Ex-CAIR Official Flies to Iran to Curse U.S.
What did Islamist Cyrus McGoldrick tell the enemy?
(/sites/default/files/uploads/2015/05/unnamed1.jpg)Cyrus McGoldrick wasn’t at his home in Florida this past week. He spent the week in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Part of his time was devoted to sightseeing, and part of it was spent cursing his home country, the United States, while shilling for Iran on Iranian TV. He is currently back on U.S. soil, but his actions suggest that he instead renounce his citizenship and take up permanent residency in the terrorist state, where his mom was born. But before he leaves, he needs to be investigated.
Cyrus McGoldrick converted to Islam, while attending Columbia University at the age of 20. It did not take him long to become radicalized, as following his graduation in 2010, he became the Civil Rights Manager for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Prior to that, he had served as an intern for CAIR-NY. He has also served as CAIR-NY’s Advocacy Director.
CAIR was established in June 1994 as being a part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization acting as a terrorist enterprise run by then-global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the U.S. at the time. In 2007 and 2008, amidst two federal trials, the U.S. government named CAIR a co-conspirator in the raising of millions of dollars for Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, CAIR was listed as a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).
During his time with CAIR [He left at the end of 2012] and after, McGoldrick spoke at a number of anti-Israel protests held annually in New York City. At the 2013 Al-Quds Day rally, while a fellow rally goer only a foot or two in front of him held a sign containing a large swastika, McGoldrick called for the destruction of Israel, stating “There will be no two states, because that is not justice… It is one state between the river and the sea. We say free free Palestine.” At the 2014 Al-Quds Day rally, he prayed, “Allah, please grant victory to the mujahideen.”
Violence against Israelis is a passion for McGoldrick. In July 2014, he tweeted: “Praying for Palestine today and everyday. Allah, either guide the oppressor ‘Israeli’ regime or give us the strength to destroy them.” In April 2013, he posted the following to Facebook: “So much love to Anonymous for OpIsrael: ‘wiping Israel off the Internet map’… Next, the Zionist state.” McGoldrick has, as well, retweeted messages from the Palestinian terror group Al-Qassam Brigades, and he has dehumanized supporters of Israel by referring to them as “Zionist beasts.”
McGoldrick champions other terrorists beyond Palestinians. They include: Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for shooting at and attempting to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan; Tarek Mehanna, who received a 17.5 year sentence for plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaeda; and Lynne Stewart, who received a ten year prison sentence for smuggling messages from “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to his followers in Egypt. Of them McGoldrick stated, “Until they are free, none of us are free” and “We have to fight for them.”
In June 2013, McGoldrick also defended a highly publicized Taliban attack against American soldiers in Afghanistan. He wrote, “Breaking - details not yet clear, but seems that resistance fighters have attacked Kabul’s military airport housing American imperial troops.”
At the end of 2014, McGoldrick left New York and his wife for Florida, where he was hired as the Youth Director for the Youth Coalition of South Florida (YCSF). Under the leadership of McGoldrick, YCSF and the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque with a number of terrorist associations, teamed up for youth and family events held every Wednesday and Saturday at ICBR.
A co-founder of ICBR, Bassem Alhalabi, was a research assistant for Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian at the University of South Florida (USF) and was charged with the illegal export of a $13,000 military thermal imaging device to Syria. Another co-founder, Syed Khawer Ahmad, was the creator and webmaster for the official website of Hamas’s charitable and educational apparatus in Gaza, the Islamic Association (Al-Jamiya Al-Islamia).
One former imam of ICBR, Ibrahim Dremali, was placed on the federal “no-fly” list, and another, Muneer Arafat, admitted under oath that he was an affiliate of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A member of the mosque, Rafiq Sabir, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, following his taking an oath of loyalty to the terror group and Osama bin Laden.
While in South Florida, McGoldrick has also served as a contact for Young Muslims (YM), the youth group of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). McGoldrick has been a speaker at a number of YM and ICNA events, including different ICNA conventions. ICNA has been involved in the financing of both Hamas and al-Qaeda and has used the web to promote a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban.
In August 2006, ICNA’s main charity, ICNA Relief, was the top donor and partner to Pakistani charity Al Khidmat Foundation (AKF), at the same time AKF took a delegation to Damascus, Syria to hand deliver nearly $100,000 to Hamas global leader Khaled Mashal. Mashal thanked the group and said Hamas would continue to wage “jihad” (war) on the “Zionist yoke” (Israel). ICNA Relief continues to work directly with AKF overseas.
On May 6, 2015, Cyrus McGoldrick flew from Miami to JFK Airport in New York. The following day, he flew from New York to Abu Dhabi. A couple days later, he was in Iran.
While in Iran, McGoldrick took in many sights, in and around Tehran, and shot many beautiful photos of his experiences. However, it is dubious that his sightseeing tour was the reason for his trip, because right when he arrived, he quickly made his way to Iranian Press TV (PressTV) for an interview to assist the terrorist state.
Cyrus McGoldrick is no stranger to Press TV, which is part of state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Since February 2012, he has been featured on 17 shows. Most, if not all of the shows, are designed to paint U.S. government and law enforcement as power hungry, evil and severely biased against Muslims. Indeed, the day after McGoldrick’s most recent show, Hassan Nasrallah, the global leader of Hezbollah was on Press TV live, cursing the U.S.
One of McGoldrick’s Press TV episodes even targets President Barack Obama, whom many consider a friend to the Muslim community. This is no problem for McGoldrick, as he revels in denouncing the President every chance he gets. On Facebook, he has referred to Obama as “Pharoah Obama,” “an eloquent tyrant,” and “a threat to global peace & security.” In November 2012, following Obama’s reelection, McGoldrick wrote, “Obama’s victory is not worthy of celebration. The fact that we celebrate him is to be mourned.”
Another episode discusses how the FBI allegedly “forces Muslims into spying.” This is of interest, because McGoldrick has personally issued threats towards those he believed to be informants. In October 2012, he wrote on Facebook, “Dear informants, infiltrators & snitches: It is impossible to express how much contempt & pity I have for you. Be good or be gone, CM.” When someone surmised who McGoldrick was talking about, McGoldrick replied, “Nobody famous, a young kid, worst informant in the world. Don’t worry we’ll blast him later.”
On May 14th, McGoldrick appeared in his most recent Press TV episode, entitled ‘Al Saud puppet of US, Israel.’ In it, McGoldrick took aim at America and her allies and what he believed to be their ill treatment of Iran in Yemen, while glorifying Iran as a compassionate and charitable nation. His answers seemed studied and scripted.
A recently released U.N. report showed evidence that Iran has been transporting large shipments of weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, since 2009. To prevent any further shipments, Saudi Arabia, assisted by the US, is conducting a naval blockade in the region.
According to Iran, the shipments it makes are for humanitarian purposes only, comprised of things like medicine and food, and Cyrus McGoldrick is more than willing to mimic this phony line on Iranian TV. He stated, “This is just one more grotesque… example where Iran is being accused of what their opponents are already doing… Iran is sending much-needed aid, is being blamed for escalating a conflict which it certainly did no part in starting.”
McGoldrick glorified Iran, while attacking the U.S. He stated, “Iran as always continues to be an opponent of… injustice, an opponent of imperialism in the region and so it only makes sense… that you see these very familiar allies, the same cast of characters, the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and now its regional allies standing against it once again.”
He said that the U.S. is making false accusations against Iran “without any shame.” He called the accusations “vicious.” He said that the conflict is “not just about Yemen… it is about the American hegemony throughout the Muslim world, throughout the world at whole.” On the other hand, he spoke glowingly of those on board the Iranian ship. He said, “It is very important and I want to put forward the immense pride that we have in the people who are on that boat…”
Question: Who are the “we” in McGoldick’s statement?
One might understand if these things were being said by an Iranian. However, while his mother, Nikoo (pen name “May”), was originally from Iran – she left on the eve of the Iranian Revolution – Cyrus McGoldrick was born and raised in the United States. But it seems he does not consider himself to be American. No doubt, he outright hates America.
In June 2013, he posted a message on his Facebook page, referring to Iran as “our nation” He wrote, “Sending prayers and love to the people of Iran on their election day. May God bless our nation with leaders that serve, remind, and struggle.”
During his trip, just prior to arriving in Iran, he compared Iran to his home country, placing “home country” in quotes. On Facebook, he wrote, “Iran isn’t as suspicious of me as my ‘home country.’”
This last message was erased from his Facebook page, along with every post he made concerning his trip to Iran. Why? Why did he feel the need to delete them? Did he think there was something incriminating contained within his posts.
This begs further questions regarding his trip. Who paid for the trip? Was he paid for the show interview? Who set up the interview? Did he have any dealings with Iranian officials? If so, did he supply them with any information outside of what has been discussed?
Iran, after all, is found on the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. There are only four countries named on that list. Is Cyrus McGoldrick working for one of them?
Because of this, McGoldrick needs one more interview. This time, though, with the U.S. Justice Department.
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