Friday, February 17, 2006

I earlier posted a statement made by Hamza Pelletier, Public Affairs Coordinator for the Boston Chapter of the Muslim American Society, on the Michael Graham radio show tot he effect that he does not believe that Hamas is a terrorist group:

...he was adamant that we should treat Hamas like any other legitimate government. The only difference between Hamas and Israel, he claimed, was that Israel has F-16s. Of course, if Hamas had F-16s, there would be no more Israel. But Mr. Pelletier was having none of that.

MAS Boston presents itself as a "moderate" organization, by the way. It's hard to believe their Public Affairs chief would be out defending Hamas if he didn't have the backing of the MAS Boston leadership. It seems to me almost newsworthy that the spokesperson for a "moderate" Islamic group--in the city where the 9/11 attacks originated--is a supporter of Hamas...

As posted at Michael Graham's site, the MAS felt compelled to respond in an official manner:

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please be advised that it is our organizational policy, when employees make statements that are erroneous or do not reflect our organizational views, to issue an official statement of clarification.

Mr. Hamza Pelletier's statement on the Michael Graham Show on Monday, February 6, 2006 stating that, "Hamas is not a terrorist organization" does not reflect the position of the Muslim American Society or its Freedom Foundation. Hamas has been designated by the United States government and European Union as a terrorist organization. We at the Muslim American Society recognize this designation as factual.

Mr. Pelletier has not been authorized to state on behalf of the Muslim American Society that Hamas is not a designated terrorist organization. Any statement made by Mr. Pelletier to the contrary should not be construed by your station or others as reflecting the views of the official position of the Muslim American Society and its Freedom Foundation.

Mr. Pelletier has been advised of the aforementioned and has acknowledged in writing that his statements on your station were his own and not the official position of the Muslim American Society. Should you or your staff need further clarification concerning this matter please feel free to contact me at (202) xxx-xxxx.


Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom Foundation
C.C. Dr. Esam Omeish, President of Muslim American Society
Ashraf Nubani Esq.

As Michael mentioned on his show, it would be far more comforting if members and spokespeople's personal opinions also matched the group's legal rhetoric. After all, can a group be "moderate" if its members aren't?

Mahdi Bray is the guy who:

...“coordinated and led a rally where approximately 2,000 people congregated in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.” [Steven] Emerson reports that “at one point during the rally, Mahdi Bray played the tambourine as one of the speakers sang, while the crowd repeated: ‘Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is calling us, let’s all go into jihad, and throw stones at the face of the Jews [sic].'"

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For more about MAS see a recent post on about the "Tampa olympics" and the training camps MAS runs. Somewhere, A. Hitler esq. must be smiling with great pride.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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