While the Red-Green Alliance is interfaithing, they are also harboring and legitimatizing individuals and organizations, that are involved with anti-Israel advocacy. The progressive tent, it seems, is considered big enough for everyone even if they are Jew-haters. Progressive interfaithing can ignore these differences because “honest dialogue” only focuses on commonalities while ignoring vast differences of ideology unknown to the ignorant participants.
Nashville Family of Abraham
Nashville’s 2011 Family of Abraham (FOA) inaugural event was hosted by Nashville’s far left and expensive private school University School of Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean welcomed attendees, followed by Rev. Sonnye Dixon, Fr. Joe Breen, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Imam Bahloul and Mark Pelavin from the Jewish Reform Action Center.
Pelavin’s organization established its relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood as early as 2007 when the President of the Union of Reform Judaism, spoke at ISNA’s annual conference which also included BDS supporters Safaa Zarzour and Sayyid Syeed among others.
The next FOA followed quickly at a gathering hosted by West End United Methodist Church (UMC). As discussed in Part 2, the UMC maintains a very close relationship with ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization in the U.S.
The UMC speaker was Sayyid Sayeed, founding board member and former Secretary General of ISNA, who now serves as its interfaith liaison. UMC shares ISNA’s support for BDS against Israel. Shortly after approving an anti-Israel divestment resolution, “Steadfast Support of Christians in the Holy Land”, the Northern Illinois Conference of Methodism received ISNA’s Interfaith Unity Award.
Why didn’t the Northern Conference resolution address instead the recent Pew Study findings of Christian oppression in the Muslim majority countries of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen?
ISNA’s Jew Hatred and Anti-Israel BDS
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 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 and other Muslim Brotherhood allied organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Strategic Plan for North America (1991 MB memo).
In 2004, when Sayeed was the Secretary General of ISNA, he stated in repeated interviews that ISNA received no funding from Saudi Arabia. He denied this even after 2003 expert testimony during a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee documented that Saudi Arabia was ISNA’s largest source of funding.
Saudi funding also enabled the establishment of ISNA’s subsidiary NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), which “is reported to own between 50 and 79 percent of the mosques on the North American continent. NAIT mosques rank among the most radical in the United States.” Islamic convert Stephen Schwartz, describes ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.”
ISNA, NAIT and Tennessee Mosques
In Memphis, Tennessee, the deeds forMasjid As-Salam mosque, home of the Muslim Society of Memphis, and the Al-Noor Mosque, which also houses the MSA in Memphis, show NAIT as the owner. Deeds to at least 10 other properties including some adjacent to the Muslim Society of Memphis also identify NAIT as the owner.
ISNA shares a street address with the MSA of Memphis and the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis. ISNA is also listed as the owner of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), a mosque that openly promoted the Holy Land Foundation as far back as 1998.
In February 2010, the Islamic Center of Nashville ICN) and the Salahadeen Center, the Kurdish mosque, partnered with ISNA for a two day conference titled “Awakening the Leader Within.” Members of the Salahadeen Center include former Muslim American Society (also Muslim Brotherhood), leader Fadi Ezier, CAIR promoter Remziya Suleyman and BDS advocate Drost Kokoye.
Examples of ISNA Leadership, Conventions, Website and Partner Organizations
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 Hamas charter, calling out the “Zionist invasion” states:
“For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.”….
“The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
ISNA, NAIT and CAIR were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) terrorism financing prosecution because of their involvement in raising money for Hamas. In 2009 their unindicted co-conspirator status was reaffirmed and the judge held that “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT with the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
Muzammil Siddiqi – served as the president of ISNA (1997-2000),and is now a Board member of ISNA and its subsidiary NAIT. Siddiqi is a pro-jihad, pro-Sharia, anti-American, hard core Islamist. He served as an officer at the Muslim World League (MWL), founded by members of the Saudi government to globalize fundamentalist Islamic sharia law.
Siddiqi advocated for the establishment of an Islamic state, told Muslims living in the U.S. that Islamic sharia law was superior to U.S. laws, and praised Islamic suicide bombers as “those who die on the part of justice” and thus reside “with the Lord.” He believes in “the victory of Islam in Palestine” by means of jihad, which he describes as “the path” and “the way [for Muslims] to receive the honor.”
Since 1981 he has served as director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and now serves as the Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. The Shura Council includes a heavy dose of Muslim Brotherhood presence. The November 20, 2012 newsletter praised student BDS initiatives:
“Shura Council applauds the Associated Students of UCI [University of California, Irvine], for unanimously passing a resolution calling for UCI to divest from companies who benefit from occupied Palestine. Click here to learn more about UCI divestment and learn what is B D S here.”
Jamal Badawi - The Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution named Badawi individually as an unindicted co-conspirator. He was a founding member of the Muslim American Society, established as the representative organization of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The 2004 Chicago Tribune reportconfirmed the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood over U.S. mosques.
Badawi’s recorded statements characterize Gaza terrorists as martyrs and suicide bombers as freedom fighters, and defending violent jihad in cases of “self-defense against unprovoked aggression . . . “
More recently, Badawi spoke at the 2012 AMP (American Muslims for Palestine) conference. 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 is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support the college hate group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (started by a Hamas leader), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian who was convicted for his activities with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
Joining Badawi were BDS advocates like Friends of Sabeel North American, Donald Wagner (see Part 2) , virulent anti-Semitic Jew haters like Hatem Bazian and openly vocal Hamas supporters like CAIR director Nihad Awad.
ISNA Conventions: Representatives and Speakers
ISNA’s conventions have included representatives from:
- Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC and now renamed to Organization of Islamic Cooperation) The OIC which works cooperatively with the Muslim Brotherhood, represents the 56 Muslim majority countries and is also the largest voting bloc in the United Nations. For years, the OIC pushed the UN to criminalize any criticism of Islam which was accomplished in 2012 with the passage of Resolution 16/18.
- Muslim World League (MWL)- founded in 1962 by members of the Saudi government for the purpose of globalizing fundamentalist Islamic sharia law (Wahhabism). “The MWL has a long history of ties to, and financial support for, Islamic extremists, terrorist operatives, and terrorist organizations including Hamas…and al Qaeda.” MWL has a history of virulent anti-Israel rhetoric and is a member of the OIC.
- WAMY – World Assembly of Muslim Youth – based in Saudi Arabia, it is the world’s largest Muslim youth organization. The U.S. branch, established by Osama bin Laden’s nephew, was raided by the FBI and shut down because of suspected links to terrorism funding. The U.S. WAMY has also provided funding to CAIR.
ISNA’s convention speakers have included:
Anwar al Awlaki – al-Qaeda cleric killed in Obama authorized 2011 drone attack.
Ali Abunimah -co-founder and executive director of Electronic Infitada, a major online media outlet promoting the Palestinian agenda along with BDS against Israel. He is also a founding member of Al Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition that opposes Israel’s right to exist.
Maha ElGenaidi - founder of Islamic Networks Group (ING) which trains and certifies speakers to present canned scripts about Islamic-related topics; helps to establish “affiliates” in different cities including Tennessee’s based AMAC. Acknowledged partnerships with Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA, CAIR, ICNA, and MAS.
Paul Findley – author of “Liberating America From Israel” (“Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society”)
Imam Warith Deen – former head of New York prisons’ Muslim chaplain program who described Jewish conspiracies to control the world.
ISNA Website Posts Quaranic Verses About Jews
Here is a now deleted (but screen shot saved) Quaranic passages posted on ISNA’s website:
“O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.”
Interfaith Groups and BDS
How many Family of Abraham (FOA) members that meet in Nashville realize that there is a dark side of interfaithing that is an organized attempt to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel?
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (US Campaign)
Listed among the Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America, the U.S. Campaign serves as an umbrella for the religiously identified pro-BDS organizations like The Interfaith Boycott Coalition which has been described as the “faith-based wing of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.”
The Interfaith Boycott Coalition “includes the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine Israel Network, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Friends of Sabeel North America, United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, United Methodist Kairos Response and members of the Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite and Quaker traditions.”
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
AMP is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support the college hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The Anti-Defamation League 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 Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) leaders. IAP was created by a Hamas leader to be its U.S. propaganda arm and also raise money for Hamas. IAP was listed in the Muslim Brotherhood’s 1991 strategic plan for North America. In 2009 a federal judge ruled that “ample evidence” existed to tie IAP to Hamas. IAP’s leadership founded CAIR – the Council on American Islamic Relations. So it should be no great surprise that SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by IAP.
ISNA, (Islamic Society of North America), also claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1991 plan, is a vocal promoter of BDS against Israel. Safaa Zarzour, secretary general of ISNA spoke at AMP’s 2011 and 2012 conference, along with individually named unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood leader, Jamal Badawi and here.
Zarzour’s talk about uniting Muslim organizations behind the BDS campaign was described as one of the most “inspiring” talks of the conference.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
The ultra liberal, progressive JVP is also listed in the Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America. JVP aggressively promotes BDS and is the largest Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States. Sadly, there is no bar to Jews being self-hating anti-Semites.
JVP “uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility. JVP goes to great lengths to show that not all Jews side with Israel.” It is not uncommon for JVP campus groups to support SJP Israel Apartheid Week, also referred to as “Israel Hate Week.”
As a member of Islamophobia coalitions, JVP has joined with CAIR/Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood Muslim American Society among others, to protest alleged anti-political shariah speakers.
Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA)
Also on the ADL’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America, FOSNA is the U.S.-based affiliate of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Sabeel). Sabeel is a Palestinian Christian organization based in Jerusalem which helps promote anti-Israel advocacy in U.S. churches.
Sabeel was founded in 1990 by Rev. Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Christian. Rev. Don Wagner runs FOSNA and according to his posted bio, “works internationally to educate Christians about the problems of Christian Zionism.” FOSNA’s mission statement is dedicated to supporting Sabeel and advocates BDS and right of return for Palestinians which they well understand would make Jews a minority in Israel and lead to the BDS goal of turning Israel into a single Palestinian state, i.e, the demise of Israel.
During a 2012 California Palestinian convention which included Wagner and Ateek as speakers, Ateek called for a non-violent third intifada, but his final comment made his hatred for Israel and Jews clear: “We say no. We adamantly reject the two-state solution at any price.” Same as the pro-BDS “from the river to the sea” chant because Sabeel and Ateek seek the BDS goal of eliminating Israel as a Jewish state. (see Omar Barghouti in Part 1).
Ateek helped formulate “Palestinian liberation theology” and even describes Hamas as “an Islamic liberation theology movement.” Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy describes liberation theology as the “theological justification for Western church groups that backed Marxist revolution 20 and 30 years ago,” but which is now used as a “tool against Israel.” In other words, Palestinian victims must be liberated from the Israeli oppressor under which they are forced to exist.
Sabeel does not waste its time on the persecution of Christians living in Muslim majority countries, Muslim radicalism, or the terrorism, suicide-bombings and rocket attacks perpetrated by Hamas against Jewish civilians. But with the support of U.S. churches, Sabeel sponsors conferences in the U.S. and study missions to Israel to push its anti-Zionist and often, anti-U.S. agenda.
As far back as 2005, Sabeel U.S. conferences were endorsed by the World Council of Churches, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, and the United Church of Christ USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Common Global Ministries, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ (UCC), as well as the far-left Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) caucus.
Sadly, Jewish Voice for Peace in pursuing the Jewish liberalist’s quest to “rethink our relationship with the Holy Land” openly supports Sabeel and presumably agrees with Sabeel’s rejection of a two state solution even if that would mean peace.
The Presbyterian’s Israel Palestine Mission Network and the United Methodist Church both discussed below, are also supporters of Sabeel’s work because they share the same objectives in their own anti-Israel work.
The Kairos Document
In 2009, a group of Christians and Jews from South Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia met in Bethlehem and claiming to represent the voice of Palestinian Christians, affirmed the Kairos Palestine Document (KPD). The KPD calls on Christians throughout the world to target Israel with boycotts, divestments, and economic sanctions. It embodies the 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.”
A recent commentary described the KPD as “a radical Christian initiative in support of BDS, to recycle pre-modern Church anti-Semitism by decrying Israel’s existence as a ‘sin against God and humanity.’” (Ben Cohen, “The Anti-Zionist College Ploy” Feb. 2014)
United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR)
Predictably, the United Methodist Church responded favorably to the Kairos Palestine Document. For some time, the Methodist Church has been entangled with Israel hating Islamists not only through Mercy-USA, but also through the cozy “God Box” otherwise known as the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. Gathered together in one single building are denominational offices aligned against Israel all promoting BDS.
UMKR works hard to push the BDS agenda. While the General Conference of the UMC has not yet divested from the targeted Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlitt-Packard companies for engaging in business with Israel, their 2012 General Conference did vote to recommend boycotts and sanctions. UMC is a vocal and active participant in boycott initiatives, including the recent one against Soda Stream.
The UMC Global Missions agency helps finance the U.S. Campaign pro-BDS activity discussed above. The UMC’s Women’s Division published a children’s book “intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist youngsters” by portraying Israel as an aggressor and of course, not mentioning anything about Palestinian terrorism.
Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (the “Network”)
In 2012, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was only 2 votes short of divesting from Israel. The vote was 331 for it, 333 against it and 2 abstentions. Muslim Brotherhood ISNA Interfaith liaison, Sayyid Syeed, praised the divestment supporters. He “thanked Presbyterians for their ‘alliance’ with Muslims against intolerance and for their helpful attention to Middle East justice.” (This is the same Syeed who was recorded in 2006 saying, ‘[O]ur job is to change the constitution of America.’”)
Considering the Church’s close ties and collaboration with known Muslim Brotherhood organizations and leadership (some of whom have made repeated visits to Nashville), and its support for Sabeel here and here, suggests that the Church shares the Islamic enmity towards Jews and Israel.
This June the Presbyterian General Assembly will be asked again to support divestment from Israel. This year’s vote will be cast in the context of the Presbyterian Church’s January release of a study guide regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, titled “Zionism Unsettled.” Rabbis from the Simon Weisenthal Center characterized the study guide as “sending Jews to the trash-heap of history”… it “rejects the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.
On the other hand, the KKK’s former Grand Wizard David Duke and Iran’s Press TV, praised the document.
Efforts by the Church to distance itself from the publication and the Network have proven illusory since the Network uses the Church’s website to raise money, “[a]nd the PC(USA)’s online store is apparently the sole place on the Internet where people can get a copy of [the offending study guide] Zionism Unsettled.”
The American-Israel Friendship League recently took Presbyterian leadership to visit the Soda Stream factory located in the West Bank, to see the truth as opposed to the BDS propaganda. After the visit, the church delegation said they planned to tell church administrators and followers that they should be supporting, not attacking Israel.
What conclusions would be drawn then if church leadership maintains its position on BDS at the June 2014 General Assembly? Would that be evidence that the real motivation of the BDS campaign is just what Israel’s defenders say it is?
BDS: A campaign to destroy Israel any way possible.
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).
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
Abbie Wolf - email@example.com
This past September, Hamas-linked-CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) hosted self-styled “human rights activists” to speak at the University of Arizona. Gay-mocking Remziya Suleyman from Tennessee and Hizballah-legitimizing Hassan Shibly (CAIR-Tampa) were among the speakers:
Ms. Suleyman told her same old embellished story of how she organized all the Muslims in Tennessee to beat back alleged anti-sharia legislation. Bet she didn’t bother to tell her audience that it was actually an anti-terrorism/material support bill based on the killings perpetrated by Muslim convert Carlos Bledsoe.
Bet she also didn’t bother to explain to her audience that she is the one who equated anti-terrorism and material support with being sharia!
Bet she also didn’t tell her audience that before she started her pro-sharia campaign she admitted that “she never knew the concept of sharia…” In fact, she continues to remind us how little she knows about her own doctrine as she continues to promote the idea that anything violent or negative associated with Muslims and Islam is simply “culture” because it is not taught in the Quran. So how about those verses in the Quran that make wife beating sacred?
She could have gotten the low-down on this from Murfreesboro mosque Muslim Brotherhood speaker, Jamal Badawi who says it’s OK as long as it’s never on the face.
Surely Suleyman knows that Muslims could not practice their Islam without the Hadith and Sira. After all, isn’t Mohammed the example that all Muslims are supposed to emulate? Does she ignore the Hadith because that’s where it tells her that women have to sit in the back of the mosque?
Is that like being forced to sit at the back of the bus?
CAIR Arizona conference...
Hassan Shibly said, that “Muslims have more civil liberties in America than they do in any ‘so-called Muslim countries.’”
Is that because Muslims living in America don’t actually know their doctrine? Or could it be because countries like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran have constitutions norm-referenced to sharia law? Maybe Shibly was thinking about the shara-centric Cairo Declaration of Human Rights and not the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the U.S. signed onto.
Or is Shibly simply being disingenuous about his doctrine in pursuit of the political objectives he and his organization CAIR are pursuing?
Then why are these Islamic sharia-adherent “civil rights activists” trying to impose the same sharia driven oppression that the “so-called Muslim countries” suffer under? They say that their fight for Muslim’s religious freedom is no different than when blacks fought for their civil rights. One big difference though is that the rights Suleyman and Shibly claim they are fighting for will ultimately take away rights from everyone else.
Imam Zaid Shakir, an adviser and regular speaker at CAIR events is also a repeat visitor to Nashville. Last year, Imam Mohamed Ahmed from the Muslim Brotherhood owned Islamic Center of Nashville invited Shakir to speak to the students.
One point Shakir reminds his listeners about is 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.”
Religious freedom in the U.S. is based on the freedom to believe or not to believe, to practice one’s religion or not. And to peacefully coexist. Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi who helped Suleyman launch her organization calls Christians filthy.
Suleyman should also go back and listen to her colleague Sabina Mohyuddin refer to the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) as one of the “…organizations that help American Muslims stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.” Along with Al-Ahazar University, FCNA was one of the organizations that authenticated the English translation of the “Reliance of the Traveller, The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.”
Newsletter #86 provides several examples found in this book and also details some of the FCNA members that have been arrested, deported and named as unindicted co-conspirators in connection with terrorist activities. All are connected in some manner to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The “religious freedom” being pedaled by CAIR promoters Suleyman and Shibly goes something like this:
Kosher for Jews means they don’t eat pork; halal for us means no one eats pork.
Real civil rights activists should be appalled.
Deliberate omission is deceitful. It is intended to evade telling the whole story, the truth.
Bob Smietana – Imagine if former Tennessean newspaper (non) reporter Bob Smietana would take off his apologist lenses before writing about the Islamist agenda. Distorting facts to write a fiction of persecution is unethical and a disservice to the public.
Ad hominem should never substitute for objective, fact-based reporting. As with anything Smietana writes on this topic, all Islamists and their supporters are virtuous; naysayers are contemptuous bigoted Islamophobes.
Even when Smietana writes about CAIR, he can’t bring himself to acknowledge the 2009 holding that “[t]he Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF [Holy Land Foundation], the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas”.
Hedy Weinberg – Imagine if the Director of the TN-ACLU had admitted in her 2011 testimony at the Tennessee legislature, that all the issues she alleged as problems had already been resolved in 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled them Constitutionally sound.
Imagine if Weinberg advocated for the religious rights of Christian students the same as she does for Muslim students? Take for example, the 2011 lawsuit filed against the Sumner County school district because of alleged Christian-centric activities. Part of the settlement agreement prohibited the Sumner County schools from taking field trips to religious sites. Except Weinberg didn’t object when Sumner County violated the settlement agreement this year by taking students to a Hindu temple and a mosque where they received free Qurans.
Her 2013 Students’ Rights Conference, with plenty of Islamist representation, was a reflection of Weinberg’s own conservative paranoia. How ironic that a conference including LGBTQ Equality, also included speaker Kasar Abdullah whose sister Jihan, was out and about making fun of gays!
Remziya Suleyman – raises money for her organization American Center for Outreach (ACO) based on an embellished and distorted story about Islamist persecution in Tennessee. The one documented truthful statement she has made is her admission to knowing nothing about Shariah law. Of course that has not stopped her from demonizing anyone who objects to its insertion into American public life. Without this platform, her fundraising would be flat.
It doesn’t appear that she ever addressed the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum before bringing CAIR’s Dawud Walid to train Muslim students. What about her work with and support for CAIR? Doesn’t it matter to her that CAIR is connected to Hamas?
Our wish for 2014: try telling the whole story; honesty is good for the soul .
Rabbi Mark Schiftan, senior rabbi at The Temple in Nashville is preparing to take his congregants on a bus ride to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) on Sunday, October 27, 2013. He has dubbed this ride “A Sacred Journey of Understanding.” He claims to ride in support of First Amendment freedoms of worship and assembly.
Well Rabbi, we hate to burst your bubble, but you are no Freedom Rider. The bus riders of the late 50’s and early 60’s went armed with facts and the truth about what was happening to blacks in America. Your intended destination, the ICM does not stand for freedom and liberty as the West understands these concepts. In fact, as we have recently disclosed here and here, leadership at the mosque, pre – and post – construction, are aligned with those whose end goal is sharia for all. The Muslim Brotherhood uses the catchy phrase “civilization jihad” to describe their vision.
Imam Bahloul at the ICM is a graduate of Al Azhar University in Egypt with a degree in Da’awah (prosletyzing for Islam). His thesis was the establishment of a Da’awah curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Al Azhar is credited with starting the Islamist movement with training from Islamic radicals. It is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and sharia as a complete way of life. Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who has been banned from the U.S. and the U.K., Yousef Al-Qaradawi, famously declared that:
“Conquest through Da’wa [proselytizing], that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through Da’wa.”
Walking in lock-step with Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) leadership, Imam Bahloul is hosting Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi on November 3rd.
Rabbi Schiftan, given your support for the Islamist movement in Tennessee, we thought you might like to phone Badawi in advance of his trip here and arrange to have a private visit over coffee. Badawi’s 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:
Hamed Ghazali’s number is there as well so feel free to include him. After all, you are all Family of Abraham.
So Rabbi, as you prepare for your trip, take some facts along with your moral elitism. At least the facts have some basis in reality.
Jamal Badawi is referred to by name on page 12 of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. Jamal Badawi is part of that “group”:
“We have a seed for a ‘comprehensive Dawa’ educational’ organization: We have the Daw’a section in ISNA + Dr. Jamal Badawi Foundation + the center run by brother Hamed al-Ghazali…”
“The big challenge that is ahead of us is how to turn these seeds or ‘scattered’ elements into comprehensive stable, ‘settled’ organizations that are connected with our Movement and which fly in our orbit and take orders from our guidance. This does not prevent – but calls for – each central organization to have its local branches but its connection with the Islamic center in the city is a must.”
Hamed al-Ghazali was hired by Pleasant View School – the Islamic school in Memphis as “the new consultant for PVS Islamic Studies, Quaran & Arabic. He also serves as Chairman of MAS [Muslim American Society] Council of Islamic Schools (MASCIS) and as a superintendent/consultant for several Islamic schools in the USA.
All the better to advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and goal of turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation ruled by sharia law.
This document was discovered during an FBI search of the home of one of the founders of a Virginia mosque. The document was subsequently introduced into evidence during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution.
This is the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to “settle” Islam in North America or in their words, commit a “civilization jihad.”
This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that was banned in Egypt, reemerged with Mohammed Morsi’s election and quickly moved to bring Egypt under the rule of sharia. That is, make Egypt the Islamic state envisioned by the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna.
The challenges and timeline in the U.S. may be different, but the Muslim Brotherhood’s endgame here is the same. Read the plan – it is all there and it is well underway here.
The connections have been made with the Islamic Center of Nashville, The Islamic Center of Tennessee, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and the mosques and school in Memphis. The Nashville Jewish and Christian leadership are doing all they can to settle the Muslim Brotherhood even deeper in Tennessee.
These leaders have lost their moral compasses.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM), like mosques in other cities, is finally being honest about its allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood.
This allegiance was the concern of mosque opponents all along. Earlier on, the clues were more subtle, with brochures printed by Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot ISNA and a board member’s facebook page extolling the virtues of Hamas. Then the ICM hired an Egyptian native and Al-Azhar graduate, Imam Bahloul.
With the support and cover provided by Middle Tennessee Jews and Christians, it looks as if Imam Bahloul no longer needs to conceal the true identity and doctrinal allegiance of the mosque. Nihad Awad, public supporter of Hamas and executive director of CAIR, (another Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot with proven ties to Hamas), attended the ICM’s opening.
On November 3, 2013, the ICM is hosting a program called “God’s Books.” Panelist Jamal Badawi is listed as a member of ISNA (another Muslim Brotherhood unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution). Born and raised in Egypt, Badawi’s resume also includes:
- Member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) – along with Al-Ahzar University in Cairo, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law, the FCNA authenticated the English translation of the “Reliance of the Traveller, the Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.” Read more in Newsletter #86 about what this book says and about FCNA members that have been arrested, deported and named as unindicted co-conspirators in connection with terrorist activities.
- Board member of CAIR
- Founding incorporator of the Muslim American Society (MAS) – In 2012, convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi told federal investigators that “[e]veryone knows that MAS [Muslim American Society] is the Muslim Brotherhood.”
- Member of European Council for Fatwa and Research, an organization headed by Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas spiritual leader, Yousef Al-Qaradawi (Qaradawi has many “credits” to his name including heading up the Hamas created Union of Good charities which was designated by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 for terrorism financing). Qaradawi has been banned from the U.S. since 1999 and from the United Kingdom since 2008 because of his support for suicide bombings against Israel and attacks against American troops in Iraq.
- Named individually as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution.
In another terrorism trial federal prosecutors said that the Muslim American Society had been “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States”. Badawi was one of the three founders of MAS and is listed on the group’s articles of incorporation.
More on Badawi’s terrorist, Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas associations reported here.
Anyone attending the November ICM event should ask Badawi about his religious rulings on wife-beating (it’s OK as long as it’s never on the face) or his justification for executing Muslim apostates (when it’s considered treason against the Islamic state).
Mark Schiftan, head Rabbi of The Temple in Nashville is taking busloads of his congregants to visit the ICM next week. Given his interest in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Nashville and the political activism of the Islamists, he might be interested in attending the November program.
Or maybe if he read and studied what was in “God’s Books,” he might reconsider his course of action.
The ad for the upcoming “Stronger Together” program lists respected, long-standing Nashville private schools Harding Academy and Montgomery Bell Academy as publicity partners. Montgomery Bell is also hosting the event on its campus.
The Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC) is the event organizer. Newsletter #92 questioned whether the CRC’s director, Abbie Wolf was aware of panelist Remziya Suleyman’s close association with and activism on behalf of, the Muslim Brotherhood’s off-shoot CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations ) and its ties to Hamas.
If Ms. Wolf wasn’t aware of Suleyman’s ties to CAIR, someone needs to let her know. Or at least tell her about the Brotherhood motto:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
However, Wolf’s boss, Mark Freedman, Executive Director of the Nashville Jewish Federation probably does know Suleyman. Turns out they were in the same Leadership Nashville class last year so they probably had more than a passing acquaintance.
So, was concealing Suleyman’s “other” activities deliberate or accidental? Either way, original source documentation shows her close association with and promotion of Hamas tied CAIR.
This issue aside, it is surprising that Nashville’s elite private schools are allowing the Jewish Federation’s CRC to draw them into a very messy politically – driven agenda with ties to terrorism. Are these schools aware that the CRC is implementing a resolution to reach out specifically to Islamist organizations?
It was reported that the resolution was inspired by leadership of the Union for Reform Judaism who chose to buddy up with another Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
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.
In Nashville, the Federation’s CRC members are at the helm of the Family of Abraham events, having hosted ISNA’s Muslim Brotherhood member Sayeed Sayyid. So the Federation is busy building bridges with the Muslim Brotherhood while other Political Islamists in Nashville are hosting speakers like Dawud Walid, Sirraj Wahhaj and Zaid Shakir who remind the Muslim youth of the supremacy of Islam.
Zaid Shakir says: “If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
Dawud Walid says: “Who incurred the wrath of Allah? They are the Jews. They are the Jews.”
Sirraj Wahhaj says: “Islam is better than democracy.”
Remziya Suleyman: thumbs up to Nation of Islam:
Do Nashville’s most reputable and exclusive private schools want to stand and partner with Muslim Brotherhood terrorist groups? And be “Stronger” with them? Have they been duped into this event, and if so, why? And why do the Federation and various Christian sects want to align themselves with and serve an Islamist master who deems them apes and pigs behind their backs?