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November 21, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

SCHOOL BOARD CHOOSES NOT TO REAPPOINT HAMAS SUPPORTER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD’S DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

JAWHAR BADRAN, A REPRESENTATIVE OF CAIR, HAD STATED THAT HAMAS IS NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) On Tuesday, November 18th, the day his term ended, members of the Broward County School Board made a conscious decision not to reappoint or reassign Jawhar Sadallah Badran, a.k.a. Joe Badran, to the School Board’s Diversity Committee or any other committee ruled over by the School Board.

Badran, on March 1st, was videotaped making statements in favor of Hamas. The statements included him saying that Hamas was “not a terrorist organization.” As well, in July of 2006, Badran described himself to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as a suicide bomber. He stated, “Hamas and Hezbollah are committing acts of defense against the acts of the Israelis. The only weapons that we have are to strap bombs on our bodies and do whatever damage and destruction we can.”

Badran was also an admitted member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group affiliated with Hamas and a group currently named as a co-conspirator by the U.S. Justice Department for a federal trial dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

Americans Against Hate (AAH) pushed for Badran’s removal from the Diversity Committee, a position which he had held the past four years. AAH received word of the School Board’s decision from the offices of Dr. Robert Parks, the School Board member who originally appointed Badran to the Diversity Committee, and Robin Bartleman, the outgoing School Board Chair.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, “While we had wished for Jawhar Badran’s removal prior to his term ending, we are pleased that he will no longer have a role in the government body. Terrorist organizations have absolutely nothing to do with diversity, and individuals such as this should never be allowed to have influence over children.”

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.



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