Mosque Linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad Allowed to Defile MLK Parade

Martin Luther King, Jr. was unquestionably the greatest civil rights leader of our time. Last month, Tampa, Florida honored his legacy with a parade through the city. Part of this legacy was King’s unabashed support of the Jewish state. Ironically, one of the groups permitted to join the parade was the Islamic Community of Tampa (ICT), a mosque that has its roots in anti-Israel terror. ICT’s participation in this event is an extreme example of how US Islamists have been working hard to co-opt King’s legacy. The organizers must be taken to task for allowing such a desecration and not properly vetting those involved. It should never happen again.

On January 17th, the City of Tampa hosted its 2022 MLK Parade, after being on hiatus for a while as a result of Covid. Hundreds of onlookers were treated to dancers, floats and bands, and just like in most parades, local groups were able to participate. One of these groups, the United Muslim Delegation, had within it a number of well-known radical Muslim institutions, including the Hamas-linked CAIR, the South Asian terror-associated Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and ICT, a.k.a. Masjid Al-Qassam, which was/is founded and directed by members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

Al-Qassam was created in 1985 by Sami al-Arian, then-North American leader of PIJ, and incorporated in 1992. The mosque was named after Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the man who was the inspiration for the founding of PIJ. Today, al-Arian resides in Turkey, where he was deported in February 2015. The current Director of the mosque is al-Arian’s former PIJ colleague, Hatem Fariz. As a result of the 2005 federal trial against them and others, both Fariz and al-Arian were convicted of providing material support to PIJ.

According to the indictment, al-Arian and Fariz “conspired… to commit offenses against the United States… by making and receiving contributions of funds, goods, and services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

On all the materials made for their “United Muslim” parade group, such as fliers, t-shirts and banners, ICT is listed and positioned on top and first. In fact, the parade goers from all of the delegation sponsors were told that, on the morning of the event, they were to meet at ICT for a caravan heading to the parade and park in the lot of ICT’s children’s school, the American Youth Academy (AYA). Furthermore, a number of the other key participants of the delegation have major ties to ICT, themselves.

One of the organizers for the United Muslim Delegation was Hassan Sultan, the President and founder of The Muslim Connection (TMC), which was one of the sponsors of the delegation. For nearly a decade, Sultan has given khutbahs (sermons) at ICT and has worked closely with ICT’s director, Hatem Fariz, and imam, Ahmad Sharaf. Sultan, as well, has been a contact for ICT, and his group, TMC, coordinates events with ITC. In September 2013, TMC advertised a ‘FAST-A-THON’ featuring future CAIR leader and convicted sex predator Ahmad Saleem, which is still up on TMC’s Facebook page.

One parade participant was Zaid Abdelrahim, a former educator at ICT and AYA, who in August 2016, was honored by the two with a ‘Most Inspirational Teacher’ award. In December 2017, he posted on Facebook the following offensive message: “If Hitler killed six million Jews who were European Jews, then give the Jews a piece of Germany NOT of Palestine.” In April 2019, he posted a video of anti-Semite Rick Wiles spewing the libel about Jews owning the media. Wiles asked, “Who planted into our minds, here in America, that we should hate and kill Muslims?… [A]fter 9/11… we were saturated with media propaganda. Who owns the media in this country?”

Another co-sponsor of the Muslim delegation for the parade was the Florida chapter of CAIR, an organization that has had many dealings with ICT and its leadership. At a 2017 CAIR-Florida media brunch, CAIR-Florida’s former Executive Director, Hassan Shibly, declared that CAIR depends on ICT for “programs, fundraising” and more. He stated, “Really, we couldn’t do the work without the tremendous support we get from the mosque.”

The delegation leader of the parade was Jarvis Karim El-Amin, the Vice Chairman of Masjid an-Nasr, which will be sponsoring a talk this month by ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirator’ of the ’93 World Trade Center bombing, Siraj Wahhaj. El-Amin spends much time preoccupied with matters of race, like him telling people to only support “black-owned businesses” or posting jokes on social media on how the legal system “destroys colors.” In November 2021, he posted what appears to be an anti-Semitic cartoon on Facebook labeling Masons (and Jews) “criminals.” The illustration was published by James K. Warner, ex-National Secretary of the American Nazi Party (ANP).

The Palestinian terror-linked ICT and the rest of the delegation’s interest in MLK is, no doubt, a way for them to co-opt King’s legacy and attempt to rewrite history. King was a good friend to the Jewish community and to Israel. In March 1968, days prior to his death, he said, “[W]e must stand with all our might to protect [Israel’s] right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

While King was alive, many Muslims who cared about black civil rights, gravitated more towards militants like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael (a.k.a. Kwame Ture). King was viewed as too restrained. Khalid Griggs, the Vice President of ICNA, also one of the Muslim parade delegation sponsors, stated about his early views of King, “[T]here was something about the philosophy that Dr. King was promoting and that was a non-violent civil disobedience that, at that particular moment, did not resonate with me… I was being influenced by others… For some reason, myself and others felt that Dr. King was lacking in courage… that Dr. King was a coward.”

In truth, the groups that make up the Muslim delegation would more likely wish to destroy or in the very least distort King’s legacy, trying to make it resemble something that is more towards their own fanatical beliefs, than to keep King’s real and unaltered memory alive. King’s views are antithetical to their violent bigotry, yet they cynically exploit his idealism in order to attain a facade of legitimacy. The organizers of the parade should realize that they – and MLK – are being used by extremist groups with a radical agenda and must, therefore, prohibit these groups from joining this parade or any other community event that will take place any time in the future.

Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

Pat Buchanan: Did We Provoke Putin’s War in Ukraine?

Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago. Nor is he “irrational,” as some pundits rail. He does not want a war with us, which would be worse than ruinous to us both. Putin is a Russian nationalist, patriot, traditionalist and a cold and ruthless realist looking out to preserve Russia as the great and respected power it once was and he believes it can be again.

When Russia’s Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for membership and be admitted. We’re not changing that.

In the Bucharest declaration of 2008, NATO had put Ukraine and Georgia, ever farther east in the Caucasus, on a path to membership in NATO and coverage under Article 5 of the treaty, which declares that an attack on any one member is an attack on all.

Unable to get a satisfactory answer to his demand, Putin invaded and settled the issue. Neither Ukraine nor Georgia will become members of NATO. To prevent that, Russia will go to war, as Russia did last night.

Putin did exactly what he had warned us he would do.

Whatever the character of the Russian president, now being hotly debated here in the USA, he has established his credibility.

When Putin warns that he will do something, he does it.

Thirty-six hours into this Russia-Ukraine war, potentially the worst in Europe since 1945, two questions need to be answered:

How did we get here? And where do we go from here?

How did we get to where Russia — believing its back is against a wall and the United States, by moving NATO ever closer, put it there — reached a point where it chose war with Ukraine rather than accepting the fate and future it believes the West has in store for Mother Russia?

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Consider. Between 1989 and 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev let the Berlin Wall be pulled down, Germany be reunited and all the “captive nations” of Eastern Europe go free.

Having collapsed the Soviet empire, Gorbachev allowed the Soviet Union to dissolve itself into 15 independent nations. Communism was allowed to expire as the ruling ideology of Russia, the land where Leninism and Bolshevism first took root in 1917.

Gorbachev called off the Cold War in Europe by removing all of the causes on Moscow’s side of the historic divide.

Putin, a former KGB colonel, came to power in 1999 after the disastrous decadelong rule of Boris Yeltsin, who ran Russia into the ground.

In that year, 1999, Putin watched as America conducted a 78-day bombing campaign on Serbia, the Balkan nation that had historically been a protectorate of Mother Russia.

That year, also, three former Warsaw Pact nations, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, were brought into NATO.

Against whom were these countries to be protected by U.S. arms and the NATO alliance, the question was fairly asked.

The question seemed to be answered fully in 2004, when Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria were admitted into NATO, a grouping that included three former republics of the USSR itself, as well as three more former Warsaw Pact nations.

Then, in 2008, came the Bucharest declaration that put Georgia and Ukraine, both bordering on Russia, on a path to NATO membership.

Georgia, the same year, attacked its seceded province of South Ossetia, where Russian troops were acting as peacekeepers, killing some.

This triggered a Putin counterattack through the Roki Tunnel in North Ossetia that liberated South Ossetia and moved into Georgia all the way to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin. George W. Bush, who had pledged “to end tyranny in our world,” did nothing. After briefly occupying part of Georgia, the Russians departed but stayed as protectors of the South Ossetians.

The U.S. establishment has declared this to have been a Russian war of aggression, but an EU investigation blamed Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili for starting the war.

In 2014, a democratically elected pro-Russian president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown in Kyiv and replaced by a pro-Western regime. Rather than lose Sevastopol, Russia’s historic naval base in Crimea, Putin seized the peninsula and declared it Russian territory.

Teddy Roosevelt stole Panama with similar remorse.

Which brings us to today.

Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago.

Nor is he “irrational,” as some pundits rail. He does not want a war with us, which would be worse than ruinous to us both.

Putin is a Russian nationalist, patriot, traditionalist and a cold and ruthless realist looking out to preserve Russia as the great and respected power it once was and he believes it can be again.

But it cannot be that if NATO expansion does not stop or if its sister state of Ukraine becomes part of a military alliance whose proudest boast is that it won the Cold War against the nation Putin has served all his life.

President Joe Biden almost hourly promises, “We are not going to war in Ukraine.” Why would he then not readily rule out NATO membership for Ukraine, which would require us to do something Biden himself says we Americans, for our own survival, should never do: go to war with Russia?

Canadian taxpayer group demands Trudeau end billions in funding to state-run CBC

REGINA, Saskatchewan (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian taxpayer group started a petition to demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau end the billions of dollars in subsidies given to the state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as other mainstream media outlets.

“The CBC costs taxpayers more than $1 billion per year and the federal government is giving media organizations a $600 million bailout,” reads the petition by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).

“We, the undersigned, call on the federal government to defund the CBC and end its media bailout.”

CTF director Kris Sims said as reported by True North News that they decided to launch the petition because “Canadians should decide which news outlets they prefer and to support them financially if they choose to do so.”

Sims added that Canadians should not be “forced to pay for” the CBC “through the government.”

The CTF says it is a “not-for-profit citizen’s group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government.”

Canada’s legacy media, which includes Post Media, Global News, and CTV, for years were more or less on their own when it came to revenue.

However, that all changed in 2019 when the Trudeau Liberals as part of an election promise said they would give legacy media some $600 million over four years in federal assistance.

In 2021, the Trudeau Liberals gave the CBC $1.4 billion, which accounts for around 70 percent of its total revenue.

During the 2021 federal election campaign, Trudeau said he would give even more money to the CBC to the tune of $400 million over the next four years.

Former Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Andrew Scheer recently blasted Trudeau’s Liberal government for using the “same playbook” of former Eastern European communist regimes with the help of the CBC to enact the Emergencies Act (EA).

“The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting System) is doing their best to try to calm people’s fears that Trudeau might abuse his power. I’m not gonna buy it. I’m not gonna take it from him just on his word alone,” Scheer noted.

CPC MP Pierre Poilievre, who recently said he wants to become the party leader, in early February blasted the broadcaster for spreading the “insane conspiracy theory that ‘Russian actors’ are orchestrating the trucker protest.”

“This clownish statement proves again that the state media will concoct disinformation against anyone who criticizes their leader,” Poilievre said.

Independent media in Canada, through sites such as Rebel NewsTrue North NewsPost Millennial, and LifeSiteNews, has seen a surge in readership in recent years, no doubt due to the independent nature if their reporting.

Ontario judge defends mom’s stance not to jab her kids, rebukes blind obedience to gov’t experts

(LifeSiteNews) — An Ontario Superior Court Judge has sided with a mother who sought to protect her children from being jabbed with the experimental COVID jab against their will, and acknowledged that children can be harmed by the jabs.

The Honorable Mr. Justice Alex Pazaratz offered his judgement on February 22 regarding a Family Court case between J.N. and C.G. with Court File No.: 987/18 where the father wanted to have his kids jabbed with the COVID shot and sought to prove the mother was “perpetuating COVID-related conspiracy theories and vaccine hesitancy” to the children. The children, who were identified as L.E.G. and M.D.G., are 10 and 12 years old.

It was the father’s opinion that the mother should do what Canadian health officials have recommended, but the judge disagreed with the father’s reasoning and offered a scathing critique of his arguments and the state of free expression in Canada.

“When did it become illegal to ask questions?” Justice Pazaratz wrote. “Especially in the courtroom?”

He began the judgement by asking if the term “‘misinformation’ is even a real word … Or has it become a crass, self-serving tool to pre-empt scrutiny and discredit your opponent?”

He castigated the use of the term “misinformation” and called its usage “childish” and “sinister.”

The judge did not mention Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by name, but called foul on the rhetoric that Trudeau has used: “How did we lower our guard and let the words ‘unacceptable beliefs’ get paired together? In a democracy? On the Scales of Justice?”

The demonizing and punishment of “anyone who disagrees … [drives] polarization, disrespect, and simmering anger …” He called this tactic an “odious trend … rapidly corrupting modern social discourse,” that “seems to be working for politicians.”

Considering the statements and evidence put forth by both parents, Pazarats wrote: “The mother’s evidence focused entirely on the medical and scientific issues.”

He acknowledged in his ruling the list of potential side effects for children by citing data about side-effects related to the Pfizer jab: “Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. In most of these people, symptoms began within a few days following receipt of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”

Western Media is Literally Peddling Neo-Nazi Propaganda to Prompt War Between Russia and Ukraine.

Western media outlets have been peddling “military training” imagery featuring 79-year-old Valentyna Konstantynovska, aka “Granny Valentyna,” amidst the consistent pro-war coverage of Ukraine and Russia. Now, it has emerged, the images of the elderly lady in training were actually organized by the nation’s avowedly Neo-Nazi paramilitary, the ‘Azov Battalion’.

Konstantynovska featured on the front pages of a number of Western newspapers in the past week, including The Financial Times, the Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Independent – all UK-based papers or news sites. The sabre-rattling stories have also hit Israel’s Haaretz, America’s Fox News, and the Irish Times.

The photographs and media released over the past week show the senior citizen amongst others undergoing weapons and first aid training in the city of Mariupol in south-east Ukraine. The event appears to have been organized and promoted by the Azov Battalion, which formed in 2014 as a volunteer paramilitary organization before integrating into Ukraine’s formal military forces. In late 2021, the Biden regime proposed sending upwards of $300 million to Ukraine’s military, potentially aiding the Azov Battalion.

A spokesman for the group has attempted to dissuade American politicians from stopping funding for the entity, claiming that only one in five of the unit’s members are actual Neo-Nazis. Their efforts, especially with the Biden government, appear to have paid off.

In the middle of the coverage of the group’s training propaganda was NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel.