitch. Jews spit on you, they think you’re just a nut.

Ya Sharmootah on November 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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