Newsletter #14 – AMAC Profiles, Cont’d

Another TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) member who also has a close association with Awadh Binhazim, is Kamel Daouk.

Mr. Daouk is the Vice-President of Operations for MKD International, Inc, a printing paper supply company located in Brentwood, TN.  As late as February, 2012, he is listed the President of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) Board. 

Mr. Daouk is also the past Treasurer of Olive Tree Education, Binhazim’s propaganda organization, that provided lectures and classes about Islam at Vanderbilt, Tennessee State University, and to local civic groups and law enforcement.  This is the same Olive Tree Education that promoted online writings by Anwar Al Awlaki, who was a top propagandist and recruiter for al-Qaeda.

Sometime after the “Losing Our Sons” video became public, and Binhazim was exposed, the Olive Tree Education website was taken down.

Mr. Daouk’s wife originally from Mexico and a convert to Islam, works to convert members of the Hispanic community.

The Co-chair of the AMAC, Daoud Abudiab also seems to have a close association with Awadh Binhazim.   Just last year he and Binhazim along with representatives from the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) and others, presented “Islam 101: Removing the phobia” at the Williamson County Democratic Party monthly meeting.

Mr. Abudiab who works as an administrator for a healthcare group in Columbia, Tennessee, is listed as the President of the Islamic Center of Columbia.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).

Mr. Abudiab was the main speaker on behalf of the AMAC at the February 2012 counterterrorism training sponsored in part by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security.  As Co-Chair of the AMAC, it is likely that he received one of the “As-salaam alaikum” letters signed by Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

A transcript of Mr. Abudiab’s presentation at the February meeting has been made and will be discussed in the next newsletter.