by Jordan Schachtel
The Council on American Islamic Relations, a Hamas-tied Muslim Brotherhood front group, met with officials from the State Department Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in Jerusalem, the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) posted online.
The delegation was brought together by an umbrella conglomerate of Islamist outfits known as the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). They went to the State Dept. to discuss the “ongoing Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis and Israel’s denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths,” the AMP website said.
In July, Palestinian terrorists stormed outside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and assassinated two Israeli police officers, setting off a diplomatic firestorm that would result in Israel securing the facility with metal detectors (which would later be removed due to international pressure).
Represented at the meeting included a CAIR official and members of other suspected Muslim Brotherhood front groups, such as the Islamic Circle of North America and the Islamic Shura Council of North America.
The delegation included Osama Abu Irshaid, a leader at AMP and an open supporter of Hamas. Terrorism expert Steven Emerson reported that he once served as the editor of “Al-Zaitounah” periodical, which Emerson describes as “pro-Hamas propaganda.”
Another member of the delegation, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, once called for Islamic law to dominate the world, declaring: “Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction.”
Oussama Jamal of USCMO, another member of the group, has accused the U.S. government of promoting a “Zionist agenda.” After the 9/11 attacks, he pondered, “How certain are we that it was Arabs who were behind it?”
As Rex Tillerson’s underlings and colleagues welcome the aforementioned radicals, he has thus far successfully blocked efforts to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In June, Tillerson falsely claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has moderated itself by “renouncing violence.” Far from renouncing violence, Muslim Brotherhood leaders continue to call for “open jihad” against perceived enemies.
More on the recently formed Muslim Brotherhood umbrella group USCMO here.
On condition of anonymity, a State Department official explained, “The Department regularly hosts groups representing different constituencies in America to explain [U.S. government] policy and hear their perspective.”
On Sunday, Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst with the Clarion Project, reported that the State Department hosted the MB-affiliated group.
Mauro wrote that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is opposed to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
“My article is just the latest in an ongoing series documenting problems arising in the Trump Administration’s policies towards Islamist extremism,” he told Breitbart News. “I’m seeing major issues with Secretary of State Tillerson’s treatment of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, perhaps attributable to his close ties to Qatar before joining the administration. Qatar is also on a spending spree for lobbyists, particularly those with close ties to the Trump campaign.”