A Republican U.S. Senate candidate has stirred controversy for calling the country’s largest Muslim rights group a “terrorist” organization, but he is in company with a prominent Muslim Arab Gulf state.
And his claim is backed by FBI evidence presented at a terrorism funding trial in which the group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was named by the Justice Department an unindicted co-conspirator.
Further, an undercover investigation that obtained original documents and recorded conversations of CAIR leaders provided solid evidence the Washington, D.C.-based group is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas.
The congressional candidate, Josh Mandel, who is Ohio treasurer, sent a Twitter message Wednesday declaring CAIR “is Hamas” and posted an article about the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip, reported the website Terror-Alert.com, which describes itself as an informational project of New York-based WorldAlert LLC.
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