Shills for terrorism like, John Esposito and Karen Armstrong, are the very types “think tank” wonks and politicos fawn over and turn to for their information on Islam. It’s the same for the shills for Palestinian terrorism, like Jimmy Carter and his well funded Carter Center, that’s bought and paid for by Saudi oil. They’re all willing prostitutes for fame and fortune, and will write and speak for their Arab/Muslim pimps when called upon, they have no shame whatsoever. KGS
“Esposito’s academic standing provides him an opportunity to defend radical Islam and promote its ideology – including defending terrorist organizations and those who support them, advocating for Islamist regimes, praising radical Islamists and their apologists, and downplaying the threat of Islamist violence and involvement with Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups in the U.S.,” the report declares.“Perhaps nothing illustrates this point more clearly,” it notes, “than Esposito’s intimate working relationship with two organizations considered Muslim Brotherhood fronts by federal prosecutors” — the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). Both groups are cited in court evidence detailing a Hamas support operation in the United States.Here are some of the highlights presented in the report:Esposito has worked with, or defended, three entities which comprised the “Palestine Committee,” a U.S-based committee established to help Hamas politically and financially. He appeared as a defense expert witness in the 2008 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), repeatedly appears at fundraisers for CAIR – a group whose two key founders participated in a secret 1993 meeting called to discuss ways to derail the new Oslo Peace Accord – and co-sponsored a conference with the UASR. UASR was created by Hamas deputy political director Mousa Abu Marzook and directed by Ahmed Yousef, now the Hamas spokesman in Gaza.The professor has made repeated statements defending the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hizballah. A 2006 article published in the Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted him as saying, “some object to sitting at the same table to engage in a dialogue with Hamas or Hezbollah but I see no problem with that.” He made that and similar statements portraying Hamas and Hezbollah as legitimate political parties with whom the United States should negotiate well after both were designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the State Department.In an article in the September 2006 edition of Harvard International Review, Esposito criticized the United States and Europe for condemning Hamas, writing that “despite HAMAS’ victory in free and democratic elections, [they] failed to give the party full recognition and support.”He has been similarly loath to condemn Hezbollah. While in the past “there were times when it engaged in aggressive actions that clearly could be seen as terrorist actions,” he said in an interview with the Middle East Affairs Journal in 2000, “Hezbollah in recent years has shown that it operates within the Lebanese political system functioning as a major player in parliament. But when it comes to the south it has been primarily a resistance movement…. Hezbollah has made it clear that such actions would not exist if the Israelis would pull out of the south. Many outsiders refuse to see the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon as an occupation and as illegal.”The same predisposition to reject terrorist motives characterizes Esposito’s attitude toward the Muslim Brotherhood. When shown an internal Palestine Committee memo that described the Brotherhood’s goal as “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hand of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions,” during his HLF trial testimony, he doubted the memo’s authenticity:“If it is authentic, it would be made by a radical or terrorist organization. That is not something that I would associate with the Muslim Brotherhood….. You wouldn’t guess that it was a Muslim Brotherhood statement.”Esposito also defended the Tunisian political group An-Nahda, also known as the Renaissance Party. An-Nahda is outlawed in Tunisia for its use of violence.The professor remains a self-described “very close friend” of former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian, cited in court evidence as a former board member of the terrorist group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian pled guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide goods and services to the PIJ. Despite Al-Arian’s admitted ties, Esposito continues to laud him as “an extraordinarily bright, articulate scholar and intellectual-activist, a man of conscience with a strong commitment to peace and social justice.”
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