Edible Arrangements Denies Funding Terrorists

Responding to yesterday's story on BlueMauMau, the attorney for Edible Arrangements & founder Tariq Farid claims that neither the franchise system nor Farid support terrorism.

The original BMM story can be viewed here, and the letter from the franchisor's attorney can be viewed here.

Both the original story and the company response can be read in their entirety and interested parties-- be they consumers, prospective franchisees, or those concerned with extremist groups and their sources of support-- can make their own decisions.

A few observations regarding the Edible Arrangements statement:

  • The franchise does not dispute that the head of ICNA was recently convicted of war crimes in Bangladesh.
  • The franchise says that Edible Arrangements actually gave money to "a special fund" of ICNA. In other words, although ICNA may have been run by a man convicted of torture and murder of 18 people, he also ran "a special fund" which "helps women with temporary housing."
  • Members of the public may find this a distinction without a difference, and they may also find it relevant that Edible Arrangements does not see any problem with ICNA's history of behavior, nor does it see any problem with the head of ICNA being a party to torture.
  • My guess is that the people who were tortured and murdered might disagree with Tariq Farid.
  • The franchise says that a "reasonable reader" may believe that Edible Arrangements and Tariq Farid "support these alleged acts of terrorism."
  • Well, yes. That is a "reasonable" reading of the uncontroverted facts laid out in the BlueMauMau article.
  • And a "reasonable reader" might also draw that conclusion in part because even now with all the history of the ICNA laid bare... the franchisor calls them "alleged (!) acts of terrorism."
  • The franchise says that the "most egregious and defamatory" portion of the article is the implication that Mr. Farid supports terrorism.
  • Again, the facts are laid out and you, the reader, can make up your own mind.
  • The franchisor says it is "defamatory" to say that the timing of the Perino suit relative to the war crimes conviction of the leader of the ICNA is an "embarrassment" to Edible Arrangements.
  • OK. I will concede that Tariq Farid is not embarrassed.
  • That he is not embarrassed speaks to whether a franchisee would want to be part of funding Mr. Farid's "charitable" endeavors.

It is quite common for people in Tariq Farid's situation to publicly proclaim their "charity" and then threaten to sue those who write anything other than a fawning admiration of their "charity." Unlike most parts of the world, the United States has a history of defending free speech. That is not the case even with some of our common-law cousins: the Tariq Farid strategy is quite similar to that taken against Rachel Ehrenfeld, which led to federal legislation.

People like Tariq Farid fund organizations which they would be --dare I say-- embarrassed to be publicly associated with.

The fig leaf of a "special fund" is one which no doubt impresses Mr. Farid's lawyers. Whether the fig leaf impresses you is for you to decide.

Gravamen of former employee Tara Perino's claim is that Mr. Farid is a mysogynist religious bigot. In that context alone, the public actions of Mr. Farid are relevant to you as you decide whether to give your money to Mr. Farid, as well as to judge the credibility of Ms. Perino.

Any casual reader of BlueMauMau or other sites such as UnhappyFranchisee knows that franchise systems such as Edible Arrangements try to threaten and intimidate to stifle speech, and do so on a regular basis, notwithstanding Section 230.

Edible Arrangements is not even the first franchisor this year to try this legal bullying, as I recently discussed here.

March 9th marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Times v. Sullivan decision.

Mr. Farid and his lawyers might want to re-read the decision.

Oliver Wendell Holmes put it best:

When men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe... that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas-- that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution

Comments

Terrorism comes in many forms

Why is he "legal bullying". This site seems to live on bullying.

The problem with Tariq Farid and Edible Arrangements

Apologists for Tariq Farid such as the anonymous commenter are why articles like this are necessary.

To say that "terrorism comes in many forms" and equate a public discussion of court records and public documents to torture and murder....

What part of the world are you from? 

Try going down to the hole in the ground that used to be the World Trade Center.

Tell the family members that articles on a website are just as bad as murder.

When Tariq Farid did not like what was posted on BlueMauMau, he had his public relations firm BizCom contact BMM. I sent the reply which said:

Mr. White:

Don is a bit tied up today with the Maine legislation and asked me to reach out to you.

As you may be aware, I write the "Corbin Williston" column. The column is usually based on public sources (normally the litigation peadings). In this instance, the public records were the sole source of the article.

As I noted in my previous email to the attorneys for Ms. Perino and for Edible Arrangements, any party may comment in the "Comments" section of the article.

In addition, if you send over a statement I would be happy to incorporate that into the article and even put a hyperlink if you so desire.

I did notice that the matter of charitable contributions has been raised in the past, but I do not see that Edible Arrangements ever issued a statement outlining the company position.

Best Regards,
--Paul Steinberg

Mr. Farid made the decision not to engage in the public discourse.

A decision not to unequivocally denounce the acts of his ICNA "charity" and the war crimes of ICNA's leader.

Mr. Farid decided to sic his lawyer on BMM.

Many websites would have not known about Section 230, and the personal injury attorney hired by Mr. Farid no doubt thought this would be like doing a song-and-dance in front of a jury.

Public discourse can be heated and even rude at times. Recently on BMM we saw the exchange between Michael Seid and Jim Coen grow testy at times.

But here is the difference:

Mr. Seid and Mr. Coen had the courage to engage in a public debate. They did not resort to hiding behind Kevin Walsh, Esq.

The use of attorneys to shut down free speech did not originate with Mr. Farid & Mr. Walsh. And they are not even the best at it: BMM readers may recall that Cuppy's Coffee hired two different law firms to try and get my articles taken down.

BMM readers may also recall that the criticism of Cuppy's Coffee turned out to be entirely correct.

When Mr. Seid & Mr. Coen hurl barbs across cyberspace, they act on their own and hurt no one.

When Mr. Farid & Mr. Walsh threaten economically runious litigation against their critics, they act with the power of the Sovereign at their disposal.

In fact it is precisely because of people like Mr. Farid & Mr. Walsh that the legislators in California enacted their anti-SLAPP statute.

Regardless of what you think of Edible Arrangements and Tariq Farid, the threat to free speech affects all of us.

 

Terrorist Funding

In many cases, the money trail that funds terrorist organizations will usually lead to the U.S.

Corbin has done an incredible job digging into the charitable activities at Edible Arrangements spearheaded by Tariq Farid.

Franchisees and their customers want to know the character and culture of the companies they are supporting. The Perino lawsuit speaks volumes on Mr. Farid's character.

Mr. Farid's reminds me Raj Rajaratnam who along with his father, Jesuthansan, set-up the Rajaratnam Family Foundation to support "charitable" causes in Sri Lanka. A large percentage of their support was channeled to the terrorist organization Tamil Tigers. They are responsible for inventing the suicide bombing belt a technology that was exported to both Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

Rajaratnam had also invested money raised by the Tamil Tigers in the Galleon Fund. Makes me wonder how much money raised by ICNA and Ashrafuz Zaman Khan is invested in Edible Arrangement's franchises in the states and internationally. Mumbai has been a long standing target for Islamic activist. Might be the reason for the Juhu, Mumbai store opening in 2011.

Mr. Farid's lawyers should know under U.S. law you don't need to prove that money given to a charitable organization that funded terrorism was actually spent on arms, bullets, and bombs. It's enough to show the charitable organization applied a portion of its funds for terrorist purposes.

In 2009, Tariq Farid was awarded Entrepreneur Of The Year by the International Franchise Association.

Re: portion of funds

Re: Mr. Farid's lawyers should know under U.S. law you don't need to prove that money given to a charitable organization that funded terrorism was actually spent on arms, bullets, and bombs. It's enough to show the charitable organization applied a portion of its funds for terrorist purposes.

This week a federal judge said the same thing in ruling against the Alavi Foundation:

"The court is mindful that Alavi has also conducted certain charitable activities, including making grants to universities, donations to schools, and grants to art and literature programs. Notwithstanding those charitable services, Alavi's actions on behalf of Assa, Bank Melli, and Iran establish its culpability."

The family of an American killed by Hezbollah in 1984 are trying to get the Alavi Foundation assets.

"IFA is NOT a Terrorist Organization" - Richard Quick

I have not read this article, but I assume by the headline "Edible Arrangements Denies Funding Terrorists" that Edible Arrangements and my good friend Fariq Tarid are under fire for helping to fund the International Franchise Association (IFA) and its VetFran program.

Let me forcefully and unequivocably state that the IFA is in NO WAY an organization that aides and abets terrorists and when I say NO WAY I mean that this has never been officially proven by any national or international agency.  The state department memos warning to stay away from IFE franchise conventions are simply travel warnings; Our lobbbyists assure us the IFA has NOT been added to the State Dept. Terrorist Watch List and will not be during this election cycle at the very least.

Edible Cares and Mr. Tarid Cares.  He cares so deeply for the Americans who helped enhance and beautify his native Middle East that when they return from Iraq & Afghanistan, Mr. Farid does whatever it takes to get them into an Edible Arrangements franchise.  Amassing debt in order to sit in a room and cut pieces of fruit into decorative shapes is one of the top recommended treatments of PTSD, according to VetFran counselors.

You bleeding hearts love to whine about VetFran franchisees ending up in shelters and soup kitchens after exercising their American right to amass huge debt and go bankrupt. Who do you think funds those shelters and soup kitchens?  The liberals and nanny-staters behind BlueMauMau and Unhappy Franchisee?  No... job creators like Fariq Tarid and groups like the ICNA!

Do you really think ex-franchisees care if the ICNA soup kitchen is run by a convicted war criminal when they're staring at a hot delicous styrafoam bowl of lentil soup?  Believe me, they'll just be happy to be no longer be living off leftover spoiling fruit cut in decorative shapes... and they'll have Mr. Fariq Tarid & Edible Arrangements to thank for their good fortune!

God bless franchising, God bless Edible Arrangements and God Bless America!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

"IFA is NOT a Terrorist Organization" - Richard Quick

I have not read this article, but I assume by the headline "Edible Arrangements Denies Funding Terrorists" that Edible Arrangements and my good friend Fariq Tarid are under fire for helping to fund the International Franchise Association (IFA) and its VetFran program.

Let me forcefully and unequivocably state that the IFA is in NO WAY an organization that aides and abets terrorists and when I say NO WAY I mean that this has never been officially proven by any national or international agency.  The state department memos warning to stay away from IFE franchise conventions are simply travel warnings; Our lobbbyists assure us the IFA has NOT been added to the State Dept. Terrorist Watch List and will not be during this election cycle at the very least.

Edible Cares and Mr. Tarid Cares.  He cares so deeply for the Americans who helped enhance and beautify his native Middle East that when they return from Iraq & Afghanistan, Mr. Farid does whatever it takes to get them into an Edible Arrangements franchise.  Amassing debt in order to sit in a room and cut pieces of fruit into decorative shapes is one of the top recommended treatments of PTSD, according to VetFran counselors.

You bleeding hearts love to whine about VetFran franchisees ending up in shelters and soup kitchens after exercising their American right to amass huge debt and go bankrupt. Who do you think funds those shelters and soup kitchens?  The liberals and nanny-staters behind BlueMauMau and Unhappy Franchisee?  No... job creators like Fariq Tarid and groups like the ICNA!

Do you really think ex-franchisees care if the ICNA soup kitchen is run by a convicted war criminal when they're staring at a hot delicous styrafoam bowl of lentil soup?  Believe me, they'll just be happy to be no longer be living off leftover spoiling fruit cut in decorative shapes... and they'll have Mr. Fariq Tarid & Edible Arrangements to thank for their good fortune!

God bless franchising, God bless Edible Arrangements and God Bless America!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

Interesting

This is interesting that you are defending this group. You can say what you but the IFA is what it is. Tariq Farid and his donations are what they are. It's hard to assume that he's not a terrorist. If it looks like a terrorist, donates to terrorist groups, then anyone could be assumed to be a terrorist. That's just the way the world works, my friend.
Tariq is doing no franchisee any favors by letting them open up his overpriced fruit business. I had a friend who worked in the corporate office and she explained to me how badly he lies and manipulates the franchisees. They are basically his employees. He doesn't give them any opportunity to own a business and thrive, just merely run a business for Tariq that requires no liability on his part and all the burden on the franchisees. It's a great system if you are the one on the top. I guess though, you have to be able to sleep at night with a guilty conscious. I know there's a lot of greedy, manipulative, & selfish people out there that this isn't a problem for. It sounds to me like your friend, Tariq is one of them.

Helping the impoverished get their start... Richard Quick

Visitor writes:  "I guess though, you have to be able to sleep at night with a guilty conscious. I know there's a lot of greedy, manipulative, & selfish people out there that this isn't a problem for. It sounds to me like your friend, Tariq is one of them."

I find that sleeping well at night has more to do with thread count and fabric than business decisions.  I highly recommend 100 percent Egyptian cotton sateen with at least a 1020 thread count.  They run about $2400 before monogramming, but they are worth it.

You liberals are quick to criticize job-creators like me, Faruq Tarid, and my Quiznos buddies, the Schadens, but you rarely give us credit for not only aiding the destitute, the hungry and the homeless, (aka "takers") but for having helped them get their start!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

Helping the impoverished get their start... Richard Quick

Visitor writes:  "I guess though, you have to be able to sleep at night with a guilty conscious. I know there's a lot of greedy, manipulative, & selfish people out there that this isn't a problem for. It sounds to me like your friend, Tariq is one of them."

I find that sleeping well at night has more to do with thread count and fabric than business decisions.  I highly recommend 100 percent Egyptian cotton sateen with at least a 1020 thread count.  They run about $2400 before monogramming, but they are worth it.

You liberals are quick to criticize job-creators like me, Faruq Tarid, and my Quiznos buddies, the Schadens, but you rarely give us credit for not only aiding the destitute, the hungry and the homeless, (aka "takers") but for having helped them get their start!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

I have some news from you, Richard

Richard,
I have some news for you. If you think I'm a liberal, think again. I just make business decisions with a conscious. I see that you do differently. I'm in the top 2%. I get the routine IRS audits just like you.i Just appreciate the people who helped me get there. I don't take anything, I have what I have because I earned it. Nothing pisses me off more than the "takers" but those are the ones who don't work. I'll admit though, there were some greedy people out there when I was younger who did take from my hard work. It was actually a franchise. I'll tell you what though, I took what they did to me and made something of myself by myself. I'm not longer needing to sell a bottle of water at a 6% royalty. We are the same. You are just a little more greedy and heartless than the way I did it. Also, I'm not a terrorist and I did it the American Way rather than prying on hard working Americans. I hope that the FBI digs and digs into your friend, Tariq. I'm willing to bet they will find exactly what he looks like. Maybe they should go dig a little into you.

Free Fariq Tarid! Save the job-creators! Richard Quick, Esq.

Visitor writes "If you think I'm a liberal, think again... I'm in the top 2%."

Don't be ashamed.  I was down once too (briefly).  Drop that conscious nonsense and maybe you'll join us 1%ers

"I get the routine IRS audits just like you."
1%ers don't get audited. One of the perks.

"Nothing pisses me off more than the 'takers'"
That's the spirit!

"We are the same. You are just a little more greedy and heartless..."
And, hence, more successful...

"I hope that the FBI digs and digs into your friend, Tariq... Maybe they should go dig a little into you."
Insiders tell me I have my own file cabinet at the FBI. Which is why I conduct business most days in my floating office just beyond international boundary waters and do my banking in New Utopia (safer than the Caymans).

Free Tariq Farid!  Stop demonizing job-creators!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

Free Fariq Tarid! Save the job-creators! Richard Quick, Esq.

Visitor writes "If you think I'm a liberal, think again... I'm in the top 2%."

Don't be ashamed.  I was down once too (briefly).  Drop that conscious nonsense and maybe you'll join us 1%ers

"I get the routine IRS audits just like you."
1%ers don't get audited. One of the perks.

"Nothing pisses me off more than the 'takers'"
That's the spirit!

"We are the same. You are just a little more greedy and heartless..."
And, hence, more successful...

"I hope that the FBI digs and digs into your friend, Tariq... Maybe they should go dig a little into you."
Insiders tell me I have my own file cabinet at the FBI. Which is why I conduct business most days in my floating office just beyond international boundary waters and do my banking in New Utopia (safer than the Caymans).

Free Tariq Farid!  Stop demonizing job-creators!

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

Tariq Farid is a businessman

In a lot of countries, is good business marketing to fund terrorist sympathizers.

Some of those countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

That may be why Tariq is giving money to them. It is a business decision and the terror connection helps to sell franchise territories.

Richard Quick geography error

Fariq Tarid is a native of Pakistan. That is not the Middle East, although the Wahhabis fund the madrassas which have infected Pakistan with terrorist supporters.

Fariq's buddy at the ICNA soup kitchen was a Pakistani who tortured Bangladeshi civic leaders. Bangladesh courts sentenced Fariq's buddy to hang, but as you know one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Absolutely Silly

I came to this site because I had heard the nonsense being spewed about Tariq. I have known and worked occasionally with him for more than a decade. He is a good man. Period.

No I am not Muslim. The fact that he gives money to Muslim charities and that one of those charities may have some members who are terrorists does not make him any more a terrorist supporter than the Irish that gave to Irish charities or Jews that donated to Kahane or more moderate Jewish Organizations. Is every Catholic a pediophile now also because they gave money to their churches and some of the clergy did horrible things. I just wrote a check to a military charity, am i now responsible for the shooting at Ft. Hood also or the prison in Iraq?

Are you also saying that by extension the suppliers of food to his company, his lawyers, his doctor, his accountant, his consultant are all terrorists also. Exactly where does it stop? I guess I need to be careful if I choose to fly Qatar Airline instead of Delta and heaven forbid I go to see a Nets game and eat Arab food in Brooklyn. After all, since many of those merchants are Muslim, they must know and support a terrorist someplace. Is that what you really believe?

You people are absolutely despicable about how you treat others without having any knowledge about them. The internet has been called an informational cesspool by some but you folks take that to a whole new level.

Its easy to attach Muslims - its become a national sport of sorts. There are terrible Muslims and they did and do terrible things. Be careful that you don't take us back to the time when all we saw was race or religion and felt real comfortable with White Only Water fountains and No Jews Allowed signs. A man is what he is. Not what someone else who shares his race or religion or skin color are. Lets see how many of you can stand up to your historic heritage's stereotypes. If you are going to be bigots at least be honest bigots and use the terms that bigots use. What a disgrace this place is.

He is a good man?

Have you read the lawsuit? Have you read what he has said to Ms. Perino? I don't think those are things "good men" say. Also, these are all alleged but when your attorney quits and you serve a fake civil suit to me, that shows guilt. You can defend him all you want but the facts are the facts. No one is going to change them.
Your comparison isn't a real comparison. Yes, if you continue to donate to an organization that is involved with terrorist activities, it's safe to say that's something that you support. The whole Fort Hood and Catholic pediophile case has NOTHING to do with the organizations. That was an individual acting out as an individual. Be realistic in your argument please.
Support him or not, the facts are the facts. I don't see anything silly about facts.

Way down upon the Suwanee River

I read what Ms. Perino said he said. Now plaintiffs in law suits never ever ever lie? Why would they? Yes since it is in a law suit - it must be true. Is that your belief system? Guilty until proven innocent? Why, because he is an evil franchisor or is it because he is a Muslim franchisor and therefore by definition he must be evil? Lets just do away with courts and go right to accused = guilty.

Let me understand your formula for justice. Franchisor + accusation + Muslim = you are so guilty we should just skip the trial and ship the accused off to Gitmo before even asking any questions. That saves time. I get it now.

We can even skip Gitmo. After we accuse the Muslim, why not just find some trees in Alabama and we can all put on hoods, have a barbecue, sing Mammy and get some black folk to do a tap dance. Heck I get it. All of those Sand N...grs are guilty of something after all and need to be punished. Your thought process is exactly the same as the Nazis, skin heads, good old boys, KKK, Black Panthers and Al-Qaeda. You are a card-carrying member of the clan of the bigots. Welcome to the dark ages.

You are a certified racist. You are truly scary and a throwback. What is sad is that I and a bunch of other folks actually put on a uniform so that you have the right to say what you want and think as you do.

A racist?

I was in the military so fought for freedom. I even ordered from Edible Arrangements once and actually found this article because i was going to order. I live in America which does afford me the right to speak up. If you don't want people to write articles about you then don't donate to questionable organizations, beat your wife, and get dragged through the legal system like its a hobby.

Don't know what else to call it

Beats his wife? What now every Muslim man beats their wives? I know one or two that actually let their daughters learn how to read and have not yet had the chance to practice that age old tradition that all Muslim men have of cutting off their noses. Some even let their daughters go out on dates and don't do honor killings and I even heard that a few secretly let their wives and daughters drive cars without a male relative in the back seat.

Dragged through the legal system? Even if true, that makes him a terrorist?

Questionable organizations? The democratic and republican party are considered by some people as questionable organizations.

Yes you are judging him not on the facts but on his background and his beliefs and because of that you are certain that any claim made against him must be true. What would you call that - it sure ain't most people's American Way.

Just keep judging people before the facts are known, simply because they are somehow different from you. When someone comes after you because you are different than them, tell me about this precious right of free speech. We have it thankfully. But if you want to use it in a way that strips a person of the other right of being innocent until a court of law proclaims them guilty and wants to do it before even the FACTS are known, that is just nonsense. But if you do it also because their religious beliefs or other attributes are different than you, then yea you are a racist.

You have the absolute right to speak up. We all do thankfully. Better folks than you or me made sure of that. I just think it is more appropriate to judge each person on their own proven acts then condemn them because of where they came from or which building they go into on Friday, Saturday or Sunday - or never. If you want to keep the gift of freedom, share it, fight real hard for it every day and then, treat it with the respect it deserves.

Ad hominem attacks

Rule suspension when talking about Muslims and Franchisors

This Bluemaumau Posting Guideline is no longer in effect. Will you be suspending or revising any of the other Posting Guidelines?

"Strong personal accusations without any evidence against individuals are not appropriate. As much as we appreciate free speech, this is forum for discussions about franchising, not about personalities. Please do not use words such as Mr. or Ms. X is a crook, felon, drunk, drug addict, adulteress, etc. to describe an individual without the strongest of collaborating evidence, like links to legal documents showing he went to prison. This is not a gossip site about franchise leaders."

I don't think that collaborating evidence includes the pleadings in a case. This is not a gossip site about franchise leaders? What would you call what is happening here?

Ad hominem attacks

Rules don't seem to apply here. Say anything, write anything. Allow lonely "franchise professionals" to post anything about anyone-it's ok.

This site is riddled with posts calling people things that should result in a lawsuit. And BMM facilities it and does so for traffic. People are starting to sue others based on online posts--I hope that it happens here as it is probably the only thing that will make people behave like grown ups.

Throw in red meat and watch everyone get excited

I've spent about an hour on this site and from what I can tell, it appears to draw on the worse in people to get traffic.

You have a group of "regulars" who post here (replacing something missing in their lives) and hatchet stories modeled after tabloids. If you're angry, a nitwit, or simply NEED some attention, this is the site for you!

The lack of true journalistic integrity in the writing is appalling. Authors seem to fling a lot of "stuff" with the hope that it stirs up enough action.

Welcome to BMM

Its sort of like a car wreck. People stop to look at the damage but few get out of their cars to participate.

Has this guy ever clearly said that he hated OBL?

Did anyone else notice that their website makes no reference to Osama Bin Ladin or the JFK assignation? Why don't they reference WACO? Seems fishy to me. Someone should write an article riddled with innuendo and then wait for the trolls to show up in a frenzy.

Also, I've never seen an Edible Arrangement in the form of a US Solder crushing a terrorist. Have you? Ever wonder why? BMM should run a story about this little known fact. And ask "Why?" or simply use a black and white image of Mr. Tarid in a awkward position--perhaps getting out of a car or chewing his food with his mouth open.

Perhaps they could find a former employee to say something vague and mysterious?

OBL reference

If you are referring to Islamic Relief, that is a matter of debate.

Although Tariq Farid has supported IRW and was a speaker at the AMC conference co-sponsored by IRW in 2010, the IRW organization itself was the cause of a diplomatic dispute between Israel and the UK.

Ayaz Ali (sometimes spelled Iyaz Ali) was an IRW worker arrested in Israel in 2006.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign affairs released a statement that Ali had images of OBL and swastikas, etc on his computer. The Ministry also said that IRW was a front for funding terror activities, specifically Al Wafa and Al Tzalah.

The UK DIFD denied that Ali and IRW had any connection to terrorist organizations and said there was no evidence for the claims of the Israeli MFA.

The charity named in the Blue Mau Mau article was IRNA, which is not connected to the IRW.

oops, s/b DFID

Should be the DFID (Dept for International Development)

If You Can't Pay Up, You Best Shut Up - Richard Quick, Esq.

One of the "Visitor"s is 100% correct.  Questioning Mr. Farid's charitable contributions is EXACTLY like Nazi persecutions and KKK lynchings.  We don't send our brave servicemen and women into harm's way to defend our freedom just to have those freedoms exercised by those who would say things that displease us wealthy job-creators.

There is nothing more American than the rich retaining expensive Ahole law firms (such as my own) to bully and beat the crap out of those who haven't EARNED the right to express their opinions (and by "haven't earned" I mean can't afford their own expensive Ahole law firms). Unless we want to continue to grow this welfare state, we need to inspire young disadvantaged youth to strive to better themselves, to rise from their entitlement program roots, to amass enough wealth to hire Ahole law firms of their own that will defend their 1st Amendment rights while depriving their detractors of theirs.

The notion that everyone should have an equal freedom of expression is downright anti-capitalist and anti-American. If people have the right to express their opinions without getting their asses sued off, everyone will just live off welfare and sit around blogging in their underwear like the owners of BlueMauMau and UnhappyFranchisee.Com.

At my law firm of Quick, Duhk & Hyde, I remind our clients that "Freedom is not free."  It comes with a cost.  That cost usually comes in the form of an upfront retainer and hefty monthly billings, due upon receipt.

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

If You Can't Pay Up, You Best Shut Up - Richard Quick, Esq.

One of the "Visitor"s is 100% correct.  Questioning Mr. Farid's charitable contributions is EXACTLY like Nazi persecutions and KKK lynchings.  We don't send our brave servicemen and women into harm's way to defend our freedom just to have those freedoms exercised by those who would say things that displease us wealthy job-creators.

There is nothing more American than the rich retaining expensive Ahole law firms (such as my own) to bully and beat the crap out of those who haven't EARNED the right to express their opinions (and by "haven't earned" I mean can't afford their own expensive Ahole law firms). Unless we want to continue to grow this welfare state, we need to inspire young disadvantaged youth to strive to better themselves, to rise from their entitlement program roots, to amass enough wealth to hire Ahole law firms of their own that will defend their 1st Amendment rights while depriving their detractors of theirs.

The notion that everyone should have an equal freedom of expression is downright anti-capitalist and anti-American. If people have the right to express their opinions without getting their asses sued off, everyone will just live off welfare and sit around blogging in their underwear like the owners of BlueMauMau and UnhappyFranchisee.Com.

At my law firm of Quick, Duhk & Hyde, I remind our clients that "Freedom is not free."  It comes with a cost.  That cost usually comes in the form of an upfront retainer and hefty monthly billings, due upon receipt.

Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.
Founding Partner, Quick, Duhk & Hyde

Comments re: Edible Arrangements & terrorism

Some interesting points have been made regarding the original article and the followup article, which fall into a few broad categories.

Discussion of Tariq Farid's connection to the ICNA is anti-Muslim.

  • Mr. Khan was convicted by a Bangladeshi court. That nation is 90% Muslim, most of them adherents of the Sunni branch of Islam.
  • Mr. Farid is from Pakistan. That nation is 97% Muslim, and again overwhelmingly Sunni.
  • In fact, most of those killed by terrorists are Muslim. This is why the Egyptian government started running ads on TV denouncing terrorism. Even the Saudis are getting a bit uncomfortable with their inability to control radical elements.
  • Terrorism is terrorism. Torture is torture. Murder is murder. Just because the perpetrator and the victim both profess to follow the teachings of the Prophet does not make it better; in fact it makes it worse.
  • Even after a war crimes tribunal in a Muslim-majority country convicted Mr. Khan, the public position of Mr. Farid is that Mr. Khan is an "alleged terrorist".
  • In other words: a court in an Islamic nation convicts someone of terrorism, but Mr. Farid is unwilling to take a position and denounce the man for being a convicted terrorist. Instead, Mr. Farid still to this day calls Mr. Khan an "alleged" terrorist.
  • In the spirit of ecumenicism, Mr. Farid might consider the caution of Maimonides regarding charity: "One should not put into the box unless he knows that the one responsible for the box is faithful and wise and a proper leader."

It is unfair to judge the ICNA based on the actions of "some members."

  • Convicted war criminal Mr. Khan was not simply a "member" of the ICNA--he was the head of the ICNA.
  • The hate-spewing radical views of the ICNA go back more than a decade, and were discussed in public sources well before Mr. Farid decided to make his contribution.
  • Given thousands of charities, many of them Islamic, to which Mr. Farid could have made a donation, Mr. Farid chose to give to this particular charity.

The Irish Republican Army did the same thing and was supported by many Americans.

  • This is true.
  • Many of the same arguments being made today by supporters of Edible Arrangements were made in the 1970s and 80s by supporters of the IRA.
  • American money was a prime source of funding for IRA terrorists, and those Americans who funded the IRA knew what they were doing at the time, and they do have blood on their hands.
  • Perceptions changed, particularly after the Christmas 1983 bombing of the Harrod's department store which resulted in the murder of 6 people including an American.
  • The Harrod's bombing caused a furious Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to demand that President Reagan take action to stop Americans funding IRA bombings.
  • Many denounced IRA supporters at the time, and even today people (of whom I am one) are appalled at the continued failure of Representative Peter King to take a coherent stand in denouncing all terrorism.
  • I am not aware of any franchisors who supported the IRA.

Meir Kahane did the same thing and was supported by many Americans.

  • Partially true.
  • There is no doubt that Kahane was a terrorist.
  • It is also true that American money supported Kahane.
  • It is also true that Kahane was a marginal figure who never enjoyed broad support either in the US (where he was pelted with eggs on the street) or in Israel, both the US and Israel denounced him as a terrorist and put him in jail.
  • In fact in Israel, his political party was banned, Kahane was imprisoned, and he was the first Jew to be charged with sedition by Israel.
  • Kahane was assassinated. In his obituary the New York Times noted: "To his enemies, including many in Israel, he was a charlatan and a racist."
  • Not many mainstream Americans ever said that Kahane was an "alleged" terrorist; they called him what he was-- a terrorist, pure and simple.
  • And I am not aware of any franchisors who donated money to Kahane.

The articles were an ad hominem attack on Tariq Farid.

  • Although technically correct in the sense that the articles discussed Mr. Farid, this is not correct insofar as the usage of "ad hominem" includes the irrelevant nature of the statement.
  • Mr. Farid uses his "charitable" contributions as (at least in part) a marketing and public relations effort. He does not exactly hide his light under a barrel: he names his foundation after himself, as well as affixing his family name to his school in Connecticut and foundation in Pakistan.
  • The International Franchise Association press release honoring Mr. Farid even mentions 2 of Mr. Farid's charities by name.
  • No doubt Mr. Farid would prefer that media in the United States ignore his support of the ICNA but pay attention to his support of American veterans.
  • Conversely Mr. Farid would likely prefer that media in the Middle East ignore his support of American veterans but pay attention to his support of ICNA.
  • In either case, the "charity" of Mr. Farid is a matter of legitimate inquiry-- not least because Mr. Farid himself has linked it to his franchise company Edible Arrangements.

BlueMauMau.Org tolerates postings contrary to its guidelines.

  • This is really a matter to address to the Publisher.
  • But I would say that the purpose of the site is noted in those Guidelines, and that purpose is to discuss franchising and part of that is to give prospective purchasers information to make an informed decision.
  • The Publisher has taken down comments which threatened violence, and on one occasion banned someone who was commenting on the sexual dalliances of a franchisor executive. Those are very rare events which most of us agree are either threatening violence (as in the former case) and/or irrelevant (as in the latter case).
  • If Mr. Farid were simply making charitable contributions for the sake of charity, then this complaint might be meritorious.
  • But Mr. Farid himself believes that his "charity" is a matter reflecting on his involvement in the franchise industry, and the leading trade group for the franchise industry agrees and even honored Mr. Farid for that "charity."
  • Mr. Farid's own application which prospective franchisees must submit discusses terrorist activities as a matter which are pertinent to Edible Arrangements considering whether to sell a franchise to an applicant.
  • There is a clear nexus--established by Edible Arrangements, by Mr. Farid, and by the International Franchise Association--which links the matters discussed in the BMM articles to the purpose of the BMM website.

Terror Finance columnist disputes Edible Arrangements claim

Writing on TerrorFinance.Org, columnist A.D. Kendall addressed the claim by the attorney for Edible Arrangements regarding the supposed support of a women's shelter:

ICNA Relief USA isn’t exactly a ‘special fund’ anyway.  It is a tax-exempt entity operated by ICNA.  The statement that ICNA Relief USA provides transitional housing to women may be true, but it is quite misleading in terms of the charity’s primary activities:  according to their own last tax return, ICNA Relief USA spent just $580,000 on housing for women out of its total $5 million in annual expenses.

On the revenue side, ICNA Relief USA received a $30,000 grant in 2012 from Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a Michigan-based Islamic charity with links to a Pakistani front charity that funds Hamas.

Why is Tariq Farid's head adminstrator is pro Muslim Brotherhood

There is clearly something wrong with Edible Arrangement's founders. Here is more evidence from my own investigations.

The words of the founder of the terrorist organization Muslim Brotherhood wer quoted by CAIR-CT executive director Mongi Dhaouadi, who, prior to joining CAIR-CT, was the Head Administrator at SKF Academy (Salma K. Farid Academy) in Hamden Connecticut. This Islamic academy is fully controlled by Edible Arrangement's Farid brothers through their Farid foundation.

Yes, an ex head administrator of the school fully controlled by Edible Arrangements is a fan in public of the Muslim Brotherhood. Unlikely that the EA owners did not know.

See http://www.clarionproject.org/document/cair-ct-quotes-muslim-brotherhoo… and http://www.cair-ct.com/staff.php

Je suis Charlie.

Je suis Charlie.