Thursday, November 10, 2011

CAIR and Sen. Bill Nelson Gathering Strength

A top activist tied to one of the most notorious Islamist political organizations co-hosted a re-election fundraiser last month for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Details about the Florida Democrat's Oct. 22 fundraiser in Ocala are sparse—limited mostly to what Ahmed Bedier, former Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Tampa director, posted on his Facebook page. He published a series of pictures under the heading "Hosting Senator Bill Nelson." Those pictures showed Nelson, microphone in hand, addressing supporters as Bedier stood just behind him. The fundraiser was held in the home of a doctor named Manal Fakhoury.

Bedier remains closely tied to CAIR, a group linked to a Hamas-support network by evidence in the federal prosecution of a Texas-based Hamas charity called the Holy Land Foundation. Exhibits showed that CAIR was created as an arm of the "Palestine Committee, created to help Hamas politically and financially.

That evidence prompted the FBI to break formal communication with the group, despite its high profile position as a self-anointed voice of Muslim Americans.

One week before the Nelson fundraiser, Bedier served as master of ceremonies at CAIR's national banquet in Washington, D.C. "I am at the CAIR National Banquet," he wrote in an Oct. 15 Twitter post. "[C]an you make a donation?"


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