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September 26, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

FORMER CAIR INTERN SAYS NO PROBLEM WITH DESTRUCTION OF STATE OF ISRAEL

AAH CALLS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT TO “TAKE ACTION” WITH REGARD TO THREAT AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH

(Coral Springs, FL) On Monday, September 24th, Zahra Billoo, a former governmental relations intern for the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-California), posted on a blog that she is affiliated with her thoughts about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University. In her post, she questioned Israel’s existence and stated that President Bush has “blood on his hands.”

In her piece, entitled, ‘Ahmadinejad Visits Columbia,’ speaking about the President of Iran’s call for the destruction of Israel, she wrote, “Wiping other countries off the map? Apartheid Israel is not a country, it was created by wiping Palestine off the map - isn't all fair in love and war?” She then remarked, “Do we really have the right to be upset at Ahmadinejad for talking about wiping an apartheid ‘state’ off the map?”

Later, Billoo took umbrage with a City Councilman who said that Ahmadinejad had American blood on his hands. She wrote, “Iran has the blood of [sic] Ameircan soldiers on his hands? Way to pass the buck! The blood of those soldiers is squarely on the hands of Bush and Co.! Excuse the Iraqis for attempting to defend themselves in the midst of an illegal war!”

This is not the first time Billoo has made outrageous remarks on the internet. In January of this year, Billoo said on her personal blog that, after seeing what she called “Zionist propaganda” on a San Francisco train, she had thoughts about committing suicide.

Billoo’s belligerent statements regarding the state of Israel and President Bush follow similar inflammatory actions taken by others affiliated with CAIR-California, also known as CAIR-Los Angeles. The organization’s Executive Director, Hussam Ayloush, on August 27th, posted a threat against President Bush on his personal blog, which stated, “Bush, beware.” And CAIR-California’s Civil Rights Coordinator, Affad Shaikh, on September 4th, on his personal blog, referred to Americans in Iraq as “Crusaders.

Americans Against Hate (AAH) calls on the California media to question why this CAIR office attracts so many radicals to its organization. As of now, the California media has given CAIR a pass.

As well, concerning the previous statements, AAH calls on law enforcement to investigate the California office of CAIR for possible ties to extremist activity and to take action with regard to the threat against President Bush made on Hussam Ayloush’s blog. Under U.S. Code, making or distributing threats against the President of the United States carries a fine and/or imprisonment.

For more information on Zahra Billoo, see her CAIR Watch profile.

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



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