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Video: Ft. Lauderdale Pro-Hamas Demonstration – One Year Ago

January 7, 2010

This story is worth republishing this year.  This demonstration occurred Dec. 2008 downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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VIDEO: Rifqa Bary Update and Death Threat

November 9, 2009

http://www.floridasecuritycouncil.org/rifqa/death_threat

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FSC: Rifqa Bary

September 18, 2009

Visit this very important link describing the Rifqa Bary situation:

http://www.floridasecuritycouncil.org/rifqa/

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Cartoon: Jesus Car Tag

June 2, 2009

jesustag

28 April 09

Sun Sentinel

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Nidra Poller – Geert Wilders Up Close

May 26, 2009

Geert Wilders Up Close

Hudson Institute New York – Nidra Poller

May 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Nidra Poller
Journalist

DSCN0939If elections were held in the Netherlands today, polls predict that Geert Wilders, chairman of the Party for Freedom, would be Prime Minister. Since breaking away from the Liberal Party, he has rapidly drawn support from all sectors of the population. And yet, the 45 year-old MP–sentenced to death for blasphemy by offended Muslims–has been living under 24/7 protection for the past three years. Far from defending Wilders right to free speech, the Dutch government is allowing a lawsuit against him for hate speech to be heard in the courts. And reputable media of all stripes commonly present Wilders as a “far right extremist xenophobe.” His offenses are ticked off—he disseminated “Fitna,” a “provocative” film that links terrorism to Islam; he says Islam is not a religion, Muslim immigration should be halted and if Mein Kampf is banned in Holland the Qu’ran should be banned too.

Is the “extremist” label useful? Does it help us evaluate Wilders’ credibility on the issues he addresses or does it serve to hide the essential truth of a life and death struggle between Islam and the free world? If Wilders is an extremist, the dangers he warns about can be downgraded. If his objections to Islam are motivated by xenophobia, wouldn’t it be normal for Muslims to react with indignation?

Let us peel off the label and take a close look at the man. Wilders, a frequent visitor to the United States, was the guest of honor at the April 25 – 28 Free Speech Summit organized by the Florida Security Council [www.FloridaSecurityCouncil.org/events] where he spoke to enthusiastic standing-room audiences. Wilders is not a rabble-rouser. He handles a red hot issue – Islam – with dignity. His arguments are rational, not emotional. They are based on ample documentation and broad experience, and he formulates them with political acumen. Wilders stands in defense of liberty against what he calls the totalitarian ideology of Islam and the cowardly surrender of European leaders. Shouldn’t he be allowed to speak freely?

Lord Nazir Ahmed threatened to send 10,000 Muslim protestors into the streets of London if Wilders–invited by Baroness Caroline Cox and Lord Malcolm Pearson–were allowed to present his film, “Fitna” in the House of Lords last February. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith got the message. Wilders was refused entry.

Wilders never fails to mention his gratitude toward American authorities who place no obstacles to his frequent visits to the United States, a country he loves for its freedom. But Islamic intimidation emerged in Florida. Citing “security issues,” the Delray Beach Marriott franchise, owned by Michael and Mark Walsh of Ocean Resorts, broke its contract with the Florida Security Council two weeks before a scheduled dinner. After the Florida Security Council president, Tom Trento, investigated and found that no security threat had been detected, the Marriott replied, “We just don’t want you here.” A CAIR front organization, “United Voices for America,” approached the Florida GOP with a request for the removal of House majority leader Adam Hasner as punishment for attending a private dinner with Wilders. And the ADL upbraided the Dutch MP with a barrage of misguided respect for Islam.

What does Wilders have in common with other victims of death threats– Somali-Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, French professor Robert Redeker (http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/refugee-in-his-own-country-february-09-france-islam-rushdie-threats), Indian writer Salman Rushdie, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard? None of them is an extreme right wing fanatic. What they share are negative opinions about Islam. Such opinions are permissible in the free world. And prohibited by Islam. Are Dutch citizens, voting in ever greater numbers for Wilders’ Party of Freedom, right wing fanatic extremists? Or honest people concerned about the rapid Islamization of their native land?

The massive influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe over the past three decades cannot be compared, either culturally or demographically, with the diverse waves of immigration that have shaped European–and American– societies. Apologists for Muslim immigration, who remind us that earlier waves of refugees suffered from discrimination and have now blended into our nations, are missing the point. Yes, immigrants were often slandered, mocked, and rejected. They were, even in the best of times, subjected to limitations, quotas, sanitary screening, financial and occupational requirements. And citizens of our democratic nations who opposed immigration were free to thrash out the issues in public and defend their positions. They were not stabbed, slaughtered, bombed, or silenced by death threats.

Whether one believes that Muslim immigration is another beautiful opportunity for diversity or an existential threat to Western civilization, there can be no doubt that western European nations are fast reaching a demographic tipping point on the path to becoming Muslim-dominated societies. These countries have already undergone a radical transformation of daily life. Again, some sing the praises of this Islamization, others warn of its dire consequences, but no one can deny that it is underway. Drawing on the works of Bat Ye’or and former imam Samuel Solomon, Wilders reminds us that this immigration fulfills a sacred obligation for Muslims to immigrate and transform host societies until the entire world submits to Allah.

Holland’s permissive social policies—open drug use in “coffee shops,” shop-window prostitution, euthanasia, gay rights, sexual freedom, live and let live tolerance–have collided with the sharia ethics espoused by a large and growing Muslim immigrant population. It is the realities on the ground—the assassination of Pim Fortuyn, the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the death threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and to Wilders himself, and the constant intimidation and widespread criminality– and not some shameful rejection of “others” that leads Dutch voters to support the Party of Freedom.

Geert Wilders may represent a new breed in European politicians, capable of mobilizing the forces of self-defense in a country known for its progressive values. His strength lies precisely in placing the issue of Islamization at the center of his political platform. He does not apologize for his ideas, does not try to disguise them or tuck them in surreptitiously while singing the praises of diversity and pretending we are all alike. He forthrightly rejects cultural relativism, unashamedly defends Western civilization, and unambiguously supports Israel.

Unlike his European counterparts–and it would seem the current American administration–Wilders does not condition his support for Israel on painful concessions and forced surrender to questionable peace plans that would in fact spell the death of the Jewish state. His opposition to Islam is based on values, not on the rejection of Muslims as people. His defense of Israel and the United States—highly unpopular in Europe– is not opportunistic pandering to Jewish voters and influential Americans; it is based on shared values and a clear sense of right and wrong. At Free Speech Summit events Wilders elicited standing ovations from Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, blacks, whites, Asians…

In a private conversation I asked Geert Wilders the European question: “tell me about your family.”  It means: “where were they during WWII and the Holocaust.” Wilders was born in the southeastern town of Venlo, population 60,000. The east bank of the Maas River that divides the town is a few miles from the German border. Wilders’ father was in the Resistance. His grandfather was arrested.

And what took him to Israel at the callow age of 18? He was attracted by the beautiful Israeli girls. He lived for several years near Jericho at a time when cross-border attacks from Jordan often sent residents into the shelters. He returned to Holland, studied, worked, and became interested in politics when he saw things “going in the wrong direction.” His association with the Liberal Party, first as speech writer for Frits Bolkestein, then as a Member of Parliament, gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in the Middle East. As a young MP in 1998 he proposed legislation to curb Muslim immigration. “People thought I was crazy, but after 9/11 some remembered…”

We talked about the situation in other European countries. Cautious, well-informed, and determined to maintain his integrity, Wilders concentrates on coalescing power in his home base and avoiding questionable alliances. He has more to gain by developing his vibrant trans-Atlantic contacts than in seeking alliances at this point with any European party.

One of Wilders’ most virulent French critics, Noël Blandin of La République des Lettres, lumps him with “Islamophobes such as Oriana Fallaci, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Robert Redeker.” Accusing Wilders of “actively defending ‘Western values’ in his diatribes,” Blandin call him a “militant Zionist,” with ties to the Israeli secret services, who often visits Jerusalem, and regularly proposes legislation inspired by “racist Israeli laws.”

Europeans who saw enraged Muslims march through their streets in January shouting Death to the Jews, who see their police retreat and their governments surrender under Islamic pressure, are not convinced that the danger comes from a leader like Wilders who stands firm in the defense of Western values; the danger comes from European politicians who recklessly court the Islamic vote to the detriment of all citizens, whatever their origin or beliefs.

Free Speech Summit organized by the Florida Security Council

Boca Raton & Palm Beach

April 25-28, 2009

Introductions to Geert Wilders by Nidra Poller

I.                   Dinner at Mar Largo, Palm Beach, Florida

One of the most stunning lessons of history is how the unacceptable so quickly becomes inevitable, implacable,  unavoidable.

Western civilization is the triumph of liberty. And today, the life of a man can be threatened because he exercises his right to freedom of speech.

This is unacceptable.

When Islam reigns supreme infidels do not have the right to read the Qu’ran.

That is the meaning of death threats against Geert Wilders.

Geert Wilders stands before us. Stands up for us.

And that is why we are here tonight,

To stand with him.

2. Talk at Palm Beach synagogue (Rabbi Sheiner)

My role as writer is to shed light, underline, highlight certain aspects of reality, to restore elements that have gone into hiding precisely so that we will not grasp them and act on them.

The role of a politician is to provide leadership, to draw out of a society forces, ideas, and values that would slip away like rain water if it were not collected, harnessed, and applied for the general welfare.

This evening I want to focus on the unbelievable threats against the life of Geert Wilders. In the year of 2009 this man, this Dutch citizen, is the target of murderous hostility for speaking freely about the future of his own society.

Those who would silence Wilders accept no limits on their own freedom to speak and act. This you already know. There is no need to spell out the details.

But we must constantly exclaim: it’s unbelievable. Unbelievable that the multitudes in Europe have not stood up to defend Geert Wilders and, so doing, to defend their own rights.

Now we are hearing good news from Holland. The increasing success of Wilders’ Party of Freedom. This is a beacon of hope for other European countries. This is what we need to see—leaders who have been threatened by Jihadis and slandered by the faint-hearted step up, take over, and show how decent we are!

3. Republican Jewish Coalition

France

I have lived in France for 35 years, but I am American, and I will always be American. I am a Zionist, and I will always defend Israel. I am free, and I will not be enslaved.

France

Worst media of any nominally democratic modern country.

Don’t laugh. It can happen here too.

France

Proud of enlightenment philosopher Voltaire, who said:

Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire.”

But they are not quoting Voltaire these days.

And the Réseau Voltaire is the home town of Thierry Meyssan, best-selling author of the 9/11 conspiracy theory.

France

Largest Muslim population of any European country…and growing. Largest Jewish population…and dwindling.

350 recorded anti-Semitic acts in January.

Shrugged off with a circumstantial argument: it’s because of the violence in Gaza.

So it doesn’t count.

Tell it to Jonathan Guez, his neck slashed within 2 milimeters of the carotid artery.

If the Israelis would stop persecuting the Palestininians, the unnamed, unidentified, faceless, featureless “youths” who attack French Jewish citizens in the streets of their country would fade into the background and the statistics would be beautiful again.

This is blackmail. Chantage, in French.

France

Most severe laws against anti-Semitism. Ask your local Consul Général. He will be sure to wave that magic wand in your face and banish your fears for Jews in France.

France doesn’t have laws specifically meant to punish anti-Frenchism. But many citizens are begging for recognition of and protection from this form of persecution.

France has laws. France has incidents. And never the twain seem to meet. Who committed those acts in January? How were they punished?

Let us not fool ourselves. The issue of freedom of speech that is staring down our throats today concerns one kind of speech: speech about Islam.

In France, you can say anything you want about Americans, Jews, Israelis, CEOs, and our own president.

But if you speak about Islam in such a way as to ruffle exquisite Islamic sensitivity, you put your reputation, your career, and in some cases your life on the line. Robert Redeker has been in hiding for two years, because he wrote critically about Islam in a major French newspaper.

The French prefer to forget him. I brought his case to light again in a Standpoint, February, article.

His op-ed was published in the wake of a worldwide Muslim rampage in protest against the Danish cartoons.

His words were condemned. The rage was allowed to make its point. A warning to those who would follow in Redeker’s footsteps and dare to speak freely.

Has our honored guest, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, been welcomed by French intellectuals? Has his cause been joined to that of Redeker? Where are today’s Voltaire’s, prepared to defend his right to freely express his opinions, his judgments, his program for the defense of European values?

No. Wilders is not defended in French media. He is wiped out with a few adjectives: extreme right wing xenophobic MP. Pam!

He is dismissed with a sigh of exasperation. The extreme right wing xenophobic MP says the Qu’ran should be banned. Pam!

The Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia. That does not disturb our European opinion-makers. It apparently does not disturb our American government either.

Why would a Christian nation bow down to extreme Islamic xenophobic Saudi Arabia, where the Bible is banned?

Jews are not welcome in Muslim countries. Jews who lived in those lands long before the jihad conquest were forced to flee. Why are those nations where Jews have been expelled and Christians are persecuted, not graced with the epithet “extremist Islamic xenophobic…”?

Free speech, like every other sacred value, can be withdrawn in the blink of an eye. And when you realize it has been withdrawn, how can you retrieve it, without freedom?

Free speech is not only the freedom to speak your mind. It is the possibility of making yourself heard. When the media fall under the spell of a political crooner and withhold vital information in the course of a crucial political campaign, free speech is drowned out by lethal lullabies.

Free speech, listen my fellow Americans, must be intelligent speech, delivered with reason, with logic, with sophisticated arguments. When every message is reduced to a cheap slogan, free speech is cancelled by idiotic mumblings.

Free speech demands courageous support for those whose freedom is curtailed by murderous enemies of our civilized values. This defense cannot be slow, lazy, distracted. It must be an immediate snap to attention, and mobilization of concerned citizens.

That is why we are here today to honor and defends Geert Wilders. How ever many stand by his side today, we will be multiplied tomorrow, and again and again until we become a majority of free citizens who stand proudly, with uplifted heads, hearts, and minds.

We will not be intimidated.

Nidra Poller
nidrapol@gmail.com

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Video: Geert Wilders Synagogue Speech

April 27, 2009

Free Speech Summit: Video Palm Beach, Florida

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Video: Geert Wilders: Free Speech Summit Florida

April 27, 2009

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Photos/Video – Geert Wilders Palm Beach

April 27, 2009

FREE SPEECH SUMMIT: GEERT WILDERS “WE ARE ALL ISRAEL NOW”

Geert Wilders: Free Speech Summit – Synagogue in Palm Beach

As originally posted on: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

Wilders synagogue

The kipah and the American flag? Priceless

Wilders spoke to a number of different audiences and I can tell you with great joy, that the crowds get bigger and more enthusiastic as word spreads.Wilders spoke this evening at a large synagogue in Palm Beach.

In this segment he address Israel and the Middle East. How wonderful if the Israeli Prime Minister spoke iwith such conviction. Yes, that would be divine.

VIDEO UPDATE: Want to see the whole thing Watch Part I here and Part III here –

Some random shots of a glorious day

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Peter Poole (back left),  Frank Gaffneyand his lovely wife, and Rich Sweir, Red County

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Nidra Poller and attendee

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Lady and Lord Peason

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Trento is eyeing that bite

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Frank, marisol, Pamela and Trento

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Ahmed Bedier – CAIR

March 10, 2009

Questions for Florida Lawmakers to Ask Ex-CAIR Leader

IPT News
March 6, 2009
http://www.investigativeproject.org/1006/questions-for-florida-lawmakers-to-ask-ex-cair

Busloads of new civic activists are due to hit the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee this Tuesday, ostensibly to engage in the state political process for the first time. But some lawmakers are suspicious because of the man leading the effort.

Ahmed Bedier used to run the Tampa chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), where he was among its most visible spokesmen. That all ended mysteriously last spring, with CAIR saying it wanted to “go into a new direction” – indicating Bedier had been fired – and with Bedier saying he chose to leave to launch “a new peace-making initiative.”

One of them must be wrong. Regardless, Bedier did launch a new venture, called United Voices for America. Its call to increase “the participation of ethnic and religious minorities in the political process” is laudable. But at least one lawmaker, State Rep. Adam Hasner (R-Delray Beach) reportedly alerted a group of Jewish lobbyists seeking “an information campaign in opposition.”

In correspondence with a Miami Herald reporter, Hasner cited CAIR’s ties to Hamas as part of his concern. Bedier dismissed that as “ridiculous” and “nonsense,” unrelated to his effort.

Questions about CAIR’s Hamas connections, and Bedier’s knowledge of them, are far from nonsense. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas-support case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). Evidence in the case showed CAIR’s founders were part of a U.S.-based effort to support Hamas and that CAIR’s foundation was an outgrowth of that effort.

The evidence was so compelling, the FBI decided to cut off outreach meetings with CAIR last summer.

Bedier maintains a relationship with CAIR even if he doesn’t work directly for them. Since leaving his job last April, he has traveled the country to host CAIR-sponsored screenings of the documentary “USA v. Al-Arian,” which is sympathetic to the former University of South Florida professor who served in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s leadership. In November, Bedier served as master of ceremonies at the CAIR national banquet outside Washington.

So questions about his knowledge of CAIR’s agenda, and where he departs from it, are legitimate. Has he ever read the transcripts from the Philadelphia meeting? What does he think of the fact that two of his former bosses participated in the meeting, in which they plotted ways to derail U.S.-led peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and in which they openly discussed deceiving the American people about it?

What does he think of CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad’s enthusiastic affirmation for the statement that “War is deception?”

“Politics is a completion of war,” Ahmad said.

Has he seen Ahmad’s and CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad’s names on this telephone list of the Palestine Committee? (see #s 25 and 32 on page 4. Omar Yehya is a pseudonym for Omar Ahmad).

A July 30, 1994 agenda for the Palestine Committee, seized by federal agents and introduced at trial, showed that “suggestions to develop the work” of HLF, CAIR and other organizations was on the agenda.

Under the heading “The need for trained resources in the media and political fields,” the agenda said: “No doubt America is the ideal location to train the necessary resources to support the Movement worldwide.”

If he did review the material, what does he think of it? How does he reconcile CAIR’s adamant denials that it has ever served in support of Hamas?

When it comes to defending accused terrorists and equivocating when challenged to condemn specific terrorist groups, Bedier is perfectly in sync with CAIR national leaders.

A more detailed report is here. Though he recently acknowledged Hamas is a terrorist organization, he minimizes Hamas’ deliberate storage of weapons and firing of missiles from civilian areas but places Israel among “Irresponsible rogue states, terror states like Israel.”

Like CAIR national leaders, Bedier often casts Muslim Americans who are accused of wrongdoing as victims of a bigoted government. As he told the Associated Press in 2004:

“From our position, prominent Muslim individuals are being targeted selectively by the government. The allegations are overstated and Muslims are facing a double standard.”

Asked for CAIR’s position on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a designated terrorist group, during a 2004 news conference, Bedier replied, “We have not published one.” On a Tampa television program the following year, Bedier was asked whether support for the PIJ was immoral:

“To a certain degree,” he said. “Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it.” Bedier later claimed he meant there was nothing illegal about it, but the question was about the morality of a terrorist group that has killed dozens of innocent civilians, including at least two American citizens.

The PIJ questions were prompted by Bedier’s unwavering support for Al-Arian, who was charged with providing material support to the terrorist group. Al-Arian later pled guilty to conspiring to provide goods and services to the PIJ, acknowledging that he knew it used violence to meet its objectives.

Likewise, Bedier staunchly defended two USF students arrested during a traffic stop in South Carolina in August 2007. Police found ingredients to make a pipe bomb in the trunk of their car, and a laptop computer they carried contained a number of jihadi videos.

Bedier portrayed the students as victims of unwarranted police attention, minimizing the explosives as “fireworks” and calling them “naïve kids.”

“No acts of terrorism are alleged; that is not even an issue,” he said after the arrests.

In fact, Ahmed Mohamed pled guilty last June to one count of providing material support to terrorists. A 12-minute video he produced was on the seized laptop. On it, Mohamed detonated a remote control bomb and explained how the device allows someone to “preserve his life” rather than carrying out a suicide bombing.

Rather than expressing betrayal, Bedier minimized the plea, writing on his web blog, that “Mohamed chose to cut a plea to one count of material support, which carries of a maximum of 15 years in prison, rather than risk spending the REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE behind bars if convicted.”

Bedier insists his upcoming Tallahassee trip has nothing to do with such issues. Instead, he said his group will focus on education, healthcare and the economy. It is unclear how many people Bedier intends to bring. The United Voices website advertised “Comfort charter buses are scheduled to depart Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.”

The program includes a breakfast atop the state Capitol building, a midday panel discussion and workshop, and a concluding rally outside.

In a letter requesting meetings with lawmakers, Bedier said the goal is “to introduce minorities to civic engagement and encourage their involvement in the political process. We believe this is a great opportunity for you to communicate directly with minority constituents you may not be able to reach via traditional channels.”

That’s all a lovely sentiment. And if the program brings more people into the process, that’s a good thing. However, Bedier’s involvement, given his history of defense of terrorist supporters, can only serve to taint that effort, not advance it.

Ahmed Bedier

http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/175

Ahmed Bedier is the founder and past executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Bedier left the position in May of 2008 after five years of service to CAIR.[1] He now serves as the president of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council[2] and has created an organization called United Voices for America.[3] According to the organization’s website, United Voices “is a non-profit non-partisan civic engagement organization dedicated to increasing the participation of ethnic and religious minorities in the political process.”[4]

However, a look at Bedier’s past statements shows his sympathies with designated terrorist organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas, and with accused terrorist supporters – even after they admit their crimes. In addition, he equates acts of terrorism and has offered false information.

Moral Equivalence on Terrorism

Speaking about the 2005 film “Munich,” which depicts Israel’s attempt to hunt down and kill the terrorists who slaughtered Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, Bedier said:

The only difference between what these so-called Mossad-sponsored assassins and other terrorists – they both use the similar means. They make bombs and they blow up people and they kill innocent civilians in the meantime. Violence begets violence. The policy has not worked and I’m glad that people like Steven Spielberg have produced a movie to raise questions about these certain policies of killing individuals. Especially without due process, without providing the evidence.”[5]

Blaming Israel for the Gaza War While Ignoring Hamas Rocket Fire

Bedier co-hosts a talk show on Tampa community radio station WMNF. During the January 23, 2009 broadcast of “True Talk,” Bedier called Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip “terrorism.”[6]

Additionally, he and co-host Samar Jarrah say the war on terrorism should attempt to halt the Israeli bombings of Gaza. First, a clip of President Obama’s inaugural address is played in which Obama said:

“And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us and we will defeat you.” [Emphasis added]

Coming out of the clip, Bedier asked, “Does that include terror in Gaza?” Jarrah responded, “Not the terrorists in Gaza.” Bedier then asked a very similar question to emphasize his point, “Or the terrorism that happened in Gaza.” Jarrah responded, “of course not.”[7]

Earlier that month, during a debate on WMNF radio, Bedier argued that any effort to target Hamas would endanger civilians:[8]

“And every time they say Hamas is using this as a base, Hamas is using that as a base. Well Gaza’s very crowded. No matter where you’re gonna go you’re gonna find some Hamas people there. But that does not justify the killing and targeting of any innocent civilians.”[9]

That misrepresents the reality in Gaza, where Hamas deliberately stores its explosives in mosques and in residential areas and otherwise uses human shields.[10]

During the January 16th 2009 broadcast of “True Talk” Bedier argued that Hamas is powerless to stop rocket fire from the Gaza strip into Israel, while condemning resulting fire from Israel into Gaza. When a caller asked why Hamas or the Palestinians in charge did not stop people who shot rockets and comments that the Palestinian Authority is not trying to prevent the terrorists from lobbing rockets into Israel, Bedier said:

“So wait, wait, let me get this argument right. So Israel with its mighty army, the strongest army and military, with its biggest weapons in the whole region cannot stop the rockets, but you expect defenseless, helpless poverty stricken Palestinians to go and stop the rockets. Are you making any sense? Are you making sense?”[11]

Refusal to Condemn the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

At a May 27, 2004 CAIR-Tampa press conference concerning University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, who was facing charges of aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Bedier was asked:

“Do you agree with the government designation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization?”

He responded:

“We are not here to discuss the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or any other terrorist organization or any other group. We are here strictly to discuss the confinement conditions of this individual who is not in Palestine or in Israel. He is right here in Florida.”

Bedier was also asked whether CAIR had a position on the PIJ, a designated terrorist organization responsible for scores of deaths, including several Americans. “We have not published one,” he said.[12]

On December 8, 2005, Bedier appeared on a local Tampa show, “Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,” on WTVT to discuss the verdict in the federal prosecution of Al-Arian. The host asked him, “If he was associating with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, doesn’t that seem immoral, in your opinion?”

Bedier replied: “To a certain degree. Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it.”[13]

On Hizbollah

Again on WTVT in Tampa, Bedier minimized that Hizbollah’s kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, citing, in his opinion, Israel’s lack of respect for Lebanon:

“I think there’s a – what did Hizbollah do in this latest incident. They captured two soldiers. Since when does Israel recognize the boundaries and borders of other sovereign states? They cross it all the time.”[14]

He also stated that Israel behaved like a terror state, and he did not condemn Lebanon or Hizbollah’s actions:

Irresponsible rogue states, terror states like Israel, that’s how they behave. And that’s unacceptable for Israel to do that.”[15]

On Hamas

During the WMNF debate, Bedier blamed the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict squarely on Israel:

Israel has a history of habitually choosing violence over dialogue. Why? Because they’re the stronger party. Israel is the mightiest army in the region and the 4th strongest army in the world. Who are they picking on? The defenseless, helpless, Palestinian people in the Gaza strip, how ridiculous is that? They always choose violence because they are the stronger party, thinking that through their strength, through their might, through their weapons, they’re gonna get their way.”

Hamas, he said, had moderated:

“Hamas which had been historically staying away from politics, and using violence and other means, decided for the first time in 13 years, after the Oslo agreements to join the political process. So here they are, they’re moderating themselves they’re finally thinking let’s give this politics a try. And they come out the winners.”[16]

Hamas has not moderated in its charter, which still contains rabid anti-Semitism in calling for Israel’s destruction and rejecting any negotiated peace.[17] Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in 2005.[18] The new Hamas “moderation” resulted in thousands of indiscriminate rocket launches at Israeli cities.[19]

On the assassination of Hamas co-founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin

CAIR issued a press release titled “CAIR Condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious Leader.” CAIR-Florida reprinted this press release on its website listing Bedier as the contact.[20]

The release stated:

“We condemn this violation of international law as an act of state terrorism by Ariel Sharon’s out-of-control government. Israel’s extra-judicial killing of an Islamic religious leader can only serve to perpetuate the cycle of violence throughout the region. The international community must now take concrete steps to help protect the Palestinian people against such wanton Israeli violence.”[21]

Defending Terror Supporters

On Sami Al-Arian

Al-Arian was indicted for conspiracy to provide material support to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Prosecutors alleged Al-Arian, then a University of South Florida professor, was on the PIJ governing board and played a critical role in keeping the organization from disintegrating in 1994.[22] Following the arrest, Bedier told the Christian Science Monitor that the case merely was “an effective tool to silence anti-Israeli views in the country.” [23]

In December 2005, Al-Arian was acquitted on eight counts against him, while jurors deadlocked on nine other charges, including the material support count.[24] In April 2006, Al-Arian pled guilty to conspiring to provide goods and services to the Jihad.[25]

As part of the plea agreement, Al-Arian admitted that he “performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter” and that he was “aware that the PIJ achieved its objectives by, among other means, acts of violence.”[26]

After the plea deal was announced, but before details were released, Bedier mischaracterized the plea agreement. Contradicting the assertion of Al-Arian’s attorney that Al-Arian had in fact pled guilty to terrorism-related charges, in an interview with the Tampa Tribune:

Al-Arian “stayed true to his convictions – he stayed true he wasn’t going to plead to those issues…There is no conspiracy to support terrorism.”[27]

On Ahmed Mohamed, who later pled guilty to providing material support for terrorists

When University of South Florida students Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed were stopped by police in South Carolina in August of 2007, police found in their possession materials to make a pipe bomb. They also noticed Megahed hastily close a laptop that had been open on his lap.[28] Bedier, CAIR-Tampa’s spokesman at the time, defended the two students excusing them as nothing more than “naive kids.” Bedier added that he believed the materials were only leftover fireworks that Megahed had kept in his trunk since July and emphasized that he thought “if they didn’t do anything wrong they need to be released.”[29]

“Most people will tell you if these were some good old boys from South Carolina traveling through the highway of that county and getting pulled over and having some fireworks, I doubt that it would make news around the world,” Bedier said.[30]

No acts of terrorism are alleged; that is not even an issue.”[31]

In fact, Mohamed entered a guilty plea in June 2008 to one count of providing material support to terrorists. On his laptop, investigators found videos of bombing attacks on U.S. military vehicles and a 12-minute video produced by Mohamed in which he detonated a remote control bomb. On the video, he said a remote controlled explosion allows someone to “preserve his life” rather than carrying out a suicide bombing. [32]

On his web blog, Bedier minimized the plea, saying “Mohamed chose to cut a plea to one count of material support, which carries of a maximum of 15 years in prison, rather than risk spending the REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE behind bars if convicted.[33]

Megahed has pleaded not guilty to charges he illegally transported explosives. His trial is scheduled for later this month.

On Stoning Women

Bedier appeared on a public television panel to criticize the documentary “Islam vs. Islamists,” which aired in August 2007. In discussing a scene in which a woman is stoned as punishment, he incorrectly argues that the practice no longer exists and is never government sanctioned.

Bedier: Now, obviously the images we saw there, we don’t know the circumstances of who is being stoned, how long ago these images were. But if you just look at the religious text itself, when it comes to adultery, the punishment is on both men and women. That’s number 1. The second thing is, in order to convict someone on adultery, you have to have four eyewitnesses – who witnessed the actual intercourse happening. So you have to be like a porn star to get convicted. And they didn’t indicate that. So it’s almost impossible to prove [unintelligible] and let me tell you the punishment for whoever accuses a man or a woman of adultery and does not have four witnesses, they get 70 lashes. That’s the punishment.

Host Rob Lorei: But is this the kind of punishment that the four of you would sanction? Would you sanction stoning? Would you sanction lashing?

Bedier: It’s definitely not government sanctioned …that punishment is not carried out these days. You never hear about it.[34]

By questioning the circumstances, Bedier implies there are conditions under which stoning is acceptable.

In fact, an Iranian woman was reported stoned to death a month earlier.[35] Amnesty International routinely monitors nations that sentence people to punishments of stoning. In October 2005, the human rights group issued a statement expressing its horror that Iran continues to pass sentences of stoning despite having announced a moratorium on such executions.”[36]

On his approach to political action:

” … [L]obbying and advocacy is like sales. You wanna sell a product you have to sell it. Nobody is going to come buy your product just because you have it if nobody knows about it … AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] and some of these other groups that are raising money to advocate for their position, their pro-Israel position, are having to spend millions and millions of dollars to be able to sell a shady product. They’re selling a lemon, they’re selling the worst product in the world. A product that creates more violence, a product that creates more insecurity, a product that doesn’t create any type of peace, a losing product that is going downhill that you have to pump more and more money into it in order to save it, but that’s what they’re selling, and that’s why every year they have to raise more and more money to convince and fool more and more people of the shady product.”[37]

[Emphasis added throughout]


[1] “Tampa CAIR director steps down to start new project,” St. Petersburg Times, May 19, 2008, http://blogs.tampabay.com/breakingnews/2008/05/tampa-cair-dire.html.

[2] “Tampa CAIR director steps down to start new project,” St. Petersburg Times, May 19, 2008, http://blogs.tampabay.com/breakingnews/2008/05/tampa-cair-dire.html.

[3] Articles of Incorporation, United Voices for America, Florida Secretary of State, May 8, 2008.

[4] United Voices for America, http://www.unitedvoices.com/.

[5] Ahmed Bedier appearance on Fox News, December 2005, posted to Youtube by Bedier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUQ8FzfE9z4 (last accessed March 2, 2009).

[6] Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah, True Talk, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 23, 2009.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Debate, Ahmed Bedier and Ben Cohen, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 7, 2009.

[9] Ibid.

[10]“Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields: Among others, an ambulance driver said that during Operation Cast Lead Hamas operatives used ambulances to leave battle sites, a tactic familiar from the past,” Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center, January 28, 2009.

[11] Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah, True Talk, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 16, 2009.

[12] Tampa CAIR Press Conference, Tampa Federal Courthouse, Tampa, Florida, May 27, 2004

[13] “Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,” WTVT Fox, Tampa, December 8, 2005.

[14] Ahmed Bedier. “World’s Response to Lebanon.” FOX’s Your Turn. June 20, 2006.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Debate, Ahmed Bedier and Ben Cohen, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 7, 2009.

[17] The Hamas Charter reads: “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [endowment] consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ” available at http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

[18] Jefferson Morley, “Israel Withdrawal from Gaza Explained,” Washington Post, August 10, 2005.

[19] Steve Schippert, “Gaza Descends Under Hamas,” ThreatsWatch.org, May 21, 2007, http://threatswatch.org/analysis/2007/05/gaza-descends-under-hamas/ (accessed March 6, 2009).

[20] “CAIR Condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious Leader,” CAIR Press Release, March 22, 2004, http://www.cair-florida.org/ViewArticle.asp?Code=PR&ArticleID=192, accessed May 17, 2004.

[21] Ibid.

[22] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Indictment, (FLMD February 20, 2003).

[23] Warren Richey and Linda Feldmann, “Has Post 9/11 Dragnet Gone Too Far?” Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 12, 2003

[24] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Verdict (FLMD December 6, 2005).

[25] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Plea Agreement (FLMD April 14, 2006).

[26] Ibid., p. 11.

[27] Elaine Silvestrini, “Al-Arian To Be Deported,” Tampa Tribune, April 15, 2006, http://www.tampatrib.com/MGB4QU3F1ME.html.

[28]Valerie Kalfrin, “2 USF Students Remain Jailed In S. Carolina,” The Tampa Tribune, August 8, 2007, http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBHGH8135F.html.

[29] Andy Paras,”2 held in explosives scare; Islamic leaders says men are college students on road trip,” The Charleston Post and Courier, August 5, 2007, http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/05/possible_bomb_scare_shuts_down_goose_creek_highway/.

[30] Audrey Hudson, “High Bonds set in ‘pipe bomb’ case; Islamic support group contends car was only carrying fireworks,” The Washington Times, August 8, 2007.

[31] Ibid.

[32] US v. Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, Plea Agreement, 8:07cr342, Middle District of Florida, June 13, 2008.

[33] “Bedier’s Reaction to USF’s Ahmed Mohamed Plea,” http://ahmedbedier.blogspot.com/2008/06/bediers-reaction-to-usfs-ahmed-mohamed.html, June 13, 2008.

[34] Ahmed Bedier. “Islam vs. Islamists Panel,” WEDU Television, Tampa, August 23, 2007.

[35] “Amnesty International outraged at reported stoning to death and fears for victim’s co-accused,” Amnesty International, July 9, 2007.

[36] “Iran: Death Sentences of juvenile offenders and stoning sentences continue to be passed,” Amnesty International, October 20, 2005, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/063/2005/en/EBtxz_mXMUYJ (last accessed March 3, 2009).

[37] Ahmed Bedier, MAS Freedom Dallas and American Muslims for Palestine event Commemorating 60th Anniversary of Palestinian Catastrophe, Plano, Texas, June 29, 2008.

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Apologists or Extremists

Ahmed Bedier

Ahmed Bedier is the founder and past executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Bedier left the position in May of 2008 after five years of service to CAIR.[1] He now serves as the president of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council[2] and has created an organization called United Voices for America.[3] According to the organization’s website, United Voices “is a non-profit non-partisan civic engagement organization dedicated to increasing the participation of ethnic and religious minorities in the political process.”[4]

However, a look at Bedier’s past statements shows his sympathies with designated terrorist organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas, and with accused terrorist supporters – even after they admit their crimes. In addition, he equates acts of terrorism and has offered false information.

Moral Equivalence on Terrorism

Speaking about the 2005 film “Munich,” which depicts Israel’s attempt to hunt down and kill the terrorists who slaughtered Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, Bedier said:

“The only difference between what these so-called Mossad-sponsored assassins and other terrorists – they both use the similar means. They make bombs and they blow up people and they kill innocent civilians in the meantime. Violence begets violence. The policy has not worked and I’m glad that people like Steven Spielberg have produced a movie to raise questions about these certain policies of killing individuals. Especially without due process, without providing the evidence.”[5]

Blaming Israel for the Gaza War While Ignoring Hamas Rocket Fire

Bedier co-hosts a talk show on Tampa community radio station WMNF. During the January 23, 2009 broadcast of “True Talk,” Bedier called Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip “terrorism.”[6]

Additionally, he and co-host Samar Jarrah say the war on terrorism should attempt to halt the Israeli bombings of Gaza. First, a clip of President Obama’s inaugural address is played in which Obama said:

“And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us and we will defeat you.” [Emphasis added]

Coming out of the clip, Bedier asked, “Does that include terror in Gaza?” Jarrah responded, “Not the terrorists in Gaza.” Bedier then asked a very similar question to emphasize his point, “Or the terrorism that happened in Gaza.” Jarrah responded, “of course not.”[7]

Earlier that month, during a debate on WMNF radio, Bedier argued that any effort to target Hamas would endanger civilians:[8]

“And every time they say Hamas is using this as a base, Hamas is using that as a base. Well Gaza’s very crowded. No matter where you’re gonna go you’re gonna find some Hamas people there. But that does not justify the killing and targeting of any innocent civilians.”[9]

That misrepresents the reality in Gaza, where Hamas deliberately stores its explosives in mosques and in residential areas and otherwise uses human shields.[10]

In a debate on the Gaza war held in Tampa February 20, Bedier said “We can all agree that Hamas is a terrorist group.” But in doing so, he described Israeli military responses to Hamas bombing as ” Nazi-like tactics.”[11]

During the January 16th 2009 broadcast of “True Talk” Bedier argued that Hamas is powerless to stop rocket fire from the Gaza strip into Israel, while condemning resulting fire from Israel into Gaza. When a caller asked why Hamas or the Palestinians in charge did not stop people who shot rockets and comments that the Palestinian Authority is not trying to prevent the terrorists from lobbing rockets into Israel, Bedier said:

“So wait, wait, let me get this argument right. So Israel with its mighty army, the strongest army and military, with its biggest weapons in the whole region cannot stop the rockets, but you expect defenseless, helpless poverty stricken Palestinians to go and stop the rockets. Are you making any sense? Are you making sense?”[12]

Refusal to Condemn the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

At a May 27, 2004 CAIR-Tampa press conference concerning University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, who was facing charges of aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Bedier was asked:

“Do you agree with the government designation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization?”

He responded:

“We are not here to discuss the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or any other terrorist organization or any other group. We are here strictly to discuss the confinement conditions of this individual who is not in Palestine or in Israel. He is right here in Florida.”

Bedier was also asked whether CAIR had a position on the PIJ, a designated terrorist organization responsible for scores of deaths, including several Americans. “We have not published one,” he said.[13]

On December 8, 2005, Bedier appeared on a local Tampa show, “Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,” on WTVT to discuss the verdict in the federal prosecution of Al-Arian. The host asked him, “If he was associating with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, doesn’t that seem immoral, in your opinion?”

Bedier replied: “To a certain degree. Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it.”[14]

On Hizbollah

Again on WTVT in Tampa, Bedier minimized that Hizbollah’s kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, citing, in his opinion, Israel’s lack of respect for Lebanon:

“I think there’s a – what did Hizbollah do in this latest incident. They captured two soldiers. Since when does Israel recognize the boundaries and borders of other sovereign states? They cross it all the time.”[15]

He also stated that Israel behaved like a terror state, and he did not condemn Lebanon or Hizbollah’s actions:

“Irresponsible rogue states, terror states like Israel, that’s how they behave. And that’s unacceptable for Israel to do that.”[16]

On Hamas

During the WMNF debate, Bedier blamed the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict squarely on Israel:

“Israel has a history of habitually choosing violence over dialogue. Why? Because they’re the stronger party. Israel is the mightiest army in the region and the 4th strongest army in the world. Who are they picking on? The defenseless, helpless, Palestinian people in the Gaza strip, how ridiculous is that? They always choose violence because they are the stronger party, thinking that through their strength, through their might, through their weapons, they’re gonna get their way.”

Hamas, he said, had moderated:

“Hamas which had been historically staying away from politics, and using violence and other means, decided for the first time in 13 years, after the Oslo agreements to join the political process. So here they are, they’re moderating themselves they’re finally thinking let’s give this politics a try. And they come out the winners.”[17]

Hamas has not moderated in its charter, which still contains rabid anti-Semitism in calling for Israel’s destruction and rejecting any negotiated peace.[18] Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in 2005.[19] The new Hamas “moderation” resulted in thousands of indiscriminate rocket launches at Israeli cities.[20]

On the assassination of Hamas co-founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin

CAIR issued a press release titled “CAIR Condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious Leader.” CAIR-Florida reprinted this press release on its website listing Bedier as the contact.[21]

The release stated:

“We condemn this violation of international law as an act of state terrorism by Ariel Sharon’s out-of-control government. Israel’s extra-judicial killing of an Islamic religious leader can only serve to perpetuate the cycle of violence throughout the region. The international community must now take concrete steps to help protect the Palestinian people against such wanton Israeli violence.”[22]

Defending Terror Supporters

On Sami Al-Arian

Al-Arian was indicted for conspiracy to provide material support to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Prosecutors alleged Al-Arian, then a University of South Florida professor, was on the PIJ governing board and played a critical role in keeping the organization from disintegrating in 1994.[23] Following the arrest, Bedier told the Christian Science Monitor that the case merely was “an effective tool to silence anti-Israeli views in the country.” [24]

In December 2005, Al-Arian was acquitted on eight counts against him, while jurors deadlocked on nine other charges, including the material support count.[25] In April 2006, Al-Arian pled guilty to conspiring to provide goods and services to the Jihad.[26]

As part of the plea agreement, Al-Arian admitted that he “performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter” and that he was “aware that the PIJ achieved its objectives by, among other means, acts of violence.”[27]

After the plea deal was announced, but before details were released, Bedier mischaracterized the plea agreement. Contradicting the assertion of Al-Arian’s attorney that Al-Arian had in fact pled guilty to terrorism-related charges, in an interview with the Tampa Tribune:

Al-Arian “stayed true to his convictions – he stayed true he wasn’t going to plead to those issues…There is no conspiracy to support terrorism.”[28]

On Ahmed Mohamed, who later pled guilty to providing material support for terrorists

When University of South Florida students Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed were stopped by police in South Carolina in August of 2007, police found in their possession materials to make a pipe bomb. They also noticed Megahed hastily close a laptop that had been open on his lap.[29] Bedier, CAIR-Tampa’s spokesman at the time, defended the two students excusing them as nothing more than “naive kids.” Bedier added that he believed the materials were only leftover fireworks that Megahed had kept in his trunk since July and emphasized that he thought “if they didn’t do anything wrong they need to be released.”[30]

“Most people will tell you if these were some good old boys from South Carolina traveling through the highway of that county and getting pulled over and having some fireworks, I doubt that it would make news around the world,” Bedier said.[31]

“No acts of terrorism are alleged; that is not even an issue.”[32]

In fact, Mohamed entered a guilty plea in June 2008 to one count of providing material support to terrorists. On his laptop, investigators found videos of bombing attacks on U.S. military vehicles and a 12-minute video produced by Mohamed in which he detonated a remote control bomb. On the video, he said a remote controlled explosion allows someone to “preserve his life” rather than carrying out a suicide bombing. [33]

On his web blog, Bedier minimized the plea, saying “Mohamed chose to cut a plea to one count of material support, which carries of a maximum of 15 years in prison, rather than risk spending the REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE behind bars if convicted.”[34]

Megahed has pleaded not guilty to charges he illegally transported explosives. His trial is scheduled for later this month.

On Stoning Women

Bedier appeared on a public television panel to criticize the documentary “Islam vs. Islamists,” which aired in August 2007. In discussing a scene in which a woman is stoned as punishment, he incorrectly argues that the practice no longer exists and is never government sanctioned.

Bedier: Now, obviously the images we saw there, we don’t know the circumstances of who is being stoned, how long ago these images were. But if you just look at the religious text itself, when it comes to adultery, the punishment is on both men and women. That’s number 1. The second thing is, in order to convict someone on adultery, you have to have four eyewitnesses – who witnessed the actual intercourse happening. So you have to be like a porn star to get convicted. And they didn’t indicate that. So it’s almost impossible to prove [unintelligible] and let me tell you the punishment for whoever accuses a man or a woman of adultery and does not have four witnesses, they get 70 lashes. That’s the punishment.

Host Rob Lorei: But is this the kind of punishment that the four of you would sanction? Would you sanction stoning? Would you sanction lashing?

Bedier: It’s definitely not government sanctioned …that punishment is not carried out these days. You never hear about it.[35]

By questioning the circumstances, Bedier implies there are conditions under which stoning is acceptable.

In fact, an Iranian woman was reported stoned to death a month earlier.[36] Amnesty International routinely monitors nations that sentence people to punishments of stoning. In October 2005, the human rights group issued a statement expressing its horror that Iran continues to pass sentences of stoning “despite having announced a moratorium on such executions.”[37]

On his approach to political action:

” … [L]obbying and advocacy is like sales. You wanna sell a product you have to sell it. Nobody is going to come buy your product just because you have it if nobody knows about it … AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] and some of these other groups that are raising money to advocate for their position, their pro-Israel position, are having to spend millions and millions of dollars to be able to sell a shady product. They’re selling a lemon, they’re selling the worst product in the world. A product that creates more violence, a product that creates more insecurity, a product that doesn’t create any type of peace, a losing product that is going downhill that you have to pump more and more money into it in order to save it, but that’s what they’re selling, and that’s why every year they have to raise more and more money to convince and fool more and more people of the shady product.”[38]

[Emphasis added throughout]

[1] “Tampa CAIR director steps down to start new project,” St. Petersburg Times, May 19, 2008, http://blogs.tampabay.com/breakingnews/2008/05/tampa-cair-dire.html.

[2] “Tampa CAIR director steps down to start new project,” St. Petersburg Times, May 19, 2008, http://blogs.tampabay.com/breakingnews/2008/05/tampa-cair-dire.html.

[3] Articles of Incorporation, United Voices for America, Florida Secretary of State, May 8, 2008.

[4] United Voices for America, http://www.unitedvoices.com/.

[5] Ahmed Bedier appearance on Fox News, December 2005, posted to Youtube by Bedier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUQ8FzfE9z4 (last accessed March 2, 2009).

[6] Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah, True Talk, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 23, 2009.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Debate, Ahmed Bedier and Ben Cohen, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 7, 2009.

[9] Ibid.

[10]”Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields: Among others, an ambulance driver said that during Operation Cast Lead Hamas operatives used ambulances to leave battle sites, a tactic familiar from the past,” Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center, January 28, 2009.

[11] “Conflicts and Peace Initiatives in the Middle East,” Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, February 20, 2009.

[12] Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah, True Talk, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 16, 2009.

[13] Tampa CAIR Press Conference, Tampa Federal Courthouse, Tampa, Florida, May 27, 2004

[14] “Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,” WTVT Fox, Tampa, December 8, 2005.

[15] Ahmed Bedier. “World’s Response to Lebanon.” FOX’s Your Turn. June 20, 2006.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Debate, Ahmed Bedier and Ben Cohen, WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, January 7, 2009.

[18] The Hamas Charter reads: “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [endowment] consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ” available at http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

[19] Jefferson Morley, “Israel Withdrawal from Gaza Explained,” Washington Post, August 10, 2005.

[20] Steve Schippert, “Gaza Descends Under Hamas,” ThreatsWatch.org, May 21, 2007, http://threatswatch.org/analysis/2007/05/gaza-descends-under-hamas/ (accessed March 6, 2009).

[21] “CAIR Condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious Leader,” CAIR Press Release, March 22, 2004, http://www.cair-florida.org/ViewArticle.asp?Code=PR&ArticleID=192, accessed May 17, 2004.

[22] Ibid.

[23] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Indictment, (FLMD February 20, 2003).

[24] Warren Richey and Linda Feldmann, “Has Post 9/11 Dragnet Gone Too Far?” Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 12, 2003

[25] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Verdict (FLMD December 6, 2005).

[26] USA v. Al-Arian, 8:03CR77, Plea Agreement (FLMD April 14, 2006).

[27] Ibid., p. 11.

[28] Elaine Silvestrini, “Al-Arian To Be Deported,” Tampa Tribune, April 15, 2006, http://www.tampatrib.com/MGB4QU3F1ME.html.

[29]Valerie Kalfrin, “2 USF Students Remain Jailed In S. Carolina,” The Tampa Tribune, August 8, 2007, http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBHGH8135F.html.

[30] Andy Paras,”2 held in explosives scare; Islamic leaders says men are college students on road trip,” The Charleston Post and Courier, August 5, 2007, http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/05/possible_bomb_scare_shuts_down_goose_creek_highway/.

[31] Audrey Hudson, “High Bonds set in ‘pipe bomb’ case; Islamic support group contends car was only carrying fireworks,” The Washington Times, August 8, 2007.

[32] Ibid.

[33] US v. Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, Plea Agreement, 8:07cr342, Middle District of Florida, June 13, 2008.

[34] “Bedier’s Reaction to USF’s Ahmed Mohamed Plea,” http://ahmedbedier.blogspot.com/2008/06/bediers-reaction-to-usfs-ahmed-mohamed.html, June 13, 2008.

[35] Ahmed Bedier. “Islam vs. Islamists Panel,” WEDU Television, Tampa, August 23, 2007.

[36] “Amnesty International outraged at reported stoning to death and fears for victim’s co-accused,” Amnesty International, July 9, 2007.

[37] “Iran: Death Sentences of juvenile offenders and stoning sentences continue to be passed,” Amnesty International, October 20, 2005, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/063/2005/en/EBtxz_mXMUYJ (last accessed March 3, 2009).
[38] Ahmed Bedier, MAS Freedom Dallas and American Muslims for Palestine event Commemorating 60th Anniversary of Palestinian Catastrophe, Plano, Texas, June 29, 2008.

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