February 8, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)



(Coral Springs, FL) According to an Associated Press story that ran yesterday, the Deputy Political Bureau Chief of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, "insisted [Hamas] would not recognize Israel." Marzook's statement concerning Israel was made in Cairo, during a meeting of Hamas leaders from Syria and the Palestinian territories.

After the Palestinian elections held last month, in which Hamas received the majority of legislative seats, Marzook has become a major subject of the press, even writing his own editorial for the Washington Post.

Mousa Abu Marzook was deported from the United States in 1997, due to his activity with Hamas, a group that is on the State Department's terrorism list. Before leaving the country, Marzook had founded three Hamas-related organizations, the first being the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). The IAP was terminated in 2005, shortly after the group had been held liable for the murder of American teenager, David Boim, during a Hamas terror operation in Israel.

In 1994, three leaders of the IAP created a spin-off organization called the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). One of the three was Nihad Awad, an individual who is today the Executive Director of CAIR. That same year, Awad publicly stated his support for Hamas, and just two years later, in May of 1996, CAIR would coordinate a press conference protesting the extradition order of Marzook.

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "If it were not for Mousa Abu Marzook, a man who has just said that his organization will never recognize Israel's right to exist, CAIR would not be around today. Because of CAIR's connection to this individual and the organization he represents, we call on the United States government to act immediately to shut down CAIR and place the group alongside Hamas on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations."

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


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