Hillary Clinton is a close friend of someone who supports terrorism.
[The] first dinner at the White House celebrating the end of the Ramadan fast known as Eid was put together by the American Muslim Council, or AMC, founded and headed byAbdulrahman Alamoudi.
In 2004, Alamoudi would be described by the Washington Post as “one of America’s best-known Muslim activists” who met “with senior Clinton and Bush administration officials in his efforts to bolster Muslim political prominence.” It wrote that Alamoudi “also helped found the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplain program and was involved in a variety of other Islamic political and charitable organizations.”
That 1996 event was put together by Alamoudi’s assistant director, Khaled Saffouri. In 1998, Saffouri would explain to theLos Angeles Times how the that first White House Eid dinner developed:
The White House celebration of the Eid comes after years of efforts to educate the public about Islam and a specific effort to encourage recognition of Ramadan, said Khaled Saffouri of the American Muslim Council, a Washington-based educational organization.
“The Bush administration was not receptive,” Saffouri said. “They would not return phone calls or answer letters.”
After Saffouri organized an observance in the U.S. Senate in 1996 and personally invited the first lady, her aides asked him to organize a similar event at the White House.
Although hastily planned, that first observance left a deep impression on the Muslim community in the United States and abroad, Saffouri said. The event was widely discussed within Muslim communities nationwide and covered in the foreign press.
“This was the first time the Muslim community was acknowledged by any administration,” Saffouri said. “Muslims felt someone invited them, included them and appreciated them for the first time. It was a historic event for Muslims worldwide.
Although Saffouri and Alamoudi would have an impact in the Clinton White House, they also wanted to have influence with Republicans.
In March 1996, Alamoudi said he was “honored to be a member of the committee that is defending” Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) founder Musa Abu Marzook. As theIsraeli business website Globes reported on Marzook in 2014:
“One of those fundraisers was Dr. Musa Abu Marzook, the number 2 man in Hamas,” Elad says. “At the beginning of the 1990s, he began a fundraising campaign in the US among wealthy Muslims, while at the same time founding several banking enterprises. He himself became a conglomerate of 10 financial enterprises giving loans and making financial investments. He’s an amazing financier.”
The US administration ordered Marzook’s arrest in 1995 on charges of supporting terrorism. After he spent two years in a US prison, it was decided to expel him without trial. He kept the money. “When he was expelled from the US in 1997, he was already worth several million dollars,” Elad says, adding, “Somehow he evaded the clutches of the US Internal Revenue Service and was not charged with financing terrorism. People in the know say he probably became connected to the administration and cooperated with it. There is no proof, but it’s hard to think of any other reason why he escaped punishment for such serious offenses. In 2001, in the investigation of the September 11 events, it turned out that he had extensive financial connections with Al Qaeda, including the transfer of funds to the 21 Al Qaeda operatives accused of the attacks.”
Today, Marzook is considered one of Hamas’s wealthiest billionaires. “Arab sources estimate his wealth at $2-3 billion,” Elad says.
In late 1996—the same year that Hillary Clinton hosted his group for the Ramadan at the White Hosue—AMC founder Alamoudi spoke to a conference for the Islamic Association for Palestine held in Chicago.
At that event, Alamoudi said eventually America “will become a Muslim country.”
Alamoudi’s connection to that “cluster of Islamic charities, companies and think tanks” in Virginia is … significant because of another figure who would enter the White House in 1996: a young college student fresh from Saudi Arabia named Huma Abedin.
How Hillary Clinton has managed to avoid close examination by the press is unclear. Many mainstream media outlets have given Hillary Clinton their support, but there are also suspicions that she bought some friends in leadership positions within those organizations.
Without closer vetting or tougher questions, however, it is unlikely that the nation at large will know of the close ties Clinton has with Huma Abedin, or what those ties could implicate for the rest of us.