WHY? ILLINOIS Governor Pat Quinn appoints Safaa Zarzour, a Muslim closely linked to terror groups, to State Advisory Council

Recently, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the formation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council, a group that will somehow “ensure” that Muslim American concerns are taken into account in state government.

Prairie State Report  (H/T Bo P) Among those appointed by the Governor to this board is ISNA Secretary-General Safaa Zarzour, a man who has been linked to organizations that fund Islamist terrorism.

Zarzour is known as a supporter and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group well known for pushing extremist Islamism and for funding terror throughout the world.

As a site that tracks the murderous efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood notes, Zarzour was an official in a Chicago-area Mosque that donated thousands to several terror groups.

As much as $1 million a year was raised from mosque members which was then sent to overseas Muslim charities. The mosque donated money to three Islamic charities that have since been identified as involved in financing terrorism—the Holy Land Foundation, Benevolence International, and the Global Relief Foundation. One of the mosque’s eight-member executive committee was Muhammad Salah, a Muslim Brotherhood member who was arrested in Israel in 1993 and has since been identified as a Hamas military commander.

All this brings into question Quinn’s appointment. Why has our governor appointed a terror supporter to a state board of advisors?
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BACKGROUNDER ON ZAZOUR from Militant Islam Monitor

In January 2010, the Islamic Society of North America issued a press release that their new Secretary General was Safaa Zazour, the former board president and chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago(CAIR).http://www.isna.net/articles/News/ISNA-Announces-New-Secretary-General-with-Long-Record-of-Service-and-Achievement.aspx

The press release entitled ‘ISNA Announces New Secretary General with Long Record of Service and Achievement’ included a bio of Zazour. However the document failed to mention that he had been the chairman and a board member of Chicago CAIR. The Council on American Islamic Relations was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful prosecution of Hamas funder the Holy Land Foundation.

“Last autumn, FBI field offices began notifying state CAIR chapters that bureau officials could no longer meet with them until CAIR’s national leadership in Washington had addressed issues raised by the HLF trial, according to people with knowledge of the notifications.” http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3847

“While it was almost completely ignored by the media the October 13 sentencing of Ghassan Elashi on 21 charges of terrorism, should represent a huge crack in CAIR’s public persona, if only for the simple reason that Elashi was the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR though his terror ties go beyond that.” http://www.pipelinenews.org/2007/Ghassan-Elashi’s-Sentencing-Proves-CAIR’s-Terror-Ties.html

Having been so designated in such a high level terrorism prosecution many feel led to the FBI severing all relationships with the organization. According to counter terrorism expert Steven Emerson “ISNA is closely linked to the Egyptian terror group the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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About Zazour assuming the Secretary General position, ISNA’s president Ingrid Mattson said, “I am delighted to welcome Safaa Zazour to ISNA’s leadership team…I am particularly optimistic that his commitment to the formation of responsible and engaged American Muslim youth will help ISNA develop more services responding to their needs and ample potential.”

In a letter to ISNA directors, Zazour writes, “ISNA is on the forefront of identifying issues facing the Muslim community and taking leadership in successfully dealing with these issues. Becoming the Secretary General of ISNA is a tremendous honor and responsibility.”

According to Zazour’s CAIR bio:

“He is the Chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago, the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America, Program Chairman of the ISNA Education Forum, Vice Chairman of Muslim Educational Resources, Information, and Training, a member of the Catholic-Muslim Education Project, member of the Board of Advisors of Play for Peace, member of the Board of Advisors of the Bernadine Center at the Catholic Theological Union, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the School of Education at St. Xavier University.” http://www.cairchicago.org/our-board/safaa-zarzour/

The bio of Zazour on the ISNA website omits all mention of CAIR.

http://www.isna.net/ISNAHQ/pages/Safaa-Zarzour.aspx

Zazour’s new role as the Secretary General of the Islamic Circle of North America, a group which is touted as moderate and accepted as such by the Obama administration is more proof that the government is reaching out to Islamists. It also shows that there appears to be zero degrees of separation between the Saudi funded Hamas front group CAIR and ISNA. At best they have little concern as to the now obvious linkage that Zazour brings.

Zazour’s appointment is one more reason for all groups and individuals which have dealings with ISNA to see their claims to moderation as a sham and shun all dealings with the organization and it’s members.

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