Students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with the help of their faculty advisor, Brian Barber established the first Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter in Tennessee. Their alumnus, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was the keynote speaker at SJP’s 4th annual conference held this year at Tufts University.
It’s fitting that an organization focused on the destruction of Israel would choose Sekou to speak. He and his wife Karlene Griffiths Sekou are both involved with the U.S. BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel, the end goal of which is to eliminate the Jewish homeland.
Speaking at the SJP conference, Sekou wore the red and white keffiyeh which is associated with Saudis, Palestinians and terrorists.
The red and white keffiyeh is popular with Somali al-Shabaab jihadists.
Members of the al-Farooq mosque in Nashville, also wear the red and white keffiyeh, while some opt for the black and white keffiyeh popularized by Yasir Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Jew-haters at the pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville wear both the black and white and the red and white keffiyeh.
Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR Michigan Director Dawud Walid who was brought to Nashville by Remziya Suleyman to train Muslim high school students in political activism sticks to the message of Jew-hatred.
So does Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri and Hamas jihadis:
UTKnoxville’s Students for Justice in Palestine members also favor the black and white:
And so does Mohammed Khan who was arrested at O’Hare airport en route to join ISIS.
Now when you see these scarves, you know that these people are Jew-haters.
Newsletter #155 – The Dark Side of the Interfaith Syndicate: “Our Muslim Neighbor,” CAIR (part 4 of 4)Posted: December 6, 2014
Has Daoud Abudiab invited ACO’s Galloway into his sandbox?
Daoud Abudiab is the former co-chair of AMAC, current board president of the far left TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition) and supporter of the open borders group Clergy for Tolerance. Abudiab also spearheads “Our Muslim Neighbor” (OMN) initiative which is the sole focus of his Faith and Culture Center.
“Our Muslim Neighbor” is a project of Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA). This project is “designed to advance understanding of Islam and Muslims in Middle Tennessee, a region identified by the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Center for American Progress [a Marxist left organization] as arguably one of the most Islamophobic areas in America.”
RFPUSA is tied to to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. making the “Our Muslim Neighbor” a good project for Abudiab. (So, does the Faith and Culture Center take its marching orders from CAIR and the Center for American Progress?)
This may also be about Abudiab returning to his own affinity for CAIR – type projects. Abudiab was mentored early on by Awadh Binhazim, who led a CAIR chapter in Austin before moving to Tennessee. Once settled in Nashville, Binhazim was prolific in his dawa although he may best be known for his admission at Vanderbilt University that Islam mandates capital punishment for gays.
Abudiab chose board members for his Faith and Culture Center carefully. His token far left Jew with whom he visits congregations to sign up for his “Our Muslim Neighbor” campaign is Nashville businessman Bernard Werthan of Werthan Packaging, Inc.
Werthan is a self-described “social justice proponent” who also has a $1 million dollar foundation from which to finance pet projects. He is credited with starting Nashville’s Family of Abraham group.
TCPJ has written extensively about the red-green alliance, the Nashville’s Family of Abraham (FOA) group and its connection to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Werthan is heavily invested in FOA which could explain why he also donated to the New Israel Fund (NIF), which finances several groups that push the BDS campaign against Israel.
A former Muslim tells the truth about Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and interfaith activities
Dr. Mark Christian director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI) is a formerly devout Egyptian Muslim who converted from Islam to Christianity. His great-uncle helped establish the original Muslim Brotherhood and his father is still attached to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Dr. Christian brings a unique insight to the issues of interfaith dialogue and the Muslim Brotherhood:
“Perhaps more importantly though, I would ask [the tri-faith group] how they reconcile the repugnant ideological component groups like CAIR and ISNA carry with them. An organization does not spring forth from the Muslim Brotherhood, funded and established as an operational arm of the MB in America, simply to abandon the Islamist underpinnings of its founders.
I know that the ideology behind CAIR and ISNA is poisonous to a cooperative interfaith project. They cannot operate as merely one among equals. They will always push Islam to the fore, at the expense of the other partners.
My background as a former Muslim, my training to be a Muslim leader and my intimate understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood itself, taught to me from the inside, by my father and my uncle, tells me that when the Brotherhood is involved, Islam will reign, or Islam will fight.
Abudiab’s new Faith and Culture Center lists the ACO among its local partner organizations. Paul “Iesa” Galloway, who leads Tennessee’s ACO, started with Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR and remains connected through his colleagues.
Galloway has the experience and potential to offer Tennessee’s Muslim Brotherhood a centralized base operating under Abudiab’s interfaith umbrella, a space the Muslim Brotherhood is rapidly coopting according to its plan.
Newsletter #154 – The Dark Side of the Interfaith Syndicate: a Closer Look at the “Green Players” (part 3 of 4)Posted: December 5, 2014
Having laid the groundwork for Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR in Tennessee, ACO’s founder and former Policy Director, Remziya Suleyman, has left to work for the Kurdish Regional Government office in D.C.
Paul “Iesa” Galloway, founder and Executive Director of CAIR – Houston (2002-2006), is the new Director for Tennessee’s ACO. Galloway’s resume looks like a page out of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum plan for North America which addresses what needs to be done so that “Islam is enabled within the souls, minds and the lives of the people of the country in which it moves.”
Various TCPJ newsletters have discussed how the Muslim Brotherhood plan is being implemented in Tennessee via seemingly unobjectionable motives, such as “preventing discrimination and bullying”, “countering prejudice”, “correcting misinformation”, “supplementing school curriculum”, interfaith dialogue and promoting religious freedom.
Take school curriculum for example. Schools in Tennessee use materials provided by CAIR. In other states there are increasing reports of having students learn the shahada, the Islamic conversion prayer, and affirm that there is no god but allah and that “Allah is the same god that is worshipped in Christianity and Judaism” as part of studying Islam as a world religion. Do they tell the students that this prayer is also on the black ISIS flag of jihad?
Paul “Iesa” Galloway and interfaithing
Islamists use ‘interfaith dialogue, or bridge-building as it is sometimes called, to proselytize and at the very least, work to subvert and dhimmify the other faiths.
One of Galloway’s first endeavors after his conversion was to establish and lead a CAIR chapter for four years. He also spent more time with Mohammed Elibiary working for Eliqbiary’s Freedom & Justice Foundation and his Lone Star Intelligence firm.
Galloway also joined the Leadership Team with MuslimMatters.org’s co-founder and resident scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center, Yasir Qadhi, a Jew hater who says Christians are spiritually filthy, is an instructor and Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute whose students have included the Christmas Day bomber, convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado and the “underwear bomber.” The 2006 Texas Dawah Convention brought together Qadhi, Elibiary, Islamic Center of Tennessee Imam AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao and Galloway.
Galloway took his Muslim Brother mentorship and began applying it to the engine of the interfaith syndicate. For approximately three years Galloway was an Interfaith Relations Program Manager for the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. In 2013, this enterprise posted revenues of $17 million.
In 2013 Galloway was hired as the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) and described his job as “conceiving, developing and executing programs and events that bring diverse groups of people together to increase the strength of our shared beliefs!”
Does this suggest anything about the direction he will take the ACO and the Family of Abraham interfaith syndicate in Nashville? Time will tell.
The General Church and Board Society (GCBS) is one The United Methodist Church’s international ministries. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. in the UMC building typically referred to as the “God Box” which houses other denominational offices which just like the UMC, are aligned against Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) also comfortably shares their space.
The Methodist Church has also been entangled with Israel haters through UMCOR and its General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) endorsement of Sabeel’s anti-Israel U.S. conferences and Sabeel Youth activities. Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, is a Palestinian Christian organization based in Jerusalem which helps promote anti-Israel advocacy in U.S. churches. Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) and Friends of Sabeel UK affiliates help spread the word.
FOSNA is also included on the Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America. These are the Methodist’s bed-fellows.
In 2012, as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the UMC 2012 General Conference voted to recommend boycotts and sanctions against Israel.
In 2013, in order to spread it’s anti-Israel agenda, the GCBS and the GBGM published an advocacy packet that provides a link to Sabeel in the Resource section and recommends further study of the Kairos Palestine Document (KPD).
The KPD calls on Christians throughout the world to target Israel with Boycotts, Divestments, and economic Sanctions (BDS). It embodies Sabeel’s Palestinian liberation theology in the form of a bigoted and biased Israel blame-game. It provides a wholesale pass to Palestinian “resistance” in whatever form including “Palestinian attacks targeting Israeli civilians [which] are not terrorism motivated by a desire to destroy Israel, but ‘legal resistance’ motivated by a desire to liberate themselves from oppression.”
The Resource Section of the GBCS website which links to Muslim organizations only includes Muslim Brotherhood groups including the virulently anti-Israel Jew-hating American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
Jew-hatred embedded in interfaithing
Even when Islamists get involved in interfaith dialogue, they cannot conceal their hatred of Jews and Israel. Why? Because the words and deeds of CAIR leaders, from its founders to its chapter directors, remind us that the organization’s DNA comes from Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The interfaith work of the UMC ministries is the red-green alliance in action, the interfaith syndicate. These progressives, including the Islamists and Arabs in their midst, have shrewdly embedded their objectives in the jargon of social justice and human and minority rights.
The Methodists are willing to bend to Muslim sensitivities while deliberately ignoring the on-going persecution of Christians in Islamic lands. Have they no shame?
The Islamist partners in the red-green alliance steadfastly challenge man’s right to legislate over Allah and make laws of their own, while the Christian leftists delight in practicing social justice with Hamas, a terrorist organization that rules over its own apartheid state.
So, instead of being concerned about their fellow Christians’ persecution by Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc, the United Methodist Church has chosen to align itself with organizations like Sabeel and CAIR-Hamas, and an agenda which at its core is intended to destroy the State of Israel.
Interfaith politics may make strange bedfellows, but there is always a choice about who you go to bed with.
Paul “Iesa” Galloway, founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Brotherhood CAIR’s office in Houston, is the new Director for Tennessee’s American Center for Outreach (ACO). In November 2006, Galloway took a United Methodist Church sponsored Muslim-Christian interfaith “pilgrimage” trip to the holy land. This pilgrimage was a part of the Methodist’s General Church and Board Society (GCBS) mission.
Paul “Iesa” went on this trip with Mohamed Elibiary who has a long and public relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. He admits having a relationship with an official of the Holy Land Foundation who is now in jail for helping to finance Hamas. Elibiary also served on the Board of the Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. Paul “Iesa” Galloway was a board member of Eliqbiary’s Freedom & Justice Foundation.
The interfaithing pilgrims blogged about their trip and noted the security obstacles that only Elibiary and Galloway encountered even though there were other Muslims in their group. Elibiary was held up for an extra security screening trying to get back into the U.S., while Galloway was not allowed to cross into Israel from Jordan and had a super extra security encounter with immigration authorities when he returned to the States. Why?
One of the Methodist pilgrim leaders posted to the blog, the entire statement of the “Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism” which is an attack on evangelical Christians who support Israel. This declaration was written by Donald Wagner (Friends of Sabeel North America) and Vicar Stephen Sizer (Friends of Sabeel UK).
Stephen Sizer’s Israel hatred drives his work. He coined the term “Christian jihad” as opposed to Christian Zionism which he says “wages a jihad against Muslims.” He says that Christian Zionists have …”repudiated Jesus, they’ve repudiated the Bible, and they are an abomination.”
He even goes on Iran’s state run TV station Press TV, to deliver his anti-Israel message and takes his message to openly pro-Hamas groups like Viva Palestina Malaysia. In October 2014, Sizer joined other Israel and Jew-haters like former CAIR-Hamas leader, Cyrus McGoldrick at the New Horizons conference in Tehran.
Did Muslim Brotherhood Islamists Galloway and Elibiary want to get closer to anti-Israel activists or was it the other way around? Was it educational for the Methodists to travel with CAIR-Hamas insiders?
Regardless, they serve each other’s purposes with their mutual immersion in anti-Israel activities and advocacy. Is Jew-hatred and the hatred of Israel the tie that binds the interfaith industry being driven by the Methodists and the Islamists?
On October 18, 2014, the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) held a fundraising event in Knoxville.
The PR message was the usual “Muslims-as-victims” whine. Wearing a tightly bound fundamentalist hijab (as contrasted to her more revealing European chic style) director Remziya Suleyman, Tennessee’s self-appointed crusader against “anti-Muslim hate and bigotry,” parroted leftist and Islamic propaganda. It is doubtful that she brought up home-grown Memphis jihadi Carlos Bledsoe, who was radicalized by the imams at the ICN and al-Farooq mosque, and who killed an Army recruiting officer in Little Rock.
ACO’s event speakers included Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director for The Center for New Community. Headquartered in Chicago, this is another group whose mission is open borders, expanding welfare entitlements and turning the U.S. into a socialist country. Abiade slurs these Americans as “nativists.”
Suleyman says Abiade’s work on perceived Islamophobia, is “amazing,” so Tennesseans should expect to see Suleyman add “nativist” to her grab-bag of name calling that for her, substitutes for facts.
Suleyman and her new Executive Director, Paul Galloway also spoke at the fundraiser.
Who is Paul Galloway?
Suleyman is a regular collaborator with and promoter of the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, CAIR-Hamas. So, it makes sense that ACO hired Paul Galloway, who after he converted to Islam and took the name “Iesa,” founded CAIR-Houston and was Executive Director for 4 years.
Galloway has his own PR firm. He claims expertise in “rebranding,” “coaching interviewees for coverage in print media and television” and “crafting messaging.” Does this explain why Islamists all respond to questions with the same propaganda? Is this any different than the D.C. Muslim Caucus directive that Muslims must vote according to the consensus of the larger Muslim community, the ummah.
ACO’s founding and activities rest on unsupported allegations of Islamophobia. These allegations of public “hate against Muslims” are not supported by the annual TBI hate crime statistics or FBI data. Reasonable fact-based questions about Muslim Brotherhood affiliations are simply ignored, despite Suleyman’s open relationship with CAIR-Hamas and AMAC’s public affirmation of documented Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Will new spin doctor Galloway help the ACO? And why does ACO need help? Is it mere coincidence that every one of the 24,274 acts of jihad since 9/11 were committed by Muslims? Are the ISIS beheadings, their mass killing of Christians, or the raping of young girls and women deflecting attention away from ACO’s Islamaphobia campaign? Is increasing public awareness about the high incidence of FGM (female genital mutilation) among Muslim immigrants and the increasing number of Muslim immigrants leaving to fight for the Caliphate, raising questions that Suleyman can’t invent answers to by herself? Has the rhetoric of ISIS raised questions about what Muslim students at Knoxville’s Annoor Academy Islamic school are being taught about the non-Muslims?
Does the ACO care?
Suleyman, Galloway and Mohamed Elibiary – oh my!
Paul Galloway was the coordinator of the Texas Dawah Convention. In 2012, Ms. Suleyman and ACO board member Danish Siddiqui were presenters at the convention, along with former Homeland Security Advisory Committee Obama appointee, Mohamed Elibiary. He left this position under “unusual circumstances.”
Memphis Islamic Center’s Yasir Qadhi, another speaker at the Convention may also know Galloway who is on the Leadership Team for MuslimMatters.org, an on-line publication created by Yasir Qadhi. Elibiary is listed on the website as a contributing writer.
Later in 2012, Suleyman and Elibiary were together again on an IPSU panel discussing among other issues, the spread of mosque building in the U.S.
Elibiary has a long and public relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. He admits having a relationship with an official of the Holy Land Foundation who is now in jail for helping to finance Hamas. Elibiary also served on the Board of Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Forth Worth chapter.
In 2011 Elibiary downloaded, classified Texas Public Safety documents to his personal computer and offered them to a media outlet claiming it was evidence of Islamaphobic activity in Governor Rick Perry’s administration. The media outlet disagreed.
Elibiary has publicly expressed his belief that ISIS will succeed in reestablishing the Caliphate which CAIR-Hamas wants. He identifies himself as a Republican who is now focused on “reforming the conservative movement ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”
Elibiary is the founder of Lone Star Intelligence, LLC and the Freedom and Justice Foundation in his home state of Texas. “The Foundation’s nonprofit status was revoked by the IRS in May 2010 for failure to file the requisite 990 forms that would reveal the entity’s source of income.” Coincidentally, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party in Egypt is also called the Freedom and Justice party.
Paul Galloway was Elibiary’s Lone Star Intelligence PR director and was on the board of Elibiary’s Freedom and Justice Foundation.
Suleyman, Galloway and Elibiary have more than speaking on panels and CAIR in common. All three hold to the Muslim Brotherhood ideology of spreading Islam and sharia law through aggressive, religiously mandated proselytizing (dawah) with political propaganda and activism.
Galloway’s new position gives him power to remake the ACO organization, coach Ms. Suleyman and keep the CAIR PR propaganda on message.
The ACO does CAIR!
Islamists in Tennessee do not allow their children to participate in Halloween festivities. This is one more way to stay separate from the kaffir and keep the children from assimilating into the American culture of fun.
With the help of Islamist leaders like Remziya Suleyman, MYNT (Muslim Youth Navigating Tennessee), plan events like “Halaloween” and use the opportunity for speakers like Cyrus McGoldrick from CAIR, to remind the younger Muslims that their first allegiance is to the “ummah” and that Muslims in the U.S. are victims who are demonized for following their religion.
CAIR is the political arm of the “shadowy” Muslim Brotherhood that has as its motto:
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Qur’an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Up until 2013, Cyrus McGoldrick headed the New York CAIR chapter. He speaks at anti-Israel rallies and liberally tweeted and posted his Jew-hatred on his Facebook page using the chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” which communicates a desire to eliminate the Jewish homeland.
Suleyman’s Civic Engagement Coordinator Drost Kokoye, who is also a MYNT advisor, organized and led pro-Hamas rallies this past summer where the same death to Israel chant was used.
Who or what is Suleyman pretending to be?
Suleyman isn’t dressed up for Halloween. She says she bought this outfit so she could pretend to be a Kurdish female Peshmerga who are fighting against ISIS. Unlike Suleyman whose organization was founded on and whose identity is fully vested in the “Muslims as victim” narrative, the Peshmergas don’t see themselves as victims.
But unlike Suleyman, the Peshmergas are fighting for less sharia law, not more.