The Twitter bio of Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), describes him this way:
Human rights and civil rights activist. Community organizer. CAIR-LA Exec Director. Son. Husband Father of 5.
But this “human rights and civil rights activist” let his mask slip a bit too far with a Christmas tweet, in which he said:
I’m sad about the crashed Russian military jet. The TU-154 could have carried up to 180 military personnel instead of just 92!
Ayloush is also an executive board member of the California Democratic Party.
In throwing his hat in the ring to be a 2017 assembly district delegate, Ayloush sounded all the right progressive notes about how the California Democratic Party was on the front lines in defending “civil rights” in the looming Age of Trump:
I am running again as a delegate to ensure that our CA Democratic Party continues to engage and empower our diverse CA communities, protect civil rights, and advocate for immigrants and workers rights. In the Trump era, we need the CA Democratic Party to lead the rest of the country in challenging any and all potential abuses. I have served as CADEM Executive Board Member and Delegate for several years and had the honor of working with many of our county and state’s Democratic activists.
But his thirst for the blood of Russian soldiers was too much even for many on the Left. Hard-Left pro-jihad writer Max Blumenthal tweeted in response to Ayloush’s bloodlust:
Disgusting. But I know @CAIRNational is better than this outlandish fanatic.
Ayloush, seeing his pretense as a “human rights and civil rights activist” crumbling in the eyes of the very people he has fooled so well and for so long, swiftly deleted the tweet and began backpedaling. That will probably be good enough for the California Democratic Party, as well as for Max Blumenthal and anyone else who thinks that CAIR is a decent organization, but anyone else should consider Ayloush’s record. His tweet about wanting more Russians dead was not surprising.
This is the same “outlandish fanatic” who called for the overthrow of the U.S. government in a tweet after Trump was elected. He has refused to condemn Hamas. He has refused to condemn Hizballah. He solicited money for the Holy Land Foundation, which was later shut down for funneling charitable contributions to Hamas, at a rally where Muslims screamed: “Death to the Jews!”
None of this is surprising, given that Ayloush is a CAIR employee. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case, so named by the Justice Department. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) A California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI, and a Florida chapter distributed pamphlets with the same message. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented, and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates.
This incident was illuminating in another way as well. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies me as a “hate group leader,” though I have never celebrated anyone’s death, called for anyone to be killed, solicited money for any terror group, or refused to condemn any terror group. Yet the Southern Poverty Law Center does not consider Hussam Ayloush to be a “hate group leader,” although he has done all of those things.
That is one reason the SPLC is not a genuine “hate group watchdog.” The certainty that they will not list Ayloush as a hate group leader or CAIR as a hate group is just the latest indication of their self-serving hypocrisy and naked cynicism in wielding their “hate group” designation as a club with which to beat those whose political views they detest.
If there were any decency or honesty left on the American Left, social media would be filled today with denunciations of Ayloush and CAIR from their former allies. Instead, the silence is predictable, and deafening.