And she has officially thrown her hat.
She has thrown her hat into the ring to run for the U.S. Senate representing the state of Arizona.
She formally launched her candidacy at a brief event with her supporters at the Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix. “The journey that I have decided to take on today is not just for the people who look like me or sound like me, but for all Arizonans,” she said.
“Because we cannot continue to go backwards on this path that weakens our children’s education, strips health care from people who need it the most, locking up and breaking up families, and, once again, empowering big banks that caused the worst housing crisis in Arizona.”
“I am with the growing majority of Arizonans who know that anger and resistance can only take us so far,” she added. “We need to unite to move our families forward. We need to unite to move Arizona forward. We need to unite to move America forward.”
According to our source, Freedom Daily, what really concerned the witnesses was who were attending her -minute event and flying a flag behind her that was upside down. A campaign spokesman later said that it was a mistake and not a political statement, but we must remember that the Muslim faith is very keen when it comes to symbolism.
But no one really knew who she really was, until someone did a research on her. Turns out that she is an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations which has been labeled as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. CAIR was one of the 82 groups around the world, designated terrorist organizations by the UAE, placing it in the company of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and others. It has been linked to Hamas many times and it has held hundreds of meetings with White House officials.
“We call on the United Arab Emirates cabinet to review this list and remove organizations such as CAIR, the Muslim American Society (MAS) and other civil society organizations that peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and that oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out,” CAIR wrote in a statement on its Facebook page.
The Arizona flag is flying upside down at Deedra Abboud’s #AZSEN announcement. I’m told it was probably just a mistake and not a message.
Despite it’s good standing in Washington, CAIR has had its share of controversy. In 2007, the organization was named as unindicted co-conspirator in a case regarding funding to Hamas. Some terrorism experts applauded the UAE’s designation, saying that CAIR is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The United Arab Emirates could have banned the Muslim Brotherhood and left it at that,” Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst for the Clarion Project said. “Instead, they went the extra mile to call out major Brotherhood affiliates in Europe and the U.S. The point that the UAE is making is that the Brotherhood operates in the West and it is worried about these affiliates’ influence on Western policy.”
He continued: “Federal prosecutors have explicitly named CAIR and MAS as Muslim Brotherhood entities, yet the UAE is expressing more public concern about this than the U.S. does. Whereas they appear in our media and meet with our officials, the UAE views them as extremists unworthy of being treated as representatives of Muslims.”
The CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said that his organization, as well as the other Muslims who are against terrorism, are unfairly portrayed.
“Obama provided examples of religious leaders engaged in the ideological fight against extremism, quoting a Muslim sheikh who said, ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace,”’ Hooper said. “That sheikh is Abdullah bin Bayyah, a 79-year-old cleric who, even though lauded on the world stage for his recent efforts at peacemaking, is dogged by controversy over connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
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