Alhalabi: That’s how we do it

Bassem Abdo Alhalabi attends an event sponsored by the United Voices for America (UVA) and who’s leader is a “former” member of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. Here’s the story on this thug, Bassem Abdo Alhalabi., and his literal strong arm tactics that’s going to land him in both hot water and possibly in jail. KGS

Assault at Muslim Capital Day

If Ahmed Bedier’s United Voices for America (UVA) was a peaceful organization, with the series of events which occurred earlier this month, you wouldn’t have known it. On the day termed by the group “Muslim Capitol Day,” one of UVA’s members, Bassem Alhalabi, attacked two individuals, this author included. A warrant was issued in his name, culminating in his arrest. This, among other things, leaves into question the true intentions of the UVA.
United Voices for America – United Voices for short – was the brainchild of the former Executive Director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa), Ahmed Bedier. According to Bedier, UVA was created to lobby Florida’s legislature on such issues as education reform, health care reform, and stimulation of the economy. Given Bedier’s long history of extremist activity, though, one would need to be skeptical about such motives.
Bedier began working for CAIR in February 2003, the same month that Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami al-Arian was arrested by the FBI. This was no mere coincidence. Bedier was just coming off a stint as Outreach Director of a radical mosque, the Islamic Society of Pinellas County (ISPC), and CAIR needed someone in the Tampa Bay area to defend al-Arian, one of the founders of CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Bedier fit the bill.
In May 2008, one year after the U.S. Justice Department named Bedier’s group, CAIR, a co-conspirator in the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas, he announced on his radio show that he was leaving CAIR and starting a new group. That group was UVA.
On Thursday, March 11, 2010, Bedier took his “lobby” group to Tallahassee for its 2nd Annual Florida Muslim Capitol Day. But while the group claimed that it was in town to discuss issues of importance to all Floridians, the event was overshadowed by two assaults that were perpetrated by one of UVA’s members, the first of which was an attack on this author.
The man who appeared to be Alhalabi was speaking to another individual, and so I got closer to take a picture with my camera. Evidentially, I was correct about his identity, as Alhalabi recognized me as well, and he soon made his way over to me.
Alhalabi put his finger in my face and asked me if I knew who he was. “Do you know who I am?” When I answered in the affirmative, he forcefully grabbed my arm, stated “I need to talk to you,” and began pulling me towards the hallway of the Rotunda. I said to him “Let go of me,” but he refused. Alhalabi just kept asking me loudly, “Why do you keep writing about me?”
I began shouting for Mark Campbell, the cameraman who I was with just minutes before all of this took place. I wanted him to get evidence of the assault on film. Mark came, but Alhalabi released me before Mark could get the camera rolling. Thankfully, another individual got a photo of Alhalabi grabbing my arm.
When it looked like things were getting too heated and Alhalabi could do something beyond the aggression he had already exhibited, his UVA colleague jumped in and ushered Alhalabi away.
Campbell left to get ready to attend UVA’s next event.
When we arrived in Tallahassee, our group had been told that we were allowed to be present at UVA’s events and we were, as well, allowed to videotape them. We were even told we could ask questions, as long as we acted in a respectful manner and did not make any attempt to disrupt anything.
I balked at going, as I felt I had already had enough excitement for one day.
It was about an hour following the attack on me, and Campbell was inside UVA’s event. With the camera running, he caught Alhalabi walking by. Alhalabi spotted him out of the corner of his eye and did a ‘double take,’ realizing that Campbell had been the individual accompanying me earlier.
Alhalabi then quickly moved to the side of Campbell and put a blue UVA folder filled with papers in front of the camera lens to stop Campbell from taping. A few moments later, Alhalabi violently lunged for and grabbed Campbell’s camera, jerking it, whilst startling a young Muslima standing next to him. The police seized Alhalabi, just as he appeared to be motioning to hit Campbell with his folder.
The entire scene was caught on tape.

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