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RAFEEQ JABER Printer Friendly Page
Major Introductory Resource:

Rafeeq Jaber
By The Investigative Project on Terrorism
January 2008

Additional Resources:

CAIR's Hamas Co-Conspirator Associates
By Joe Kaufman
February 15, 2010

Zionism Condemned
By Don Cohen
July 16, 2006

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  • President of the Islamic Association for Palestine
  • Board member of the Mosque Foundation
  • Co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • Founder of the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

Rafeeq Jaber was the President of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) from 1996-1998, and again from 1999 until the organization was shut down by the U.S. government in 2005. Jaber also served two years as President of the Bridgeview, Illinois-based Mosque Foundation, which has been the subject of a protracted federal investigation relating to the raising of funds for Palestinian terrorist organizations. In addition, Jaber is a founding board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and a co-founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Chicago chapter. He also co-founded such Chicago-based groups as the Muslim Civil Center, the United Muslim American Association, the American Muslim Society, Christian Muslim Dialog.

In Jaber's estimation, proposals for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are "really just a farce." "The Zionists and the Jewish people" in the U.S., he says, exert disproportionate influence on America's Mideast policy because they "are [sic] big businesses and the advertisers." Adds Jaber:

"The second part of it, of course, there is distortion of all the facts, that about Palestine, from not just the media, also from the [U.S.] government. The government here, which is the political leaders of our country here, [sic] that they lean also toward who is giving them the money and who is voting for them. Again, we see the Jewish people and the Jewish money and the Jewish lobby here."

A strong supporter of Hezbollah, Jaber believes that Israel's 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon proved that armed warfare was the strategy most likely to help the Palestinians achieve their goals in the Middle East:

"I thank Allah for this victory which was due to the tremendous efforts of the Islamic resistance movement, Hizballah … Maybe the PA [Palestinian Authority] will take a hard look at the slippery road it is now traveling and join the resistance to Zionist occupation in order to liberate the land of Palestine. I firmly believe that Palestine will never be liberated by any other means."

In 2001 Jaber publicly acknowledged that IAP, under his leadership, had garnered support for Hamas political chief Mousa Abu Marzook after U.S. officials had arrested the latter on an Israeli murder warrant in 1995. Jaber also conceded that his IAP had published articles and editorials characterizing Islamic suicide bombers as "martyrs" and "freedom fighters," though he claimed that the organization took no official position on whether or not those characterizations were valid.

In 2003 Jaber testified that IAP promoted the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation (HLF) -- which gave financial support to Hamas -- "in every way we can." He revealed, for instance, that IAP had sent all the money it collected at its 1996 convention to HLF, and that funds raised by IAP at annual Intifada celebrations also had been funneled to HLF.

Today Jaber lectures on college and university campuses throughout the United States.


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