CITY OF DAVIE REFUSES TO REMOVE HAMAS-RELATED CAIR STREET SIGN
KAUFMAN CALLS ON DAVIE AND BROWARD COUNTY NOT TO BE WEAK-MINDED AND TO DEAL PROPERLY WITH TERROR
(Davie, FL) This week, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), Joe Kaufman, had a telephone conversation with the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Davie, Florida, Braulio Rosa, explaining to Rosa why his city should act immediately to remove a sign that Broward County and Davie awarded to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a terrorist-associated organization. Kaufman told him that, at this Friday’s upcoming Fort Lauderdale rally about the CAIR sign, Kaufman and his group would rather praise the city for removing the sign, than criticize the city for refusing to do so, as is planned. However, Braulio said that, on the grounds of free speech, the sign would not be removed, and he used the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as an example. Kaufman told him that it is not an issue of free speech, but an issue of terrorism, because, while CAIR is a hate group like the KKK, it is also a group that was founded by Hamas, an organization that has targeted and murdered innocent civilians, including Americans, with the most violent of means. According to the U.S. Justice Department, CAIR has been involved in the financing of Hamas. Kaufman sent an e-mail to Rosa detailing CAIR’s ties to Hamas and global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook and called on Davie not to be weak with regard to the subject of terrorism. In his correspondence, Kaufman stated, “Please remove the sign, as it a symbol of Broward County’s and the city of Davie’s weakness and reluctance to deal properly with the issue of terrorism.” All are invited to attend Friday’s event, where AAH will demand action from Broward and Davie. When: Noon on Friday, December 18, 2009 Where: Outside the Broward County Commission building, at 115 S. Andrews Ave., in Downtown Fort Lauderdale AAH asks that attendees bring their American flags. All signage will be provided by Americans Against Hate. Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: email@example.com.
Letter I sent to Mayor of Davie
Dear Mayor Paul,
We have not had the chance to meet and I hope we do one day. I have heard many wonderful things about you from people we both know.
I am the Rabbi of Ramat Shalom synagogue which is in Plantation. I am also the immediate past-President of the Broward County Board of Rabbis.
As I am sure you are aware, many of us are deeply troubled and very alarmed that CAIR was permitted to adopt a road and publicize it in your city. I also understand that your Public Information Officer has stated that CAIR has the right to freedom of speech and therefore the town will not remove the sign.
However, I ask that you consider the fact that CAIR is an organization linked to Hamas, (http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:i-YohGabllAJ:www.adl.org/Israel/cair.asp+CAIR+HAMAS+ADL&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari), considered an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2007/06/cair-unindicted-co-conspirator-in-hamas-funding-case.html), is shunned by the FBI (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/30/fbi-cuts-ties-cair-following-terror-financing-trial/), and even under investigation by our own government (http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/1109/FBI_moves_to_seize_CAIR_records_from_author.html).
In addition, many of us, myself included, have lost friends and loved ones at the hands of Hamas. Two rabbinical school classmates of mine were killed on a bus in Jerusalem that was blown up by Hamas. Just a few years ago, Broward County resident, Daniel Wultz z”l, was killed by Hamas in Israel.
I understand the need to protect freedom of speech. However, to permit an organization linked to terrorism and death, an organization that is linked to HAMAS, an organization that is under investigation by the FBI to sponsor a street sign in Davie – this just makes no sense.
I am writing to ask you, given the information presented above, to please remove the CAIR sign.
I thank you and wish you a very Happy Chanukah,
Rabbi Andrew Jacobs
11301 West Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33325
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