Nov 9 2011
MINNESOTASTAN: The Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is blasting two high-profile leaders in the metro Somali community as anti-Muslim because one of them, Omar Jamal, said, “I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m anti-Islamic terrorism.”
YouCruising Omar Jamal and Abdi Bihi were the first to blow the whistle on the effort to recruit Minnesotan Somalis for terrorism in Somalia. Three of the young men who disappeared from Minneapolis would later become suicide bombers in Kenya and Somalia for the terror group al-Shabaab.
That stance earned them a seat on CAIR’s bad side, and the group recently sent a letter attacking both men’s education and experience while asking local police departments to boycott a Thursday conference where the two will be keynote speakers.
“These individuals, who have no credibility in the Somali community, are going to be educating law enforcement,” the letter read in part. Yet, both men have been consulted by government leaders in the past. Jamal is now a United Nations representative of the Somali government. Jamal has also spoken before the National Press Club and has been sought after as a spokesman for the Somali community.
Bihi testified before Congress after his nephew was recruited by al-Shabaab and later died in Somalia, and was featured in a glowing profile by the Washington Post.
In an effort to appease CAIR, former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher — who organized the event — said he invited the group to speak at the conference as well, but they declined. “They refused and said they would not share the stage with Mr. Bihi and Mr. Jamal,” Fletcher said.