The head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Los Angeles office wants another term as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.
Hussam Ayloush was elected as a delegate to District 60 and executive board member in 2011 and seeks a second term in voting Saturday.
If returned to the seat, California Democrats will be represented by someone who likened law enforcement action against a Hamas-supporting charity to "an attempt at genocide" against Palestinians, who incorrectly blamed Jews for an Internet video about Islam's prophet Muhammad that sparked deadly protests internationally. In addition, he defended and lionized university students who tried to silence a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States and defended a radical imam who called Jews "Descendants of the apes" and wants shariah law imposed over everyone in Egypt, including its Coptic Christian minority.
Ayloush, who was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., casts the United States as controlled by Israeli interests. At a 2008 CAIR banquet in San Diego, he imagined "an America that respects and humanizes religion. It's an America that is free to act on its values and not on the interests of any foreign lobby."
He is advertising his campaign via his Twitter and Facebook pages, stating that "for over 14 years, I have been a fundraiser and activist for many Democratic Party campaigns. I have also helped register thousands of new voters. I work for a national civil liberties organization (CAIR-CA)."
In addition to Ayloush's sketchy personal statements, his organization – CAIR – is rooted in a U.S.-based Hamas-support network and has a history of defending accused terrorists and terror financiers. In 2009, a senior FBI official wrote that the agency could not determine whether CAIR leaders continue to be connected to Hamas.