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Keith Ellison: The Wahhabist choice for Congress -endorsed by Zogby and the American Arab Leadership Council /AAI

November 5, 2006

MIM: Keith Ellison - endorsed by the American Arab Leadership PAC/AAI (Zogby) which received Saudi funding from Prince Bin Talal Alwaleed, and CAIR ,(The Council on Arab American Relations ) a Saudi funded front group for Hamas .

James Zogby the treasurer of the American Arab Leadership Council and President of the AAI was recently in Riyadh where he advised Arab businessmen how to wage a PR campaign in the US and to pressure the government into granting more visas. He blamed what he called the 'negative perception' of Arabs in the U.S. on the Israelis.

(For more information on the AALC PAC and James Zogby's speech in front of the Council of Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh see below.)


Keith Ellison, The Wahhabist Choice For Congress http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=ellison110406.htm
By Beila Rabinowitz, Director - MilitantIslamMonitor.org & William A. Mayer, E & P PipeLineNews.org November 5, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Keith Ellison [aka Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison Muhammad] the DFL candidate for Minnesota's 5th Congressional district, presents a revealing insight on his website. Under the heading "Crime and Safety" Ellison states that, "I have been to too many funerals of young people to be anything but a strong supporter of law enforcement, but I also believe it must be balanced by other factors." Perhaps by "balance" Ellison was referring to his call for the release of Sara Jane Olsen aka Sister Soliah, a member of the urban guerrilla Symbionese Liberation Army [the group which kidnapped Patty Hearst] who had pled guilty to placing bombs underneath two LAPD police cars . Or maybe it's Ellison's support of cop killers Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal? Is Ellison's committment to "balance" the root of his agreement with Nation of Islam bigot Joanne Jackson's statement that Jews are, "the most racist white people" or his work with gang-leader Sharif Willis who murdered Minneapolis Police Officer Jerry Haaf? Balance is really at the heart of the "Keith Mohammed X Ellison" candidacy, since the Minneapolis and national press have studiously avoided any semblance of it, refusing to tell people the honest truth about Mr. Ellison. If they won't, we certainly will, try this on for size Mr. Ellison.
Ellison was not only a member of Louis Farrakhan's rabidly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, friendly with people who murdered policemen and those who have been engaged in domestic terrorism but he is the choice of the Saudi Wahhabist lobby in his run for Congress and has actively courted groups with Islamist sympathies, with ties to organizations like Hamas and those who believe that the U.S. Constitution should be replaced with Sharia law.
This should not be surprising since Keith X is being financed and endorsed by a group which aids and abets it; the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], a Saudi funded front group for Hamas which Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has characterized as "'moderate' friends of terror." Last year CAIR was named as a defendant in a 9/11 terror lawsuit by the family of FBI agent John O'Neill, who died in the WTC attacks. Members of CAIR and some of its officers now reside in jail on terror related charges. CAIR's spokesman Ibrahim Hooper supports the abolition of the U.S. Constitution and the imposition of Sharia law. Towards that end, this year alone CAIR received $50 million dollars to launch a nationwide PR campaign for polish the rather tattered reputation of Islam. According to the Arab press:
"A US delegation led by CAIR officials yesterday held discussions with Al Habtoor group chairman Khalaf Al Habtoor and other businessmen in Dubai about a $50-million public relations campaign that the US group has launched in the US to change negative public perceptions about Islam. "It is the most ambitious public relations campaign anywhere in the world that the Muslims have thought about to change perceptions about Islam," Ahmad said, calling on Arab businesses to make contributions towards the campaign that will run for five years. "Do not think about your contributions as donations. Think about it from the perspective of rate of return. The investment of $50 million will give you billions of dollars in return for 50 years," the CAIR official said."
Eager to show their Saudi handlers that they are getting a return for their investment, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad [who personally gave $2,000 to Elison at a Florida fundraiser which netted him a total of $50,000 in Islamist money] and board chair Parvez Ahmad lashed out at Ellison's critics dismissing them as "a handful of right-wing bloggers, agenda-driven commentators and political operatives," while declaring:
"We are proud of our personal donations to Ellison's campaign. He has proven himself to be an effective legislator and his commitment to social justice is worthy of admiration. We believe his election will send a powerful message to the world about America's commitment to religious inclusion and tolerance."
In addition to the being supported by the Saudi funded Council on American Islamic Relations, Ellison has another wealthy and influential Arab endorser, the Arab American Leadership PAC, whose treasurer James Joseph Zogby [the brother of the pollster, John Zogby] is also the founder and president of the American Arab Institute. The AAL PAC is the political arm of the AAI which received Saudi funding to promote the interests of the "Wahhabi Lobby." Indicating the tight relationship between the two, the Arab American Leadership PAC is located in the same building as the AAI. Zogby is regarded as one of the most high profile members of he Arab American Community. In 2003 the AAI received a $300,000 donation from Prince Alaweed bin Talal, one of the Saudi kingdom's top Wahhabist money-men. Talal also donated $20 million to Harvard University and $20 million to Georgetown University to endow Islamic centers. Talal's attempt to donate $10 million to New York City after 9/11 was rejected by then mayor Giuliani because as CNN stated at the time:
"the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks."
Why is Talal's support of AAI so important? Because in addition to his inability to blame the terrorists for September 11, he also supports suicide bombing. Talal gave $27 million to the Saudi Committee for the Support of the al-Quds Intifada. As the London Times stated in April of 2002, "The committee will continue to provide direct assistance to the families of Palestinian martyrs and those wounded while resisting the occupation." Of Zogby's Islamist associations Front Page Magazine writes:
"Meanwhile, in Riyadh, James Zogby (who is even slicker than al-Jubeir) appeared as representative of his Arab American Institute (AAI), in a joint presentation with Saleh al-Wohaiby, secretary of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY, an official arm of the Saudi government). They announced that AAI and WAMY will "take up the cases of some 13,000 Arabs and Muslims, some of whom have been targeted by the U.S. government for possible deportation."
A year after this appearance, the WAMY offices in Virginia [which were registered under the name of a brother of Osama bin-Laden] were raided as part of the Treasury Department's anti-terror funding strike force, Operation Greenquest and closed down. These are the types of people that Ellison is accepting support from. More importantly this apparently is Mr. Ellison's brand of Islam. Calling it moderate is simply untrue Because the media has observed its strict code of multiculturalism, refusing to report on Ellison's beliefs, support groups and odious ties, he has been allowed to run one of the most dishonest campaigns in Minnesota history. Ellison's most basic denial, that he was not affiliated with Farrakhan's Nation of Islam after 1995, is an obvious lie since the above the above image clearly shows him at a 1998 protest march holding multiple copies of the Nation of Islam's newspaper, "The Final Call" and the image to the right shows him speaking at a Nation of Islam event. Ellison's dissembling in that regard casts doubt on everything that he says. Minnesota's voters deserve at minimum to be informed about a candidate's character, the positions he has taken and the nature of those who finance his candidacy. Mr. Ellison is no exception and we believe that he is running a stealth campaign in which his true self will only be revealed if the state's voters are so unfortunate as to send him to Congress. If that happens the public will soon observe him reverting to true form, free to pursue his racist politics and anti-Semitism while being in the pocket of foreign funded Wahhabist groups who are committed to advancing the cultural jihad one major step further, promoting their radical Islamist agenda in Congress. For more on James Zogby's visit to Riyadh and WAMY HQ see: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=8466 Keith Ellison's list of endorsers includes the Arab American Leadership PAC http://www.keithellison.org/endorsements.htm
Committee Details:
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Type: Qualified Non-Party
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NONE http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/fec/?commid=C00194225 http://www.aaiusa.org/common/55/contact-us
Arab American Institute Foundation
The Arab American Institute Foundation supports public information and education programs on the role of the Arab American community in American society. AAIF sponsors outreach efforts to inform the American public about the contributions of Arab Americans to civic life, government service, business and professional life, and education.
Arab American Leadership Council Political Action Committee
The Arab American Leadership Council PAC (ALCPAC) is the major vehicle for supporting Arab Americans and other candidates supported by the Arab American community. Active since 1996, ALCPAC distributes contributions to select campaigns, provides voter contact information, and encourages party-related activities by Arab American voters.

ALCPAC is active in local, state and federal election campaigns. Its efforts are supported by contributors across the United States who want to amplify the role of the Arab American community in the electoral system of this country.

For more information on ALCPAC, see www.alcpac.org.

Note: More proof of James Zogby's promoting of Saudi interests in the US, can be seen in his recent trip to Riyadh, where he advised Saudi businessmen to wage a PR campaign in the US using 'smart Saudi women' and to send more students over to 'pressure' the US to relax visa restrictions. He also blamed Israel for the 'negative perceptions' of Arabs in the United States.
Zogby Says Saudis Need Better PR Strategy in US
Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 22 February 2006 The Kingdom needs to hone the communication skills of "smart Saudi women" to put across its message effectively to the American audience, said a prominent Arabist intellectual from the US during a press conference here yesterday. "The country is wasting its resources in trying to reach out to the Americans through their media. Such a strategy has turned out to be counter-productive," James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute (AAI), told mediapersons at the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CSCCI)... An Israeli delegation visits the US every week for interaction with influential sections of the society," he said. "They have also hired an American PR firm for giving them expert opinion on how they should handle their media campaign. Thus, a large number of Americans have been locked in place by negative perceptions about the Arabs." He said it was a smart move on the part of the Saudi government to try to send more students to the US. This would increase pressure on the State Department to rationalize the visa procedure for both students and the business community.
An Israeli delegation visits the US every week for interaction with influential sections of the society," he said. "They have also hired an American PR firm for giving them expert opinion on how they should handle their media campaign. Thus, a large number of Americans have been locked in place by negative perceptions about the Arabs."

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