Last year, the Canada wing of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was suspended for a year effective Sept. 12 and ordered the Mississauga-based charity to pay a $550,000 penalty by the Canada Revenue Agency for transferring $136,000 to terror organization backed by Pakistan against India, Hizbul Mujahideen.
@BernieSanders parrots Pakistan Army's Kashmir narrative. Pak Army lied about Osama for a decade.. Bernie spoke at conf by ISNA, which is suspended in Canada for funding Hizbul Mujahideen! Go figure! Click To Tweet
Hizbul Mujahideen has been declared a terrorist organization by the European Union (source), and the United States (sources – App A, App C) apart from India (source).
By acting as a “conduit” for other organizations, ISNA-Canada “may have, knowingly or unknowingly, provided the benefits of its status as a registered charity to support the efforts of a political party and its armed wing,” the CRA wrote.
“It is the CRA’s view that the society’s resources may have, directly or indirectly, been used the support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen,” according to CRA documents. (source)
Interestingly, on August 31st, the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders participated and addressed a conference by the same ISNA in Houston’s George R Brown Center.
And, not just that, he also went ahead and endorsed the terror-backing organization’s narrative against India on Kashmir, which is – as expected – crafted by the Pakistani establishment, led by the Pakistani Army.
Bernie did not even bother to reach out to the Indian American democrats or refer to the discussions that the Indian government is having with the major world leaders. Nor, the content of the statements by the US.
He should have known what the US official stance is and what the world already knows about the Pakistani role and obsession with Kashmir and terrorism.
Yet, all he had was a vague and ideologically motivated statement that simply mirrored the talking points from Pakistani Army’s propaganda ISPR machine! An organization that has justified war crimes in Balochistan, PoK and Sindh as well as perpetrated terrorism as part of statecraft! The propaganda arm of a state sponsor of terror won the day in Bernie’s camp!
We must remember that ISNA has a history of Jewish hate speech and anti-semitic activities.
The organization’s support comes primarily from the Democratic party but has Congressmen and women from the Republican side as well.
Former ISNA President Mohamed Magid served on President Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. During the Obama administration, ISNA representatives met with then President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and ISNA hosted then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson at its convention last year.
ISNA’s congressional allies include people like U.S. Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va.; Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. (source)
ISNA also was an unindicted co-conspirator of The Holy Land Foundation which had funded Hamas to the tune of $12 million, which had been designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department back in 1997!
However, publication of the ruling is a mixed blessing for the groups: the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust. That’s because U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis found that the government presented “ample evidence to establish the association” of the three organizations with Hamas, a Palestinian group that the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist organization and with a defunct charity convicted in the terrorism support case, the Holy Land Foundation. (Source)
Also, Sami Al-Arian was indicted for his support of terrorist groups and was deported to Turkey. Another major official, Abdurahman Alamoudi who ran ISNA’s Political Awareness Committee was convicted of terror charges.
In order to boost support for his Presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has embraced even controversial terror-backing radical Islamist organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
And an organization that has a history of funding the jehadi terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hizbul Mujahideen. Latter is a terrorist group which is directly engaged in terror violence in Kashmir and has been banned by India, EU and the US!
Bernie Sanders becomes the Mouthpiece of Pakistani Army on Kashmir
So, why is Bernie Sanders doing this? The answer may lie in this tweet by US veteran Lawrence Sellin.
Quite clearly, Faiz Shakir is the man who may have introduced these radical Islamic elements into Bernie Sanders’s camp.
The very fact that Sanders is willing to side with Pakistan’s narrative is a dangerous thing. After all, the Pakistani narrative is crafted by the Pakistani Army. An organization that was lying to the US and the world for a decade that did not have the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, when he was hiding the very compound of Pakistani Army!
An organization with such a spectacular record of lying is the go-to source for Bernie Sanders, because his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir says so. A man who has made deep inroads into the Democratic establishment.
This will have serious implications for Bernie Sanders and his relationship with India and Indian Americans.
It is now time for the Indian Americans to stand up and review the extent to which the Democratic party is willing to go along with the terror-backing organizations with history of violence and mayhem in India. If Faiz Shakir has been able to orchestrate the introduction of Bernie Sanders to terror unindicted co-conspirator ISNA and funder of HuM via its Canada wing, and parrot Pakistani Army narrative, then it is time to rethink how the Indian loyalties will work.
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