The Esam Omeish story, one of Governor Kaine appointing a radical Islamist to a Virginia commission, isn’t an isolated instance of a jihadist managing to slip through the shoddy vetting process of some Kaine Administration functionary. Rather, this is an example of the influence that Muslim activists have managed to obtain within the leadership of the Democratic Party of Virginia. When confronted with these disturbing associations, they quickly backtrack and feign ignorance, yet these disturbing associations continue to develop, and the relationship between leading Democrats and Islamic radicals grows ever closer.
Here’s House Democratic Caucus Leader Brian Moran and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik in 2005. Abdul-Malik is an imam at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center which is notable for several reasons. Foremost, it is the Mosque in which the 9-11 hijackers received help in obtaining fraudulent driver’s licenses and housing before they murdered over three thousand of our fellow countrymen. Imam Anwar Aulaqi, who Abdul-Malik hired, was the imam who provided the 9-11 hijackers closed-door preparations for their martyrdom operation in this Mosque. It’s now referred to as the 9-11 Mosque. (reference)
The Mosque has a decidedly disturbing history beyond just the 9-11 hijackers, however. Sheikh Mohammed al-Hanooti, a prayer leader at this Mosque, was involved in the first World Trade Center bombing. Another member, Abdullah bin Laden, is Osama Bin-Laden’s nephew. Member Mousa Abu Marzook is a leader of Hamas and now a federal fugitive. His partners and fellow Mosque members Ismail Elbarasse and Abdelhaleem Ashqar were convicted of obstruction of justice in a terrorism probe. Former CAIR official and Mosque member Randall “Ismail” Royer was convicted for leading the Virginia Jihad Network. Mosque member Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was an al-Qaida operative who has been convicted of plotting to assassinate President Bush. And then there’s the familiar Abdurahman Alamoudi, also a member, who is serving a federal prison sentence for supporting terrorism.
Dar Al Hijrah was investigated by Mapping Shari’a in America Project which discovered that this Mosque was indoctrinating it’s members in “Jihad Qital”, a Wahhabbist doctrine that demands Muslims engage in violence against infidels, and will be rewarded in the afterlife for murdering anyone who does not embrace Islam. Insight Magazine reported on this effort, and revealed deeply disturbing activity going on in this Mosque that Democrats have been so keen to reach out to:
“Many members of the mosque provided me literature to study. Most of the literature they gave me was from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Their literature preaches that America and the West are decadent and evil, and that Muslims have a moral duty to engage in violence against the infidels.”
Gaubatz says that Dar Al-Hijrah and other radical Islamic centers in the U.S. are funded by Saudi Arabia, which is the primary sponsor of the Wahhabist brand of Islam.
“The ultimate goal for those at Dar Al-Hijrah is to instill Sharia law in the U.S. and have America adhere to the Islamic faith,” he said. “They want America to be an Islamic state.”
Gaubatz said that the imams at the center encouraged him to read the works of their “friends”—some of whom have been convicted for terrorism-related activities. According to Gaubatz, one of those “friends” he was encouraged to read is Ali Al-Tamimi, a radical Islamist author, who was convicted of inciting terrorism in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network.
The recently revealed radical Islamist Dr. Esam Omeish — who is even acknowledged as a very disturbing individual by Razing Kaine — is on the Board of Directors of this very Mosque. At the event where this picture was taken, Delegates Bob Hull (D-38), Brian Moran (D-46) and Adam Ebbin (D-49) all spoke at that event. It’s quite a strange place to do voter outreach, given this disturbing and voluminous evidence of supporting terrorism, advocating “Jihad Qital”, and working to impose Sharia law on the United States. Were they, could they, be so ignorant as to not see all of this? Or in their quest to gain and retain political power, was tacit support of all this just the necessary compromise required in order to tap into campaign contributions and the dedicated support of a block of potential voters who might well have rather different designs on our Commonwealth than Democrats might be willing to acknowledge?
Johari Abdul-Malik is a supporter of Ali al-Tamimi, who was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for soliciting others to levy war against the United States and for recruiting for the Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Toiba. He’s also made statements in support of Hamas, convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian, and convicted cop-killer and black militant Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown). His statements about Israel are equally as disturbing as those made by Esam Omeish, statements that when came to light resulted in Omeish being forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration within hours of them coming to light. Since there’s been no large public outcry about Brian Moran’s relationship with a known supporter of convicted terrorists, there hasn’t yet been a call to have Brian Moran end his association with this radical Islamist. There certainly should be.
Brian Moran’s brother, Congressman Jim Moran has his own disturbing relationship with radical Islamists, having been pretty close to now convicted terrorist Abdahman Alamoudi and even been the headliner at Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council’s events. Here’s an excerpt from a transcript from the AMC’s 2001 gala:
Now, the reason I just said that is because Abdurahman (Alamoudi) wanted me to express some views on my own. When I said no, no, no I’m not going to do that because I’m supposed to be here representing Mark Warner and if I do that I’m going to get Mark in trouble and, and, uh, I don’t want to do that because he needs to be the next Governor. So now I’m just going cut off that stream of thought and I’m going to make a political pitch, which is the reason I’m supposed to be here. But seeing people with so much, uh, political ‘potential’ thank you (laughter). [woman in audience has suggested the word “potential”]. Perfect. No, thank you, that’s just the word I was looking for and it’s even alliterative. Political potential. Nice going. I’m going to talk to her afterwards, I’m not going to interrupt the conversation, but that’s perfect, that’s what its all about, political potential.
And what is it that Jim Moran could say about Mark Warner in front of the American Muslim Council that would get him into trouble, and didn’t want to divulge? Is that the same stuff that Hillary Clinton managed to get her hands on that made Mark Warner drop his potential bid for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States?
No, I don’t think that Esam Omeish was an aberration. They might not have known that there was YouTube video out there with him saying terrifically stupid things about Israel and jihad, but knew full well about his activities in support of the Islamist agenda. When Governor Kaine, Brian Moran, Adam Ebbin and Jim Moran are all neck-deep in the Islamic agenda, such things aren’t strange coincidences. They’re indicators that something far more insidious may well be at work here.
My special thanks is extended to Delegate Todd Gilbert who provided invaluable research materials for this article.
UPDATE: Mahdi Bray is trying to downplay this in the press, again, and provide cover to Governor Kaine. How are we supposed to take at face value comments like these by someone who consistently defends terrorists? Doesn’t the mainstream media ever bother to look at the history of those who are providing comments in their articles? Apparently not.
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