This past Labor Day weekend, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held its 51st annual convention in Detroit. This is the largest annual Muslim Brotherhood event in the U.S.
ISNA is listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood strategic plan for North America and was also a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing prosecution. ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Many of ISNA’s leaders were active in their respective college MSAs.
A look at ISNA’s website, leadership, annual convention speakers and partners shows why ISNA supports the BDS goal of destroying Israel as the Jewish homeland. ISNA supports Hamas, the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Hamas is a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) warranty deed lists the same mailing address as ISNA. Why do the Nashville’s Family of Abraham apologists for Islam turn a blind eye to ISNA’s end goals? Is it because they think the same way?
ISNA’s 2014 conference
This year’s event theme made the absurd claim that Muslims living the U.S. constitute the next civil rights movement. Tennessee’s Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) tried a similar propaganda tactic during the 2013 “Black History Month.”
The biggest irony with ISNA’s choice of theme, is that this country’s most respected and powerful black American civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., defended Israel’s need for security and spoke against anti-Semitism.
Speakers at the conference included the regular group of named unindicted co-conspirators from the terrorism financing prosecution who also happen to be regular speakers in Tennessee, including Syyid Syeed, Jamal Badawi, Nihad Awad, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Louay Safi and Siraj Wahajj.
And no large gathering of sharia advocates would be complete without Memphis Tennessee imam Yasir Qadhi.
And no Muslim Brotherhood inspired event would be complete without high profile representatives of anti-Israel Jew-hater organizations like CAIR-Hamas and Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.
The highest profile speakers included former President Jimmy Carter, (author of “Apartheid Israel”), Rep. Keith Ellison and Michigan Governor, Republican Rick Snyder.
Governors Snyder and Haslam: two sides of the same coin?
In 2011 Michigan Gov. Snyder spoke at an event sponsored by CAIR-Hamas. Like ISNA, CAIR was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. A letter campaign shortly thereafter “cautioned [Snyder] about Muslim Brotherhood influence operations.”
Either Snyder wasn’t listening or wanted to believe the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” fantasy. Or that ISNA’s interfaith outreach with Jews is somehow complimentary to ISNA’s support for the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and delegitimization movement against Israel. Why else would Snyder choose the ISNA convention to remind his audience of Israel’s right to exist? ISNA promptly issued an action alert against the Governor for his “insensitive remarks.”
Like Snyder, Haslam has his Department of Homeland Security interface with the state’s Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though AMAC board members publicly assert their allegiance to known Muslim Brotherhood and lead pro-Hamas rallies. Would Haslam speak at an AMAC conference if asked? What about a CAIR conference? What if ISNA decided to use the new Nashville Convention Center? Any different than speaking at a KKK rally?
Haslam probably would show up and welcome the Islamists to his state. Just like he welcomed the sharia observant Mwafaq Aljabbary into the Republican political fold.
Would Haslam also show his support for Israel? It’s questionable.
Shortly after sharia finance specialist Samar Ali was hired by the Haslam administration, Commissioner Hagerty said that Samar was hired after a phone call from her father, Subhi Ali. Did it matter that Subhi Ali’s organization the Jerusalem Fund, wants to destroy Israel? When questioned about why he hired a Muslim with a sharia finance background, Haslam defended his choice citing “freedom of religion.” Obviously Haslam doesn’t understand the “politics” of Islam and its sharia finance which sends money to support jihadis like Hamas or ISIS.
Just like Gov. Snyder, Islamists in Tennessee have ties to former President Jimmy Carter. Would it concern Haslam to know that Samar accompanied former President Jimmy Carter and his Carter Center team to witness the Presidential Elections in Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was elected?
The same former President who is the author of “Apartheid Israel,” whose Carter Center took $1 million from the Bin Laden family, and donations in the range of $10,000 to $24,999 from Samar’s father and mother?
What should Haslam do?
He should start by being educated about the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Tennessee including the Pleasant View Islamic school in Memphis. He should find out why Anoor Academy in his hometown is teaching its children lies about Jews and Christians. He should learn more about why the pro-sharia advocates like Remziya Suleyman and her ACO organization are teaming up with CAIR-Hamas and Samar Ali.
He might even want to find out why his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons wasn’t truthful about his promotion of the American Muslim Advisory Council in Tennessee. Instead of keeping Tennessee’s law enforcement ignorant about Islamist activity in Tennessee, he should make sure they are properly and thoroughly trained.
Haslam should look more carefully at the Israel and Jew-hating group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) that has established itself at UT Knoxville, and he should question why Tennessee has witnessed pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
Could Haslam be counted on to do what he should do? Not based on past evidence he won’t.
Predictably, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is standing in defense of Hamas using civilians as human shields as Israel ….
Predictably, the Executive Director of the pro-Palestinian D.C. think tank, the Jerusalem Fund/Palestine Center, when asked directly, will not answer the simple yes/no question:
“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?”
CAIR was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Association for Palestine, which was created to promote and raise money for Hamas in the U.S. Federal prosecutors have established ample evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. In 1994 CAIR Director Nihad Awad publicly declared his support for Hamas.
The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center was founded by Hisham Sharabi who described Hamas as “the true fida’i (self-sacrifice) resistance in Palestine since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada.” In 2003 he said:
“In the face of relentless Israeli force, the only weapon the helpless and desperate have is to fling their bodies against the beast. Suicide bombings are no longer the lone act of desperate fanatics, but have become a conscious weapon of resistance and war. The culture of death and self-sacrifice is spreading in many Arab and Muslim countries.”
Jerusalem Fund Chairman is Subhi Ali from Waverly, Tennessee. He joined the Jerusalem Fund in 2000, became Vice-President in 2004 serving alongside Sharabi and then became President of the Board in 2005, a position he still retains. The Jerusalem Fund campaigns for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. This is a campaign, the intent of which is widely recognized, to try and destroy the state of Israel.
Subhi Ali is the father of former Haslam appointee, sharia finance specialist, Samar Ali.
ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty admitted publicly that Subhi Ali called him and asked him to look at Samar’s resume which includes work done on behalf of the Jerusalem Fund. After Subhi’s phone call, Haggerty hired Samar. Sounds like Haggerty knows Subhi Ali and his family pretty well. Samar’s resume includes work done on behalf of the Jerusalem Fund.
Shortly after Samar’s hiring, questions were raised about why the Haslam administration hired a sharia finance specialist but redacted these credentials from information about her that was released to the public.
Subhi Ali immigrated from the West Bank town of Ramallah. As Samar says, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim.” She also says that “My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
Now pro-Hamas rallies in Tennessee with Muslim organizations are spreading Jew-hatred. Given the information above, we shouldn’t be surprise
If you are a young adult Jew, like Hannah Cornfield, daughter of TN-ACLU Director Hedy Weinberg, you augment your socialist-progressive credentials by promoting the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace and support BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against the State of Israel.
Grow up in the expensive Green Hills neighborhood. Attend an expensive private high school (2013 high school tuition $20,000 plus books). Graduate from an expensive private college. Protest the evils of capitalism. Serve as a Field Organizer with Obama’s Organizing for America. Use connections in D.C. to learn how to undermine voting integrity.
How else can you expect to understand what it’s like for the disenfranchised? Be sure not to disavow the unfair advantage of “white privilege” until after graduation. Then assuage your guilt by attacking capitalism and the very system that provided for you.
If you are a young adult Jew, like Hannah Cornfield, daughter of TN-ACLU Director Hedy Weinberg, you augment your socialist-progressive credentials by promoting the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace and support BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against the State of Israel.
Jewish Voice For Peace (JVP), an extreme leftist group is ranked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) among the top 10 “worst of the worst anti-Israel groups.” American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), are on the same list.
ADL characterizes groups likes JVP as “fixated with delegitimizing Israel” using campaigns like BDS.
BDS is the pro-Palestinian campaign that followed the 2000 intifada. The goal of BDS is to end Israel as a Jewish state. Period. The goal of BDS, is not peace. Its not justice. Its not democracy. The goal of BDS is to end the existence of the State of Israel.
JVP has been described as a “Jewish Voice for Hamas” because it advocates dialogue with Hamas and promotes what JVP believes are the “positive” aspects of Hamas despite the fact that Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of Israel. Unless of course that is what draws JVP to Hamas?
Hannah might be surprised to learn that Hisham Sharabi, supporter of “radical Palestinian terror groups,” and founder of the Jerusalem Fund, understood how gullible progressive Jews are. He predicted that the intifada followed by a BDS campaign would be supported by “progressive Jewish forces in Israel and the United States….[any group] enlisted in the ‘progressive’ cause of the Palestinian Arabs – why not, anyone ‘progressive’ enough to embrace Hamas…is someone useful to Israel’s enemies.”
Cornfield is just the kind of Jew Sharabi liked. But maybe it’s Cornfield’s socialist morality that makes her support the Israel-hating JVP. After all, Israel could have been a socialist’s dream except for its successful capitalists.
It’s not the first time Jews were complicit with their demonizers. Judenrats in Germany didn’t legitimize Hitler any more than JVP legitimizes the goals of BDS.
The milieu of Cornfield’s genealogy (which will examined in later newsletters), is steeped in Marxist/Communist/Leftist/Socialist associations and alliances. Hannah Cornfield is merely a product of these familial influences. But Cornfield also reflects the newer version of the red-green alliance between the socialist progressives (reds) and the Islamists (greens), which share the goal of destroying America and western civilization as we know it.
What is BDS? (boycott, divestment & sanctions)
BDS is an anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and by extension, anti-Jew bigoted propaganda campaign. BDS’ers advocate:
- boycotting Israeli products, academics and culture
- pressuring companies to stop doing business with and divest economically from Israel, and,
- sanctioning Israel for employing self-defense measures from attacks like the Hamas rocket and missile attacks, and terrorists that blow themselves up in crowded public gathering places
BDS is pro-Hamas and fueled by anti-Semitic rhetoric. The intended result is to eliminate the democratic state of the Jewish people. For this reason, rallying BDS’ers use chants like “Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea” which means there would be no Israel or Jews between the Jordan River and Mediterranean. More chants are here.
BDS’ers call Israel an apartheid state, when in fact, many different races and faiths live and worship there. They work to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel and spread misinformation and lies. (See StandWithUs pamphlets for accurate information about Israel.)
BDS is a targeted political movement designed to advance an extremist political agenda. It embeds its objectives in language about social justice and human rights in order to deceive people who have a conscience.
BDSers do not support a two-state solution.
BDS attacks Zionism, the movement that helped to establish the State of Israel. Martin Luther King Jr., often cited by progressives as a symbol for social justice, understood that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. As he said, “When people criticize Zionist, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism.”
Law school professor William Jacobson explains, “BDS should being seen for the anti-Semitic movement it is, a movement that demonizes only the Jewish State, holds only the Jewish State to the highest standards no one else meets (certainly not in the Middle East), and seeks the destruction only of the sole Jewish State in a sea of Islamic States.”
Natan Sharansky, a well-known former Soviet Jew and human rights activist, spent 9 years in a Siberian gulag. Upon his release, he immediately became an Israeli citizen, and eventually served in the Israeli Knesset. One of his duties was to monitor anti-Semitism.
He found the newer version of the classical anti-semitism was directed at Zionism and the State of Israel. BDSers self-righteously allege victimization of the Palestinians by Israel but Sharansky exposed what really drives the BDS campaign in his “three D’s” test for anti-Semitism:
- double standards – singling out Israel for criticism while ignoring the more egregious behavior of major human rights abusers in countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, North Korea, China, etc
- demonization of Israel – distorting the Jewish State’s actions using false comparisons to Nazis or South Africa’s apartheid regime
- delegitimization – denying only Israel’s fundamental right to exist among all other peoples in the world
Omar Barghouti, a prominent promoter of BDS who works to incite Israel and Jew hatred by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and American Muslims for Palestine, and who ironically, attends Tel Aviv University in Israel, openly admits that BDS is the public relations path to eliminating Israel as a Jewish state.
“I clearly do not buy into the two state solution,”… This is something we cannot compromise on,… If the [Palestinian] refugees were to return, you would not have a two state solution, you’d have a Palestine next to a Palestine.”
BDS in Tennessee
Some BDS’ers are upfront about their Israel and Jew hatred, while others enable and legitimatize the BDS campaign by making BDS advocates their closest allies. It is a convenient “good cop bad cop” tactic supported by Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, that the “end justifies the means.”
In Tennessee, for example, Islamist Drost Kokoye is a vocal BDS promoter, while her teammate Remziya Suleyman endorses the BDS message by aligning herself with vocal BDS promoters but remaining silent on the issue. Still others, like Hannah Cornfield, with the Jewish Voice for Peace and a member of the Nashville Jewish community, legitimatize the campaign by advocating for BDS. Samar Ali’s father, Subhi Ali chairs the Jerusalem Fund in D.C. whose founder supported radical Palestinian terrorists, and whose director now openly advocates for BDS.
Besides these individuals, the same Family of Abraham (FOA) members that meet in Nashville to assure each other that they alone occupy the moral high ground, is mostly the same group of Abrahamic interfaithers that have organized to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel.
The Israel and Jew-haters in their midst including the Islamists and Arabs, have shrewdly embedded their objectives in the leftist jargon of “human rights,” “minority rights” and “social justice.” This strategy is better known as the “red-green alliance”. It explains why the language of BDSers describes Israel as an “apartheid state” and why they espouse Palestinian liberation theology.
There are four more parts to this series. Part 2 provides more detail about the BDS anti-Israel, Jew-hating “interfaith coalition.” Part 3 exposes the Tennessee “U.S. Campaign” BDS organizations. Part 4 provides details about the Nashville Family of Abraham and their Muslim Brotherhood speaker. Part 5 details more Family of Abraham events and other interfaith initiatives and explains their anti-Israel underpinnings.
- Back in 2012, representatives of the Nashville Jewish Federation were quick to applaud Gov. Haslam’s appointment of Samar Ali, noting her “impressive” personal and professional background
- included in Samar’s professional background is her work as the transatlantic liaison on behalf of her father’s organization the Jerusalem Fund when they were setting up the Palestine Diabetes Institute
- the Jerusalem Fund refers to the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”
- Jerusalem Fund director Yousef Munayyer openly advocates BDS against Israel
- Samar’s father has served on the board of the Jerusalem Fund since 2000, became Vice-Chair in 2004 and from 2005 to present as the Chairman
It seems the Jerusalem Fund’s anti-Israel bent has not wavered much since its founding. It’s very public advocacy for BDS against Israel makes this organization’s position crystal clear.
Does the Jewish Federation understand the end goal of BDS is to destroy the State of Israel?
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The First Amendment Center’s non-profit status has been revoked for failure to file 990s for three years. Could this be the reason why the reference now is the “Freedom Forum First Amendment Center”? Whether due to deliberate or forced reorganization, the First Amendment Center (the Center) and the Religious Freedom Education Project (the Project), have expanded their reach by collaborating with organizations such as Unity Productions Foundation, the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) and the Islamic Networks Group (ING).
The Muslim Brotherhood is as much about an ideological plan for the U.S. as it is about individual relationships and the organizations that have come together to work toward these ideological objectives.
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF)
The Freedom Forum’s Newseum and Religious Freedom Education Project director Charles Haynes recently collaborated with UPF to promote the “What is the truth about Islam and Muslims in America?” initiative. More about this initiative will be discussed in Part IV.
Pakistani IT billionaire Safi Qureshey is the founder and Chairman of the UPF Board. UPF claims that its mission is to “…create peace through the media.”
The public faces of UPF are executive producers and Muslim converts Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe. Kronemer has a “special” connection to Tennessee and Rutherford County; he is married to Lobna Luby Ismail, founder of Connecting Cultures, the organization contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice that trained school personnel from the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro school districts about respecting Islam.
Connecting Culture’s work in Tennessee has been covered extensively by www.dailyrollcall.com.
UPF is part of the U.S. Muslim propaganda campaign and markets its products to mass media such as PBS. And as with all Muslim propaganda disseminating organizations, UPF also targets teachers. UPF also promotes the “20,000 Dialogues” project paired with yet another project titled “Change the Story”, which includes the standard Muslim Brotherhood entourage – ISNA, CAIR and MSA among others. Each one of these initiatives singly and collectively, deceptively revises and whitewashes facts and history. Daniel Greenfield has helped peel the onion in this regard here and here.
The First Amendment Center and the Council on Islamic Education (CIE)
In 2000 Charles Haynes on behalf of the First Amendment Center, collaborated with the CIE to publish “Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards”. Newsletter #49 discusses the CIE, its principal researcher Susan Douglass, and how they are transforming what is taught about Islam in U.S. public schools.
According to a 2008 entry posted on The American Muslim website, Safi Qureshey has been a generous funder of CIE: “Shabbir Mansuri of the Council on Islamic Education, now the Institute on Religion and Public Life, over the course of twenty years, has rewritten the required textbooks on religion for 37 of America’s fifty states, thanks to unlimited funding by America’s first homegrown Muslim billionnaire, Safi Qureshey.”
Saghir Aslam is another Pakistani philanthropist who helped launch and financially support the CIE. Aslam lays claim to having been instrumental in “helping to launch a number of national American Muslim organizations, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)” and “facilitating the establishment” of CAIR. The Muslim Observer reported that Aslam is close to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), having been authorized at one time to “oversee an ICNA bank account.” Aslam is also one of the founding members of the Islamic Society of Orange County, which in 1981 hired Muzammil Siddiqui to be the Religious Director, a position he still holds.
Saghir Aslam has other things in common with Safi Quereshey.
In addition to both being very wealthy Pakistani philanthropists living in the U.S., both men have supported the growth of Muslim Brotherhood ideology in the U.S. In addition to their involvement with CIE, both men appear acquainted with Muzammil Siddiqui whose resume is replete with Muslim Brotherhood organizational associations including serving as the president of ISNA for several years and chair of NAIT’s board. Siddiqui has plenty of examples to his credit to qualify him as a pro-jihad, pro-Sharia, anti-American, hard core Islamist.
While Siddiqui was still president of ISNA, Quereshey moderated a 2001 ISNA conference panel. This was the same conference that hosted al-Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki and promoted Islamic charities that were shut down due to ties to al-Qaeda. Aslam was a founding member of the Islamic Society of Orange County which hired Siddiqui to be the Religious Director.
Given the close involvement both personally and financially of principals Quereshey and Aslam with some of the main Muslim Brotherhood organizations, it would not be a stretch to suggest that Quereshey and Aslam’s endeavors are in furtherance of the “grand jihad from within” articulated in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum.
Charles Haynes and the Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Added to the First Amendment Center’s collaboration with outside Islamist organizations, Charles Haynes is an ING Board member. Newsletter #41 explains in greater detail the Muslim Brotherhood organizations which ING claims close relationships and working partnerships.
In August 2012, the Tennessee AMAC signed on as the newest ING affiliate.
 ISNA’s founding members included not only members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s MSA, but also Sami al-Arian who was convicted and deported for his leadership of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). See Newsletter #39 regarding the relationship between Sami Al-Arian and Tennessee’s Dr. Ali’s Jerusalem Fund. It was also proven during that Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial that ISNA maintained a fund which raised money for Hamas.
 Organizations promoted during the humanitarian relief session at the 2001 conference included, Benevolence International Foundation (first shut down in 1993 in Saudi Arabia over concerns about its ties to al-Qaeda and subsequently banned worldwide by the UN Security Council), Global Relief Foundation (shut down by U.S. government in 2001 for terrorist funding including al-Qaeda), LIFE for Relief and Development (raided by FBI and IRS in 2006. LIFE lists the Jerusalem Fund as a partner organization).
A contemporary theme being advanced by Muslim-centric groups across the country is “Muslims as Americans” – as if anyone ever denied that there are Americans that follow the religion and politics of Islam. In Tennessee, the “made in America” stamp is being carried by the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and its lobbying arm organization, The American Center for Outreach (ACO).
No matter the label, even the “American Muslim” one cannot conceal the fact that Islam is Islam is Islam, no matter where, it is followed. We are told by Islamic scholars considered authoritative by the Muslim world, that Islam is a complete way of life and that the Koran is unchangeable because it is the word of Allah.
Nor can the “American Muslim” label conceal the fact that the ideology and the goals of that ideology are the same no matter where it is followed. And nowhere has the plan for insinuating this ideology and its goals been more carefully detailed than in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood “An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”. The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the leading proponents of global Shariah law and represents the quintessential expression of “political Shariah”.
To really appreciate the significance of this particular document, it should be noted that during the Holy Land Foundation trial, the Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum was stipulated to by the legal defense for the Holy Land Foundation. This means that the defense agreed with the federal prosecutors that the document was and still is what it says it is – the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for North America and to quote the memo “present[s] Islam as a civilization alternative”.
Research to date indicates that Muslim-centric groups have not repudiated this plan. Nor does research show that any of the U.S. Muslim-centric groups, including for example the Muslim Student Association, CAIR or ISNA address the fact that they are a Muslim Brotherhood organization, or that in 2009 a federal judge confirmed the “ample” evidentiary link between groups like CAIR, ISNA and Hamas.
(An interesting side note – The Jerusalem Fund chaired by Dr. Subhi Ali (Samar’s father), has published the Hamas charter on its website.)
ING is not AMAC’s only connection to Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. In March, 2011, Remziya Suleyman, stood with CAIR on the steps of the Tennessee Legislative Plaza, to oppose the 2011 anti-terrorism bill. She is the organizer of the Muslim Rapid Response Team which evolved into the AMAC, which in turn, organized the American Center for Outreach for whom Ms. Suleyman lobbies.
CAIR’s spokesman Ibrahim Hooper stated in 2003 that if Muslims ever became a majority in the United States, they would likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. And CAIR’s co-founder Omar Ahmad was quoted in 1998 stataing that “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” CAIR seems to be showing up more and more in Tennessee, most recently at the opening of the mosque in Murfreesboro.
Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, recently stated that “[w]here is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane, more likely on the interstate.” In the context of the article, he was referring to the TSA participating in drunk driving arrests over the Labor Day weekend.
So while Commissioner Gibbons is driving up and down the Tennessee highways, he can learn about how some of the Muslim Brotherhood is operationalized in Tennessee:
Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)
One of the first organizations established in 1963 by the Muslim Brotherhood was the Muslim Student Association (MSA), which now has approximately 600 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. In Tennessee, MSA has chapters at Vanderbilt, MTSU, U of Tenn Knoxville, TN Tech Cookville, U of Memphis, Tenn State U, Rhodes College, East TN U, Nash State Community College and TN Tech Nashville. The MSA has been officially absorbed by ISNA – the Islamic Society of North America, a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial.
The MSA “pledge of allegiance” which was videotaped at a recent regional conference concludes with “I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam.”
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) – unindicted co-conspirator in HLF trial
-shares a P.O. Box address with the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN)
-shares a street address with the Muslim Students Association of Memphis in a property owned by NAIT
-shares a street address with the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis
North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) –unindicted co-conspirator in HLF trial
-reported to hold the deeds to over 25% of the mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S.
-the warranty deed for the Masjid As-Salam mosque, home for the Muslim Society of Memphis, identifies NAIT as the owner. This is the mosque where Carlos Bledsoe reported he first converted to Islam
-the deed to the Al-Noor Mosque which also houses the MSA in Memphis identifies NAIT as the owner
-deeds to at least 10 other properties including some adjacent to the Muslim Society of Memphis property, identify NAIT as the owner
-deed holder to Islamic Center of Murfreesboro tied to NAIT
Pleasant View School, Memphis
Two years ago, Pleasant View School announced on their website that Dr. Hamed Ghazali had been hired as “the new consultant for PVS Islamic Studies, Quaran & Arabic. Dr. Ghazali has a Ph.D in Education from Kansas State University. He is currently the Director of the Houston Quran Academy, Chairman of MAS [Muslim American Society] Council of Islamic Schools (MASCIS) and a professor at the Islamic American University. He is also working as a superintendent/consultant for several Islamic schools in the USA. Dr. Ghazali is a Hafiz and served as an Imam as well as chaplain for more than 20 years in Kansas and Missouri.”
The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the MAS Council of Islamic Schools are recognized as Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. One of the founders of the MAS was Ahmed Elkadi, the self-identified leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. from 1984-1994. In 2004 the Secretary-General of the MAS acknowledged that MAS was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, MAS’ own archived website details its associations with the Muslim Students Association, ISNA and NAIT – all named organizations in the 1991 Memorandum.
Family of Abraham and interfaith dialogue events
-November 2011, ICN held Family of Abraham event with ISNA, featuring ISNA’s National Director Sayiid Sayeed (who has also served on CAIR’s advisory board and as National President of the Muslim Students Association)
-Islamic Networks Group event and training of AMAC (see Newsletters #40 & 41)
Since Commissioner Gibbons considered it important for Tennessee’s law enforcement officers and safety personnel to hear AMAC’s stories, isn’t it just as relevant that Commissioner Gibbons ensure that they learn about the Muslim Brotherhood in Tennessee?
Gotta wonder if Governor Haslam even knows.Does the Governor and Commissioner Gibbons even understand the players and process they have legitimated in Tennessee?
Maybe not if the AMAC hasn’t told either one of them.