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Ellison's Extremism Wrong for the DNC  Washington Examiner  November 23, 2016
Training Tomorrow's Extremists  Daily Caller  November 22, 2016
Searching for "Islamophobia" in Canada  Rebel Media  November 18, 2016

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

'Prevent' counter-extremism strategy faces legal challenge  BBC News  December 6, 2016
See inside a Newcastle's school's prayer room - thought to be the first in the North East  Newcastle Chronicle  December 6, 2016
Merkel says she is for burqa ban where legally possible  The Local  December 6, 2016
Nearly 300 Muslim leaders pen letter to Trump calling on him to protect Muslims amid violence  Los Angeles Times  December 5, 2016
All male circumcisions in Denmark must be registered  Copenhagen Post  December 5, 2016

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Extremists Fighting Extremism

by Islamist Watch  •  Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 2:47 PM

There is a new Islamic institute in town. Founded recently by the prominent cleric, Omar Suleiman, the Yaqeen Institute claims to tackle "the rise of Islamophobia on one side, and extremism on the other," as well as the "rise in the Muslim community" of "Atheism and Agnosticism."

Islamist Watch does not discourage any attempt, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, to challenge genuine anti-Muslim hatred.

Our expertise, however, is Islamist extremism. If the Yaqeen Institute is serious about its commitment to fighting extremism, then we suggest it reconsider some of its staff, including its founder.

Omar Suleiman has been already condemned by moderate Muslim activists after he described homosexuality as a "disease" and a "repugnant shameless sin." He refers to the Islamic death penalty for the "people that practiced sodomy."

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Extremists Headline ISNA Conference

by Dr. Oren Litwin  •  Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 4:25 PM

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) recently announced their latest conference, to take place on February 25th, 2017. As usual, many of the headlined speakers have histories of Islamist extremism.

Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan, a prominent British journalist and political editor of several news programs, has been caught on video saying that non-Muslims "live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfill any desire."

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The Worst of the Qalam Institute

by Islamist Watch  •  Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 4:28 PM

If you haven't yet read the Islamist Watch exposé of the Qalam Institute, a Texas-based seminary and training organization, you can find it here.

In addition to the information already published, here is a collection of sermons and screenshots of posts by the Qalam Institute's main three officials:

Hussain Kamani

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Behind the Muslim Brotherhood

by Islamist Watch  •  Fri, 11 Nov 2016, 6:07 PM

Over the last decade, Islamist Watch, along with several moderate Muslim organizations and other anti-Islamist groups, have spent a considerable amount of time documenting and analyzing the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States – examining its officials, finances and ideology.

We have sought to understand how this minority extremist movement of political activists has managed to impose its own unelected leadership on historically moderate American Muslim communities.

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4 Reasons Why Some Islamist Leaders Are Secretly Happy With Trump's Victory

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 10 Nov 2016, 11:29 AM

Over the election cycle the leaders and spokesmen of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) took full advantage of the unorthodox candidacy of president-elect Donald Trump to fuel their usual arguments about a bigoted, "Islamophobic" America.

But could it be that much of their overheated rhetoric was just for show and that actually the Islamists see more than enough silver lining in a Trump victory?

1. This is a HUGE Opportunity for Fundraising.

Here was CAIR-Dallas/Fort Worth executive director Alia Salem reminding supporters to give to local offices, not just CAIR-National:

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CAIR-San Diego's Hanif Mohebi VS the Clarion Project's Ryan Mauro

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 2:56 PM

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CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi protested the inclusion of Clarion Project national security analyst Ryan Mauro at the upcoming California Association of Tactical Officers' "What Law Enforcement Needs to Know About Radical Islam" symposium next week. Mohebi wrote a letter to San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman urging her to "investigate" if any of her officers would be attending the session and then to "ensure that SDPD personnel are warned of the conspiracy theories promoted by the featured speaker, that no taxpayer dollars go to pay for attendance and that any officer who attends in his or her private capacity does not receive continuing education credit."

Mohebi doubled down on his arguments against Mauro in an interview with Breitbart News' Adelle Nazarian on Friday: "I'm kind of surprised that people who are putting this together are actually OK with this. For me, it is like bringing the head of the KKK to speak about blacks and then claiming that it's OK. You cannot have a head of KKK come and train the police on blacks. It just doesn't work."

But does Mauro look at all Muslims the same way a Grand Wizard sees all blacks? Does his employer, the Clarion Project, advocate Klan-style violence and terrorism against Muslims?

Unfortunately for Mohebi, Mauro and Clarion both have a long track record of supporting Muslims who oppose the radicals within their faith.

Islamist Watch has contacted the San Diego police department to set the record straight about CAIR and Clarion's real records. Our letter is below, we encourage other organizations and individuals to contact the San Diego police department and other civic leaders.

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Is CAIR Leadership Divided Over Admitting ISIS Is Muslim?

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 7 Jul 2016, 5:42 PM

The attacks over the July 4 holiday weekend in Bangladesh, Medina, and Baghdad left Islamist leaders in America divided over the proper response.

On July 4, the Los Angeles Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR,) Hussam Ayloush wrote on his Facebook page that ISIS was the biggest enemy of Muslims. He then named who he believed actually pulled the strings: "regional and international intelligence agencies who use ISIS (like they used Al-Qaeda, Taliban, or the Mujahideen) to advance their policies and agendas in the world."

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4 Ways Islamist Watch Is Different

by David M. Swindle  •  Sun, 3 Jul 2016, 7:48 PM

Last week we received the following critique via email (edited for length) from a reader who questioned IW's mission and language choices:

Why refer to these Islam-procurers as "lawful"? To the average reader, the word "lawful" means: "law-abiding," and in our culture, to be "law-abiding" is to be admirable and therefore to be emulated. Your inclusion of the word "lawful" when describing these dissembling Islamist jingoists muddies your message.

So we feel we must challenge you for portraying these demagogic, American-hating swine, this particular set of potential murderers, as folks to be venerated, admired and worth emulating. [...]

Do we know what we're talking about? Absolutely! We work in advertising, image production, etc.

1. We focus on Lawful Islamism, not Islamic terrorism.

The word "lawful" intends to describe the tactics utilized by specific Islamists, not compliment the character of all. IW's focus is on individuals and groups who have adopted the method of trying to work within the law to gradually advance an Islamic supremacist agenda. Smart Islamists know that murder and terror do not effectively promote the cause.

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39 of the Most Influential Islamist Activists in America

by David M. Swindle  •  Sat, 25 Jun 2016, 7:32 PM

This week the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released yet another version of its "Islamophobia" report, "Confronting Fear," replete with lists and fancy quantitative analyses of groups CAIR opposes, dividing them into "inner core" and "outer core," and estimating their incomes.

It's all very interesting for those of us (the Middle East Forum, in my case) mentioned. But more amusing is that the report also provides a list of 39 Islamists who, CAIR informs us, participated at an "August 2015 strategy session" where they developed the outline of this report and its conceit that we critics of Islamism should be banished like the Ku Klux Klan.

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Oops: Islamist Leader Boasts 'Thank God for Islamophobia' at Conference

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 6 Jun 2016, 7:16 PM

Islamists know from decades of success that deception is their most effective strategy, but nowadays many have grown egos so massive they just can't help but brag loudly about the ideological con job they're pulling on American Muslims.

Over Memorial Day weekend the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) put on its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The ICNA Twitter retweeted quotes and photos from throughout the three day event. (For more background on ICNA's leadership and radical record see here.)

The statements in the three tweets photographed and quoted below come from the keynote session speech "Quran and Islamophobia" given by Shaykh Omar Suleiman, a member of ICNA's Shariah Council:

"Alhamdulilah [Praise be to God] for Islamophobia! ... Thank God for Islamophobia that causes us to grow and develop a strong Islamic identity... You can persecute Muslims but you can't stop the idealogy[sic]."

[Note: On Twitter, tweets appear with the newest on top, so to read chronologically start at the bottom.]

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ISLAMIST WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, combats the ideas and institutions of lawful Islamism in the United States and throughout the West. Arguing that "radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution," we seek to expose the Islamist organizations that currently dominate the debate, while identifying and promoting the work of moderate Muslims. Islamist Watch specifically does not deal with counterterrorism but works to establish that lawful Islamism is by and of itself a threat.

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