Without video or a published record noting his participation, it is impossible to know what other pro-violence, anti-American, or anti-Semitic propaganda Hooper has personally witnessed. But there are plenty of examples of reprehensible rhetoric spouted either by CAIR officials or at CAIR co-sponsored events?any of which Hooper, as longtime CAIR spokesman, would almost surely be aware of.
At the Islamic Association of Palestine?s third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, CAIR President Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who ?kill themselves for Islam?: ?Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam ? that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam.?
The Executive Director of CAIR?s New York chapter has made similar comments that would likewise fall under the heading of ?violence preached.? At an interfaith event shortly after 9/11, CAIR-NY's Ghazi Khankan started with the obligatory disclaimer that ?those who attack civilians are wrong,? but then he explained that any Israeli adult was a ?soldier? and thus not a civilian.
Khankan rationalized, ?Anyone over eighteen is automatically inducted into the service and they are all reserves. Therefore, Hamas in my opinion looks at them as part of the military.? Driving home the point that it?s ok to blow up any Israeli adult, Khankan added, ?Those who are below 18 should not be attacked.? (When asked about this speech?but not being told who gave it?Hooper said, ?I condemn it.?)
CAIR co-sponsored a May 1998 New York conference titled, ?Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation,? where one of the guest speakers taught participants a song that included lyrics: ?No to the Jews, descendants of the apes.?
Hooper insists that CAIR was not a co-sponsor of the event and added, ?I don?t even know if that happened.? But an e-mail sent out to a Muslim e-mail list the day before the event clearly identifies CAIR as one of the eleven co-sponsors?and audiotape of the conference (provided by the Investigative Project) recorded the anti-Semitic song.
Hooper must have thought he could get away with his deception. His record, however, leaves little doubt he has heard or directly knows of plenty of violence and anti-Semitism preached by Muslim leaders.
Consider his bluff called.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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