Remember that CAIR lawyer we told you about back in July? The one who, via video, told Muslims, “If approached by extremists, call CAIR first.” Rather than calling law enforcement. Not surprisingly, it turns out CAIR’s advice-giving legal rep teaches ‘Sunday school’ at a terror-linked mosque with a an anti-Western and anti-non-Muslim ideology.
September 28, 2009 – by Joe Kaufman| Pajamas Media
Another day, another CAIR official linked to extremism.
This past July, a video was posted to YouTube produced by the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan), featuring the group’s legal advisor and project coordinator, Melanie Elturk. On the video, Elturk cautions those who are “solicited by extremists” to “report suspicious activity.” However, what she doesn’t mention are the extremist institutions that she is involved with herself.
Melanie Elturk has been with CAIR-Michigan since January of this year. Even though she is somewhat new to the organization, she holds a prominent position within it, listed on the CAIR-Michigan website as one of its top three leaders.
To attest to her leadership in the group, Elturk has been featured as the spokesperson for various CAIR-Michigan videos. One of these videos asks and attempts to answer the question, “What should you do if you are approached by individuals soliciting politically extreme statements?” Of course, who is CAIR to be lecturing anyone on extremism, when CAIR itself is an extremist organization?
As recent as November of last year, CAIR was named a co-conspirator for a Hamas financing trial, where all of the defendants were found guilty on all charges. The defendants included leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a Hamas financing network. CAIR had been created as a part of the same terrorist umbrella group as HLF, the American Palestine Committee, headed by the then-global leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. It was this association that led the FBI to recently cut ties with CAIR.
This must have not mattered much to Ms. Elturk, as she took her position with CAIR maybe two months following the trial. Either that or it drove her to CAIR. Elturk had already been involved with an extremist group prior to CAIR — the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) — a radical mosque located in Warren, Michigan.
IONA is the American arm of Tanzeem-e-Islami (TI), a Nazi-style Islamist movement located in Pakistan, whose website preaches violence and hatred towards non-Muslims. The movement was founded by Israr Ahmad, a religious fanatic who, according to IONA’s website, had broken away from the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in 1957 because of the group’s “involvement in the electoral politics.”
A couple of Ahmad’s favorite targets are Jews and Christians, whom he chillingly describes as “enemies of Islam.”
Ahmad brought his movement to America in 1993, under the name Tanzeem-e-Islami North America (TINA). In 2003, the organization changed its name to the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), after Ahmad had appointed Mustapha “Steve” Elturk to be the group’s new leader.
Subsequent to the name change, IONA has made the claim that it is somehow independent from TI. Yet, the web address tanzeem.us is a mirror address of IONA’s official website, ionaonline.org.
IONA became embroiled in its own terrorism controversy, after Canadian TI member Qayyum Abdul Jamal was arrested for his participation in a plot to blow up various structures throughout Ontario. IONA leader Mustapha Elturk disavowed any connection to him.
CAIR’s Melanie Elturk has been involved with IONA since at least the middle of last year. In the July 2008 edition of the IONAmasjid Community Newsletter, she is described as “IONA’s Sunday School teacher,” where presumably children are taught the values of Ahmad and the Tanzeem. And in the April 2009 edition, she wrote a fundamentalist-based piece for the publication concerning the “nature of forbidden actions,” titled “Purity of Intention.”
Ms. Elturk’s own purity of intention, it seems, would be to enlist in organizations which advocate hatred and violence. To her, this must not be a “forbidden action.”
While Elturk’s involvement in CAIR and IONA makes her an expert on extremism, it does not make her an expert on fighting it. If one wishes to keep away from extremists and caution others to do the same, one would certainly not join up with CAIR or IONA. One would shun them.
It is apparent that Elturk does not practice what she preaches on the CAIR videos. If she did, she wouldn’t have made the videos to begin with.
Read it all via Pajamas Media » CAIR Leader Tied to Nazi-Style Islamist Mosque.