Opponents play games. Enemies, like Hamas, want to kill Jews.
Nashville’s Reform Rabbis Mark Schiftan, Shana Mackler, Phillip “Flip” Rice, Laurie Rice, Rami Shapiro and Imam Bahloul (Islamic Center of Murfreesboro), have issued the following statement:
Hiding in their cushy offices, these rabbis use lofty words to trivialize Hamas’ vow to wipe Israel and Jews off the map. Do they want us to believe that Jews being attacked “over there” is a “Middle East conflict” unrelated to Jews who live here? These rabbis pontificate from the safety of their temples unlike Jews in kibbutz Nahal Oz where Hamas jihadists emerged from a tunnel and killed the Israeli soldiers that had been guarding them.
The rabbis say this conflict shouldn’t alienate Jews from their Muslim friends that support Hamas and their Christian friends that advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
They say Jews should not cast a negative eye toward groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, ranked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) among the top 10 “worst of the worst anti-Israel groups. After all, fellow Jews that demonize Israel’s self-defense, advocate BDS and freely lend their Jewish cover to legitimate Israel’s aggressors shouldn’t be “dehumanized” just because they have a different opinion about the future of Israel.
If the end goal is to destroy the Jewish homeland and kill all the Jews, what difference does it make whether you are an enemy or an opponent? For these rabbis it’s all about moral equivalence anyway because we are all the same, aren’t we?
The Rabbis’ Friends Who Support Hamas
None of the Tennessee imams or so-called “moderate” Muslims whose attentions the rabbis crave, have ever spoken publicly against the terrorist Hamas organization, not even when Hamas broke their word and violated agreed upon cease-fires with Israel. But, co-signer, Imam Bahloul has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR-Hamas into his mosque.
CAIR Director, Nihad Awad and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi have been featured visitors at Imam Bahloul’s Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. CAIR and Badawi were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution, “ample evidence” tying CAIR to Hamas.
Hamas runs CAIR.
On July 31, 2014, at a rally for Palestinian terror bomber Rasmea Odeh, CAIR- Michigan director Dawud Walid declared CAIR’s role as being “defenders of the Palestinian struggle.” Walid’s declaration was more proof that CAIR is a Hamas affiliate.
Last summer, Muslim activist Remziya Suleyman, director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) brought Dawud Walid to Nashville to teach Muslim high school students about U.S. politics. It seems that Suleyman, an active collaborator and promoter of CAIR-Hamas, agrees with their Jew-hating stance. She also surrounds herself with other ant-Israel Jew haters.
Drost Kokoye, Suleyman’s childhood friend and employee at ACO, is a robust anti-Semitic Jew hater. Drost used her reporter friend Skye Arnold to complain about a pro-Israel educational pamphlet, and more recently, to help organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville.
These are the facts, the truth. Why do these rabbis deny it? How do you compromise or reason with people who want to kill you?
If, as the rabbis say, these Jew-haters are only opponents, what more would they have to do to be considered an enemy?
While the answer should be “ABSOLUTELY NOT”, exactly the opposite is happening at Tennessee’s state-funded universities. One of the most aggressive Tennessee schools in this regard is Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) although other schools such as the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT Knoxville) and the University of Memphis also have distinctive Muslim Brotherhood credentials.
At MTSU for example, “Registered student organizations” qualify for university funded student activity fee money. The MSA at MTSU states on its website that it is both a “registered student organization” and is affiliated with the National Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada. https://web.archive.org/web/20110615082039/http://frank.mtsu.edu/~msa/msa.htm
The core of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology is spread at the college level through the Brotherhood’s very first U.S. creation – the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The MSA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood whose credo states: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our Leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the path of Allah is our highest hope.” The MSA “pledge of allegiance” videotaped at a recent regional conference concludes with “I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam.”
MSA at UT Knoxville
UT Knoxville MSA’s website comes the closest to acknowledging the origin of the organization:
“The first Muslim Student Association was founded on the campus of the University of Illinois, Ann, Urbana-Champaign in 1963. From the minds of a few students came an association that has spread to myriad universities across North America. The MSA of UT has been blessed with a colorful fifteen year history…”
UT Knoxville’s MSA “colorful” history includes the experience of Mustafa Saied who told the Chicago Tribune in 2004 that in 1994 during his junior year at UT Knoxville, he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood. “After Saied attended numerous prayer sessions, a fellow Muslim student took him to a quiet corner of a campus cafeteria and asked him to join….Saied says he left the group after several years because he disliked its anti-American sentiments and its support for violence in the Middle East.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. Muslim Students Association – just another student organization?
The archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in North American were discovered during a 2004 FBI raid of a leading U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member’s Virginia home. Among the documents was the 1991 MB “Explanatory Memorandum” that was introduced by federal prosecutors during the Holy Land Foundation trial, the biggest terrorism financing case in the U.S. It is important to remember that during the trial the defense stipulated to the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. plan.
The 1991 Memorandum clearly shows the Brotherhood’s overarching goal of converting the U.S. into an Islamic state and laid out a detailed plan for the “civilization jihad from within.” The memo also listed 29 organizations working in the U.S. to further this goal; the MSA was second on the list because the MSA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood working in furtherance of the plan to offer Islam as a “civilization alternative.”
The MSA created in 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus is an Islamist organization with an Islamist agenda. Investigative journalist Patrick Poole notes the following:
“Toward that end, the organization has published an MSA Starter’s Guide: A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA, which states:
‘It should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university … the politicization of the MSA means to make the MSA more of a force on internal campus politics. The MSA needs to be a more ‘In-your-face’ association … For example, the student body must be convinced that there is such a thing as a Muslim-bloc.” The Guide further advises: “Aim to rise within the ranks of the Union [student government] and to get on selected executive committees … I cannot stress this enough, the Union has vast powers that Muslims need to control.’
The Islamization of Tennessee’s university politics a.k.a. the “red –green alliance” and the example of MTSU
Looking at the MSA’s activity on various Tennessee campuses, it looks like they take the MSA Starter Guide seriously and have overlaid a contemporary element. The MSA’s reach has been extended by shrewdly embedding their objectives in the leftist jargon of “human rights” and “minority rights”. This strategy is better known as the “red-green alliance”.
In this manner, using the often subversive and less than honest discourse of the liberalized left, they have convinced the Latino community to join forces despite having to carefully veil their otherwise conservative and dogmatic doctrine.
The MTSU MSA faculty advisor is Saleh Sbenaty who joined MTSU in 1993. Available records show that he has been the MSA advisor since at least 2007. He has been discussed at length in Newsletter #50, who left Syria for the U.S. at the same time that the Muslim Brotherhood was expelled from his country. It was noted by Sbenaty’s daughter that he has not returned to Syria in 30 years for fear of being jailed there.
As far back as 2004, the MTSU MSA welcomed Awadh Binhazim, the Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt who confirmed Islam’s capital punishment for homosexuality. Binhazim’s many affiliations including having been a CAIR chapter president in Texas, have been detailed in Newsletters #11 & 12.
Much more recently, the MTSU MSA along with the MSA Latino student organization FUTURO, have sponsored a program featuring Arsalan Iftikhar and AMAC member, Kasar Abdulla:
Invite-Only Event · By Anya Alicia Cardoso and MTSU MSA
6:00pm until 8:00pm
|MTSU Student Union Building Room 220|
|This event is a discussion forum featuring Arsalan Iftikhar and Kasar Abdulla. The topic will be about Islam and common misconceptions or stereotypes revolving around Muslims. After a short presentation the floor will be open the audience to ask any questions they might have.This event is sponsored by FUTURO and the Muslim Student Association of MTSU. There will be free food and lots of great discussion! Please join us and invite your student or faculty friends. This is meant to be more intimate–students and faculty only so that more questions can be answered, however, if you have a religious leader that would like to come and participate in the discussion, please invite them! Thank you!|
An open-to-the-public event featuring Arsalan Iftikhar followed on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
Given that the event was co-sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood organization, it is no surprise that the co-presenters each have deep involvement with Muslim Brotherhood groups. AMAC member Kasar Abudlla’s involvement with Muslim Brotherhood groups has been covered in Newsletters # 4 & 5.
Arsalan Iftikhar is another MSA “graduate” who later served as CAIR’s National Legal Director, a position and affiliation he omits from his resume and seems to go to great lengths to disown. However, a picture is worth 1,000 words especially when speaking at the 2006 Muslim Brotherhood ISNA convention:
Iftikhar was also the CAIR lawyer involved with the “flying imam” case against U.S. Airways. Attached is his letter to U.S. Airways along with CAIR’s internal memo detailing the proposed propaganda and lawfare campaign.
This is the same CAIR whose connection to Hamas is well documented, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and whose co-founder, Omar Ahmad stated during a 1998 speech:
“If you choose to live here [in the U.S.] … you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam.” “Islam isn’t in America,” he continued, “to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
The same CAIR whose co-founder, convert to Islam, Ibrahim Hooper in 1993 expressed his desire that the U.S. be an Islamic government.
This sentiment, expressed and manifested in many ways, represents the core of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology and the end goal of all of the Brotherhood’s groups including the MSA.
As stated in January 2005 by a former UCLA MSA leader, “The only justification … that Muslims have to live in this country is da’wa…. [I]f we are not doing something to invite people to Islam, Muslims and non-Muslims, then we are missing the point what Islamic Movement is about…. The end goal of everything I was talking about is the establishment of, the reestablishment of, Islamic form of government.”
No different in objective than the da’wa discussed in Newsletter #41 being offered up by other Muslim Brotherhood associated and inspired organizations active in Tennessee including the American Center for Outreach (ACO) and the AMAC.
In 2009 a federal judge confirmed the existence of ample evidence tying groups like CAIR and ISNA to Hamas, a fact the MTSU’s students and faculty do not let get in their way. One can speculate that the reason it does not give them pause is because they are aligned to the anti-Israel, anything but America and the West, pro-Hamas and Hezbollah agenda.
How much background on Arsalan Iftikhar and the MSA for that matter was provided to the FUTURO organizer? How about program attendees? Isn’t a university supposed to be about higher education?
Someone might even want to clue Governor Haslam in about what his AMAC is helping out with on Tennessee campuses. After all, he demonstrates over and over again, that on this issue he is either clueless or willingly blind.
See the many pieces written about MSA activities around the country
TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) profiles cont’d
One small postscript to Newsletter #4 –
Mention of one of the Institute’s more high profile graduates was omitted – Muneer Awad who is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma CAIR chapter. He sued and enjoined the Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning Sharia law in Oklahoma.
This newsletter and the one to follow will profile more of the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members.
Abdulkadir Gure – Middle Tennessee representative
Former taxi driver turned Arabic instructor at Vanderbilt University (listed as a “lecturer, Religious Studies Dept), he is affiliated with the Nashville Metro Taxi Drivers Alliance, which offered free rides last year to Muslims going to legislative plaza to protest against the anti-terrorism legislation. He is also affiliated with the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis and is a Middle Tennessee organizer for TIRRC.
Of greater interest perhaps is his work with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT), formerly named the Somali Community Center. In 2007 Abdirizak Hassan, the Center’s Executive Director until last year, was charged with and sentenced to 2 years federal probation for making false statements in connection with a federal grant for the Center. Despite these charges, he was still able to apply for and have the Center receive federal grant money throughout this time period.
This federal charge relates back to his indictment in 2001 for felony illegal banking. Prior to serving as ED of the Somali Community Center/CRIT, Hassan ran a halwa money changing business out of a convenience store. As reported by New English Review:
“Hassan’s Nashville bank was shut down by counter-terrorism investigators because they said the bank was linked to Al-Barakat.
Al-Barakat is a bank and wiring transfer service that is linked to al-Qaida, according to investigators. Hassan was arrested and charged with felony illegal banking. While out on bond, Hassan and the Somali Center were awarded a grant in the amount of nearly $500,000 by the same federal government that indicted him.”
The CRIT even when it was named the Somali Community Center, is what is known as an “ethnic based organization” that receives taxpayer money from the Tennessee Office for Refugees to provide refugee resettlement services.
Mwafaq Aljabary – Middle Tennessee representative
This individual also goes by the name Mwafaq Mohammed. In 2010 he was listed as the president of the Salahadeen Islamic Center (see newsletter #4 for more info about this center). He is employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and is involved with a group attempting to start the Nolensville Academy of Science & Math charter school in Metro Nashville.
Haneef Shabazz – Middle Tennessee representative
Property records indicate that he owns property in the Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Islamville) compound in Stewart County. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MoA), has been described as a “Sunni militant group”.
They follow Pakistani cleric Sheikh Gilani whose terrorist training video “Soldiers of Allah” shows Gilani explaining how to kill American infidels – “Act like you are his friend. Then kill him.” In 2006, the videos were confiscated and sealed by the Department of Justice. It is reported that Jamaat ul-Fuqra/MoA have approximately 35 compounds across the U.S.
Saleh Sbenaty – Middle Tennessee representative
Immigrated from Syria in 1982 to attend college in the U.S. and now teaches engineering at MTSU. He is a board member and on the planning committee for the Murfreesboro mosque. He was a vocal and active opponent of the anti-terrorism legislation and was quoted in the Tennessean a number of times on the issue. He also spoke out against the law during a panel discussion at the First Amendment Center in 2011. He was recently advertised as participating in a program with the Society for Universal Dialogue (SUD) on environmental issues.
Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin – West Tennessee representative
In 2008 the Director of the FBI presented Dr. Moinuddin with the Community Leadership Award. He is also a trustee of the Memphis Islamic Center and a board member of the Masjid al-Noor. Per the warranty deed, this mosque, which also houses the Muslim Student Association (MSA), is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), one of the organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory memorandum.
It has been reported elsewhere that in 1993 Dr. Moinuddin attended an event in Virginia involving Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti. Dr. Moinuddin was later quoted speaking favorably about Al-Hanooti. In 2000 Al-Hanooti headed the Michigan CAIR office. In 2008 he was indicted on charges of spying for Iraqi intelligence. He has been identified by the FBI as a top fundraiser for Hamas (over $6 million) and is named as both an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial (identified as top Muslim Brotherhood leadership), and a conspirator in the trial of “blind sheik” Omar Rahman (1993 World Trade Center bombing). See, “Blue Suede Jihad: Major Hamas Fundraiser Welcomed in the Land of Elvis”, Patrick Poole, July 1, 2010.
In July 2010, the Masjid al-Noor posted an announcement on their website that Al-Hanooti would be speaking at the mosque that month. When the event was published by Patrick Poole in his article “Blue Suede Jihad”, the mosque scrubbed the announcement from its website and denied that the event was ever scheduled. Poole notes in a follow-up piece on August 6, 2010, that “..we’ve been provided two separate classified terror alerts that were sent to Memphis-area law enforcement agencies prior to the publication of my initial report warning them of al-Hanooti’s upcoming appearance.”
Younis Sherif – West Tennessee representative
Mr. Sherif is active at the Masjid As-Salam, another Memphis mosque owned by NAIT, and with the Muslim Society of Memphis located in another property also owned by NAIT.
Three other members, Dorothy Awayyed, Hanan Ayesh, and Zak Mohyuddin (brother-in-law to Sabina Mohyuddin in newsletter #6), are all East Tennessee representatives. All were actively and vocally opposed to the anti-terrorism legislation and lobbied legislators to that end.
Many connections between individuals and organizations; many affiliations with Muslim Brotherhood entities. We have to assume that Commissioner Gibbons and Asst. Commissioner David Purkey who heads the TN Office of Homeland Security have all the same information and simply discounted it all in order to move forward and begin working closely with this group.