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CAIR Asks NJ Sheriff to Reject Training by Islamophobe Who Calls Islam ‘the Devil’

walid shoebat ex palestinian terrorist sm(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/27/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today announced that it has asked a sheriff in that state to disassociate his department from a November 2 training program featuring notorious Islamophobe Walid Shoebat, who has called Islam “the devil.”

[NOTE: CAIR-NJ sent similar requests to other local law enforcement agencies asking that officers not be reimbursed for the cost of Shoebat's training or be allowed to take the training during working hours.]

CAIR says the training event, “Know Your Enemy,” is offered “for law enforcement only” by Courses Offering Police Specialization (C.O.P.S.) and is being advertised with Ocean County Police Academy contact information.

The academy is operated by the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in Toms River, N.J. A number of those associated with C.O.P.S. are also employed by local law enforcement agencies.

In a letter to Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, CAIR-NJ Executive Director James R. Sues wrote in part:

“I respectfully request that your academy publicly disassociate itself from this event and that no in service training credit should be offered to any New Jersey law enforcement personnel who attend the event on their own time.

“Shoebat is perhaps the nation's most notorious Islamophobe. He does not meet reasonable standards for subject matter experts established by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“His claims of being a former terrorist were exposed as a fabrication in 2011 by CNN. CNN researchers 'found no evidence' to support Shoebat's trademark claim of being a 'former PLO terrorist.'

“The Washington Post has reported: 'Shoebat, who has called Islam 'the devil,' says he was recruited by the Palestine Liberation Organization as a teenager. In 1977, he has said, he threw a bomb on the roof of the Bethlehem branch of an Israeli bank. The bank, however, has no record of the incident, and it was never reported by Israeli news outlets.'

“In 2011, researcher Thom Cincotta found, 'In dozens of YouTube videos, Shoebat suggests Islam is the fake religion of the 'anti-Christ' and implies that Muslims bear the 'Mark of the Beast.' He denounces Islam and Muslims as inherently violent and savage, recounting an endless litany of (non-terrorist) violent acts committed by individuals in a manner that suggests an irredeemably violent culture.'. . .

“The above information clearly demonstrates that Mr. Shoebat falls well short of reasonable standards for trainers, such as the guiding principles for all training conducted or funded by the Department of Justice training outlined by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on March 20, 2012. Similarly, Shoebat's resume disqualifies him as a subject matter expert in light of the Department of Homeland Security's 'countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Training Guidance and Best Practices,' which covers counterterrorism training.”

Background Information on Walid Shoebat:

Video: CNN Exposes Walid Shoebat's Terror Training Scam (CAIR)

Shoebat claims that President Obama is a Muslim. In a YouTube video, Shoebat said, “f Islam is not playing the major role in Antichrist spirit, why do you think the devil wants to appoint somebody connected to Islam in the White House?” He told radio host G. Gordon Liddy, “No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim.” 

According to an official who attended a Shoebat lecture at a conference in Las Vegas, the solution he offered for the threat of “militant Muslims” was to “Kill them. . .including the children.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, 908-267-3119, jsues@cair.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, csaylor@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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