But although Hamas has not rejected terrorism, and is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, many in the US want to keep funding the Palestinian government that Hamas runs and reject calls to defund the Palestinians.
One of those voices of support for this terrorist state is Rep. Gerry Connolly of the Virginia 11th Congressional District, or, as I've called him since 2009, "Jihad" Gerry Connolly (Watchdog.org).
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D- Va., defended U.S. funding of the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that the authority includes members of Hamas, a group the U.S. says is a terror organization.
Connolly’s remarks, at a Sept. 28 Arab American Candidates Night forum, emphasized his determination to fight House of Representatives colleagues who might block the funding.
“When there are voices calling for the defunding of the Palestinian Authority, I oppose them, publicly,” Connolly said. “In fact I signed a letter signed by Congressman David Price of North Carolina, also signed by Jim (Moran D- Va.), that said we are not going to defund the Palestinian Authority. That would guarantee an explosion in an already volatile situation. When there was a motion to close the Palestinian Authority office here in Washington or let it just be in New York, I opposed it and said it would be a terrible blow to diplomacy and not in U.S. interest let alone Palestine’s interest.”
“Gerry Connolly’s remarks are very troubling,” said Noah Silverman, Republican Jewish Coalition Congressional Affairs Director. “A vow to support taxpayer funding for a Palestinian government that includes Hamas demonstrates reckless indifference to our ally Israel and a disregard for U.S. law, which forbids aid to such a government.”
Connolly’s Republican challenger in November, Suzanne Scholte, posted the audio clip on her YouTube page of the congressman defending his position.
In a news release Tuesday, she said, “We also need to destroy terrorists not fund them.”
“Sending money to Hamas is reckless and hurts Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East – while destabilizing the entire region by legitimizing a terrorist group with U.S. dollars,” Scholte said in the news release.Connolly, who has been a vicious partisan in Congress (see IRS scandal and BenghaziGate Hearings), earned the moniker of "Jihad Gerry" when he supported and defended the Islamic Saudi Academy when the renewal of their lease from Fairfax County in May 2008 came before him when he was Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair. After a 1999 valedictorian was arrested for an al-Queda plot to assassinate President Bush, and revelations of textbooks at the ISA that referred to Christians and Jews as "apes" and "pigs," Connolly viciously attacked those who brought up the terror ties and hatred in the textbooks as being bigots. Having the ISA in Fairfax County was all about "diversity" to the liberal Connolly, who has a double standard when it comes to religious freedom. It should also be noted that Democrat John Foust, running against Republican Barbara Comstock for the retiring Congressman Frank Wolf's VA-10 seat, also supported the radical ISA as Fairfax County Supervisor.
Connolly was also slated to appear (along with fellow Democrats like the anti-Semite Jim Moran and Tim Kaine) at a 2010 fundraiser for the 9/11 mosque in Falls Church, VA. Moran and Kaine withdrew, but it is not known if Connolly appeared. Earlier this year, a fundraiser was held for Connolly by people linked with the Muslim Brotherhood. When he first ran for Congress in 2008, Connolly was found to have received money from a number of questionable people, including some who had property raided after 9/11 for suspicion of terrorist ties. According to VAST:
While promoting the last ISA lease renewal in 2008, Connolly received the following support from those with a strong interest in the radical school operated by the Saudi government:
Nihad Awad donated $500 on January 24, 2008. Awad is a founder of CAIR and stated in a 1994 speech in Florida “After I researched the situation inside and outside Palestine, I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
Yaqub Mirza gave $1,000 on January 12, 2008. Mirza is a prominent leader in the Safa group, a radical Islamist operation in Northern Virginia. Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indiana), a Muslim, returned a Mirza donation to his campaign.
Hisham al-Talib gave $1,000 on January 24, 2008. Al Talib is another Safa leader.
Arab-American Leadership PAC, a group funded partially by the radical Muslim Brotherhood, donated $2,000 during the 2008 cycle.
Connolly also received $18,758 from Qorvis Communications in 2006 through 2008, according to published reports. Qorvis represents the Saudi government. Its Washington and Virginia offices were raided by the FBI after the 9/11 attacks. The embassy of the Saudi government is listed as the owner/operator of the ISA.In addition, Connolly has been hostile to our military as well, even saying military service doesn't count as public service, and veterans aren't qualified to serve in Congress.
An American Congressman sympathetic to a terrorist organization, is this who we really want in Congress?
If you're in the 11th Virginia District, it's time to retire this traitor, "Jihad" Gerry when you go vote on November 4. And if you're next door in the 10th District, you need to make sure that Connolly's fellow Islamist apologist John Foust is defeated as well.