The Jihad Lawyer

The New York Times reported last week that the Islamic supremacist lawyer Lamis J. Deek, who is representing Ahmed Ferhani in his trial for a jihad plot to blow up a synagogue, also represented for a short time the undercover cop who helped put together the case against Ferhani.

Deek denies there was any conflict of interest: "There was no conflict of interest and there existed between UC 242 [the name by which prosecutors are referring to the undercover detective] and I [sic] no attorney-client privilege."  But the larger point is Deek's pattern: she has a history of representing the most unsavory Islamic supremacists and jihadists.

She became interested in the undercover cop when he received a disorderly conduct summons for refusing a police officer's orders to leave a sidewalk on September 11, 2010, during a protest over the Islamic supremacist Ground Zero Mosque.  The undercover operative was with a mob of supporters of the mosque -- and that's why he caught Deek's eye.

Meanwhile, she is still representing Ferhani, who is accused of a jihad plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue that police have refused to identify.  The undercover cop recorded Ferhani and his jihadi brother, Mohamed Mamdouh, talking about disguising themselves in Jewish garb to allay suspicions as they approached the synagogue they intended to destroy.  "We will blow up a synagogue in Manhattan and take out the entire building," Ferhani said.  Mamdouh declared, "I hate Jews," and Ferhani responded: "I want to kill them."

No wonder Lamis Deek took his case.  She is the lawyer for the Muslim American Society group that in 2010 began attempting to build an illegal mega-mosque structure (a rabat) on a quiet, tree-lined street in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn (a street with no churches or synagogues or businesses).  The Muslim Brotherhood, according to a 2004 Chicago Tribune exposé, operates in the U.S. "under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members."  The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated, in its own words, according to a captured internal document, to "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house." 

Deek has also been affiliated with the radical organization Al-Awda.  Al-Awda has been named one of the top ten anti-Israel groups in the country, and made the initial list of Threats to Freedom groups compiled by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) -- you can find the full list in my book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

Al-Awda is relentlessly anti-Israel and spreads Palestinian propaganda about alleged Israeli crimes, as well as about its history.  Al-Awda's slogan is "No Return = No Peace," which shows that it is not interested in compromise or peaceful coexistence, but in the destruction of Israel by the influx of millions of Palestinian "refugees."  It has even declared that "the inalienable rights of refugees and displaced people cannot be left to 'negotiations' between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. International law considers agreements between a military occupier and the occupied to be null and void if they deprive civilians of recognized human rights including the rights to repatriation and restitution."

Al-Awda's logo depicts a key over the map of the whole of Israel, suggesting that it wants all of Israel for a new Palestinian state.  It also once featured statements from the now-dead leader of the jihad terror group Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, on its website.

Al-Awda has made numerous other radical, extreme statements, accusing Israel of "massive state terrorism" and of carrying out a "systematic policy of ethnic cleansing"; expressing support for the bloody Palestinian intifada against Israel; and demanding the release of imprisoned jihad terrorists (whom it terms "political prisoners").

Deek agrees with Al-Awda.  On a video posted to YouTube, she advocates for the annihilation of the Jewish State.  She speaks of a "democratic Muslim state in place of Israel -- equal rights for all."  She speaks about full equality; yet in what Muslim country is there full equality for non-Muslims?  In none of them.  And she says that the Jews are welcome to stay in a Palestinian state contingent upon "full dismantlement of all Zionist structures, all Zionist laws, all Zionist institutions."  She speaks of Jewish supremacy in a country (Israel) where all people of all races and religions live free in the only democratic society in the Middle East.  Islamic law in the fifty-six Muslim countries in the world is the most extreme racist, misogynistic, and intolerant legal system in the world.

And this is the lawyer the "moderate" Muslims in Sheepshead Bay hired to make their case.  Conflict of interest is the least of the problems with Lamis Deek.  Her operating within the American legal system in 2011 would be like a Nazi lawyer working in federal courts in 1942.

Pamela Geller is the publisher of and the author of Stop the Islamization of America (WND Books).

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