This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/5707
April 4, 2013
On March 13 2013 The Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy held a "Human Rights" Assembly and hosted Zak Ebrahim aka Abdulaziz El Sayed Nosair the son of El Sayed Nosair who gunned down Rabbi Meir Kahane in cold blood in a Manhattan hotel on November 5 1990 and was one of the planners of the 1993 WTC bombings. http://www.globaljihad.net/view_page.asp?id=60
Nosair's defense was funded by Osama Bin Laden and lead by radical left wing lawyer William Kunstler, whose daughters plan to make a documentary about Ebrahim. This shows that Ebrahim is still active in circles which comprise the "Leftist- Islamist Alliance".
Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al- Zawahiri called for the release of Nosair in exchange for the kidnapped Jewish relief worker Warren Weinstein in 2011. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/01/al-qaeda-leader-al-zawahiri-claims-responsibility-for-kidnapping-american/
In 2012 Nosair was denied his request for a new trial.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/14/nyregion/el-sayyid-a-nosair-killer-of-rabbi-kahane-is-denied-new-trial.html?_r=0
According to the announcement on the school's website:
You are invited to hear the Non-Violence Advocate and Lecturer Zak Ebrahim -
Zak is the son of a terrorist who goes around the country advocating for peace. He was born in Pittsburgh and when he was six years old he moved to New Jersey. For the duration of his upbringing his father, El-Sayed Nosair, taught him the ways of radical Islam. In 1990, his father killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane. He was also involved in the terrorist attack of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He has been in jail since 1990. Zak remembers spending his childhood visiting his father in various jails, and due to death threats has been living with his mother in different cities across America. He has not spoken to his father in ten years but he plans on going back to the jail in which his father resides to try to understand why his father chose the path that he did.
Human Rights Club Assembly Featuring Zak Ebrahim: The community is invited to the Human Rights Assembly this Wednesday, March 13, 11:45am-12:30pm in the JBHA auditorium. Travel with Zak Ebrahim on his journey as a young boy growing up in a radical household headed by his father El-Sayed Nosair, a convicted terrorist, to his coming of age as an activist for peace and justice. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear a charismatic speaker who has important and universal lessons to share.
In his speech to the students which can be found on You Tube Ebrahim told the students that "all people wanted the same thing" and "I am here to dispel stereotypes…of those who would take advantage of people's fears for their own ends…". It is a foolish mistake to believe that religious extremism is exclusive to Islam…it is un American to ostracise a whole community for the sins of the few"…
Ebrahim compared Jerry Falwell to the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman whom his father followed and whom he had met stating that "most clerics preach harmony between Muslims and non- Muslims" and accused America of discarding Afghan jihad fighters "like trash on the road". He described a childhood friend who had been taken from the New Jersey to Pakistan to wage jihad in Afghanistan as "his innocence taken from him in a conflict he had no business being apart of this is what happens when we use violence as a resolution of conflict".
Ebrahim told the students that jihad ‘is not an act of terrorism or holy war' "In reality jihad can be as simple as providing for your family"… Jihad can simply mean striving to live a moral and virtuous life"
He then went on to describe the fun he had at a shooting range with his father.
MIM: In an article with Egyptian Jihad Movement leader Mufti Sayed Imam "He defined "jihad" as "fighting infidels, not to seek livelihood and or education." http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jihad-movement-leader-calls-applying-sharia
Q and A with students:
Published on Mar 13, 2013
Part 1 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAbwD...
Part 2 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-nxm...
Part 3 of 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlZdM...
At the top of Ebrahim's blog is a picture of him smiling with his father's arm around his shoulders. One of the items on his blog is his support of the 9/11 Mosque which reveals his Islamist mindset.
"…One ridiculous argument that is floating around is that this controversy somehow further politicizes 9/11 (That ship sailed a long time ago). As if politicians and the media haven't used that tragedy to promote every talking point imaginable. Legions of religious zealots decried the Cordoba Institute for bringing all this attention back on those who lost loved ones on 9/11. They propagate the notion that somehow building the Islamic center is an affront to those who died that day. They choose to ignore the victims who are Muslim and/or aren't opposed to the construction. However, even if it does somehow offend those who lost loved ones on 9/11, it still doesn't give anyone the right to decide which people are allowed which freedoms. Those who lost loved one that day share a horrible burden. They have every right to their feelings, but no one has the right to subject those feelings on other people.
Meanwhile genius-for-hire Wayne Allen wonders "is it too much to ask for a little consideration and respect toward others?" While simultaneously saying "…one has to wonder where the money is coming from to build a 15-story building on some of the most expensive real estate in the country." He insinuates the funding is coming from nefarious sources. Allen is attempting to tap into the rabid and incoherent fear that all Muslims support the likes of Osama Bin Laden. Of course no such link has been shown to exist..."
"…Instead of welcoming moderate Muslims into our communities the Tea party and their republican representatives (and we'll never forget about you D-Harry Reid) are driving these moderates further into seclusion. Creating such an intolerant climate only increases the percentage of Muslims that may choose radicalization over assimilation. "
Ebrahim also has a website where he describes himself as a "non violence advocate" an"lecturer". Among the "external links" of "peace" organisations on his website are those whose members propagate a virulently anti Israel and anti American agenda.One of those is Coalition For Peace Action whose sponsors include left wing radicals and Islamist apologists like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Juan Cole. http://www.peacecoalition.org/sponsors.html Noam Chomsky has met with and praised Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah. http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7&x_issue=11&x_article=1151
In 2011 The Coalition for Peace Action presented Ebrahim with an award. A newspaper report on the event carried the fitting headline "Peace Group Honors Terrorist's Son"
The hosting of the son of Rabbi Meir Kahane's killer at a "Human Rights" assembly at a Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy is an outrage which shows the moral bankruptcy of those responsible and perversity of moral relativism.The welcoming of the son of a convicted terrrorist who was given free rein to dissemble about Islam and jihad to gullible students should be a red flag for anyone who is considering donating to the institution.
The school itself sheds light on why such a travesty took place.
On the school's "About Us" website page one finds the following:
"…As a pluralistic school, we are dedicated to providing a challenging and inspiring education for our students, integrating humanities, the sciences and Jewish studies in a trans-denominational and nurturing setting. We are a school that emphasizes the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community where all students are valued and welcomed. .."
Sharon P. Levin
Head of School
MIM: It is striking to note that Osama Bin Laden's son Omar also fancies himself as some kind of "peace advocate". Bin Laden's son Omar has a white Western girlfriend over a decade his senior as does Zak Ebrahim, the son of El Sayed Nosair. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Michael Scheur, the then former head of the Bin Laden Desk at the CIA ,wrote an article titled:""Osama's Flower-Child Son or Al Qaeda Disinformation Agent?"
"When I contact Scheuer, he says he has just finished reading Omar's memoir, which he considers an important piece of intelligence. The book confirms much of what the CIA has long believed about bin Laden. But it seems to Scheuer that Omar is also pursuing an unspoken agenda, one that serves his father."
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/osamas-prodigal-son-20100120#ixzz2PvGdmY4I
In his article "Osama's Flower-Child Son or Al Qaeda Disinformation Agent?" Michael Scheur wrote:
"...In his non-threatening words and un-Islamic appearance, Omar bin Laden has tried to distance himself from his father's actions and has called for negotiations—to appeal to the West—while keeping faith with dominant Muslim opinion by insisting U.S. and Western policy is an attack on Islam and that his father is fundamentally a good man..."
"...When all is said in done it is not yet possible to know whether Omar bin Laden is a Saudi ne'er-do-well or an al-Qaeda propagandist, and in some ways it does not matter..."
MIM: Update 9/16/14
Ebrahim has been marketing his kumbaya dog and pony show with an organisation called TED and is plugging a new book called "The Terrorist's Son" which features a peace sign in the O. He is shamelessly promoting himself by exploiting the murderous terrorist legacy of his father and his schtick in a recent video is practically verbatim to the one he presented at Barrack Academy. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/185077#!
Not surprisingly he has taken down all of his previous websites (including the one with a picture of himself smiling together with his father) and is pimping himself with the new "nonprofit""nonpartisan" group called TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment And Design whose slogan is "Ideas Worth Spreading"
That an evening listening to a nobody whose only claim to fame is that his father is a Jew killer and jihadist can be billed as "entertainment" is an vile travesty.
9/21/14 The UK Daily Mail has an article with pictures:
Zak Ebrahim (his adopted name) and his father El Sayyid Nosair, who shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League.
MIM: Below is a transcript of Zak Ebrahim Nosair's TED Talk and standard kumbaya epiphany schtick in which he tries to convince a gullible audience that he is actually just an average Joe and nice guy and concludes by saying that violence has nothing to do with Islam or Muslims.
On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time on lesser charges, he and other men began planning attacks on a dozen New York City landmarks, including tunnels, synagogues and the United Nations headquarters. Thankfully, those plans were foiled by an FBI informant. Sadly, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center was not. Nosair would eventually be convicted for his involvement in the plot. El-Sayyid Nosair is my father.
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983 to him, an Egyptian engineer, and a loving American mother and grade school teacher, who together tried their best to create a happy childhood for me. It wasn't until I was seven years old that our family dynamic started to change.My father exposed me to a side of Islam that few people, including the majority of Muslims, get to see. It's been my experience that when people take the time to interact with one another, it doesn't take long to realize that for the most part, we all want the same things out of life.However, in every religion, in every population, you'll find a small percentage of people who hold so fervently to their beliefs that they feel they must use any means necessary to make others live as they do.
A few months prior to his arrest, he sat me down and explained that for the past few weekends, he and some friends had been going to a shooting range on Long Island for target practice. He told me I'd be going with him the next morning. We arrived at Calverton Shooting Range, which unbeknownst to our group was being watched by the FBI. When it was my turn to shoot, my father helped me hold the rifle to my shoulder and explained how to aim at the target about 30 yards off. That day, the last bullet I shot hit the small orange light that sat on top of the target and to everyone's surprise, especially mine, the entire target burst into flames. My uncle turned to the other men, and in Arabic said, "Ibn abuh." Like father, like son. They all seemed to get a really big laugh out of that comment, but it wasn't until a few years later that I fully understood what they thought was so funny. They thought they saw in me the same destruction my father was capable of. Those men would eventually be convicted of placing a van filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives into the sub-level parking lot of the World Trade Center's North Tower, causing an explosion that killed six people and injured over 1,000 others. These were the men I looked up to.These were the men I called ammu, which means uncle.
By the time I turned 19, I had already moved 20 times in my life, and that instability during my childhood didn't really provide an opportunity to make many friends. Each time I would begin to feel comfortable around someone, it was time to pack up and move to the next town. Being the perpetual new face in class, I was frequently the target of bullies. I kept my identity a secret from my classmates to avoid being targeted, but as it turns out, being the quiet, chubby new kid in class was more than enough ammunition. So for the most part, I spent my time at home reading books and watching TV or playing video games. For those reasons, my social skills were lacking,to say the least, and growing up in a bigoted household, I wasn't prepared for the real world. I'd been raised to judge people based on arbitrary measurements, like a person's race or religion.
So what opened my eyes? One of my first experiences that challenged this way of thinking was during the 2000 presidential elections. Through a college prep program, I was able to take part in the National Youth Convention in Philadelphia. My particular group's focus was on youth violence,and having been the victim of bullying for most of my life, this was a subject in which I felt particularly passionate. The members of our group came from many different walks of life. One day toward the end of the convention, I found out that one of the kids I had befriended was Jewish. Now, it had taken several days for this detail to come to light, and I realized that there was no natural animosity between the two of us. I had never had a Jewish friend before, and frankly I felt a sense of pride in having been able to overcome a barrier that for most of my life I had been led to believe was insurmountable. Another major turning point came when I found a summer job at Busch Gardens, an amusement park. There, I was exposed to people from all sorts of faiths and cultures, and that experience proved to be fundamental to the development of my character.Most of my life, I'd been taught that homosexuality was a sin, and by extension, that all gay people were a negative influence. As chance would have it, I had the opportunity to work with some of the gay performers at a show there, and soon found that many were the kindest, least judgmental people I had ever met. Being bullied as a kid created a sense of empathy in me toward the suffering of others, and it comes very unnaturally to me to treat people who are kind in any other way than how I would want to be treated. Because of that feeling, I was able to contrast the stereotypes I'd been taught as a child with real life experience and interaction. I don't know what it's like to be gay, but I'm well acquainted with being judged for something that's beyond my control.
Then there was "The Daily Show." On a nightly basis, Jon Stewart forced me to be intellectually honest with myself about my own bigotry and helped me to realize that a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character. He was in many ways a father figure to me when I was in desperate need of one. Inspiration can often come from an unexpected place, and the fact that a Jewish comedian had done more to positively influence my worldview than my own extremist father is not lost on me.
One day, I had a conversation with my mother about how my worldview was starting to change,and she said something to me that I will hold dear to my heart for as long as I live. She looked at me with the weary eyes of someone who had experienced enough dogmatism to last a lifetime, and said, "I'm tired of hating people." In that instant, I realized how much negative energy it takes to hold that hatred inside of you.
Zak Ebrahim is not my real name. I changed it when my family decided to end our connection with my father and start a new life. So why would I out myself and potentially put myself in danger?Well, that's simple. I do it in the hopes that perhaps someone someday who is compelled to use violence may hear my story and realize that there is a better way, that although I had been subjected to this violent, intolerant ideology, that I did not become fanaticized. Instead, I choose to use my experience to fight back against terrorism, against the bigotry. I do it for the victims of terrorism and their loved ones, for the terrible pain and loss that terrorism has forced upon their lives. For the victims of terrorism, I will speak out against these senseless acts and condemn my father's actions. And with that simple fact, I stand here as proof that violence isn't inherent in one's religion or race, and the son does not have to follow the ways of his father. I am not my father.
Thank you. (Applause)
Thank you, everybody. (Applause)
Thank you all. (Applause)
Thanks a lot. (Applause)
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