ZOA Disappointed By Senator Lieberman’s Plan To Meet With American Muslim Council, Which Praises Terrorist Groups
June 27, 2002

AMC Praises Those Who
Call for Murder of Jews

NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging U.S.Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) to cancel his plan to attend the annual convention of an extremist anti-American, anti-Israel U.S. Muslim organization, the American Muslim Council, which openly praises terrorist groups.

Senator Lieberman is scheduled to take part in this week’s convention of the American Muslim Council in Alexandria, Virginia. This, despite the fact that both George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton returned $1,000 donations to their 2000 campaigns from the American Muslim Council because of the Council’s extremist positions. (New York Post, Nov. 3, 2000)

The AMC has publicly praised both Hezbollah and Hamas, which are on the official U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Hezbollah was responsible for the 1983 attack in Lebanon that killed 270 U.S. Marines, and many other attacks. Hamas has murdered over 300 Israelis since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, including many of the 31 Americans who have been murdered in Israel since 1993. Both groups call for the murder of all Jews.

At a rally in Lafeyette Park in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28, 2000, AMC leader Abdulrahman Alamoudi said: “I have been labeled by the media in New York to be a supporter of Hamas. We are ALL supporters of Hamas. I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.” Alamoudi also told the U.S.-based Hamas publication Al-Zaitunah (June 2, 2000): “Our [AMC]’s position with regard to the peace process is well-known. We are the ones who went to the White House and defended what is called Hamas.”

In a letter to Senator Lieberman, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, Chairman of the Board Dr. Alan Mazurek, National Executive Committee chairman Dr. Michael Goldblatt wrote: “The issue is not your meeting with a Muslim group, but your meeting with a group that praises terrorists. Taking part in the AMC convention is no different from taking part in a convention of any other extremist supporters of terror, such as the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads, or neo-Nazis. No public official should meet with, and thereby grant legitimacy to, any organization that has expressed sympathy for groups on the U.S. government’s own list of terrorists, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which have murdered hundreds of Americans and Israelis. Giving legitimacy to those who sympathize with terrorist groups undermines our war against terrorism. Those who praise terrorist groups should be treated as pariahs and condemned.”

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