Heard at Muslim Capitol Day organized by Hamas and Hezbollah supporter, Ahmed Bedier.
- Former Communications Director for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Supported Sami Al-Arian, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative
- Attended a pro-Hamas rally
- Supporter of Hezbollah
Bedier has had ties to radical Islam since at least 2002, when he was the Outreach Director for the Islamic Society of Pinellas County (Florida), a mosque whose website features material calling for violence against Jews. Moreover, he has cultivated relationships with organizations and individuals connected to anti-Israel terrorist groups overseas, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Hezbollah.
In February 2003 Bedier began working as Communications Director for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This was subsequent to CAIR’s involvement in the funding of Hamas, which had taken place prior to December 2001, at which time Hamas’ American financing wing, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), was shut down by the U.S. government.
Bedier left CAIR in May 2008. On December 30, 2008, he joined hundreds of demonstrators in a pro-Hamas rally in Tampa. Organized in large part by the Muslim American Society, the event featured signs that read “End Zionism” and “Zionism is Cancer; Radiate It.” Some participants at the protest donned keffiyehs, Palestinian symbols of violence worn as scarves.
Last year, Bedier caught on film spewing bigoted hate filled rhetoric in the Florida Capitol Building.