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Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Edited Radical Islamic Journal

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attends a campaign rally at Riverfront Sports in Scranton, Pa., August 15, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Human Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longest and reportedly most loyal aide, served as assistant editor at a radical Muslim journal for twelve years. The journal defended Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and, while Abedin edited the publication, an article called the United States’ actions in the Middle East a “time bomb” leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The article blamed the United States’ “spiral of violence” for “building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker,” which was strengthened by “various kinds of injustices and sanctions.” This created a “time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve,” the article read, according to the  New York Post.

This article appeared in a 2002 issue of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), which listed Abedin as “assistant editor” on the masthead. The article was written by her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who remains editor-in-chief of the publication.

Shortly after First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke to a UN women’s conference in Beijing in 1995, declaring that “women’s rights are human rights,” the journal ran an article headlined “Women’s Rights Are Islamic Rights.” The article attacked a broad range of liberal and feminist ideas, from homosexuality to more revealing dress and even women in the workforce.

“Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect for womanhood and motherhood,” the article declared. It added that less modest clothing ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” The Post‘s Paul Sperry summarized this, writing, “In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.”

The article also argued that single moms, working mothers, and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families: “A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept.” A Saudi official with the Muslim World League authored the article, and JMMA was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.

In 1999, the journal published a book, edited by Saleha Abedin, which justified the practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law, arguing that “man-made laws have in fact enslaved women.” At this time, Huma Abedin was already very close to Hillary Clinton, having started working for the first lady in 1996 and transitioning to her Senate campaign staff.

As the Post‘s Sperry noted, it’s “hard to believe” that “Clinton was unaware she and her mother took such opposing views” on women’s rights. This suggests that Hillary Clinton knew about the JMMA and might even know why it’s called “the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.”

Next Page: The journal’s very name suggests a Jihadist connection…

But why the “Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs”? PJ Media’s Andrew McCarthy explained the reasoning behind the name, back in 2012, using a report from jihadist-turned-Christian Walid Shoebat.

In the course of researching the Abedin family’s ties to the Saudi Kingdom and the [Muslim] Brotherhood, Shoebat came across a document he has fittingly described as a “manifesto.” It is a book commissioned by King Abdullah’s predecessor, eponymously titled The Efforts of the Servant of the Two Holy Places, King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, to Support the Muslim Minorities. (The king of Saudi Arabia is deemed custodian of Mecca and Medina, Islam’s “two holy places.”) The book explains that “Muslim Minority Affairs” is not merely an entity; it is shorthand for a long-term, high-priority policy to spread Islam, until, finally, it comes to dominate the non-Islamic nations of the world.

Shoebat explained that the book “spoke of recruiting Muslims that live in non-Muslim lands and transforming them as a collective unit. It spoke of already established centers, educational programs, mosques and organizations in the United States like [the Islamic Society of North America] and [the Muslim Students Association], all geared towards hindering any Western plan for Muslim assimilation in a non-Muslim host nation.”

The Muslim-turned-Christian noted that the “Muslim Minority Affairs” strategy is designed “to transform a nation from within, where a minority population can act as a fifth column, incubating in the host nation with the intent of gradually implementing Wahhabist plans.” Wahhabism is the fundamentalist Islam that forms the religion, law, and comprehensive social system of Saudi Arabia.

In 2010, Huma Abedin arranged for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak alongside her mother Saleha at an all-girls college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In that speech, Clinton said Americans must do better to get past “the stereotypes and the mischaracterizations” of the oppressed Saudi woman. She also told the burqa-clad girls that not all American girls go “around in a bikini bathing suit.”

Clinton did not protest the human rights violations Saudi women suffer under institutionalized Sharia (law), which Abedin’s mother actively promotes. Despite being a “champion of women’s rights,” Clinton seemed determined not to oppose any of the restrictive laws, which bar women from driving or traveling anywhere without male “guardians.”

In conclusion, Sperry damningly asked, “If fighting for women’s rights is one of Clinton’s greatest achievements, why has she retained as her closest adviser a woman who gave voice to harsh Islamist critiques of her Beijing platform?” A pertinent question indeed.