December 9, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (



(Coral Springs, FL) According to the website of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- a group that has been cited for having numerous officials tied to terrorism -- CAIR's Florida Director, Altaf Ali, has been appointed to the Broward County Diversity Advisory Council. The Diversity Advisory Council serves to bring different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds within the community together, in order to create what the group calls One Broward.

CAIR is currently the defendant in a 9/11 lawsuit put forward by the family of FBI agent John O'Neill, who was murdered during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. CAIR's parent organization, Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), was created by the number two leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. Prior to 9/11, CAIR raised money, through its website, for two charities that provided millions of dollars for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. CAIR's Executive Director has stated that he supports Hamas. CAIR lost a civil rights coordinator, a fundraiser, the co-founder of its Texas chapter, and its director of community relations to conviction or deportation. CAIR's parent organization recently lost a $156 million lawsuit for the murder of a young American boy during a Hamas terrorist operation.

Altaf Ali, the individual that received the appointment, appeared on a radio show with Americans Against Hate Chairman Joe Kaufman, on October 11, 2001, exactly one month following 9/11. During the show, Ali derided Kaufman for being Jewish. After Kaufman pushed Ali to answer one of his questions concerning a quote that he had read, Ali asked Kaufman if he was Jewish. When Kaufman responded "Yes," Ali retorted "No wonder!" In addition, when Kaufman and the host of the show repeatedly asked Ali if he believed the people that died during the 9/11 attacks were innocent, Ali refused to answer the question.

This is the second time the Diversity Advisory Council has had someone connected to a radical Islamic organization appointed to it, the other being Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, the head of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA). Zakkout, whose appointment was given by Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs, was the Vice President of a Hamas-linked charity, Health Resource Center for Palestine.

Kaufman stated, "It is contrary to the public's interest for the Broward County Commission to be appointing persons connected to militant Islamic groups to its diversity council. In review of the facts, these two appointments should be rescinded immediately, and those that are responsible for the appointments must be held accountable by the voters of Broward County."

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