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Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Appointed "Hamas" Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze Of CAIR Who Taught Muslims How To Shoot
Sheriff Israel Needs To Go! CAIR Leader Hamze Taught Muslims How To Use Guns In Terror Tied Mosque
CAIR Leader Nezar Hamze Teaching Muslims How To Use Guns In Terror Tied Mosque - Is Also Deputy Sheriff
December 22, 2015
CAIR's ‘Deputy Hamas' Teaches Radical Mosque to Use Guns
Will the next San Bernardino be in Florida?
December 21, 2015
"Because of a shooting perpetrated by radical Muslims, a radical mosque which partners with designated terrorist organizations is learning how to shoot guns from an individual who is the leader of a designated terrorist organization, himself."
Nezar Hamze is a leader in the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is also a Deputy Sheriff in the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO), in Broward County, Florida. This background has given him the opportunity to exploit his position in law enforcement to assist his Islamist friends in their desire for weapons training. This month, he did so at a Tampa Bay, Florida mosque that partners with designated terrorist organizations.
CAIR was established in June 1994 as part of the American Palestine Committee, a terrorist umbrella group headed by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. Marzook is currently residing in Egypt as second in command of Hamas. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the US Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Since its founding, a number of CAIR representatives have served jail time and/or have been deported from the US for terrorist-related crimes.
Nezar Hamze is the CEO and Regional Operations Director for the Florida chapter of CAIR or CAIR-Florida. In July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, "We are Hamas" and "Let's go Hamas." Following the rally, the event organizer, Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, wrote, "Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!" In August 2014, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly wrote, "Israel and its supporters are enemies of G-d..."
In November 2014, CAIR was one of three groups operating within the United States to be named a terrorist organization by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The other two US-based groups named were the Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Relief (IR). Additional groups named were ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.
This past weekend, CAIR's Hamze, using his position as a law enforcement officer, traveled to the Tampa, Florida area to perform weapons training at the Daarus Salaam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Society of New Tampa (ISONET), a mosque associated with all three US groups named to UAE's terror list.
Last month, the ISONET youth group organized an interactive leadership workshop that was co-sponsored by the Tampa chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS), titled ‘Destined to Lead?'
MAS was founded in 1993 by a group of individuals from the Muslim Brotherhood, which included the future global leader of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Mahdi Akef. The current National Executive Director of MAS is Mazen Mokhtar. From 1992 through 1996, Mokhtar made numerous statements on the internet in support of Hamas and suicide bombings. Prior to the September 11 attacks, Mokhtar served as a web designer for what was then the main website raising funds and recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Qoqaz.net.
The Tampa chapter of MAS or MAS-Tampa has its own sinister history. Quotes found previously on MAS-Tampa's E-Library include ones about cutting off Jews' heads, burning homosexuals to death, and banishing men to Hell for being "submissive to the likes and dislikes of a woman." Muslims were told on the site that they "must always worship Allah and wage jihad until death." The site stated, "The greatest sacrifice for God is made in Jihad, for in it a man sacrifices not only his own life and property in His cause but destroys those of others also."
In October, the ISONET youth group co-sponsored an event with the American affiliate of Islamic Relief (IRUSA) to raise funds for Syrian refugees.
Islamic Relief's ties to terror are well known. The Russian government has accused Islamic Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya. Israel has banned the group, labeling it a Hamas front and arresting the organization's Gaza Program Manager, Ayaz Ali, in 2006, for providing assistance to Hamas. Reports show that Islamic Relief has sent millions of dollars to and received tens of thousands of dollars from groups related to al-Qaeda.
The Chairman of IRUSA is Khaled Lamada. Lamada is also the co-chairman of the Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society (ICNA-MAS) national convention. ICNA has been linked to terrorist financing and has used the web to promote a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban. Lamada, who is a huge fan of jailed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, has used social media to advocate for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
In the last three months – October, November and December – Daarus Salaam has sponsored events with three designated terrorist organizations, the only three groups to be named terrorist organizations by UAE. And the last of these events was one where mosque goers were taught how to use weapons, while Hamze brandished a gun in each hand, wore a Muslim outfit that resembled a trench coat, and simulated firing at his audience. The mosque referred to the event as ‘Active Shooter Training.'
This was not the first time the mosque held an event with CAIR. In March, ISONET sponsored a ‘Community Town Hall Meeting,' featuring different officials from CAIR-Florida. One of the CAIR officials was Ahmad Saleem, who just two months later was arrested during a sex sting operation and charged with driving to a house, where he had planned to have illegal intercourse with a twelve-year-old girl he had met online.
Attending the Hamze event was Magda Elkadi Saleh, mosque spokesperson and President for the mosque's charity, Radiant Hands. Saleh was the founding Principal of the Muslim children's school, American Youth Academy (AYA), and was with AYA from 2004 till she left earlier this year. Prior to 2004, AYA was incorporated under another name, the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF), a school founded by then-Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami al-Arian and named by the US government, in a 50-count indictment, as being a party to the raising of funds for PIJ.
According to the mosque, the weapons training event took place as a result of the shooting attacks, which transpired in San Bernardino this month, and the potential for a backlash against Muslims due to the attacks. Whether or not there was merit in such an event – and according to federal ‘hate crime' statistics regarding anti-Muslim acts, the merit may be highly exaggerated – one cannot look past the venue for the event or the individual doing the training.
To reiterate: Because of a shooting perpetrated by radical Muslims, a radical mosque which partners with designated terrorist organizations is learning how to shoot guns from an individual who is the leader of a designated terrorist organization, himself.
Instead of radical mosques worrying about a backlash against their attendees due to the sinister acts of those who would be associated with them, local and federal law enforcement agencies should worry about the potential of new terrorists being created as a result of these types of events. That includes the law enforcement agency which employs the trainer, Hamze.
Giving weapons training to Muslims with radical ideologies, who associate themselves with terrorist groups, is equipping these same Muslims to wage armed jihad. The instruction must be halted immediately.
If you wish to contact Broward Sheriff Scott Israel to voice your opinion on this matter, you can do so by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 954-831-8901.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
Are Broward Sheriff Scott Israel And CAIR Deputy Nezar Hamze Covering Up Ft. Lauderdale Terror Attack Muslim Connection?
BSO Sheriff Scott Israel Wants Radical Muslims To Have Guns - Deputized CAIR Director Nezar Hamze
MIM:Another disturbing aspect of this story is the possibility of a cover up by the BSO and if by extension Nezar Hamze and CAIR,which always whitewashes Muslim terror atrocities, have had a hand in the down playing of the Islamist connection in the Ft.Lauderdale attacks. Hamze's infiltration of the Broward Sheriff's office was a strategic coup for CAIR.
:...This week a prominent Ft. Lauderdale businessman and longtime resident addressed a letter to the city's mayor and commissioners blasting county and federal officials for covering up that "Aashiq Hammad, not Esteban Santiago, attacked our city and county..."http://www.judicialwatch.org/
Which begs the question:
Sheriff Israel,are you hiding something?
The dangerous hypocrisy of Scott Israel.
January 13, 2017
Following the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport perpetrated by Esteban Santiago, which left five people dead and many others injured, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel took the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on gun policy, calling for tighter measures to ensure people with mental health issues do not have access to firearms. While that is indeed a noble goal, it is quite the opposite of the Sheriff's policy of giving guns to radical Muslims and providing a gateway for other radicals – even those like Santiago, himself – to learn how to shoot them.
New Jersey-born and Puerto Rico-raised Esteban Santiago-Ruiz canceled his New Year's flight plans to New York City and, instead, purchased a one-way ticket to Florida, where three of his siblings live. Prior to leaving his residence – a motel room he had rented in Anchorage, Alaska – he sold off his car and all of his possessions. That is, all of his possessions save for one, a Walther 9mm semi-automatic pistol, which rested inside of the only piece of baggage he checked for the flight to Florida, a handgun case.
On Friday, January 6th, upon arriving to the Fort Lauderdale Airport after a stopover in Minnesota, Santiago, an Iraq War Veteran, headed to the baggage claim area, retrieved his firearm, stepped inside a bathroom, loaded his firearm, and began shooting at people, aiming for their heads and causing panic throughout. He murdered five and wounded eight others.
Santiago's motive for the attack has been called into question. Authorities are hesitant about calling the shooting an act of "terrorism." They say they haven't found any links to known terrorist groups. Yet, there is no doubt that this was in the very least terror-related. In November, Santiago visited the FBI in Anchorage and informed them that he was hearing voices telling him to join ISIS and to watch ISIS videos. A photo has been circulated of him sporting a thin beard and wearing a Middle Eastern keffiyeh (scarf) while flashing the ISIS one-fingered salute.
Santiago's brother Bryan told reporters in Spanish that his brother is not Muslim and had been "born and raised Christian." He said that the keffiyeh was only a souvenir that Santiago obtained while in Iraq. Santiago, a former member of the Alaska Army National Guard, had been deployed to Iraq in 2010 and spent a year there with the 130th Engineer Battalion clearing roads of improvised explosives and maintaining bridges.
However, as reported by Charles Johnson of gotnews.com, Santiago has a MySpace page, which he registered under the Muslim name Aashiq Hammad. On the page are three audio files that list "Aashiq" as the composer. One of the files is titled ‘La ilaha illAllah' (translated: There is no deity but God), the beginning of the phrase that non-Muslims recite when they are converting to Islam. The file was uploaded to Santiago's MySpace page in 2007, three years prior to him being sent to Iraq.
It appears, as well, that Santiago posted messages onto an "Explosives and Weapons Forum," including one dialogue regarding the downloading of "E-Jihad videos" and "jihadi files."
Following the attack, Sheriff Scott Israel of the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) took center stage, as he led a press conference to go over general information about the shooting. Two days later, he gave an interview with the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, discussing his thoughts on gun violence. He stated, "A person suffering from mental illness, in my opinion, should not be able to buy, possess or carry a handgun or a rifle, any type of firearm… We shouldn't be selling them weapons and allowing them to carry weapons."
Of course, Sheriff Israel's talk about mental illness is in reference to Santiago, who had, leading up to the attack, exhibited very erratic behavior, as witnessed by his family, neighbors and law enforcement. But while the Sheriff wishes to take guns out of the hands of mentally ill radicals associated with terror like Santiago, he, at the same time, wants to put them into the hands of other terror-related radicals.
In August 2014, Nezar Hamze, the Regional Operations Director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff at BSO. On his application, which he handed in merely two months prior to his swearing in, he states that he was referred to the job by Scott Israel.
CAIR was created in June 1994 as part of an umbrella group led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. CAIR has been named by the US government a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Many representatives from CAIR have served prison time and/or have been deported from the US for terrorist-related activity. CAIR-Florida, itself, in July 2014, co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, "We are Hamas," "Let's go Hamas," and "Hamas kicked your ass."
This past November and December, Hamze helped lead two CAIR-Florida banquets, where terror-related entities were on stage, in the hall, and in the audience. This includes one individual speaking at the December banquet, Hatim Naji Fariz, who was convicted of providing material support to associates of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
Sheriff Israel hired Hamze against the advice of all three BSO Majors who had evaluated Hamze during the hiring process. In May 2013, they unanimously signed a form stating, "At this time, I do not recommend Officer Hamze for employment…" Hamze was found to be lying on his polygraph exam about "use of illegal drugs" and about "buying illegal drugs."
Not only did the Sheriff hire Hamze, but he formally allowed Hamze to keep his job at CAIR, as well. And since Hamze has been a Deputy Sheriff, he has used his position – and a large amount of time – to go on a mosque tour teaching fellow Muslim radicals how to use firearms, "Mosque Active Shooter Training."
One of the many mosques Hamze did this training at was Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen (MJAM), located in Margate, Florida. MJAM's imam Izhar Khan, who sat by Hamze's feet as he taught, was arrested in May 2011 and spent the next 20 months in a federal detention center in Miami on charges of terrorism. As per the indictment against him, Khan worked with others "to collect and deliver money for the Pakistani Taliban… intending that they be used in preparation for and in carrying out… a conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim persons in a foreign country."
Another mosque Hamze trained was the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB). Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian spoke at ISSB's children's school, and al-Arian's PIJ colleagues, Mazen al-Najjar and Hussam Jubara, were prayer leaders at ISSB. A former imam of the mosque and fellow PIJ member, Muneer Arafat, said he was in favor of PIJ's "goal of destroying Israel and replacing it with an Islamic state." In January 2001, the ISSB newsletter, The Faith, announced that the mosque had raised $4000 for the family of Palestinian "martyrs."
In November, when Santiago, an apparent radical Muslim, sought out the FBI, they confiscated his gun, the same gun that was used in the killing spree at the airport. Soon, though, the following month, the FBI returned the gun to him. Now, Santiago has been charged with murder and is facing the death penalty.
Sheriff Israel asked the question why Santiago was given the firearm back. It is a good question, and the Sheriff has the right to ask it.
But we too have a right to ask the Sheriff why he would put a gun into the hands of another Muslim fanatic, CAIR operative Nezar Hamze, who he has permitted to infiltrate BSO. And why would he allow that fanatic to teach radical mosques how to create new Esteban Santiagos – to put even more of us in danger?
Sheriff Israel cannot have it both ways. Such recklessness is inexcusable.
It is imperative that Sheriff Israel be held to account for his irresponsible behavior.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
"Jihad In Ft. Lauderdale: 5 Dead 13 Wounded - Esteban Santiago Obsessed With ISIS - Joined My Space As Aashiq Hammad"
MIM: More articles on Sheriff Scott Israel and Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze can be found on MIM by Googling their names.
MIM: For a video about "Sheriff Hamas" aka Scott Israel and his Islamist comrades see: