Joining notorious America/Israel-hating radical Muslims, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Keith Ellison, in yet another example of political expediency overcoming better judgment, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other top Democrats are all slated to speak Jan. 17 to help the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations‘ (CAIR) Chicago chapter raise money during its annual banquet.
IPT CAIR, as we have reported many times, has roots in an American-based Hamas-support network, a conclusion reached by the FBI and upheld by a federal judge. CAIR was “a participant in an ongoing and ultimately unlawful conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization,” federal prosecutors wrote in 2007, “a conspiracy from which CAIR never withdrew.”
CAIR isn’t the only unindicted co-conspirator the Illinois politicians will join at the banquet. Kifah Mustapha, imam and director at the Prayer Center in Orland Park, Ill., also is slated to speak. Like CAIR, Mustapha made the co-conspirator list as a member “of the US Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.”
In fact, the Illinois State Police in 2010 rescinded Mustapha’s credentials as the agency’s first volunteer Muslim chaplain after the Investigative Project on Terrorism exposed his work raising money for HLF, the committee’s official fundraising arm.
Mustapha sued the Illinois State Police claiming violations of his 1st and 14thAmendment rights, but in 2013, the state won a motion for summary judgment.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzmán cited a deposition by then-ISP Deputy Director Thomas Keen, who said he was particularly motivated to keep Mustapha out after seeing a video showing Mustapha “up on the stage singing about Jihad and martyrdom and . . . with children in view of the camera and they’re passing around the rifle and dancing and kind of celebrating the rifle and appearing to celebrate . . . Jihad and martyrdom.”
In addition, CAIR provides unflinching support for the authoritarian, journalist-jailing, military interventionist Turkish government led by Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has provided refuge for Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas operatives, including Hamas operatives plotting terrorist attacks.
All of this information has been in the public domain for years, long enough that elected officials can’t claim ignorance. But Pritzker, who did not respond to a request for comment, apparently chooses to ignore CAIR’s troubling record.
“I commend CAIR-Chicago for all its hard work and continued efforts in pursing cross-cultural exchange and understanding in our communities,” Pritzker said in January, endorsing the 2020 banquet.
We’ve written before about Durbin’s close relationship with CAIR, which came after a more suspicious start. During a 2003 Senate hearing, Durbin described CAIR as “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its association with groups that are suspect…”
But since then, he has spoken at numerous CAIR functions and praised the organization for working “to advocate for tolerance [and] promote the civil liberties of all communities.”
Other speakers have their own record of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and former Congressman and current Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.