I appeared on Newsmax’s Mid-Point today to debate Islamic propagandist and anti-semite, Dr. Sabri Samirah. Doctor — laughable. Always a doctor, but never cures, just spreads hate.
It’s worth noting that Samirah was a Chicago Muslim leader exiled from the United States after 9/11.
Sabri Samirah, formerly of Orland Park, spent the past eight years in his native Jordan. In 2003, he traveled there was stopped by immigration authorities, informed he was a “national security risk” and barred from returning to America.
Samirah was formerly chairman and has long been a board member of the Islamic Association for Palestine, an organization that government officials have described as the U.S. propaganda arm of the Islamic militant group Hamas. He also leads the United Muslim Americans Association, a political advocacy group that shares office space in southwest suburban Palos Hills with the Islamic Association for Palestine.
Samirah has been a high-profile spokesman for Islamic causes, lambasting the government for alleged discrimination against Muslims, challenging American policy in the Middle East and rallying fellow Muslims to vote. When First Lady Laura Bush came to town in May 2001, he was selected as the Muslim community’s representative to greet her at the airport.
Samirah said the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service had approved his plans to travel to Jordan, the first time he has been back since 1990. He left on Dec. 28 and was on his way home Saturday when immigration officials detained him in Ireland.
“They fingerprinted me, took my picture and in 10 minutes they said, `We are sorry. This is nothing personal. We received a fax yesterday from Brian Perryman,'” director of the INS in Chicago, revoking his permission to leave the country.
Samirah, 36, of Orland Park, said immigration officials have been trying to get him out of the country since 1997 by revoking his work visa, an action he has been challenging in immigration court. Samirah and his wife have applied for permanent residency in the U.S.
Samirah blamed his problems on pro-Israeli and right-wing Christian groups, which he said want to prevent Muslims in America from being politically active.
“They do not like to see Muslim groups growing and flourishing in the U.S.,” he said. “They believe that if down the road Muslims are politically powerful they will neutralize the American policy toward the Middle East.”
Samirah acknowledged he might have been targeted because of his connection to the Islamic Association for Palestine, which he described as a “civil rights group.” After the Sept. 11 attacks, two of the group’s officials in Texas were deported ……
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