The Environment of Samar Ali


There has been a tremendous movement around the state opposing Governor Bill Haslam’s appointment of Samar Ali, a Shariah Compliant Finance, expert to the TN Commission of Economic and Community Development.  Below is an expose on the associates of Ms. Ali and why her appointment is very troubling for the citizens of the State of Tennessee.

The Environment of Samar Ali

We are all a product of our environment. Some have the skills, abilities, knowledge and education that allows them to choose their environment. Shariah Law is one environment that some have chosen to promote.

Shariah Law is a major piece in the foundation of the political ideology that is Islam and accounts for many of the atrocities committed by terrorists around the world.

Samar Ali has chosen to promote Shariah by specializing in Shariah Compliant Financing (SCF). It is well known that SCF is used as an instrument to finance the activities of radical Islamic extremists. Does that mean that Samar Ali is a terrorist? Of course not. But let’s look at the environment that she has chosen for herself:

1.      In 2007, Ms. Ali worked as an intern with the Islamic International Arab Bank in Amman, Jordan. This bank, dba Arab Bank, has been involved in numerous lawsuits alleging financial support for terrorist. The lawsuit, which was the first to go after an international bank for its role in financing terrorism when it was filed in 2004, alleges that Arab Bank administered the accounts of the Saudi Committee in Support of the Intifada Al Quds, which provided payments of $5,316 to the families of Palestinians who were killed in attacks on Israel, including suicide bombers. It also alleges that the bank administers accounts for other individuals and organizations involved in terrorism, including Hamas. The lawsuit was still being argued in 2010.

2.      In 2009, Ms. Ali attended the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) as part of the British delegation. The next year, she was a founder of the U.S. delegation and attended her second session of the WIEF as a U.S. delegate. The WIEF was initiated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest voting block in the United Nations and includes all 57 Islamic states. Saleh Abdullah Kamel is on the International Advisory Panel for World Islamic Economic Forum. He is also a founding member of the Al Shamal Islamic Bank, which was established by Osama bin Laden to fund jihadi fighters around the globe. Saleh Kamel, is a Saudi billionaire, and the majority shareholder of the Saudi conglomerate Dallah Albaraka. Kamel is legendary in his involvement with terrorist financing and was named as one of the “Main individual Saudi sponsors of al-Qaida” in a United Nations Security Council report

3.      The third example of the environment Ms. Ali is immersed in is one she may not have chosen but was born into. Her father, Dr. Subhi D. Ali is the chairman of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine CenterOmar Jamil Fayezis listed as a board member for the Jerusalem Fund. He is an attorney in Chicago and represents Ali Abunimah. Abunimah and Fayezare both board officers in The Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society, Inc (MECCS). The web site resource, “Discover the Networks”  describes Ali Abunimah as, “a Palestinian American who serves as the Board of Directors Member for the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network. He is also a co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website, which was created by activists affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). All of these organizations, from Dr. Ali’s Jerusalem Fund to ISM, are dedicated to pro-HAMAS and anti-Israeli ideologies. MECCS’ current and past directors and officers promote extreme anti-Israel agendas and antisemitic rhetoric.

In mid-May, 2012, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.