Nancy Pelosi Hires Former Terrorist Fundraiser (FrontPageMagazine.com) by Daniel Greenfield 05/29/12)
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In 2000, he oversaw a week of events that raised money for Islamic
terrorists murdering Jews. From 2005 until the present, he oversaw a
left-wing blog whose contributors used language that even he admitted
was anti-Semitic. And now Faiz Shakir is about to become a senior
advisor to the Democratic Minority Leader of the House of
What happens to a top left-wing operative when he loses control of a
media operation so badly that the White House has to distance itself
from its allied think tank? He gets a job offer from Nancy Pelosi.
After the use of bigoted language by ThinkProgress contributors
turned into a growing scandal, the White House publicly distanced
itself from ThinkProgress, an outlet of the Center for American
Progress, which Time Magazine called the think tank with the largest
influence on the Obama administration. Jarrod Bernstein, the White
House’s liaison to the Jewish community, described the events there
as troubling and stated that the Center for American Progress’s
attitude was not that of the Obama administration.
This distancing has however proven to be only momentary with Faiz R.
Shakir, ThinkProgress’s longtime Editor-in-Chief and Vice President
at the Center for American Progress, who had made the site what it
is, going off to work as a senior advisor and new media director for
Nancy Pelosi. Moving Faiz Shakir into such a prominent role where he
will be able to influence policy and messaging for a key Democratic
Party figure, while keeping Danielle “Jewbags” Gilbert on as the DNC
liaison to the Jewish community, is proof once again that the
Democratic Party does not take bigotry seriously when it is directed
at Jews. Not only that, but it even rewards the bigots with plum
Faiz Shakir had co-authored the “Fear Inc.” report, which had
implicitly claimed that Islamophobia was the product of a Jewish
conspiracy, and had written positively about the Tunisian Islamist Al-
Nahda Party and its genocidal head, Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi, who has
engaged in blatant anti-Semitism, and has said, “There are no
civilians in Israel. The population—males, females and children—are
the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.”
During his time at ThinkProgress, Faiz Shakir had repeatedly attacked
the Jewish State, endorsing the Hamas aid flotilla to Gaza and
attacking Israel’s attempts to defend itself against terrorists.
Unlike some of his more radical junior colleagues, like Ali Gharib
and Zaid Jlani, his position has forced Shakir to be somewhat more
But Shakir’s sympathy for Islamists and antipathy for the Jewish
State are no surprise at all considering his activities during his
college days when he was a member of the Harvard Islamic Society.
While the Harvard Islamic Society’s affiliation with the Muslim
Brotherhood’s MSA is somewhat vague, its Constitution states that its
independence does not preclude “affiliation with the Muslim Students
Association of the United States and Canada.”
HIS was co-founded by Yusuf Ibish, the father of Hussein Ibish, who
is a veteran pro-terrorist and anti-Israel activist, and Syed Hossein
Nasr, an Islamic philosopher and opponent of the United States and
Israel, who claims to be able to trace his ancestry back to Mohammed.
During Faiz Shakir’s time there, HIS was presided over by Zayed
Yasin, who became infamous for his “My American Jihad” speech.
In 2000, The Harvard Islamic Society held an Islamic Awareness Week
and Faiz Shakir served as the co-chair for the week’s events. One of
those events included a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, a
group which acted as the fundraising arm for Hamas in the United
States. As co-chair of the week’s events, Shakir would have
unquestionably been involved in the selection of organizations to
donate to. That he chose a fundraising for a Muslim Brotherhood
terrorist organization can only be regarded as highly significant.
Though the Holy Land Foundation was only raided in the year after
that, it was well known at the time that the group was a front for
terrorists, and the Harvard Islamic Society faced complaints and
scrutiny for its terrorist fundraising. Zayed Yasin’s defense of the
Holy Land Foundation made it quite clear that he was familiar with
its true mission.
At the time, Shakir was quoted as saying that, “We want to give them
a couple ways for them to think about Islam.” But apparently there
was really only one way to think about Islam. There still is.
Under Shakir, ThinkProgress has promoted Muslim Brotherhood-linked
Islamists, much as he tried to direct funds to Hamas during his
Harvard days. It has been a long time since Shakir was a student and
as someone who claims to be a foreign policy expert, there is no
doubt that during his tenure at ThinkProgress he knew exactly what he
ThinkProgress is not just a site; it’s the messaging apparatus for
the most influential think tank in the country. It’s where Democrats
and their media allies pick up their talking points in their war on
truth, justice and the American Way. And as senior advisor to the
Democratic Minority Leader in Congress, and aspiring Majority Leader,
Faiz Shakir will be doing what he was doing all along.
The Center for American Progress is the Soros Shadow Party’s tool for
influencing domestic and international policy, but it is also filled
with members of another shadow party: the agents of the Muslim
Brotherhood. As a senior advisor to Nancy Pelosi, Faiz Shakir will be
doing directly what he once did indirectly, openly what he once did
Putting a man like Shakir into such a position is a statement that
the Democratic Party no longer cares what it reveals about itself as
the last vestiges of caution that it adopted after September 11 fall
away and the dark blotch of the two shadow parties covers it over.
And so a man who chaired a week of events that raised money for an
Islamic terrorist group, whose charter calls for the extermination of
the Jewish people, and who ran a messaging apparatus whose
contributors used anti-Semitic language, will now run the messaging
apparatus for the leader of congressional Democrats.
The elevation of Faiz Shakir is yet another reminder to Jews that
there is no longer a place for them in the Democratic Party.
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