Is a CAIR staffer legitimizing modern blood libels?

The organization was officially designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014.

May 19, 2019 13:34
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Student watches the Republican presidential debate at the CAIR office (REUTERS/Jason Redmond)

Student watches the Republican presidential debate at the CAIR office (REUTERS/Jason Redmond). (photo credit: REUTERS/JASON REDMOND)


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A Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) organizer, Zohra Lasania, the program director of CAIR-Pittsburgh, reportedly gave legitimacy to a Zionists-ISIS conspiracy, according to the Middle East Forum, a conservative think-tank. 

Lasania reportedly posted on Facebook an article first published by an Azerbaijani online site titled, "ISIS Leader ‘Al-Baghdadi’ is ‘Jewish Mossad Agent’ Named Simon Elliot," to which she added, "Is it true?"
The original post can no longer be found on Facebook page, but was shared by Middle East Forum on Imgur, an online image sharing space, which is known for its meme generator. 


The article Lasania reportedly posted has little sourcing and claims that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is Simon Elliott, an Israeli Mossad agent, who is planning to take over the entire Middle East "in order to establish Greater Israel."

CAIR, a Muslim advocacy organization, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation in Texas. The Holy Land Foundation, which was based in a Dallas suburb, was charged with funneling $12 million to Hamas. The organization was run by Palestinian Americans who said their mission was to implement practical solutions to those who are disadvantaged. In 2009, the founders were sentenced to life.

Moreover, the organization was officially designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, placing it in the company of al-Qaeda, Islamic State and others.

Lasania has also experienced her share of controversy when in 2014 she posted a video of Ken O'Keefe and said "truth spoken..." The Southern Poverty Law Center has called O'Keefe "a raving, David Duke-endorsing antisemite." 

However, Lasania has been quoted for her condemnation of antisemitism after Jewish tragedies, as well. After the Pittsburgh and Poway shootings, Lasania sent her condolences. 

"We condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief,” Lasania was quoted as saying by the Huffington Post after the Tree of Life massacre.

After the Chabad of Poway shooting, and the day Lasania supposedly brought the ISIS-Zionist conspiracy public view, Lasania wrote on Facebook, "Heart-felt condolences to the Jewish community - in solidarity ..."   

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