On Saturday September 29, 2012, Kyrsten Sinema (the Democrat candidate for the newly created 9th Congressional district in Arizona) had a fundraiser event in Tempe at the home of Hassan Elsaad. The event was co-hosted by Mohamed El-Sharkawy a recent Board President of CAIR – Arizona. Voters in the 9th Congressional District, and across Arizona, might be interested to learn more about the background of these two important supporters of Kyrsten Sinema’s campaign.
For a sense of context, it is important to note that the FBI has cut all ties with Hamas-linked CAIR at both the national and local levels across the nation as a result of the findings of a 15-year FBI investigation of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HFL), the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. at that time. Ghassan Elashi, founder of HLF and the Texas branch of CAIR, was one of five defendants found guilty of giving more than $12 million to support the Palestinian militant group Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist organization since 1995. Elashi was sentenced to 65 years in prison for this crime.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism, May 7, 2009, posted an article explaining the concerns that the FBI had regarding their relations with Hamas-linked CAIR considering the scurrilous intentions CAIR present to our nation. See excerpt from article below:
“Evidence from the Hamas-support trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) placed CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad in a group called the Palestine Committee. Internal documents show the committee was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance the Hamas cause politically and financially in the United States.”
Disturbingly, Nihad Awad is currently the listed Executive Director for CAIR – National Headquarters. There’s more, from this Fox News article, January 30, 2009.
“Prosecutors identified CAIR’s chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmad, as an unindicted co-conspirator in that trial, and Special Agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR was a front group for radical organizations operating in the U.S.”
“An official at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington confirmed to FOX News that his office directed FBI field offices across the country to cut ties with local branches of CAIR.”
It would appear that Kyrsten Sinema is either unaware of these connections, or has no problem accepting campaign donations from individuals like Mohamed El-Sharkawy and Hassan Elsaad.
Let’s look into Hassan Elsaad’s associations…
Elsaad supported Akram Musa Abdallah, a Muslim convicted of lying to the FBI about fundraising activities for Hamas-linked HLF: Organizations believed to be front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Abdallah, who pleaded not guilty to the indictment, reportedly disappeared for about six months some time in 2006. In January 2007, the FBI raided Abdallah’s house and left with two vans full of evidence.” Anti-Defamation League, August 26, 2008.
Abdallah was eventually convicted on May 6, 2009 and sentenced to 18 months in prison on March 4, 2010 for lying to FBI authorities over his involvement in fundraising for the HFL in the Phoenix metropolitan area between 1994 and 1997. This story has been widely reported in multiple media sources. Read posts from The Investigative Project on Terrorism and The Dallas Morning News.
In Akram Musa Abdallah’s own words:
“I, Akram Musa Abdallah, knowingly and willfully made a false, fraudulent, and fictitious material statement to special agents of the FBI…At the time of my interviews, I knew the (HLF) was a Specially Designated Terrorist organization. I also knew that when I was interviewed, the HLF and its officers were pending trial in the Northern District of Texas for crimes including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization”.
See entire document here.
Knowing all of these facts, in addition to “what else he knew” about Akram Musa Abdallah over the past 20 years of being acquainted, Hassan Elsaad went out of his way to write a glorifying, supportive letter to the sentencing judge, Honorable Neil V. Wake. Elsaad requested for leniency due to hardships that prison would bring upon his family.
One must wonder whether Hassan Elsaad was concerned about the hardships that violent terrorist attacks by Hamas would bring to American citizens across this country when writing this letter. Read actual letter here posted on page(s) 6-7.
Kyrsten Sinema’s connection with these individuals does not mean that she condones the activities of terrorists or their sympathizers. It does, however, at least raise a question of judgement.