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Islamists to Join NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature marchers demonstrating against the Egyptian government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a U.S.-based group linked to the Islamist movement.

On November 25, the Facebook page of Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights posted an announcement about “R4abia in Thanksgiving Parade” at 5:00 AM at 56th St. and 6th.

Muslim Brotherhood in NYC Thanksgiving ParadeThe announcement includes a photo of a large inflatable turkey with the “R4abia” sign on it.

The “R4abia” sign is an expression of solidarity with pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators that clashed with the Egyptian security forces on August 14 near Cairo’s Rabia al-Adawiya mosque.

The Facebook announcement has been shared over 600 times and “liked” over 1,000 times. The organization’s page is full of pictures, videos and statements supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and former Egyptian President Morsi.

The President of Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) is Hany Saqr. An Egyptian newspaper recently identified him as a Muslim Brotherhood operative in America.

A 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood phonebook identified Saqr as a member of its Executive Office. A secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo written the previous year said its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”

The EADHR website does not list its leadership, but another reported leader and co-founder is Shaker Elsayed, the imam of the radical Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia. He has spoken at EADHR events as a representative. He was taped preaching armed jihad at a Virginia high school in January.

In August, EADHR held a pro-Brotherhood rally in Washington D.C., where chants like “Morsi is my president” were repeatedly heard. An official from the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing in Egypt, the Freedom and Justice Party, spoke at the event. The party featured the event on its YouTube channel.

The receptionist at the event’s press conference was secretly recorded explicitly saying, “This is a Muslim Brotherhood meeting.” The conference featured Mahdi Bray, another Islamist with a resume filled with Brotherhood affiliations.

Another co-founder of EADHR is Akram Elzend. The event was organized with help from the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors say was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Elzend is an official for the Muslim American Society’s branch in Washington D.C.

Khaled Lamada is another co-founder. He was also identified as a Brotherhood operative by the aforementioned Egyptian newspaper. He endorsed the Egyptian presidential campaign of Mohammed Morsi in June 2012.

Lamada who is also Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Islamic Relief USA and was the co-chairman of the annual conference of the Islamic Circle of North America and MAS. He also was a board member of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and outreach director for the New Brunswick Islamic Center.

Lamada is also Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Islamic Relief USA and was the co-chairman of the annual conference of the Islamic Circle of North America and MAS. He also was a board member of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and outreach director for the New Brunswick Islamic Center.

 

Most Americans watch the Thanksgiving Day parade to celebrate the country’s history. This year, they’ll also be given a dose of Islamist propaganda from Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

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Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org