Thursday, May 8, 2008

[UPDATE!!!! Just hours after this post went up, the videos below were pulled from YouTube. If you click on them now, the warning, “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available” appears. What are you trying to hide, Ahmed????]

The Investigative Project is reporting that CAIR–Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier may be on the outs with CAIR. Could our rogues gallery above soon be one member shorter?

Who knows, but this is a perfectly good opportunity to review some of Bedier’s greatest hits while he has been in service to CAIR.

As Bedier’s nemesis, Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate, reminds us, in December 2005 Bedier refused to condemn Palestinian Islamic Jihad, saying that supporting the terrorist organization was not immoral before 1995. As Kaufman replied:

It is disgraceful for Ahmed Bedier to make light of a cold-blooded terrorist organization, as he has about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It is offensive to the memories of all those that died at the hands of this monstrous group! It is equally offensive for Bedier to describe the acquittal of terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian in terms of ‘jubilation.’ Our organization calls on the news media to not seek quotes from this man, but to instead denounce his irresponsible statements.

It should also be noted that Bedier has served as official spokesman for convicted PIJ terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian’s family.

Then, as LGF observed, earlier this year Bedier was caught expending considerable effort to avoid condemning the practice of stoning:

And just this past summer, JihadWatch reminds us that Bedier rushed to the defense of Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed, two University of South Florida students who were arrested near a South Carolina naval base after they were caught with explosives in their car. When it was discovered that Mohamed had also made a video showing how to turn a remote-controlled car into an explosive device, Bedier was unrepentant:

“The biggest Muslim organization in town saying ‘We don’t have a comment’ on such a big story of the day sends the wrong message like they’re hiding something,” said Bedier, 33. “It’s almost like choosing the lesser of two evils.”

Bedier is saying here, of course, that it was more important for CAIR to flog its agenda than to get its facts straight.

But my personal favorite Ahmed Bedier highlight occurred last year when he appeared on The Glenn Beck Show to attack the Muslims appearing at the Secular Islam Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida. As the clip below shows at about 3:33, Bedier attacks Dr. Tawfik Hamid as a foreigner! Let’s go to the clip:

Of course, if anyone other than a CAIR official had dared to make such a flagrant xenophobic remark, the CAIR press releases would flow like manna from heaven. But when a CAIR official vents their own xenophobia — AGAINST A MUSLIM NONETHELESS! — all is not only forgiven, but ignored entirely.

So let us summarize:

CAIR = Nothing immoral about supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
CAIR = Not ready to condemn stoning
CAIR = OK to defend terrorist leaders
CAIR = Xenophobia
CAIR = Hypocrisy

Thank you.