Tom Campbell's Problematic Ties to Radical Muslims
Nihad Awad, CAIR’s current executive director and a supporter of Hamas, donated $2,000 as well. Awad used to be part of the Islamic Association of Palestine before it was shut down for financing Hamas. He soon after participated in a secret meeting of Hamas members to discuss creating a new organization, and CAIR was born a year later. He is also listed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” CAIR is currently designated by the government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, whose officials were found guilty of fundraising for Hamas.
To be fair, many politicians met with Alamoudi and Al-Arian. In fact, following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration increased relations with many groups tied to the Muslim Brotherhood portraying themselves as moderates. This is a widespread, bipartisan problem, but that doesn’t mean such associations shouldn’t be brought up.
Campbell has also endorsed If Americans Knew, a non-profit group intensely opposed to Israel that calls for an end to American support of the Jewish state. The organization’s website includes an endorsement of its executive director, Alison Weir, by Campbell. It reads: “Ms. Weir presents a powerful, well documented view of the Middle East today. She is intelligent, careful, and critical. American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses.”
As David Frum points out, Campbell has a history of pro-Israel statements, even going so far as saying he’d support the country if it took military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program. He is accused of voting to cut off aid to Israel, which is technically untrue. He voted against authorizing an additional $30 million in aid because it would be taken away from Africa, but he always supported increased military assistance. Campbell can defend himself against some of the accusations that he is against Israel, but he must be forced to answer for his endorsement of Weir.
Carly Fiorina, Campbell’s strongest opponent in the primary race, is now being accused by Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of allowing illegal technology to be transferred to Iran when she was the head of Hewlett-Packard. She denies this. National security is now the focus of the debate.
Campbell’s endorsement of Weir and his past associations with Islamic extremists must be addressed. He can point to the fact that many other politicians and officials have had ties to the same people and groups, but he must explain why he was unaware of their well-documented involvement in extremist causes. It must be asked why he did not return Alamoudi's donations after others did when Alamoudi's pro-terrorist comments were reported, and it must be asked why such characters supported him in the first place.