Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Inquirer tries to IMPLY only the JEWS are upset at Sestak

Sensitive political test for Sestak
The new member of the U.S. House spoke to a Muslim (CAIR) group. He offered praise as well as some admonishment.
By Tom Infield
Inquirer Staff Writer

Inside the posh Hilton Philadelphia last night, a dinner crowd of several hundred Muslims was full of praise for the political courage it said U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak had shown merely by showing up to speak. (more like pure stupidity)

Outside the City Avenue hotel, amid Passover week snow flurries, about a dozen Jewish protesters held up signs blasting Sestak for what they said was his nerve in showing up. One sign read, "Say it ain't so, Joe." (there were a dozen and but it wasn't just Jewish people and the heat that this artical and intro refer to was from thousands of Sestaks constituants that have contacted his office)

Sestak, a Democrat from Philadelphia's western suburbs, was facing the first real test of his first term in office - how to navigate the conflicting passions that had sprung up with his acceptance of an invitation to address the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (and the hiring of a former CAIR Communication Director Adeeba Al Zaman to work on his staff)

The group, known as CAIR, is one of the largest Muslim organizations in the country, and its banquet drew a sold-out crowd of about 500.

Small but vocal Jewish groups have accused CAIR of being an apologist for terrorism at best, a front for terrorism at worst. (This SO-CALLED REPORTER doesn't mention this :March 3, 2007 CAIR: Admits Officials Have Ties to Islamist TerrorismIn a stunning revelation, Corey Saylor, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) government affairs director, on 2 March admitted that convicted Islamic terrorists were CAIR officials when they committed terrorist acts against the United States: [Link here] Just a little something that he could have REPORTED)

"I think it's a disgrace for an American congressman to come to an organization that has so many ties to terrorists," said one of the protesters, Rabbi Lisa Malik of Suburban Jewish Community Center, a Havertown synagogue.

CAIR is not on any U.S. list of terrorism sponsors. Since its founding in 1994, it has had good relationships with the U.S. government. It has worked with the FBI in training agents in cultural sensitivity. (BULLSHIT)

Gov. Rendell, though not a scheduled speaker, showed up late at the event last night.

CAIR, which promotes civil rights for Muslims, has consistently denounced acts of terrorism. But it has refused to condemn the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which the United States does recognize as terrorist organizations. That, more than anything else, has raised its critics' ire.

(the REPORTER also forgets to mention this: Last month, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer rescinded an award her office gave to the head of CAIR’s Sacramento office, saying her staff had turned up a "laundry list" of problems with the Islamic advocacy group.

"We made a bad mistake not researching the organization," Boxer told the Sacramento Bee. Among Boxer’s concerns were the convictions of two former CAIR members -- Ghassan Elashi and Ismail Royer -- for engaging in financial transactions with the leader of Hamas and supporting overseas terrorist operations.
Just another contradiction of this artical)

"We try to avoid condemning individuals, organizations or countries, because that prevents the ability for us to create opportunity for bridge-building," said Iftekhar Hussain, chairman of CAIR's Philadelphia chapter, in an interview Friday. (I'd be careful that bridge wasn't mined)

Parvez Ahmed, the group's national chairman, told the dinner crowd that Sestak was being "demonized and vilified by the right-wing media and pro-Israel extremists" for agreeing to speak. He said Sestak should be applauded for "standing up to these folks." (What about cow towwing to TERROR SUPPORTERS)

Sestak, who has said his Seventh District includes at least 20,000 Jewish voters, delivered a 20-minute speech in which he started with praise for peaceful tenets of Islam and the advances of American Muslims.

Near the end of the speech, amid clanking silverware and the burble of table conversations, the former Navy admiral said it was not sufficient for any group just to condemn terrorist acts.

He said it was CAIR's duty to condemn individuals or groups that commit terrorism, and he specifically mentioned Hamas and Hezbollah. (but He and Rendell help them raise money anyway)

"It's the same as those who did not speak out against the perpetrators of Jim Crow laws . . . or the Holocaust," he said.

The remark drew no reaction from the audience. At the end of his speech, he was applauded.

Sestak, in an interview Friday, said he had agreed to attend because he had been told that 250 of his constituents would be at the event.

"I honestly believe it is the right thing to do," he said in the interview. "It is perilous not to speak, even to others who you may not agree with." (especially if they raise money for people that might blow you up)

The controversy over his speech sprouted March 11 when he addressed a community forum at the Suburban Jewish Community Center. The event was cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. (Nonsense people have been outraged since his hiring of a terror supporter to work on his staff)

Sestak was hit with a barrage of criticism from the synagogue audience, which had learned of his plans to speak to CAIR.

Sestak's critics pointed out that one of his aides, Adeeba Al-Zaman, is the former communications director for the CAIR chapter in Philadelphia. She had helped him organize support in the Muslim community when he ran for election last year. She had then joined his congressional staff. (and Sestak has been recieving protests from his constituants ever since)

Sestak said Al-Zaman, without checking with him, had accepted the speaking invitation. (BULLSHIT)

"Lots of people wanted me to fire her," he said.

But he did not.

While declining to say Al-Zaman had made a mistake, he said in the interview that he wished that she had talked to him first.

He said he wouldn't have accepted the invitation if he had known that the $50-per-person banquet was partly to raise money for CAIR. (he knew)

He said he told CAIR that he would still attend, but only if it separated the fund-raising portion of the program from the portion at which he would speak. He said CAIR had done that.

Midway through the banquet, after Sestak's speech, CAIR officials abruptly announced that the fund-raising portion of the evening would begin. (did Sestak or Rendell LEAVE when they started collecting the MONEY???)

Lori Lowenthal Marcus, president of the Philadelphia-area chapter of the Zionist Organization of America, said separating the program was just a fig leaf to cover up Sestak's help for CAIR in raising money.

"After they received heat, they changed it to look as if if were two different events," Marcus, a lawyer, said in an interview Friday. "It's at the same place, one right after another, which is ridiculous."

She said Sestak had "a right to speak to anyone he wants," but she added: "You don't go to a fund-raiser for a group that has a connection to terrorism." (YOU DO IF YOUR A DEMOCRAT)

This Reporter and the Inquirer were grossly negligent in their coloring and reporting of this story

Contact staff writer Tom Infield
at 610-313-8205 or tinfield@phillynews.com.

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