Why Is Nobody Asking Muslims If Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Are “Anti Muslim Extremists”?

In 2004 the British National Party (BNP), antisemitic and racist Holocaust deniers, ran a Jewish candidate in London’s local elections.  Mrs Pat Robertson’s (nee Feldman) candidacy was branded a “sick stunt” by Jewish community leaders and revealed to be a “gimmick” by the racist BNP ideologue and editor of the BNP’s Spearhead magazine John Tyndall, who describes the process from the inside:

And here is where it is time to examine the latest ‘gimmick’ employed by the current BNP leadership by its adoption of a Jewish candidate to contest a local government election in the Epping Forest area. I use the word ‘gimmick’ deliberately for that is precisely what it is – just as previous gimmicks have been used, notably the adoption of a candidate in Cumbria who was reported as rejoicing in his black son-in-law and half-black grandchild and the granting of a regular column to a Sikh writer in the party newspaper.

Whether unwitting tools or amoral and self-serving opportunists these “gimmicks” who are rich in propaganda value have routinely been hurried to the foreground using the same tried and tested formula: Fringe members of  a discriminated against and/or minority community are elevated and prioritised above the mainstream and grassroots community to front the oppressive agendas of the majority and/or powerful. Examples include

The rewards can be plentiful. William Keyes, the black American apartheid lobbyist earned $390,000 per year in the 1980s from the anti-black South African State. Similarly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a black Somali, accepted a $250,000 award in 2015 from the ultra-Conservative Bradley Foundation (also Quilliam Foundation donors) who had financed the “race realist” Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve – A debunked study, widely denounced as racist, which explored supposed racial differences  in IQ.

The Islamophobic terrorist and mass-murderer Anders Breivik understood this dynamic well and he worshipped Hirsi Ali. From Breivik’s manifesto:

Because of her background she has made criticism of Islam acceptable to people who would otherwise find it difficult to digest the arguments she presents…She is an invaluable asset to the fight against global Jihad and as worthy of the Prize as any other living person

A prime example of this dynamic at work was the anti-Islam Gatestone Institute and Clarion Project’s so-called “Muslim Reform Movement”.  Gatestone were founded in 2011 by Sears fortune heiress and committed Zionist Nina “The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate” Rosenwald.  Breivik’s manifesto – which is an attempt to incite a legion of Islamophobes into terrorism – mentions/cites 25 of their authors, some such as “Fjordman”, an “especially central witness” repeatedly.

The  Clarion Project are tied at the hip to the Israeli-Government backed pro-settler and Jewish fundamentalist organisation Aish Hatorah.  Both groups propagate a singular anti-Islam/pro-Israel agenda with their respective stable of anti-Muslim extremists. The notion that they are sincere in their desire in reforming Islam is absurd yet they had 14 Muslims front their campaign, one of these being Quilliam’s Usama Hasan.

Hasan’s presence at the Dec 4th launch exposed the duplicitious nature of Nawaz’s Quilliam foundation. Just 3 days prior, Haras Rafiq, Quilliam’s Managing Director was being scolded by the Home Affairs Select Committee for Quilliam’s associations with the anti-Islam organisation The Gatestone Institute. He pleaded ignorance, appealed to plausible deniability but acknowledged the mistake. Rafiq vowed to discontinue any future associations (while Usama Hasan was presumably preparing for his Washington Trip to play a leading role in Gatestone’s event days later).

This Quilliam-Gatestone alliance continues up to the present day.  Below, we  have the darling of the New Atheist circuit Maajid Nawaz with Raheel Raza and Douglas Murray; both of Gatestone, at a Sept 2016 NSS event.

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To fully understand the workings of the Quilliam Foundation you need to peer behind the surface of its liberal facade.

Depending on which side of Nawaz’s mouth you listen to determines which side of the argument of his SLPC-listing you fall down on. Nawaz is largely despised by the Muslim community but it’s a myth that it’s due to his identification as a “liberal Muslim”. Rula Jebreal, Mehdi Hassan and Reza Aslan are all liberal Muslims  but are largely respected by the Community. Nawaz’s friction with British Muslims and beyond is due to his repeated validation and empowerment of anti-Islam extremists who in a climate of ever-rising  anti-Muslim hysteria increase the daily hardships faced by the already persecuted Muslim minority community.

Nawaz’s caping for anti-Muslim extremists like Hirsi Ali, Tarek Fatah, Douglas Murray (who has called to “make conditions for Muslims harder across the board” and Sam Harris (who has declared “Most Muslims are utterly deranged“) if not making Maajid Nawaz a clear-cut anti-Muslim extremist outright renders him at least their handmaiden.

Murray’s anti-Muslim extremism was deemed too exteme for the Conservative Party front-benchers and he was removed.  Yet his  extremism is validated by a supposed liberal Muslim countering-extremism.

This explains the anti-Muslim bigot/New Atheist pushback onto the SPLC.  Nawaz, whatever his intentions, is the prized asset of the “liberal” anti-Islam movement. The Muslim who denies the existence of Islamophobia is the goose that laid the golden egg. His embracing of the xenophobic and Islamophobia-denying new atheist movement gifts them the “some of my best friends are Muslim” card

The New Atheist currently leading the charge, having initiated a petition ironically to demand the SPLC self-censor is blogger Jerry Coyne. It’s an incredible act of chutzpah from Coyne who on his blog rails time-and-again against Christian Orgs receiving Templeton Funding; or as Coyne calls it a “bribe“. However, has been completely silent on Nawaz’s foundation having being in receipt of a Million dollars from the same foundation. It’s rank hypocrisy.

While Nawaz’s listing is complex Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s is rather more straightforward. While mitigating circumstances exist there is simply no refutation that a woman who wants to “crush Islam militarily” and calls for changing the US Constitution purely to discriminate against US Muslims is an extremist.

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Hirsi Ali is a lost cause, firmly embedded within the Neoconservative Lobby. She considers fascist junta leader Sisi a “reformer” and racist war criminal Netanyahu a “man of peace”. Her AHA Foundation was set up with a mysterious $425,000 gift from an anonymous donor – which she promptly staffed with war-hungry neocons and Zionists. She has little-to-no interest in “reforming” Islam. Her preference is to “crush” it.

While Nawaz has no traction within the Muslim community and the wounds are probably too deep to even consider any reconciliation he is uniquely positioned to counter the extremism of his anti-Islam financiers, friends, associates and new atheist followers.

Sadly, I suspect he’ll choose jetting all over the world in his three-piece-suits picking up cheques for confirming the biases of white and middle-class non-Muslims over making a positive impact on the lives of ordinary and decent persecuted Muslims. I hope to be proved wrong.

Part 2- Maajid Nawaz: Which Side Are You On?

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So-Called “Muslim Reformer” Dr Zuhdi Jasser – Physician, Reform Thyself!

Back in the 1980s, I had a phone interview with Gen. Edward Lansdale, the famed CIA propagandist and model for a key character in The Ugly American. Lansdale told me that the real trick of propaganda was not to plant stories in an outlet that was known to be controlled (because then a person’s defenses were up), but to get the false information into venues that the public thought to be independent.

That way, Lansdale said, the public’s defenses would be down and the propaganda would be more effective.  – Robert Parry, The NYT’s Favor and Fear

On December 7th,  2015, a strange thing happened; thirteen middle-to-upper class Western Muslims met in Washington and  declared themselves arbitrators of what it is to be an acceptable Muslim. Stranger still, spearheading this “movement” were  Zuhdi Jasser and Raheel Raza – employees of  overtly pro-Israel and anti-Islam groups The Clarion Fund and the Gatestone Institute who both promoted the launch.

Jasser is the founder/President of the American Islamic Forum For Democracy (AIFD). Scrutinising AIFD’s benefactors a clear picture emerges of the world from which Jasser operates within. A staunchly pro-Israel/anti-Islam world. Featuring a whose-who of the anti-Islam lobby – Pipes, Horowitz, Spencer, Doug Murray, Frank Gaffney, Brigitte Gabriel and Steve Emerson.

 

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Seth Klarman is a Jewish billionaire waiting to fill Sheldon Adelson’s throne. He has been promoted by hate-group leader Robert Spencer; whom he indirectly funds through Islamophobia Godfather, Daniel Pipes.

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Hope Winters formerly sat on the board of The Israel Project. She has funded the work of hate-group leader Pamela Geller.

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Richard Levitt currently sits on the Advisory and Action Council of Iowans for Israel. Formerly, he was also on the board of Directors at the Israel Project being replaced by his son Randall; who also sits on the board at JINSA.

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Nina Rosenwald, a patron of Jasser’s Clarion Fund and The President of the Gatestone Institute has been Christened “The Sugar-Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate” by Max Blumenthal and it’s Rosenwald/Jasser’s Clarion and Gatestone both leading the (altrusitic?) demand for Muslims to “reform”. So who are they? Or more pertinently, who were they before their respective “Muslim Reform” transparent make-overs?

Gatestone are a pro-Israel/Neocon think-tank founded by Nina Rosenwald. To get an idea of their output the Zionist terrorist Anders Breivik’s Manifesto mentions twenty-five of their listed authors.  Most notably the Gatestone anti-Islam author “Fjordman”, who Breivik had been in contact with and was named by Norwegian Police as “an essentially central witness” to the twin Oslo terror attacks.

In an apparent act of duplicity Haras Rafiq, the MD of the supposed counter-extremist think-tank Quilliam denied all knowledge of the Islamophobic core at the heart of the Gatestone Institute, an organisation they’d previously flirted with. When presented with unrefutable evidence by the Home Select Committee of its Islamophobia he vowed never to allow Quilliam to be entangled with Gatestone again. Just days later Quilliam’s own Usama Hasan was flanking Jasser and Asra Nomani, on a D.C. platform “reforming” Muslims…

If there is a  difference beyond stationery between the Clarion Fund and fundamentalist Jewish organization Aish Ha Torah it’s not apparent. See: here, here and here (with bonus Zuhdi Jasser in Clarion’s propaganda film “obsession”).

Aish are a pro-Jewish-settler movement backed by the Israeli Government whose members run sites advising how to “prevent intermarriage”

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Orthodox Judaism Reform? Settler Reform? Does Jasser care?

Zasser’s lack of credentials as a “moderate reformer” are matched only by his lack of credentials as a “terrorism expert”.  His “secularist-Muslim” identity aside he is as “moderate” as Dick Cheney and has been adding his Muslim voice/name  to Neocon projects since at least 2004 when he endorsed (as a Muslim) Bush-Cheney and their War on Terror.

It’s impossible to say whether he’s been invited to suckle on the Islamophobia cash-cow because his actual extremist views are consistent with the Zionist/Neocon militarist narrative of his patrons or if he’s tailored his views to fit the narrative and ride the gravy-train. Either way, as he’s sitting on the board at Nina Rosenwald’s Gatestone Institute and the Clarion Fund he’s been well rewarded for his efforts.

Whenever his friends on Fox require a Muslim to validate their Islamophobia he appears. If a McCartyite needs a Muslim face for his anti-Muslim witch-hunt he appears . If  Republicans require a Muslim to rubber-stamp their militarism in the Muslim world he appears. Need a Muslim to justify your racist policies? Hirsi Ali is busy? Call Jasser.

So who better than Zuhdi Jasser – The Muslim who stays on-message – to front a “Muslim” group to hammer home the Zionist/Neocon narrative that it’s barbaric Islam and not intervention/occupation that radicalizes Muslims?

As Machiavellian grey-propaganda goes it’s sublime. Comparable to the apartheid regime hiring American blacks to publically defend white supremacy in South Africa.  Afterall, who could possibly object to a “moderate” Muslim group? Closer inspection reveals it is far more complex and agenda-driven. An anti-Islam agenda.