As we shared with y’all, we spent Thanksgiving with our oldest daughter, Aubrey, in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Friday afterward, infamously known as “Black Friday,” we drove up to Pittsburgh for the day. But, the first place we went was to Squirrel Hill to pay our respects and regards at the Tree of Life Synagogue where 11 congregants were killed and several others wounded by a virulent anti-Semite. As we were there, it was just hard to believe, truly unfathomable, that someone would enter into a place of worship in America, where we have freedom of religion, and commit such a heinous, evil, act. And, yes, I was equally appalled at the church shooting in Charleston, SC at Emanuel AME church. Sometimes we hear about these things happening overseas, such as to our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, and believe it could never happen here . . . yet it does.
Now, that is the injury, and it is an injury to us all . . . and now the insult.
As reported by Conservative Review:
“Islamic groups in Pittsburgh appear to have pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from fundraisers set up in the wake of the horrific October mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, which killed eleven Jews and injured several congregants and police officers who responded to the scene.
According to the left-wing The Forward, the Islamic group Celebrate Mercy has already funneled $155,000 — of over $238,634 that was raised supposedly for the victims of the shooting and the greater Jewish community of Pittsburgh — into the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Though the Forward article states that a document was posted signed by a representative of Celebrate Mercy, the director of the Islamic Center, and a “Tree of Life representative detailing exactly how the funds will be distributed to victims and their families,” the link to the document is dead.
As for the remaining $83,634, raised above the fundraiser’s $150,000 goal, it will go toward the vague goal of “projects that help foster Muslim-Jewish collaboration, dialogue, and solidarity,” Celebrate Mercy director Tarek El-Messidi told The Forward.
The Clarion Project, along with other groups, has documented how Islamists have used anti-Semitic crimes in the United States to raise cash for their priorities.
“There is a pattern of American Islamists pretending to be sympathetic to domestic U.S. Jews to build credibility that they are not anti-Semites. Several of these Islamists have been involved in crowdfunding campaigns to aid the Pittsburgh synagogue,” Ryan Mauro and Alex VanNess of the Clarion Project reported.
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh is a mosque with deep ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States. A former imam there was an overt anti-Semite who blamed Jews for the rise of ISIS, and he was ultra-cozy with anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.
Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour in particular (who fundraised in the wake of the Pittsburgh attacks, through her Islamic advocacy group called MPower Change) has a long history of running Jewish “solidarity” scams, which resulted in raised cash simply disappearing.
Last year, Sarsour and El-Messidi raised over $100,000 for the purported goal of helping to repair Jewish cemeteries that were damaged by vandals. Months went by, and several cemeteries that were promised funds never received a check from the group.”
I repeat: that is the insult to the very horrific injury. And I would assert that this insult is almost as damning and harmful as the loss of life the Squirrel Hill Jewish community, Jews worldwide, had to suffer. What kind of people would enact such a nefarious scheme and use the cold-blooded killing of these faithful congregants as a platform for this chicanery?
I would offer that anyone who donated to this fund should demand a complete accounting of all the donated resources. If anything, a class action lawsuit should be brought against the Islamic group, Celebrate Mercy, and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. At the very least, there should be an investigation into this — let’s call it for what it is — fraud.
As well, we all know about what happened in Houston, Texas, with the Holy Land Foundation trial, which was the largest prosecution for Islamic terrorist financing in the United States. It resulted in the Council for Islamic Relations (CAIR) being named an “unindicted co-conspirator,” and unless you live under a rock, you know that CAIR has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
We can ill afford to have false fundraising platforms and endeavors that funnel financial resources to Islamic terrorist groups, and their efforts. With that being the case, I would recommend that DoJ open an investigation to ascertain where these funds have been distributed.
What unnerves, okay, angers, me the most about this situation is that after the Holy Land Foundation we should be very alert to Islamic terrorist funding within the United States. I am angry over the fact that a virulent anti-Semite, such as a Louis Farrakhan, is allowed to thrive and refer to Jews as “termites” and have a platform anywhere in the United States of America. But we should all be angry at the shameful and disrespectful antics that would openly defraud the American people during a time of tragedy.
How much evidence, proof, does it take before we awaken to this absurdity? If anything, we should not want to be laughed at by those who are clearly taking advantage of us, and our kind, generous, hearts for their ideological gain.
This must end, and as long as people like Linda Sarsour are prominently displayed, and celebrated, by the progressive socialist left, they are aiding and abetting this insult.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.