New Orleans City Council Aligns With Pro-HAMAS Movement

Originally posted on The Hayride

Last week, in a shamefully concealed ploy designed to stifle public input, the New Orleans City Council passed a measure targeting Israel with the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

As reported by Senator Conrad Appel on The Hayride last week, this development is especially puzzling given the myriad of problems—crime, economic development, a rapidly disappearing tax base—facing the Crescent City’s policymakers.

But what the clearly anti-semitic members of the New Orleans City Council are probably far too ignorant to know is that they have now aligned themselves with a movement with ties to an officially designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO): HAMAS.

HAMAS is a vicious Jihadist organization that has carried out numerous “martyrdom operations” (suicide bombings) against civilian targets in Israel. HAMAS was also co-founded by the same man who co-founded Al Qaeda with Osama Bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam. (As an aside, the Palestinians have named a boys elementary school after Azzam.)

The BDS Movement and HAMAS share the same goal: the elimination of Israel.

HAMAS officials have publicly expressed appreciation and support for the BDS movement, which they see as a means to isolate and undermine Israel in the world community. Thus far, their efforts have been largely unsuccessful in the United States, with the New Orleans City Council being a notable exception.

HAMAS jihadists, such as Izzat al-Risheq, have previously criticized the Obama administration for refusing to support the BDS movement.

According to the Gatestone Institute, HAMAS jihadist Ahmed Bahr specifically called for international organizations to coordinate the BDS campaign to “isolate” Israel and force it to “succumb” to their demands. Like al-Risheq, Bahr also lashed out at the Obama administration for refusing to support the BDS movement.

So, the New Orleans City Council has allied itself with a movement that the Obama administration refused to support. So they can’t claim that this is a protest against Trump administration policies.

But the ties between the New Orleans City Council’s friends in the BDS movement and HAMAS are much more direct than this.

Former US Treasury Department terrorism analyst Jonathan Schanzer has uncovered that no fewer than 7 individuals who work for the BDS movement previously worked for entities that were shut down for providing material support for HAMAS or were held civilly liable for same. These include three Islamic charities that were shut down for funding Jihadist terrorism, including HAMAS.

The definition of material support for terrorism included “intangible services.”

Given the connections of the BDS movement to HAMAS and the aid and comfort that has been provided by the City Council’s resolution, could a case can be made that the New Orleans City Council is now the first U.S. government entity to, as a matter of policy, to provide material support for terrorism?

What a terrible mark for the city.

Christopher W. Holton is Vice President for Outreach at the Center for Security Policy.

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With Gordon Chang, Bill Gertz, Diana West and Frank Gaffney

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BILL GERTZ, Senior editor at the Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring columnist at the Washington Times, Author of iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age (2016):

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DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at DianaWest.net , Author of “Death of the Grown Up” and “American Betrayal”:

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FRANK GAFFNEY, Founder, President & CEO of Center for Security Policy:

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Apparently 3.6 million people here could claim to be eligible for the amnesty Democrats in Congress are evidently determined to shut down the government over.  That’s more than four times the number being advertised. With chain migration, easily 10 million or more illegal aliens could become voting citizens.

Other examples of fraud regarding the so-called DACA “kids” include the fact that many aren’t kids – at least some weren’t when they came here.  Some of them are bright, industrious students, but many are not. Small numbers serve in our military; significant numbers are gang members.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte has offered a bill that would vet and protect the DACA individuals we should want here. But if Democrats are determined to perpetrate a potentially dangerous fraud on DACA, we should hold them accountable for shutting down non-essential federal government functions – not accommodate them.

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(PART TWO):

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(PART THREE):

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