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014/05    May 2, 2005

 CAIR & Ghassan Elashi: Partners in Islamic Terrorism?
     On April 13, 2005, Ghassan Elashi, founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Texas (CAIR – Texas) chapter, long-time associate of CAIR's top leadership, and beneficiary of CAIR fund-raising support, was convicted on Islamic terrorism related charges in Dallas, Texas.  
     According to the federal indictment, Elashi was laundering money for Islamic terrorist organizations from 11/95 through 4/01 (pages 21 & 22).  
     Dating back to the early 1990s, Elashi had close ties to CAIR's leaders. Elashi founded the CAIR – Texas chapter sometime before October, 2000 (CAIR – Texas first appeared as an affiliate on the CAIR National web site in October 2000). 

     Therefore, it is evident Elashi was a high-ranking CAIR official at the time he committed the pro-terrorist crimes for which he was found guilty by a jury of our fellow American citizens. 
     We think Elashi's conviction is very bad news for CAIR.  Its ties with Elashi are too deep, and the evidence of CAIR's complicity too obvious, for CAIR to spin out of this one. 

     As one example, during the month of September 2001, just after the Islamic terrorist attacks of 9-11, the CAIR website contained a section titled “What you can do for the victims of the WTC and Pentagon attacks”- that solicited contributions to the “NY/DC Emergency Relief Fund.”  Only problem is, this so-called “Relief Fund” did not ever exist…the link provided by CAIR led a contributor directly to the Holy Land Foundation web site. 
     And just who was the head of the Holy Land Foundation? 
     (The Holy Land Foundation has been shut down by the federal government as a terrorist front group; trial is expected to begin next year.)
     Anti-CAIR believes that CAIR, Elashi, and other CAIR officials, directors, and employees have combined, conspired, and made common ground with Islamic terrorist individuals and groups.

     Furthermore, ACAIR believes that CAIR’s proven ties to the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), and its support for Elashi, Holy Land Foundation, and other Islamic terrorist groups clearly show CAIR's true colors. 
     In light of all these facts, we ask why anyone, any media organization, politician, or government agency , would ever care about CAIR's opinion? 

     And, with Elashi going to prison, and the Holy Land Foundation about to go to trial, we wonder - might federal prosecutors be closing in on CAIR?

Andrew Whitehead

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