I told you last week that a brave bunch of Somalis actually stood up to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its apparent efforts to stymie the investigation into the Somali Missing youth case. Today we have heard directly from one of the Somali activists to correct an error I made and to reaffirm their criticism of CAIR.
To set the stage for new readers. On June 10th I pointed a finger at CAIR as the hold-up in the FBI’s investigation of the missing youths, here.
Maybe they could investigate if the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) would get out of the way! I have written several times about how CAIR is blocking access to Somali students and keeping them from speaking to FBI investigators. Here is only the most recent post I wrote on the subject back in April, it’s entitled: CAIR wants legal protection for students questioned by FBI!
Readers might also want to visit Judy’s post, here, where she reports that CAIR instructed Muslims elsewhere not to cooperate with the FBI.
Then much to my surprise, a group of Somalis headed by Omar Jamal* and Abdirizak Bihi (uncle to the Somali-American reportedly killed recently in Somalia) actually did protest against CAIR. I was stunned at how much bravery this involved, here.
Next, another group of Somalis defended CAIR and criticized Jamal and Bihi here. This is how I began that post:
I told you (here) how surprised I was a week or so ago to learn that some Somali Muslims had the guts to protest against the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the actions it has undertaken that some claim undermine FBI investigations into the Somali missing youths. My estimation of Omar Jamal had actually gone up a bit! A Somali political activist, Farheen Hakeem now informs us that anti-CAIR protesters were not really representing the Somali “community.”
Abdirizak Bihi, in a comment to that post earlier this morning, informs us that I was wrong and that Farheen Hakeem is not even a Somali. I’ve been reading that CAIR is close to far left “Community organizers” working in places like Wade Rathke’s SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and have been speculating that “organizers” are being sent to various US cities to “organize” the Somalis. Hmmm! Is that how Hakeem came to be in Minneapolis?
Bihi, in a comment to RRW today, wants us to know the following:
My name is Abdirizak Bihi. Iam a Somali Cimmunity Leader as well as Somali American Missing Kids’Families Spokesman in mn NICE.
As you have mistakenly noted, Farheen Hakeem is not Somali American. She is, according to my friends, Afghan American from WI. But she likes to rule us, wip us like CAIR. She is part of , (Former Chair of CAIR, mn). Look and Read her article abou me and Exc Dirof Somali Jusctice Advocacy Center in the SatrTribune.
We are being silenced by this powerfull and highly connected CAIR org. We are not going to go away anytime soon. We survived a civil war, terror is still reigning in our homeland. It seems to follow us her and it is being funded and supported aggressively to threaten us. Fraheen Hakeem was very honest to demonstrate and be a living example of how we re misrepresented and silenced by CAIR and Her likes. See for your self. How They make our fake leaders. How they condemn those they do not like. Yeah You are the one they have been projecting to these lies. We stood up to them. They are getting so despeerate as to paint us bad.
Look for us as we continue to upgrade and claim our GOD Given American Freedom and Liberty.
Those who BRAIN-WASHED AND STOLE our children AND TOOK THEM TO SOMALI’ INFERNO (MONEY MOSQUE MAKING MECHINE Abubakr Sadique, their CAIR Allies and THEIR unsuspecting FRIENDS have done us unrepairaBLE DAMEAGE TO US. wE WILL NOT FORGIVE THEM AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO BRAIN WASH THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.
WE WILL FIGHT TO THE END TO GET JUSTICE FOR BURHAN HASSAN AND THE OTHER HUNDRES TRAFICKED CHILDREN.
WATCH YOUR CHILDREN.
BECAUSE WHEN THEY ARE NOT HERE AND DEAD LIKE MY NEPHEW, YOU’LL START LIVING IN THE PAST AND KEEP TRYING TO CHANGE THE BAD FUTURE.
UNCLE OF BURHAN HASSAN
SPOKESMAN F THE SOMALI AMERICAN FAMILIES OF THE MISSING KIDS
Bihi’s comment and willingness to stand up to CAIR gives me hope that at least a few Somalis appreciate America and want to assimilate.
* As for Jamal, I don’t know what’s up with him. We have extensively followed his escapades through media reports and frankly I don’t know what his game is.