(JNS.org) Former congressman
Anthony Weiner, who is facing growing pressure to quit the
race for mayor of New York City after the revelation that he
continued “sexting” on social media far after the original lewd photo
he posted on Twitter in 2011, is also under fire for accepting a $4,950 campaign
donation from John Merrigan, a lobbyist for the Al Jazeera television network.
Anthony Weiner. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Jazeera and its lobbyists are no friends to New York City or our Jewish
community, and Anthony shouldn’t accept their support,” New York City
Councilman Lew Fidler said, according to the New York Post. “They have spread hate and lies against Jews, not
only here in New York but across the world. The right thing to do is to give
this money back. Anthony should do exactly that.”
Al Jazeera aired taped propaganda messages from
al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
“Anthony Weiner should know better than to
accept contributions from friends [at] Al
Jazeera, which has been a voice for terrorists and spewed hatred against
Jews and the state of Israel,” said Assemblyman Alan Maisel, a Democrat from
Brooklyn. “They have echoed and attempted to legitimize hate speech about
wiping Israel off the map. It’s disgraceful.”
of Weiner over the Al Jazeera
lobbyist’s donation comes against the backdrop of the history of Islamist ties
of Huma Abedin, his wife. Abedin worked for the Journal of
Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA),
a publication founded by al-Qaeda Abdullah Omar Naseef that
promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at JMMA from 1996-2003.
While studying at George Washington University, Abedin was an
executive board member of the anti-Israel and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated
Muslim Students Association, and during her time working at the State
Department under Hillary Clinton, the department “strongly supported abandoning
the federal government’s prior policy against official dealings with the Muslim
Brotherhood,” wrote Andrew C. McCarthy for National
other policies showing a softened stance to the Muslim Brotherhood during Abedin’s
time there, the State Department said the Obama administration would be
“satisfied” with a Muslim Brotherhood-led government emerging victorious in
Egyptian elections, hosted a delegation including Muslim Brotherhood members of
Egypt’s parliament, and worked to reverse a Bush-administration ruling
barring Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, from
entering the U.S. Also during Abedin’s time, the State Department excluded Israel from its
global counterterrorism forum, National Review’s McCarthy noted.