Today’s sermon was given at the Albanian Islamic Center in Harper Woods, Michigan.
Joe Kaufman, a South Florida Jewish extremist and head of the radical group Americans Against Hate, stays true to form. Rather than address the issues at hand (Walid Shoebat) in this post and answer Bedier’s valid questions as to why some Jews are sponsoring hate speech events, Kaufman attempts to smear Bedier’s good reputation with lies and deception. Joe Kaufman should know that Bedier’s reputation is solid and he is considered by our community as a civil rights leader and a man of peace. Unfortunately the same can not be said about Joe Kaufman. Joe Kaufman should consider the saying “if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones.”
For the past couple of months, Joe Kaufman has been smearing Muslims in the Tampa Bay area, if one didn’t know any better one would think that Joe lives in our community, but he doesn’t. So why the interest in Tampa, Kaufman?? A reason maybe the fact that Kaufman has discredited himself in South Florida so much that not a single mainstream media outlet would dare quote him. He’s proven to be a very bias and unreliable source.
However, Kaufman’s hateful work has not gone unnoticed. Just last month one of the most prominent constitutional rights organizations Americans United gave Kaufman the dreaded “Onion Award” for “his consistent record of trashing everything Muslim with a broad brush of innuendo, association and excessive rhetoric.” Source: Archive.org
The great irony is that while Kaufman accuses just about anything Muslim to terrorism using baseless fantasies, he himself was investigated for terrorist ties to the terror organization Kach/Kahane Chai. In 2003 he was exposed (Source: Radical Watch) for promoting violence and terror by providing intellectual support by promoting Kach and Kahane on his website http://www.joe4rep.com, since being exposed the website, once used for his own failed FL house rep campaign, was shut down. According to the U.S. Department of State, Kahane Chai and Kach are known terrorist organizations and are banned in the United States.
The organization (Kahane) Kaufman praised and promoted shares the State dept’s terror list with groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Kach and/or Kahane was placed on the list via presidential order and for using violent terrorism to promote a political agenda. Kahane was added to the Department of State’s List of terrorism Organizations after one of its members Baruch Goldstein gunned down and killed 29 unarmed Muslim worshipers in a cold blooded homicide operation. Like Kaufman, Baruch Goldstein is an American born extremist and member of both Kach and Kahane Chai. source: newsfrombabylon
On new year’s day 2001, seven years after Goldstein’s terror act and while most people were making their new year resolution, Kaufman was making his by praising the founder of the Kahane terror movement in a column titled “A Kahane Legacy Lost.” In the column Kaufman praised the violent terrorist Meir Kahane and said: “It was perfectly understandable, if he were to have hated Arabs. Just like, during the Holocaust, it was perfectly understandable for a Jew to hate Germans…If the Kahanes’ memory serves us any purpose, it’s to show that trust (and peace) is ultimately between only ourselves.”
As Kaufman’s true colors started showing, close friends like the Florida office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) distanced themselves from Kaufman and have refused to work with him ‘publicly’ since 2003, evident by their refusal to remark on Kaufman’s terror website links.
Readers should not be surprised by Kaufman’s accomplishments, he’s not stranger to hatred of Muslims and Arabs, in fact it’s part of his sick ideology to hate anything Arab and Muslim. Immediately after the tragic acts of 9/11, Kaufman advocated the use of Nuclear Weapons to achieve “peace.” In a commentary on 11/18/01 titled ‘Making Friends with the enemy…The Nuclear Way.’ Kaufman said: [Question: If the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right thing to do, in response to Pearl Harbor, then why the heck are we saving our nuclear weapons now? And furthermore, if we’re not using them, why do we have the nukes in the first place? After all, there is no more Soviet Union to compete with. If the attacks are not a good enough reason to use them, then what are we holding on to them for?!!! Now, at this point, you may think of me as being no less than a madman, but hear me out, for I have a method to my madness.] source: floridajewish
In the same hate-filled article Kaufman is dead wrong on his facts and encourages using nuclear bombs on Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also claims that Iraq was behind the anthrax scare in America.
More recently Kaufman has spewed hatred against Muslim youth events, like falsely accusing a recent Muslim youth retreat in a the Tampa area, as a ‘Jihad camp.’ Kaufman circulated the wrong information encouraging other radicals to threaten both the youth and the venue owners. It turns out that kaufamn lied and made up the stories which he pitched to local media. A St. Petersburg Times reporter discussed the issue in an article earlier this year titled “Are bloggers against hate, or feeding it?” source: SPTimes
Joe Kaufman has proven to the world that he is a militant ultra-violent biased extremist that can not be trusted.
By Masood Rab, MMNS
March 19, 2008 will go down in the history of the Muslim Community in Michigan as the first organized community effort for interfacing and establishing rapport with the elected officials for the state senate and legislature in Michigan’s capitol, Lansing.
The thought for this effort came through an “idea generation” group meeting with US Congressman Keith Ellison over the ISNA weekend in 2007. Congressman Ellison was sharing his experiences in Minnesota and Washington with a group of professionals during ISNA convention. He had noted a lack of community interface with the local elected officials and as a result, “there is a divide between the Muslim community members and their elected leaders.” He advised redirecting our political participation from the fruitless style being conducted so far to a proactive political education campaign for the Muslim community and elected officials. He was referring to the Muslim community providing funds and votes for photo opportunities and without any tangible effects on either the political process or the local/national policies. The best place to start is from local base, state capitols – he said.
This advice was taken up by some community activists from Michigan and a “Muslim Day at Capitol Committee” (Committee) was formed to explore conducting a Muslim Day at Capitol, Lansing. The idea got further boost when Imam Noah Seifullah, Chief of Staff to State Rep. Robert Dean of Grand Rapids, offered his full support and agreed to provide the needed logistic help in arranging “Muslim Day at Capitol” activities. He was able to reserve a room in Capitol Building for Muslim Day activities and provided a list of house and senate committee meetings scheduled for March 19, 2008. The Committee was able to galvanize community members to take time off on a working day to be in Lansing and provided names of state senators and legislators of the members’ senate and house districts. Al-Ikhlas Training Academy decided to bring a contingent of its students as part of its educational field trip to Lansing.
When the first “Muslim Day at Capitol” arrived in Lansing, the Muslim community made its mark on both houses in Lansing. After welcoming addresses by Imam Noah Seifullah and Rep. Robert Dean, other legislators and senators, or their staff persons, from various Michigan districts were dropping in the reserved room at the Capitol Building to meet and greet their constituents and share ideas. The Mayor of Lansing also sent a staff member to welcome the Muslim community to Lansing. The attendance of Muslim Community was acknowledged on the floors of State Senate and House. When the Muslims stood up in all three wings of the senate and house galleries, the number and the diversity of members with many sisters wearing scarves (hijab) was a sight never seen, as noted by Imam Noah Seifullah, in the history of Michigan Capitol Building.
The Committee had also organized a delicious lunch from Sultan Restaurant of Lansing and invited state political leaders to join Muslim community members in sharing the food. Some senators and legislators took up the offer and joined for a quick lunch. Brief luncheon presentations were made by various community organizations, e.g., CAIR, CIOM, Islamic Shura Council, ISPU, Huda Clinic, etc., for informational purposes. As the “Muslim Day at Capitol” was winding down, Senator Hansen Clarke confided to me, “It was beautiful!”
By 3 PM, when the day’s activities stopped, the first “Muslim Day at Capitol” was able to impress the diversity of the Muslim community on the state political leadership and convey the community issues to some of the leadership. It dispelled the myth that all Muslims are Arabs; they are white, black, brown; they are Africans, Asians, Europeans, Middle Easterners; but, all American Muslims!
The success of the “Muslim Day at Capitol” stands as a testament to the hard work of the Committee under the leadership of Br. Mitchell Shamsud-Din and its members, especially, Sr. Reem Abou-Samra, Br. Asad Malik, Br. Farhan Bhatti, Br. Dawud Walid, and Br. Abdullah Muhammad. The Committee must be congratulated for taking up the idea from US Congressman Ellison and shaping it into a practical event.