By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
March 31, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Farooq Kathwari the CEO of Ethan Allen furniture is sponsoring and slated to be the keynote speaker at the conference of the Kashmir Corps taking place at Columbia University on Saturday April 11th. The event is cosponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood linked Muslim Student Association [MSA].
According to the MSA announcement:
"Kashmir Corps will host a conference, co-sponsored by MSA, that brings together alumni of its Summer Public Service Program, other accomplished students, young professionals, and experts with substantial experience in the fields of economic development, education and healthcare in Kashmir. The purpose of this event is to facilitate networking among young leaders and to formulate projects within the development framework that can be implemented in Kashmir. Those committed to the advancement of Kashmiri society will therefore be able to leverage their knowledge, skills, and abilities in pursuit of this goal through a coordinated and sustained effort."
Kathwari's son Irfan, was killed in Afghanistan in 1992 while waging jihad against the Russians. Kathwari established a foundation in his name. Irfan is believed to have joined with jihadists [who were connected to either of two Islamic terror organizations, Jaish Mohammed or Lashkar e Taiba] and died while carrying out an attack.
Kathwari has a history of support for Islamist groups. In 2004 he was a speaker at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, a group listed as an unindicted conspirator in the recently concluded successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in the nation's largest terror funding trial.
Farooq Kathwari and his family continue to be high profile promoters of the Kashmiri separatist cause, which is code-speak for establishing an Islamic state in the area, parts of which are currently administered by India, Pakistan and China.
Such a move is strongly supported by the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Ethan Allen shareholders might well take note that CEO Farooq Kathwari's political project, the "Kashmir Study Group," gives it's email and physical address as the Ethan Allen company premises [source, http://www.kashmirstudygroup.net/] as well as the way he promotes an Islamist ideology, cynically manipulating the patriotic name and image of the Ethan Allen Furniture company as a way of legitimizing and financing the jihadist Kashmiri separatist effort.
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