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Islamic Jew-hatred in action: Niagara Foundation disinvites Israeli consul general

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Islamic Jew-hatred is …..  everywhere. Islamic apologist Manya Brachear Pashman of the Chicago Tribune explains the cancellation: “the event’s timing also was sensitive — on the first day of Ramadan.”

The Niagara Foundation is described by jihad sympathizer Brachear Pashman as “a nonprofit group devoted to promoting global fellowship and civic conversations,” when in fact it is a Turkish jihad group that follows Fethullah Gülen.

Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the Gülen Movement, left Turkey in March 1998, citing health reasons. At the time, he was being investigated for plotting to overthrow the secular republic to replace it with an Islamic state (he had been imprisoned for six months in 1971 under a similar charge). Gülen claims to base his movement on dialogue and tolerance amongst different religions, but has previously made radical remarks encouraging Muslims to destroy “infidels.”

Gülen’s call for taking violent action against non-Muslims can be traced to the voice recording of a sermon which he preached in the 1980s, following the 1980 coup d’etat, when he left the city of İzmir and traveled to different cities in Anatolia.

Allegedly preaching about the significance of Jerusalem for Muslims, Gülen can be heard crying and criticizing himself and all Muslims for failing to protect the holy city of Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa Mosque.

“A believer should be like a bomb even if the United States of America opposes him/her! He/she should continue by exploding and smashing the head of the infidel!” Gülen screamed, accompanied by a mixture of lamenting and screaming from the audience. He encouraged the screams by saying that the voice of believers should move heaven and earth, and told them to roar.

The Chicago Tribune mentions none of that. It describes Gulen as “a Turkish Muslim scholar and poet who preaches a combination of Islamic piety and Sufi mysticism, as well as free markets, democracy and religious tolerance.”

The enemedia strikes again.
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Niagara Foundation disinvites Israeli consul general

Wednesday June 24, 2015

By Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

CHICAGO — A nonprofit group devoted to promoting global fellowship and civic conversations is under fire for rescinding an invitation to one of Israel’s top U.S. diplomats.

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Roey Gilad, consul general of Israel to the Midwest, was to discuss June 18 whether religions can build peace in the Middle East as part of a series of events sponsored by the Niagara Foundation. But after receiving letters and calls protesting Gilad’s appearance, organizers called off the event.

Renie Schreiber, press officer for the Consulate General of Israel in Chicago, said Gilad was surprised when he got a call three days before he was scheduled to appear, saying the foundation had canceled because “they had received many complaints.”

Yes, from CAIR, I’d bet. They featured this story on their facebook page.

“The Niagara Foundation is always open to dialogue,” said Schreiber. “The consul general has always seen it as a serious organization. We were disappointed that they canceled the event.”

Amy Stoken, director of Chicago’s chapter of the American Jewish Committee, blamed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, or BDS, a global effort to put economic pressure on Israel to change its policies on settlements built on lands claimed by the Palestinians.

“The BDS campaign’s goal is to delegitimize Israel and discourage peaceful negotiations,” Stoken said in a statement. “This is a clear example of how they fight to silence any dialogue that can lead to progress and a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict.”

“The Niagara Foundation has an admirable goal of fostering understanding between peoples, and it is shameful that the BDS movement targeted them to advance their hateful agenda,” Stoken added.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, demanded an apology from the Niagara Foundation for caving to pressure and canceling the event.

“This craven act legitimizes anti-Semitism and is unacceptable in 21st-century America,” said Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest director of the Wiesenthal Center.

But Kristin Szremski, communications director for American Muslims for Palestine, an advocacy group based in Palos Hills, said in an interview the label of anti-Semitism is often used to discredit advocates for Palestinian rights.

“When you want policies to change, that’s not anti-Semitic,” she said. “According one group of people human rights does not detract from the human rights of another people.”

She said the event threatened to confuse people by presenting the source of the Middle East conflict as religious tension.

“If there is any tension at all, it’s a political tension that goes back to the occupation of Palestine,” she said.

Szremski said the event’s timing also was sensitive — on the first day of Ramadan and the first anniversary of Israel’s bombing of five sites in the Gaza Strip. Gaza-based militants reportedly had been firing rockets into southern Israel for five days prior to the bombings.

The Niagara Foundation, which did not respond to requests for comment, was founded in 2004 by a group of Turkish-Americans who follow Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim scholar and poet who preaches a combination of Islamic piety and Sufi mysticism, as well as free markets, democracy and religious tolerance.

In 2012, Niagara opened its Center for Public and Global Affairs to reach out to public officials, as well as civic and business leaders in the community. It was that center that invited Gilad to speak as part of its Friends in Faith series, which has featured Coptic Christians, Anabaptists, Buddhists and Jews. It also has featured the region’s consul general of Egypt.

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