September 3, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] a Saudi funded Hamas front group and unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' largest terror funding case, U.S. vs Holy Land Foundation et al., has organized an Iftar [Ramadan fast-breaking] meal which took place Monday evening at California's state capitol in Sacramento.
The event was attended by dozens of primarily Democrat politicians. Though Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed as a sponsor of the dinner he was not in attendance.
Prime mover in this da'wa exercise along with CAIR is Assemblyman Dave Jones, who has spoken at numerous CAIR functions.
Of note, last year the FBI "cut off communication" with CAIR due to their terror friendliness. Additionally, numerous members of CAIR have been convicted of serious terror offenses including Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, who is serving multiple sentences for dealings with Hamas.
The group has repeatedly refused to specifically and by name condemn either Hamas or Hezbollah.
According to evidence presented by the Investigative Project:
"In explaining the FBI's cut-off to inquiring U.S. senators, an FBI liaison wrote that the evidence led to the conclusion that CAIR was not "an appropriate liaison partner." That would continue "until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS." See the letter here. Journalist Mary Jacoby notes that CAIR has responded by "working to stoke tensions in local Muslim communities over FBI investigative tactics. CAIR is angry at the FBI, because the bureau embarrassed it."
According to CAIR's press release, the full list of event sponsors includes:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg Senator Alex Padilla Senator Carol Liu Senator Elaine Alquist Senator Fran Pavley Senator Jenny Oropeza Senator Loni Hancock Senator Lou Correa Senator Mark Leno Senator Pat Wiggins Senator Denise Ducheny Senator Leland Yee Senator Lois Wolk Assembly Speaker Karen Bass Assemblymember Dave Jones Assemblymember Fiona Ma Assemblymember Jared Huffman Assemblymember Alyson Huber Assemblymember Anthony Adams Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal Assemblymember Hector De La Torre Assemblymember Ira Ruskin Assemblymember Isadore Hall Assemblymember Jose Solorio Assemblymember Lori Saldaņa Assemblymember Mariko Yamada Assemblymember Mike Eng Assemblymember Paul Fong Assemblymember Pedro Nava Assemblymember Anthony Portantino Assemblymember Tom Ammiano Assemblymember Tom Torlakson Assemblymember Tony Mendoza Assemblymember Warren Furutani Assemblymember Alberto Torrico Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Assemblymember Paul Krekorian