August 3 , 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT INCLUDES BOOK WRITTEN BY APOLOGIST FOR RADICAL ISLAM

JOHN ESPOSITO LINKED TO LONDON TERRORIST

(Coral Springs, FL) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), since September of 2002, has continued to place a series of books into thousands of libraries across America, through its 'Explore Islamic Culture & Civilization' project. One of the books CAIR is offering is 'The Islamic Threat - Myth or Reality?' The book is written by John L. Esposito, an individual that has been labeled by various sources as an "apologist for radical Islam."

In Esposito's book, the author repeatedly attempts to rationalize extremist and/or terrorist acts performed by Muslims by making excuses for why they occur. He writes, "The selective approach of most analyses of Islamic activism omits, downplays, or dismisses the reasons given by activists… for their criticism and rejection of the West: imperialism, America's tilt toward Israel, Western governments' support for oppressive regimes… The reader is never challenged to consider the reasons behind the attitudes and actions…" He later matter-of-factly states, "American presence and policy… is often the primary motivating force behind acts against American government, business, and military interests."

In the book, Esposito blurs the lines of what constitutes a terrorist organization. He describes Hamas as a "political and social activist" group. It makes sense for Esposito to defend Hamas, because one of his closest colleagues, Azzam Tamimi, was a member of Hamas.

Azzam Tamimi is an official spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Britain. He is also Director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT), an organization that John Esposito currently sits on the board of. In 2000, Tamimi and Esposito co-edited a book together.

According to a 1999 report put out by the Council on Foreign Relations, Tamimi was "a Hamas member" and had issued Hamas communiqués. In December of 2002, Tamimi described himself as a "sympathizer," "supporter" and advisor to senior figures of Hamas and claimed that Khaled Meshal, the present-day head of Hamas, was a friend of his. He has called for the elimination of Israel and has said that, if given the opportunity, he would become a suicide bomber.

Tamimi has also praised the 9/11 attacks and, prior to the 7/7 London attacks, in March of 2003, issued a foreboding warning to the U.S. and England: "We say to George Bush and Tony Blair, PULL THE TROOPS NOW OR ELSE YOU ARE NURTURING AND MAKING HUNDRED'S OF BIN LADEN'S, THOUSANDS OF BIN LADEN'S, MORE BRUTAL, MORE FEARSOME, MORE SAVAGE, MORE BLOOD-THIRSTY THAN BIN LADEN WAS EVER. PULL THE TROOPS, WE DON'T WANT THE CITY OF LONDON OR THE CITY OF NEW YORK OR ANY CITY IN THE WEST TO SUFFER AS BAGHDAD IS SUFFERING TODAY."

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "The books CAIR is trying to get into our library system contain dangerous ideas and misrepresentations of the truth. Libraries should shun CAIR's book project as a sinister attempt to influence innocent hearts and minds."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe4rep@gate.net.

 


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