Rep. Jim Cooper, (D – Tennessee), who has been endorsed by the J Street-PAC, will be earning his keep stumping for J Street on March 31, 2014 at the Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville led by Islam apologist Rabbi Mark Schiftan.
In 2010, Rep. Cooper signed the bi-partisan Hoyer-Cantor letter that reaffirmed “our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel…Our valuable bilateral relationship with Israel needs and deserves constant reinforcement. As the Vice-President said during his recent visit to Israel: ‘Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to security, none. No space.’”
(It’s interesting that Tennessee’s other J Street enthusiast, Jewish Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen, did not sign the letter).
What a shame that Rep. Cooper’s understanding about the security needs of Israel is so easily compromised by the promise of J Street dollars. Does Cooper know what J Street stands for?
For example, “The organization is known for taking a critical stance against Israel and pressuring Washington to do the same. J Street has opposed building in Jewish areas of East Jerusalem, spoke out against Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, and refused to condemn the famously-biased Goldstone Report following the operation, which American Jewish groups largely unified against. In January, the group called on the U.S. government to not veto the UN Security Council resolution condemning continued West Bank settlement construction, an action that prompted U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to break ties with the group and call their campaign ‘the befuddled choice of an organization so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out.‘“
“Indeed, a look at its record of actions reveals positions more aligned with the so-called moderate Palestinian Authority rather than mainstream Israeli political positions. For example, this month J Street urged U.S. House members not to vote on a Congressional letter calling on the Palestinian Authority to root out incitement against Jews and Israel.” (emphasis added)
More recently, a just released documentary “The J Street Challenge” makes the compelling case best summarized by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz: that J Street is “neither pro-Israel nor pro-peace.” As he so aptly states, “truth in advertising requires that it [J Street] no longer proclaim itself a friend of Israel, a friend of peace, a friend of truth, or a friend of the Obama Administration.”
J Street’s funding by Israel-hating George Soros, it’s collaboration with advocates of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel and J Street’s own consistent criticism of Israel’s government and its policies, is all presented in the “The J Street Challenge,” raising very reasonable questions about J Sreet’s misguided agenda.
Rep. Cooper should not be involved in J Street’s goal of dividing the Jewish community. Does he even know whether J Street represents a majority of the Jews in his district – or the Jews that support him? Has he read about J Street’s anti-CUFI and anti-Evangelical support for Israel?
Cooper should question how his support for Israel squares with J Street, but do so with more objective information. J Street may be a natural match for The Temple given its extreme leftist affiliations and apologist outreach to Muslim Brotherhood Islamists. If that is how Cooper defines his support for Israel, better that voters in his district know now.
On February 22, 2014, The Tennessean reported that Nashville psychiatrist Dr. A K Fakhruddin, closed his practice and surrendered his medical license to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.
“The board disciplined Fakhruddin after the Tennessee Attorney General investigated him for submitting claims to TennCare that were not backed up by medical records.”
That sounds like a nice way of saying he committed medical insurance fraud.
The settlement agreement also requires him to reimburse the state $325,758. While the typically Islamist-apologist Tennessean downplayed Fakhruddin’s fraud, NPR reported that over a three year period, he defrauded TennCare by “nearly a million dollars.”
Fakhruddin of course, denies any wrongdoing.
Two days later on February 24, 2014, a picture of Dr. Fakhruddin’s wife Ziaun with Betty Werthan, who married into Werthan Packaging,Inc family, taken during the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) mosque visit to Rabbi Schiftan’s synagogue, The Temple.
“They held hands. They shared a meal. They laughed and joked.” Maybe while they were holding hands, Ziaun shared the story of her husband’s crime with her new friend. Maybe Betty had already read about in the newspaper.
Or, maybe Ziaun told Betty about her son, Rashed Fakhruddin, now vice-chair of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). Originally from Bangladesh, Rashed grew up in Nashville and attended high school there. Along with Awadh Binhazim, (the Vandebilt MSA chaplain who confirmed Islam’s capital punishment for homosexuality, here and here), Fakhruddin served on the Shura Council.
The Shura is a council of men in the community who act essentially as an informal “court” to carry out Sharia law. Fakhruddin also served as the President of the Islamic Center of Nashville Board from 2003-05. Rashed is reported to work for NES as a Senior Engineer in System Protection and Communications.
So, how far does the accused Dr. Fakhruddin’s apple fall from the tree?
Soumaya Khalifa, founder of the Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau will be speaking at a Nashville Family of Abraham meeting on February 27, 2014. Woodmont Christian Church is hosting the event, which should surprise no one given the pastoral open support for groups like Clergy for Tolerance, an extreme leftist, religio-political open borders group. The title of her talk is “My Interfaith Journey from Egypt to Atlanta via Texas.”
The Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) is an affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group (ING) as is TN AMAC who announced its ING affiliate status in August 2012. Affiliate status means that ING will come and train Islamic speakers to present canned scripts on a variety of topics.
The Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta ING affiliate websites offer the same listing of ING presentations. The Minnesota affiliate offers the same scripts, although listed in a more elaborate format and with additional offerings, such as form letters for marketing their services to school superintendents, principals, teachers, law enforcement officials, etc.
ING was founded by Maha ElGenaidi who in 2012 documented her organizational collaborations with, and support from, Muslim Brotherhood groups including Hamas-CAIR, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). All of ING Islamist alliances are with either jihad or dawa (proselytizing) organizations.
Someone might want to ask whether these Muslim Brotherhood alliances influence the objectives and information presented by ING affiliates like Khalifa’s Atlanta Islamic Speakers Bureau.
Hamas-CAIR Promoter Works with Clergy for Tolerance
Like all Saul Alinsky devotees, ACO Director, Remziya Suleyman aligns with anyone and any organization, even one that provided financial support for the terrorist group Hamas. Suleyman’s support for CAIR didn’t stop Clergy for Tolerance from linking their group to her. There has been plenty documented (and easily found on the internet), about Suleyman’s relationship with CAIR - here, here, and here.
An Interfaith Journey That Leaves Out the Islamist Propaganda
Pakistani Julie Aftab also has an interfaith journey story that stops in Texas. Her story is the one that Islamists want to silence. They have tried to silence her by melting away part of her face with acid, by shooting at her, and by keeping her under an announced death threat. Even the Huffington Post and the Houston Chronicle won’t silence her even if they do scrupulously avoid admitting the fact that her attackers are Muslims.
Nonetheless, Julie’s story is instructive. If the Family of Abraham and their enablers like Rev. Stauffer, Flowers and Gung of Woodmont Christian Church want truth over propaganda, Julie will gladly come and share her story with them. It would be an interesting contrast to the story they will hear from Soumaya Khalifa whose mission is wedded to Islamic dawa and “taqiyah;” (also known as lying for the cause of Allah).
Staying true to their doctrine and mission, the Islamic Center of Tennessee has alerted their members to attend “this important Dawa and interfaith visit.
Dawa has one and only one meaning and objective – invite non-Muslims to Islam.
Dawa is the aggressive, religiously obligatory proselytizing of Islam which Islamist organizations say should also be conducted in U.S. public schools.
Second generation Islamists like Remziya Suleyman claim that advancing their religion in the U.S. is a matter of politics; the perfect example of political shariah.
Students at Islamic schools like the Anoor Academy in Knoxville are taught, (along with lies about Christians and Jews), about Dawa from the textbook What Islam Is All About:
- pg. 51 – “Da’wah, (Calling others to Islam)
- pg. 162 – “In Islamic teachings there are three activities a Muslim must do to affec the society around them…The three duties are Da’wah, Jihad and Encouraging the good while forbidding the evil.
What is Da’wah? ‘Call people to the path of your Lord with wisdom and inspiring speech. Reason with them in a superior and respectful manner. Certainly, your Lord knows best who strays from His path and who is guided.
- pg. 163 – “..we must also share [Islam] knowledge with others. If we don’t, then on the Day of Judgment they may stand there and accuse us of forgetting them and not telling them the one thing that would have saved them from Hell-fire.”
And, we wonder if Rabbi Schiftan knows that 5 times a day, Muslims implore their god Allah not to let them be like “those [the Jews] who earned Allah’s anger.”.
(Even Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that)
In both the Hadith and Sira, Mohammed repeatedly advises Muslims to lie to advance Islam. This skill is called “taqiyah;” better known as lying for the cause of Allah.
Using organizations like the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) and the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and forums like Family of Abraham, the Islamists in Tennessee have tried to convince their audiences that they want to build relationships based on mutual respect and shared issues of concern.
But Tennessee Islamist Drost Kokoye blew their cover. She publicly displayed the Islamic enmity towards Jews that is threaded throughout the Quran and which is taught in Islamic schools like the one in Knoxville. Contorting the mistaken distribution of a content accurate pro-Israel pamphlet, she posted the following on February 7, 2014:
The irony should not be lost on anyone living in Tennessee given what the Muslim students are being taught about Jews and Christians in the Islamic private schools like Anoor Academy in Knoxville. The textbook What Islam Is All About being used in the Knoxville school teaches students that Jews corrupted the Torah, that Jews consider themselves racially superior “calling themselves the chosen ones,” that the Jewish religion curses non-Jews, that Jews lead “decadent and immoral lives.” And there is much more.
Drost has also listened to Zaid Shakir who reminds his audiences that under Islamic law “the kafir won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
Drost likely also had some take-aways from the November 2013 presentation by Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Badawi is named on page 12 of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. His phone number was included in the Muslim Brotherhood’s phone directory that was introduced during the federal terrorism financing prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in which he was individually named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
Badawi’s friend and mentor is Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi, who makes it clear what he thinks about Jews and Israel. “He told a Muslim Brotherhood rally that Israel had no right to exist. The rally was the scene of mass chanting of ‘liberate Palestine … from the sons of monkeys and pigs.’ Qaradawi’s Jew-hatred is undiluted and canonical.”
“Qaradawi does not deny the Holocaust, he celebrates it… No camouflaging anti-Semitism as “anti-Zionism” there!”
So no one should be surprised when Drost, an AMAC and MYNT (Muslim Youth Network of TN) Board member, broadcasts her anti-Israel and Jew hatred that seems to energize the radical Islamists of her generation.
Drost also advocates boycotting Israeli products in support of the BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) movement, the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate the State of Israel.
It certainly makes you wonder about the interfaith-loving cover she provides to her comrade Remziya Suleyman who surrounds herself with pro-BDS, haters of Jews and the State of Israel and engages with others in Jew-related sarcasm.
Tennessee Islamists recently complained to their friend, Fox Channel 17 news reporter Sky Arnold, about a pamphlet that was inadvertently included in a pro-Israel booth at a school cultural/heritage fair. Looking to incite the Muslim community, the complainants posted this image of the pamphlet that addressed anti-Israel hate messages in Palestinian school materials.
The pamphlet these young radical extremists are referring to looks like the same information that has been documented and catalogued by the translators at Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) since 1996. A 2013 video from the Palestinian Authority TV of two young girlsreciting a poem about Jews as the “most evil among creations, barbaric monkeys,” is only one of the many examples that validate the assertions in the pamphlet. There are many more including:
- The recent Palestinian Authority TVhost report that “our prisoners are heroes and not terrorists.” These “heroes” are planners of suicide bombings.
PMW says that exposing the propaganda and separating fact from lies is one way to clear away deliberate obstruction to peace.
Even Hillary Clinton relies on PMW research. Speaking at a 2007 joint press conference with PMW, Clinton said:
“I have been speaking out against the incitement of hate and violence in Palestinian textbooks for years. In 2000 I joined Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel in New York to denounce the lessons of hatred and violence that are part of the curricula in Palestinian schools…..
This propaganda is dangerous. You know, words really matter. Some people sort of downplay the importance of words. But words really matter. Because in idealizing for children a world without Israel, children are taught never to accept the reality of the State of Israel, never to strive for a better future that would hold out the promise of peace and security to them, and is basically a message of pessimism and fatalism that undermines the possibility for these children living lives of fulfillment and productivity.
This has dire consequences for prospects of peace for generations to come
While the photograph above has the PMW and MEMRI websites listed, it is not clear what organization actually published this particular pamphlet. What is clear however, is that the content of the pamphlet has been documented by both PMW and MEMRI and is accurate. It is information that should be of concern to everyone.
If the Tennessee Islamists aren’t convinced by the PMW research, they could watch a few of the videos catalogued by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute. MEMRI follows what is being said in the Middle East by “monitoring, translating, and studying Arab, Iranian and Turkish media, schoolbooks, and religious sermons.” For example:
- http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1637.htm – TV Host on Hamas TV, Child Saraa Barhoum, Sings: “We Liberated Gaza by Force” Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) – December 20, 2007
- http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2599.htm – TV Cartoon Depicts Koran-Based Story of Jews Being Transformed into Apes Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) – August 25, 2010
- http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2291.htm – Anti-semitic Hamas TV Cartoon Portrays Stereotypical Jews, While Accusing Israeli Education System of Racism Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) – December 4, 2009
And here is the January 2014 New York Times article documenting the negative statements about Israel and Jews in official Palestinian Authority media and textbooks. Research included in the report:
Adolf Hitler is quoted on the websites of Palestinian Authority schools. A young girl appears on Palestinian television, describing Jews as “barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs” and the “murderers of Muhammad,” the Islamic prophet. Maps on the Facebook page of the Palestinian presidential guards do not show Israel. President Mahmoud Abbas himself embraced as “heroes” released Palestinian prisoners who killed Israelis.”
Textbook Used in Tennessee Islamic School Teaches Lies about Jews and Christians
Watch Knoxville Anoor Academy’s 2013 promo video carefully and at minute 1:04 you see a row of textbooks which are Yahiya Emerick’s What Islam Is All About. This text is being used in Islamic private and weekend schools around the U.S., including in Tennessee. According to Emerick, this book was written in standard English to teach Muslim children living in the U.S. about Islam. The following are only a few examples of what the children learn from the Knoxville academy textbook about their Jewish and Christian neighbors:
p. 187 – I. Who Follows Ibrahim’s Example?
“So, although the Christians and Jews may make a big noise about following Prophet Ibrahim, in fact, neither of them do. Prophet Ibrahim fulfilled Allah’s commands, the Jews don’t even follow half of what their corrupted books say. The Christians don’t follow anything except what their philosophers and priests make up from time to time.”
p. 188 – “Prophet Ibrahim called all people to Allah’s way of life. The ‘Jews’ don’t call anybody to anything. They subscribe to a belief in racial superiority calling themselves the ‘chosen’ ones and excluding non-Jews as much as possible. Their religion even teaches them to call down curses upon the worship places of non-Jews whenever they pass by them! They arrogantly refer to anyone who is not Jewish as ‘Gentiles,’ equating them with sin.”
“Prophet Ibrahim told people to do good and he forbade the wrong. Many ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ Jews and Christians lead such decadent and immoral lives that lying, alcohol, nudity, pronography, racism, foul language, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and everything else are accepted in their society, churches and synagogues. Just turn on the television in any Jewish or Christian community and see what’s ‘normal.’”
Complaining Islamist Is Also a Vocal BDS Collaborator
After learning about the pamphlet, local agitator, Drost Kokoye, contacted apologist reporter Sky Arnold who wrote about the story. Arnold reported that after students and parents complained about the pamphlet, the Nashville Jewish Federation issued an apology for offending Muslim sensitivities.
But Tennessee Islamist Drost Kokoye’s only interest is in censorship and incitement. As she said, the offered apology isn’t adequate. Of course not, because her real agenda is more in line with her Quaranic doctrine. She is a vigorous advocate of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against the State of Israel and agitation against Jews.
Kokoye, who previously was a local organizer for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), now works with Muslim youth and is a board member of the Muslim Youth Network of TN (MYNT) and the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). She collaborates closely with her friend, Remziya Suleyman, Dir. of the Islamist American Center for Outreach (ACO) and conveniently takes the role of “bad cop” for Suleyman, the Muslim voice of Tennessee, on sensitive interfaith issues like BDS.
Kokoye takes her inspiration from Islamic extremists like Siraj Wahhaj, Zaid Shakir, Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi, and more recently, her twitter buddy BDS leader, Ali Abunimah. She was very young when she and her family came to the U.S. as refugees from Iraq, and she seems to regret this move because she routinely expresses her disdain for Americans, calling them “stupid,” especially those she labels as “white people.”
Why Doesn’t the Jewish Federation Stand Up to Jew Haters?
Should the Jewish Federation’s director Mark Freedman have done the Obama-Cairo bow and scrape? Doesn’t Freedman understand yet that pro-BDS Jew and Israel haters like Drost Kokoye aren’t interested in apologies or appeasement of any degree? Doesn’t he understand that what she really seeks is the Islamist brass ring of full-blown dhimmitude for Jews? What will he say when CAIR insists that the Federation staff needs CAIR’s special sensitivity training?
Maybe Freedman should read what is posted on the national Jewish Federation website and the local Nashville Federation website. Myth and Fact #248 titled “People of the Book, Jews and Christians are protected under Islamic law” explains the dhimmi relationship. This entry ends on a statement of clarity that Freedman would do well to review: “The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, whom he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed.”
Myth and Fact #219 (#9 on the Nashville Federation website), is titled “Muslim schools in the United States teach tolerance of Judaism and other faiths, and promote coexistence with Israel.” Turns out this is the “myth.” This entry explains that Muslim schools in the United States, similar to schools in Arab and Islamic countries are likewise “indoctrinat[ing] students with hatred of Jews and Israel.”
With the recent start of the virulently anti-Israel, Jew-hating Students for Justice in Palestine student organization at UT-Knoxville, school districts in Tennessee using textbooks with overly pro-Palestinian terrorist whitewashing, CAIR anti-Semites training Muslim students, and now anti-Israel agitators like Drost Kokoye pushing BDS, it may be time for the Nashville Jewish community to wake up to the dangers confronting them and seek out strong and insightful leaders.
Nashville is not the only target for these Islamist agitators. The Nashville Jewish community is like all the rest in the U.S. This appeasement is a systemic problem and needs to be addressed.
According to Winston Churchill, “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
Remziya Suleyman, Director of American Center for Outreach (ACO), surrounds herself with friends who are Pro-BDS haters of Jews & the State of Israel.
“When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., Harvard University 1968.
In 2013, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)announced its status as an official student organization at UT-Knoxville. With about 100 chapters at last count, SJP organizes extreme hate-filled anti-Israel activity on college campuses around the country, including:
- Israel Apartheid Week – typically held between February – March and involves:
- Staging mock checkpoints where they stop students and yell “Are you Jewish?”
- Erecting “Apartheid Walls” with “Hamas posters describing Jews as baby-killers and maps showing the Jewish state erased and replaced with ‘Palestine.’”
- Posting eviction notices on dorm room doors to simulate housing demolition in Israel.
- BDS resolutions (boycott, divestment and sanctions against the State of Israel), calling for economic warfare agains the Jewish state. (The first divestment campaign was launched at UC Berkley on Holocaust Remembrance Day.)
- Hosting extremist/radical anti-Israel speakers who support terrorism against the State of Israel.
- Protesting pro-Israel groups, events and speakers. (SJP members at University of California, Irvine heckled Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren throughout his speech until they were removed by campus security.)
- Disrupting campus Holocaust memorial events and even worse, their perversion of the famous Holocaust quote “never again.”
Reports about vandalism of campus Jewish facilities, harassment of Jewish professors and students and even physical attacks by members of SJP have been reported at some schools.
If this is what SJP is reported to do, is this what UT-Knoxville can expect?
UT-Knoxville SJP’s Faculty Sponsor is Dr. Brian K. Barber, a 1996-97 grant recipient from the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP), renamed the Palestine Center, which is the educational arm of the Jerusalem Fund.
The chairman of the Jerusalem Fund is Samar Ali’s father, Subhi Ali. The Jerusalem Fund’s Executive Director openly advocates BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against the State of Israel. (See, “Samar Ali: Her Father’s Organization Wants to Destroy Israel.”)
SJP was founded in 2001 by co-founders Hatem Bazian, the Islamist, and Snehal Shingavi, the socialist — a “leftist-Islamist” alliance (also referred to as a “red-green” alliance). This joinder has allowed the SJP to appeal to a broader coalition, which includes left-wing activists and religio-cultural political groups like the Muslim Students Association.
Hatem Bazian Brought His Middle East Hate to School
- Virulently anti-Semitic Jew-hater who came as a college student to the U.S. from the Hamas stronghold of Nablus in the West Bank.
- Served as President of the General Union of Palestinian Students, the student arm of the PLO and an organization that was banned in Germany after the Munich Olympics massacre.
- Served as Muslim Students Association (MSA) president at Berkley
- Was a fundraising speaker for Kindhearts, a Hamas front closed by the US government after being considered for designation as a terrorist organization
- Co-founded Zaytuna College with Zaid Shakir, a repeat visitor to Nashville who tells his college audiences that, “under Islamic law the kafir won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.” He was quoted in the New York Times as saying that “he still hoped that one day the United States would be a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law.”
- Founded and chairs the national extremist anti-Israel organization American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which helps train and support SJP activists. SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian.
The IAP was created by a Hamas leader to be its U.S. propaganda arm and raise money for Hamas. IAP was listed as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s likeminded organizations in the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic plan for North America. IAP’s leadership founded CAIR – the Council on American Islamic Relations.
Sami al-Arian was the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the U.S. In 2006 when he was sentenced to 57 months in prison in connection with PIJ activities, the judge described him as a “master manipulator.” This past December, he was on Capitol Hill advocating for the restoration of Morsi’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Al-Arian also founded WISE (World and Islam Studies Enterprise). Hisham Sharabi, founder of the Jerusalem Fund, was a WISE Board member. Subhi Ali, Samar’s father, served alongside Sharabi until taking over as Chairman of the Jerusalem Fund. WISE was named in a federal indictment as part of a “criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence including murder, extortion, money laundering, fraud and issue of visas, and operated worldwide,” including in Florida.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), describes AMP as “anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination.”
AMP’s first conference in 2006 featured several former IAP leaders including Rafiq Jaber, Kifa Mustapha (imam at the radicalized Bridgeview mosque and unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator), Nihad Awad (Executive Director of CAIR and also an unindicted co-conspirator), and Osama Abu Irshaid (former head of the Holy Land Foundation, IAP board member and now AMP board member).
At a George Washington University SJP event, Osama Abu Irshaid told his audience that he considers firing rockets from Gaza into Israel “legitimate resistance.”
AMP’s continuing allegiance to terrorist organizations like Hamas has continued throughout their annual conferences. The opening speech at the2010 conference featured Holy Land Foundation (HLF) prosecution unindicted co-conspirator, Jamal Said, another imam at the radicalized Bridgeview mosque. The HLF prosecution was the largest terrorism financing prosecution in the U.S. involving the HLF charity being used to funnel money to Hamas.
To get a sense of what AMP is really about, look at who it has speak at its events: Nihad Awad has stated publicly that “I am in support of the Hamas movement” and Rafiq Jaber (another founding member of CAIR), who wasquoted as “describ[ing] Jews to the audience as ‘the worst kind of people,’ who came to Jerusalem ‘with false pretenses.’”
Hamed Ghazali, chairman of the MAS Council of Islamic Schools, was also a speaker at the AMP conference. He was quoted as saying that, “Allah gave us the Jews” as the primary historical and religious example of those who “take the wrong path.” He is named in the Muslim Brotherhood memorandum and was hired by the Islamic Pleasant View School in Memphis, TN as the Islamic Studies consultant.
AMP also works with the high school Muslim Student Associations. AMP’s 2012 “Palestine Activism” conference was co-hosted with a California high school MSA and featured Israel demonizer and former Jerusalem Fund fellow,Ali Abunimah. AMP also held a high school training session, including media activism, at the Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park, Illinois.
AMP’s National Campus Coordinator, Taher Herzallah teaches students how to be radical activists. He was one of the students arrested for heckling and disrupting Israeli Ambassador Oren’s speech at the University of California, Irvine.
Muslim Students Association and SJP
One researcher/writer describes the MSA and SJP as “genetically connected groups,” listing the many ways these two groups resemble each other and work together. He cites to the civil rights lawsuit filed against the U of California, Berkley after a Jewish student was attacked by an SJP agitator:
“[T]he two groups [MSA and SJP] not only co-sponsor events and cooperate on strategic projects, but they even share the same office and campus facilities. The more publicly activist SJP may be understood as the militant arm of the outwardly benevolent MSA. Members of the former are often members of the latter.”
A good example is the UC Berkley Islamist Sadia Saifuddin, who was nominated to serve as the 2014 -15 student regent on the board that sets policy for the entire University of California system. She is a member of both the MSA and SJP and co-sponsored a BDS resolution in the Berkeley student Senate calling on the entire University of California system to divest companies that do business with Israel.
These student groups well understand that the overarching goal and intent of BDS is to ultimately destroy and eliminate the State of Israel. A 2012 Northeastern University SJP rally included chanting “Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea” which means there would be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean—and no Jews.
Alternatively, they will settle for a second Holocaust. During a 2010 Israeli Apartheid Week at UC San Diego, speaker David Horowitz asked if an MSA member would condemn Hamas and Hizbollah. When the young woman tried to dodge the question, he rephrased: “I am a Jew. The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?” Her answer: “For it.”
SJP’s Faculty Advisor’s Connections
UT-Knoxville SJP’s Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Brian K. Barber, also heads the UTKCenter for the Study of Youth in Political Conflict (the Center). The Center’s mission is to help adolescents find out the source of the political conflict they experience and endorse or refute it.
Dr. Barber has been traveling to Palestine for over 20 years; perhaps that is how he connected with his Center’s Board member, Ms. Cairo Arafat. She was born in the U.S. but has resettled in the West Bank. She actively participates in the BDS movement there. She complains about security checkpoints and the security fence, without of course mentioning the Palestinian suicide bombers who blow themselves up in civilian settings like the Sbarro pizza restaurant and the terrorists who are subsequently glorifiedby their media.
“Zionists are the new Nazis! Zionists are the new Nazis!” was the hate-filled chanting of Arafat’s BDS protest group. Arafat says that she believes BDS will force Israel “to see [Palestinians] as equal partners, not as in a captive market or a group of people that they can exploit.”
BDS protestors persist in attacking Israeli businesses, such as SodaStream, that employ hundreds of Palestinian workers who are paid the same as Israeli employees, have all religious needs accommodated, and are working in an environment of respect where genuine relationships are reported to be taking hold.
The Interfaith Boycott Coalition includes “Jewish Voice for Peace, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine-Israel Network, United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network and Response, the United Methodist Kairos Response” along with Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamists.
AMP is also a member. Zaid Shakir and CAIR Director Zahra Billoo (a friend and colleague of Remziya Suleyman, who tweets support for Hamas), are supporters. All have ties to Tennessee.
Other Anti-Israel BDS Efforts in Tennessee
Endtheoccupation.org lists the following Tennessee member groups: Progressive Student Alliance at UT-Knoxville, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center in Memphis and the Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility of UCC in Pleasant Hill.
This coalition’s focus on delegitimizing the State of Israel, is also designed to convince black Americans that they have more to gain by aligning with the Palestinian “cause.” This premise is more than disingenuous given that the Arabic word “abeed” (sometimes spelled “and”), meaning “slave,” is used by Muslims to refer to black people, an issue that CAIR Director Dawud Walid complains about often.
Stunning Revelation That Tennesseans Should Heed
Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh had this to say after visiting several U.S. university campuses:
“Listening to some students and professors on these campuses, for a moment I thought I was sitting opposite a Hamas spokesman or a would-be-suicide bomber.
I was told, for instance, that Israel has no right to exist, that Israel’s ‘apartheid system’ is worse than the one that existed in South Africa …
What struck me more than anything else was the fact that many of the people I met on the campuses supported Hamas and believed that it had the right to “resist the occupation” even if that meant blowing up children and women on a bus in downtown Jerusalem.
The so-called pro-Palestinian “junta” on the campuses has nothing to offer other than hatred and de-legitimization of Israel. If these folks really cared about the Palestinians, they would be campaigning for good government and for the promotion of values of democracy and freedom in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Their hatred for Israel and what it stands for has blinded them to a point where they no longer care about the real interests of the Palestinians, namely the need to end the anarchy and lawlessness, and to dismantle all the armed gangs that are responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Palestinians over the past few years……
What is happening on the U.S. campuses is not about supporting the Palestinians as much as it is about promoting hatred for the Jewish state. It is not really about ending the “occupation” as much as it is about ending the existence of Israel…..
What is happening on these campuses is not in the frame of freedom of speech. Instead, it is the freedom to disseminate hatred and violence. As such, we should not be surprised if the next generation of jihadists comes not from the Gaza Strip or the mountains and mosques of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but from university campuses across the U.S.”
What Can UT-Knoxville Expect From Its SJP Chapter?
Perhaps there could be a surprise visit from Jerusalem Fund Chairman, Subhi Ali, since Waverly, TN is only a four-hour drive away. Former college Middle Eastern Student Association activist, daughter Samar Ali, could be a featured speaker and talk about why she chose a career with a Middle East focus including “Sharia compliant transactions” and her work on behalf of the Jerusalem Fund. With JF’s support for BDS, they would be a natural fit for an SJP meeting.
The Islamic Center of Nashville, (owned by Muslim Brotherhood front group ISNA), might be inspired to restart its pro-Palestinian anti-Israel demonstrations. Better yet, Knoxville Muslim youth minister AbdelRahman Murphy, who works with both students at the Knoxville Islamic school Anoor Academy and the Muslim Students Association at UTK, can help spread the BDS message throughout the Knoxville Muslim student community. Not only would this be consistent with what students are being taught about Jews at the Anoor Academy, but also with his colleague and BDS promoter, Suhaib Webb, with whom he presents programs to the MSA.
There are any number of challenges facing the UT-Knoxville campus regarding anticipated anti-Israel hate activity.
Between SJP’s faculty advisor Dr. Brian Barber’s focused interest and support for all things Palestinian, his own early connection to the Jerusalem Fund, his board member Cairo Arafat’s commitment to BDS, the MSA’s history with SJP and the UT-K MSA’s choice of speakers, and SJP’s raison d’être, we can reasonably assume that UT-Knoxville will soon see this radical anti-Israel hate activity on its campus.
“I condemn … any act of terrorism”
Apologists like supporters of Family of Abraham, Nashville Rabbi Schiftan, and the Jewish Observer editorial board chair are typically unwilling to examine Islamic doctrine in statements of Imam Bahloul’s condemnation of terrorism. Despite Dr. Boehm’s invitation in the Observer to receive comments and reactions that might “help deepen dialogue,” we at TCPJ doubt their commitment to critical thinking in this regard.
Imam Bahloul says that that he condemns terrorism. Does he condemn the torture of the Jewish chief at Khaybar by Mohammed? Does he condemn Mohammed’s execution of 800 male Jews of Medina in one day? Does Bahloul condemn the rape of captives by Mohammed’s troops?
It is unlikely that he will condemn these acts because they were not terror, they were “fighting in Allah’s cause” aka, jihad.
A summary of Mohammed’s career is that he preached the religion of Islam for 13 years in Mecca and converted 150 Arabs. When he moved to Medina, he became a politician and jihadists. He averaged an event of violent jihad on the average of every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life and when he died, every Arab was a Muslim. Islam always has a peaceful religious message and war message. Imam Bahloul has a degree in Da’awah (proselytizing for Islam) from Al-Ahzar University in Cairo, the foremost university teaching Islamic law, and well understands that Islam is dualistic and allows for these kinds of contradiction.
He misleads his reader regarding his reference to the Quran verse about killing one innocent person being as though you killed humanity. The actual verse, 5:32, says that this commandment was given to the Jews. The very next verse, 5:33, directs the Muslims to wage jihad.
Based on Dr. Boehm’s comments it doesn’t look like the Observer is interested in facts that might upend the fantasy they have constructed. It is unlikely they would ever print this information, but please feel free to get them to try.
P.S. TCPJ knows that it has a biblical responsibility to bless Israel. You can awaken a man who is sleeping but you cannot awaken a man who is just pretending to sleep. We will continue to write about and expose what is happening in Tennessee in the hopes that we are fulfilling our duties and may eventually awaken the sleepers.
We have heard that on Thursday, February 6, 2013, the Nashville Jewish Federation will again be hosting CAIR promoter Remziya Suleyman, Director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) as a speaker.
This is the second time that the Jewish Federation has sponsored Suleyman as a speaker. Suleyman’s collaboration with and promotion of Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot Hamas-linked CAIR is well documented. This past summer she brought Islamist militant and CAIR Michigan Director Dawud Walid to train Tennessee’s Muslim students. Walid is noted for demonizing Jews as the source of Black Muslims’ problems.
It doesn’t seem to impress Federation Director Mark Freedman that Suleyman’s beehive of friends includes people like Islamist radical Linda Sarsour CAIR’s 2013 American Muslim of the Year who sends tweets that say “[n]othing is creepier than Zionism.” Nor does Suleyman’s admiration for both the Nation of Islam and Rev. Al Sharpton seem to bother him much.
The Federation’s second in command CRC director is Abbie Wolf, who previously worked for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In addition to confirming CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas ties, the ADL website adds this information about CAIR:
“CAIR also continues to offer a platform to conspiratorial Israel-bashers and outright anti-Semites. For example, CAIR’s Florida chapter operates a Web site that makes anti-Semitic material available for visitors interested in learning about Islam. CAIR also organizes anti-Israel rallies during which protestors and speakers engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, use offensive Holocaust imagery likening Jews and Israelis to Nazis, and express support for terror groups.”
Mark Friedman, Director of the Jewish Federation in Nashville firstname.lastname@example.org
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