Ibrahim Hooper

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Ibrahim Hooper is the spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, who has held the post since the organization was founded in 1994. [1] He is quite visible in news media, and recently began a study of new Internet media to find better means of communicating with Muslim-American youth in danger of radicalization or self-radicalization, commenting that one approach may be a "Web portal offering video explanations of Koranic verses that are sometimes misinterpreted by radicals, as well as suggestions of 'positive things you can do to rectify injustice.'"[2]

According to DiscoverTheNetworks, an organization sponsored by David Horowitz, he is a convert to Islam, and was born Doug Hooper, and told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in 1993, "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future...But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."[3]

While he has not clearly supported Hamas, and a number of reports associating with him with Hamas support actually quote another person at a meeting that Hooper attended, he said "We're not in the business of condemning,...This is the hot button issue, the gotcha question, that the extremist wing of the pro-Israel lobby always gets reporters to ask. And we're not playing that game."[4] The relationship between CAIR and Hamas is indeed complex, and CAIR was an unindicted conspirator in the prosecution of the Hamas supporting group, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation [5] Hooper was not personally named in that action.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s of art in journalism and mass communication.

References

  1. Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American Islamic Relations
  2. Tara Bahrampour (25 December 2009), Washington Post
  3. Ibrahim Hooper, DiscoverTheNetworks
  4. Rachel Smolkin (10 February 2002), "Muslim lobbies fully mobilized since Sept. 11: Terror attacks make groups more active, goals more difficult", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  5. "CAIR's True Colors", IPT News, Investigative Project on Terrorism, 30 January 2009