Former Hamas Fundraiser to Speak at CAIR Banquet

Videos of the Al-Sakhra band were also entered into evidence by federal prosecutors to show the connection between the "charity" and Hamas. In fact, one solo performance by Monzer Taleb was particularly difficult for defense attorneys to explain away, as Taleb sang "I am from HAMAS" (complete video and transcript available from the Investigative Project):

Munzir: I am from Hamas and have never cheered for anyone else besides her.

I am from Hamas and have never cheered for anyone else besides her, she is the way to reciprocate the deceit of the attacker.

And she is the one which marches with the light of Muhammad, and it is the one which marches with the light of Muhammad, with the light of Muhammad towards Jihad, towards Jihad, towards Jihad, towards Jihad by its renewed determination.

Another troubling video of the entire troupe, including Taleb, was presented as evidence of them singing about the murdering and enslavement of the Jews (full video and transcript available from the Investigative Project):

Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.

The Army of Muhammad will return

Hey hey hey, hey hey hey.

Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.

The Army of Muhammad will return

We will crawl and fight.

In a January 2001 New Yorker article, Jeffrey Goldberg explained the significance of the popular Islamic chant:

Khaybar is the name of an oasis near Medina that, in the time of Muhammad, was populated mainly by Jews. In the year 628, Muhammad led the Muslims against it, defeating the Jews in battle and subjugating the survivors, who would later be expelled from Arabia. The intent of the slogan, then, is clear: what the army of Muhammad did to the Jews fourteen hundred years ago in Arabia it would soon do again in Palestine.

Another interesting tidbit gathered from this video is that the drum played by Taleb bears the Arabic inscription, "Al-Sakhra Band, Islamic Association for Palestine." The now-closed Islamic Association for Palestine was the parent organization of CAIR.

In yet another video Monzer Taleb is introduced as part of Al-Sakhra by Shurki Abu Baker, Holy Land Foundation president and CEO, as they sang:

O Hamas the religion

Get rid of these enemies.

O sword of the Muslims.

Hamas the Jihad.

It wasn't just Monzer Taleb's participation in the Al-Sakhra band that got the attention of federal prosecutors. He was also identified in seized Holy Land Foundation documents as the head of the "Artistic Aspect" of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee responsible for coordinating fundraising and propaganda in the U.S. on behalf of Hamas.

Monzer Taleb has continued his "artistic" pursuits by authoring and directing the play "Once Upon a Time in Medina," which is about the early battles of conquest by the Muslims and the "grand conspiracy" of the Jews against Islam. The play was presented in February 2004 by the Muslim American Society Youth Center of Dallas, which Taleb founded and directs.

CAIR-Cleveland has run into its own troubles with promoting hatred and violence, such as their attempt in March 2008 to present a hate-filled movie at the Cleveland Heights Library, which was loudly denounced by Jewish groups in Northeast Ohio. But when CAIR-Cleveland features speakers such as Monzer Taleb at their annual banquet, is it really any surprise?