The National Council on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) issued a call today for the resignation of veteran ADL leader Abe Foxman to step down in the wake of the demise of the American Law for American Courts (ALAC) legislation in the Florida Senate last Friday. The NCJA cited our report about CAIR’s Florida director, the controversial Hassan Shibly, promoting an alleged “Sharia Victory”.
National Jewish leaders, horrified that Abraham Foxman and the ADL board consider American laws insufficient to protect Jews, suggest [Foxman and the board] resign after ADL’s efforts defeat[ed] Florida legislation that would restrict consideration of foreign laws in American legal system.
The NCJA news release went on to note:
ADL lobbying supports agenda of CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the [2008 Federal Dallas] Holy Land terror funding trial.
According to a source involved with the Florida ALAC legislation
The ADL should be lambasted for their opposition to 1360 because they were dishonest in their objections.
A needless last minute dog fight between outgoing Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) and the ALAC Senate Bill 1360 sponsor Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) effectively ran out the clock for a measure that had strong support for a veto proof passage. This after having cleared all of the legislative hurdles in order to reach Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for enactment. Haridopolos’ likely successor as Senate President in 2013 could be Sen. Don Gaetz, who represents a Senate district in the Florida Panhandle. Gaetz in an email response to the author has gone on record in support of the ALAC measure. That and the strong support shown in the passage of the House version might indicate ultimate passage of ALAC in the next legislative session.
Informed sources advise us that the ADL may have been behind a last minute amendment submitted by Coral Gables state Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portillo that would have “virtually gutted the legislation.” Sen. De la Portillo was alleged to have said that the ALAC bill sponsor, Sen. Hays, “had no international law expertise”. We understand that Sen. De la Portillo assured irate district supporters that he would withdraw the hostile amendment but never did.
We know that the ADL in Florida was viewed as complicit in the attack against this measure. Ahmed Bedier, the ex-Tampa CAIR leader and founder of the Muslim Brotherhood front group United Voices for America was caught on film by The United West investigative team at a Florida Muslim Capital Day gathering stating that they would “use them [ADL] for our gain”.
We understand that the ADL officials in the Southeastern region and Florida who were active in lobbying against the ALAC measure were David Barkey, Southern Area Legal Counsel and Florida regional office director Andrew Rosenkranz. Rosenkranz is both an attorney and ordained rabbi and should have known that his arguments about the threat of SB 1360 in barring Jewish Bet Din rulings on divorce and custody were bogus. Watch Barkey and ACLU ally debate recent Florida school prayer legislation.
We noted comments of Rabbi Jon Hausman, expert in both Halacha and Shariah, in our report on the demise of SB1360:
No jurisdiction recognizes the efficacy of a Get to dissolve a marriage, legal dissolution of which is controlled by State statute in every State and Territory of the US.
The national ADL leadership, especially national executive leader Abe Foxman and his office of civil rights director, Deborah Lauter, have furthered support for Muslim Brotherhood initiatives such as mega-mosque expansion via the formation of the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM). The ICOM filed an amicus briefs in the controversial Islamic center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Chancery Court hearings in the Rutherford County in 2010. Lauter of the ADL in particular, absolved an ICM board member of his support for Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas, by saying in a Los Angeles Times article that preserving freedom of worship trumped counterterrorism concerns.
There have been indications that donors to the ADL may have viewed their civil rights activities as a dangerous diversion from the original 1915 charter to fight anti-Semitism in America. In April 2009, the Florida office of the ADL issued a news release criticizing the Hon. Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV (Freedom Party) in the Netherlands when he spoke in southern Florida criticizing Islamic doctrine, a right preserved in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Further, investigations by Ilya Feoktistov and Dr. Charles Jacobs have uncovered ADL involvement with extremists in Detroit.
Then there is the matter of Florida CAIR director Hassan Shibly whose track record in Buffalo, uncovered by Feoktistov, Rachel Lipsky and Ryan Mauro built an effective dossier that should have alerted the ADL to its dangerous alliance with CAIR .
Jacobs in the “Buffaloed in Buffalo” expose about the myopic synagogue mosque twining program noted the terrorist connections of Shibly and his wife:
Hassan [Shibly] and his mother, Sawsan Tabbaa, were detained at the US-Canadian border after returning from an Islamic conference in Toronto, about which the Department of Homeland Security said: "... we had credible intelligence that conferences similar to the one from which these individuals were leaving were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves."
Feoktistov noted this:
The ADL is effectively partnering with [Shibly] who hates Israel, thinks that Jews and Christians are steeped in heresy.
He pointed out a Shibly Facebook post in February 2009 that should jar Foxman, a Holocaust survivor:
February 17, 2009: “The Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazis”.
All of these revelations about Shibly of CAIR and the complicit role of the ADL in the recent ALAC legislation episode underline the NCJA request that it is time for Foxman and his coterie at the ADL to leave. What we need is the equivalent of a “Jewish spring” to sweep out autocrats like Foxman and return the venerable ADL to its original role of exposing anti-Semitism and Israel’s enemies, not supporting them.
If Foxman supportsShibley and opposes a law which would -prohibit the use of ShariaLaw in American Courts, he should be immediately force to resign as head of Bnai Brith. He is suposed to be a protector of Jews, not an aid to anti-Smites and anti Americans.