The recent arrest of a Brooklyn lawyer, and the background of her “best friend” who bailed her out, illuminates one of the most puzzling aspects of the contemporary scene: the Leftist/Islamic alliance.
Over the years I’ve been asked numerous times about this alliance, which many people don’t understand due to the fact that the Left stands for sexual libertinism and today’s alphabet soup of orientations, genders, and preferences, while Islamic law mandates death for homosexuality, adultery, fornication, and the like.
The key, however, to this alliance is quite simple: the Left hates America and wants to destroy it. The warriors of jihad have been trying to destroy the free world for 1,400 years. And so they’re natural allies.
We saw this alliance, and the common anti-American goal of Leftists and Islamic supremacists, vividly illustrated in the arrest last week of Urooj Rahman, a housing attorney for Bronx Legal Services. Rahman, according to the New York Daily News, is “one of the two Brooklyn lawyers accused [of] trying to torch an NYPD cruiser in Brooklyn used a Bud Light bottle stuffed with a rag as a Molotov cocktail,” during the riots that engulfed New York City.
Rahman, 31, “was snapped in a picture holding a black and white striped scarf close to her face with one hand and the potentially fiery bottle with another as she prepared to toss it out of the passenger-side window of a van.” The scarf, as you likely have already guessed, was a Palestinian keffiyeh. Here is some agitprop Rahman wrote in 2016 for the Palestinian jihad. With her attempted torching of the police cruiser (her Molotov cocktail didn’t light), she has now brought “Palestinian” jihad tactics to the riots in the U.S.
Rahman was jailed, but released Monday night on $250,000 bond, along with her accomplice, another Leftist lawyer named Colinford Mattis. The New York Post reported Thursday that guaranteeing bail for Rahman was “a former intelligence analyst who worked in both the State and Defense departments during the Obama administration.” The former Obama intelligence analyst was Salmah Rizvi, “an NYU Law grad who now works for the prestigious DC firm Ropes & Gray,” who “helped secure the release of fellow lawyer Urooj Rahman by agreeing to be a suretor for her bail during a bail hearing in Brooklyn federal court Monday.”
At that hearing, federal prosecutor Ian Richardson declared: “We don’t believe this is the time to be releasing a bomb-thrower like the defendant into the community.” But Rizvi countered: “Urooj Rahman is my best friend and I am an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Washington, DC. I earn $255,000 a year.” That won the day, and Rahman was released, although she was considered such a threat that she was later rearrested.
According to her Ropes & Gray bio, Rizvi focuses on a smorgasbord of fashionable Leftist causes: she “maintains an active civil rights and human rights pro bono practice, focused on prison reform, LGBTQ equality, and immigration. She represents asylum seekers at various stages of litigation.” She also has a bio at the Islamic Scholarship Fund, claiming that “her high-value work would often inform the President’s Daily Briefs” – President Obama, that is.
Rizvi’s law school scholarship was sponsored by none other than the notorious Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIR’s Hussam Ayloush in 2017 called for the overthrow of the U.S. government. CAIR’s national outreach manager is an open supporter of Hamas.
Rizvi was in 2014 also awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
So here we have a Leftist Muslim lawyer whose rise to the top of her profession has been funded by America’s leading Islamic supremacist group and one of the world’s most infamous Leftist financiers. She guarantees bail for another Muslim lawyer who was arrested during Leftist riots for attempting to firebomb a police car.
What is the common thread here? Hatred of America. The nationwide riots were and are attempts to destroy the public order, sow chaos, and ultimately bring about the collapse of American society. The various Soros foundations are all avowedly globalist and socialist, opposed to border control and other measures designed to guard against that collapse. CAIR opposes counterterror laws and smears, defames, and silences foes of jihad violence and Sharia oppression, which can only have the effect of enabling more jihad violence.
Urooj Rahman and Salmah Rizvi are just foot soldiers, pawns, in an effort that is much larger than they. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t lethal. And there are many, many others like them.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 19 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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