“Hey, Israel, what do you say?” One man shouts from a loudspeaker pulled by a truck, as the audience mindlessly repeats his words. Then he asks, “How many kids did you kill today?” as the marchers follow in step reminiscent of Hitler’s Nazi army in Germany. It is difficult to believe that these words were shouted from loudspeakers through the streets of Chicago, but that is exactly what happened on July 26, 2014. As the anti-Semitic, hate speech was shouted, the people mindlessly repeated the hateful words of the speaker, following along like sheep. The angry crowd marched down Michigan Avenue en route to Daley Plaza in Chicago, growing louder as the marchers gained momentum, carrying signs saying, “Israel is the terrorist.” The following video of the event is credited to Randy Weiss.
The event was sponsored by, “American Muslims for Palestine,” or “AMP” and was touted as the “largest protest for Palestine in United States history.” The website “Palestine in America” stated, “Organizers say the demonstration last Saturday attracted approximately 15 thousand supporters, a week after drawing nearly 10 thousand on July 20. The march shut down streets as they walked from Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway to the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago.” The website credited Awad Hamdan and “the rest of the Chicago Coalition of Justine for Palestine” with organization of the event.
Contrary to the way it may have been portrayed by the mainstream media, the protest was anything but grassroots. It was not a typical, mainstream American event but a well-sponsored Islamic event backed by the above pro-Muslim groups including some with ties to Hamas. On December 14, 2011, the “Investigative Project on Terrorism” reported some of those ties. The report read, “Last year’s AMP’s conference revealed the organization’s goal to delegitimize the State of Israel in America. This year’s conference reinforced that message, while taking it a step further.”
One of the speakers at the opening ceremony was Jamal Said, described by the Investigative Project as “an imam at the Mosque Foundation in Chicago (Bridgeview Mosque).” The article stated that, “Said was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) Hamas financing trial. The U.S. Treasury froze HLF assets in 2001 after concluding Last week, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction of five HLF officials in November 2008 who had been accused of illegally routing more than $12 million to Hamas.”
The rise of anti-Semitism throughout the Middle East and indeed the world is disturbing but when it is evidenced right in the heartland of America, it is a direct threat to Jews, Christians and anyone who does not buy into the Muslim agenda. “Free Gaza,” Palestinian protests are being waged by radical Hamas supporters who will stop at nothing to delegitimize Israel, with the ultimate goal of destruction of Israel listed in the Hamas charter.
There is every indication that the web of Palestinian supporters gets more and more complex as one tries to unravel all of the terrorist ties to the above listed groups. or “ICJPE” is a United Nations backed group who also helped fund the event.
The organizers of the Chicago event are tied with some very influential Muslim groups. On March 12, 2014, a news conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. with the stated goal, “to announce the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.”
The groups forming the USCMO include:
• The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed)
• Muslim American Society (MAS)
• American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) (Organizers of the anti-Israel march in Chicago)
• Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
• Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
• Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLEA)
• Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
• Muslim Ummah of North American (MUNA)
Some of the stated goals and priorities of the USCMO were listed:
“The new national council’s first priority will be to build on Muslim citizenship rights by conducting a census of American Muslims to create a database that will be used to enhance political participation in upcoming elections.” This will apparently be accomplished by census. “A detailed census will allow the larger Muslim community to better participate in our nation’s political process.”
With massive crowds attending the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protests, it appears that the above stated goals are working. Americans are being deceived into believing that Israel is the bad guy for defending itself against Hamas, a designated terrorist group intent on “wiping Israel off the face of the map.” Needless to say, no one is advocating the death of any civilian on either side, but Israel cannot be held responsible for Hamas’s use of human shields in the form of women and children.
This begs the question, where are the Christian and Jewish groups’ “national councils to enhance political participation in upcoming elections?” It is evident that these groups will be discouraged and even blocked by the IRS and the Federal Government from doing so under the guise of “separation of church and state.” Nevertheless, Muslims continue to get special political treatment with nary a mention of “separation of church and state!”
It is time to pick a side and to know exactly why you stand with that side. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” (Joshua 24:15, NKJV)