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Blood Money Or Muslim Bashing? A Look at the New York Senate Race

November 03, 2000

Last week New York Senate Candidate Hillary Clinton returned $50,000 from a fund raiser held by the American Muslim Alliance after the New York Daily News broke a story that said members of the Alliance support the right of Palestinians to use violence as a means of securing nation statehood.

In a race for the Jewish vote, Clinton is playing hot potato with the Muslim American Alliance endorsement and Republican Senate Candidate Rick Lazio has called the group’s donations to his Senate rival, "blood money." On Lazio’s behalf, the state Republican Party has been making phone calls to potential voters linking Hillary Rodham Clinton to a group supporting terrorists like those who bombed the US destroyer Cole.

In fact, the Muslim American Alliance is a very mainstream national group, one that is endorsing George W. Bush for president, as well as Clinton for Senate. Today we’re going to look at allegations against the group, and discuss whether or not Muslim support of a candidate is indeed blood money, or whether this is another example in the long-time tradition of Muslim bashing.


  • John Sugg, the editor of the Weekly Planet in Tampa Florida.
  • Dr. Faorouk Kahn, NY president of the American Muslim Alliance.

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