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State Dept. Retweets Imam Linked to Terrorist Fatwas, Hitler Defense

By    |   Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:21 AM

State Department counterterrorism officials last week promoted the work of Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah, vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, an organization whose senior officials have endorsed Hamas, backed the murder of U.S. soldiers, and praised Hitler’s “divine punishment” of European Jews.

The
Washington Free Beacon reported that State’s Counterterrorism Bureau tweeted a link to bin Bayyah’s website after he condemned the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

Bin Bayyah is vice president of the scholars’ union, founded by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a popular Muslim cleric sometimes described as the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. Although he has been depicted in some circles as a moderate, Qaradawi and his organization have a long record of advocating violence against Americans, Jews and others they deem enemies of Islam.  

The
Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that in a January 2009 speech on Al-Jazeera, Qaradawi called on Muslims to put Jews “in their place” and praised Hitler.

“This was divine punishment for them,” he said. “Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.”

On other occasions, Qaradawi  has  praised Palestinian suicide bombings; declared that Muslims were permitted to kill Israeli women; prayed for the opportunity to kill a Jew before he dies; and endorsed Muslims acquiring nuclear weapons “to terrorize thereby the  enemy of God and your enemy.”

In the wake of those and other inflammatory comments, Qaradawi is barred from entering the United States. But that has not prevented bin Bayyah, his deputy, from gaining high-level access to Obama administration officials.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that the White House
last June sought a meeting with bin Bayyah, who has refused to label the actions of groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorism,.

In an Arabic-language post on his website, bin Bayyah quoted Obama National Security Council official Gayle Smith as stating that: “We asked for this meeting to learn from you and we need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with you and the Association of Muslim Scholars [another name for Bayyah’s organization].”

It was accompanied by a picture appearing to show  bin Bayyah at a table in the White House with U.S. officials. He reportedly urged the administration to aid Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. 

The post also quoted Smith as thanking bin Bayyah for “his efforts to bring more understanding amongst humanity.”  

Administration critics claim that bin Bayyah and International Union of Muslim Scholars have long records of advocating terrorism and violence that should disqualify them from such White House access.

A 2004 fatwa issued by scholars’ union declared that “resisting occupation troops” in Iraq was a “duty” for able-bodied Muslims “in and outside Iraq.”

In 2009, the organization declared that all economic, political and cultural dealings with Israel “are considered a form of loyalty to the enemy” and are religiously forbidden.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that during a 2010 appearance on al-Jazeera, bin Bayyah declared that Palestinian violence was acceptable under international law and Islamic law.

In a 2011 Arabic-language posting on his website, bin Bayyah criticized the United States for treating Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorist groups like al-Qaida, declaring this “is not based on any moral principal” and would damage “the fight against terrorism.”

In 2012, the Islamic scholars welcomed Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh onto its board of directors.

A few weeks before  bin Bayyah’s reported meeting at the White House last year, a cleric affiliated with the Islamic scholars invoked the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious anti-Semitic forgery, on Egyptian television as evidence that the United States and Israel were conspiring against the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government that was then governing Egypt.

The cleric, Khaled Kholif, said the Protocols quoted Jews as vowing “to undermine security in the lands of the Gentiles, through reckless revolutions led by the brainless.”

“It says so in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Kholif added, urging viewers to read the tract.

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State Department counterterrorism officials last week promoted the work of Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah, vice president of an organization whose senior officials have endorsed Hamas, backed the murder of U.S. soldiers, and praised Hitler’s “divine punishment” of European Jews.
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