(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 long 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.
“Al 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.”
Criticism 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 The 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 Review.
Among 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.