Florida School Board Bounces CAIR Rep From Diversity Committee

CAIR Rep. Jawhar Badran Stated Hamas In Not A Terrorist Organization

November 21, 2008 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - PipeLineNews.org - On Tuesday, November 18 members of the Broward County School Board decided not to reappoint or reassign Jawhar Sadallah Badran, a.k.a. Joe Badran, to the School Board's Diversity Committee or any other committee presided over by the School Board.

Badran, on March 1st, was videotaped making statements in favor of Hamas. The statements included him saying that Hamas was "not a terrorist organization." As well, in July of 2006, Badran likened himself to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as a suicide bomber. He stated, "Hamas and Hezbollah are committing acts of defense against the acts of the Israelis. The only weapons that we have are to strap bombs on our bodies and do whatever damage and destruction we can."

Americans Against Hate [AAH] a terrorism watchdog group pushed for Badran's removal from the Diversity Committee, a position which he had held the past four years. AAH received word of the School Board's decision from the offices of Dr. Robert Parks, the School Board member who originally appointed Badran to the Diversity Committee, and Robin Bartleman, the outgoing School Board Chair.

About the controversy AAH Chairman, Joe Kaufman stated, "Badran was also an admitted member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group affiliated with Hamas and a group currently named as a co-conspirator by the U.S. Justice Department for a federal trial dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. While we had wished for Jawhar Badran's removal prior to his term ending, we are pleased that he will no longer have a role in the government body. Terrorist organizations have absolutely nothing to do with diversity, and individuals such as this should never be allowed to have influence over children."

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