On October 18, 2016, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) former president Mohamed Magid was scheduled to participate in the “Exhibit & Lecture series: “Moving From Indifference to Action,” a two week program focused on the Holocaust. The program was sponsored by The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Temple Ohabai Shalom, The Jewish Federation, Vanderbilt University, Family of Abraham and The Faith & Culture Center.
Magid was supposed to deliver a lecture at 11:00 a.m. at The Temple titled “Standing Up Against Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.” And that evening, he was supposed to participate in an interfaith Jewish holiday service with the Temple’s rabbi, Mark Schiftan.
Magid was billed as the “former President of ISNA,” a named Muslim Brotherhood front group. Magid first served as a regional representative of, as Vice-President, and then as President of ISNA from 2010 to 2014. He currently remains on the organization’s Executive Council.
But Magid never showed up for the lecture or the interfaith service. Was he kept away by ISNA’s support for the new anti-Semitism called the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel?
The interfaith service was also used to promote the Faith and Culture Center’s political agenda “Our Muslim Neighbor”, highlighting the Goldziher Award from the William & Mary Greve Foundation (the Foundation) for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue. This same foundation funded “The Islam Project”, designed to convince Americans that Islam and Muslims are just like Jews and Christians that live in the U.S.
Obviously no one at the foundation or the interfaith event care that President and founder of the Faith & Culture Center, Daoud Abudiab consorts with groups like American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and CAIR?
AMP is among the most virulent anti-Israel Jew-hating organizations in the U.S. and CAIR’s national director has publicly voiced his support for HAMAS. And Abudiab has his own anti-Israel statements to make:
ISNA also not showing up for leftist Jews
On November 14, 2016, six days after Donald Trump was elected as President, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced that it was launching a Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) in partnership with ISNA.
Four days later, ISNA issued a “clarification” about its support for MJAC, qualifying its full support based on its “… principled commitment to domestic and international causes of concern to Muslims will remain strong. We specifically would like to reiterate support for the right of individuals and organizations in the US to peacefully work for human rights and the right of self-determination of Palestinians without fear of legal sanction.”
In other words, the issue of Jews and Arabs in the Middle East and Israel specifically, is their first and only real commitment.
That’s why ISNA affiliated imams who visited the concentration camps said, “…Muslim acknowledgement of the Holocaust should be followed by similar initiatives on the Jewish side, acknowledging Palestinian suffering and the role that Israel’s founding and the country’s subsequent policies had in this.”
Do they mean that Palestinians are the same as Jewish Holocaust victims?
That’s why ISNA supports the BDS movement.
ISNA knows that no amount of interfaith dialogue or clergy outrage over anti-Semitism and mythical Islamophobia will change Islam’s doctrinal edicts when it comes to Jews and Israel.
Islamist Jew-haters and supporters of “radical Palestinian terror groups” understand how gullible American leftist progressives are. One Islamist leader accurately predicted in 1998 that the intifada followed by a BDS campaign would be supported by “progressive Jewish forces in Israel and the United States…[any group] enlisted in the ‘progressive’ cause of the Palestinian Arabs – why not, anyone ‘progressive’ enough to embrace Hamas…is someone useful to Israel’s enemies.”
That’s why ISNA works with AMP and CAIR. That’s why ISNA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization in its own right, supports HAMAS. ISNA, Mohamed Magid, or any other Islamist partner will never abandon the mandates in the Korran and Islamic doctrine when it comes to Jews and Israel.
Anybody can be an anti-Semite, but to really harm Jews, it helps to be a Jew.
Leftist Jews who concede a moral equivalence between the horror and evil of the Holocaust, and the “nakbah,” (translated as “the catastrophe” is what Arabs label the reestablishment of Israel, the Jewish homeland), should be ashamed.
Starting on October 14, 2016, The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Temple Ohabai Shalom, The Jewish Federation, Vanderbilt University, Family of Abraham and The Faith & Culture Center will sponsor the “Exhibit & Lecture series: “Moving From Indifference to Action.” The lecture series will continue for two weeks.
The event will also include an interfaith service with Imam Mohamed Magid at The Temple whose senior rabbi Mark Schiftan, has made it his mission to fight Islamophobia in Nashville.
Magid is among the “newly educated” former Holocaust deniers. After his visit to the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, he said, “[w]hether in Europe today or in the Muslim world, my call to humanity: End racism for God’s sake, end anti-Semitism for God’s sake, end Islamophobia for God’s sake, end sexism for God’s sake… Enough is enough.”
Magid’s sentiments may be sincere, but leave unanswered whether his call to end anti-Semitism includes this century’s new anti-Semitism movement called Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel (BDS). The United States Commission on Civil Rights has stated, “anti-Semitic bigotry is no less morally deplorable when camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism.”
Sometimes described as politically correct or politically sanctioned anti-Semitism, the end goal of BDS as stated by the movement’s founder Omar Barghouti is clear. He rejects a two-state solution and says that Palestinian right of return is the way to end Israel as a Jewish state. “You’d have a Palestine next to a Palestine rather than a Palestine next to Israel.”
Leaders of the BDS movement, including the former and current directors of Samar Ali father’s Jerusalem Fund organization, agree that the end goal is to destroy the State of Israel.
The question Nashville’s Jews and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission members should be asking Magid is why, as President of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), he allowed his organization to actively promote the leaders of BDS and the BDS campaign?
Who is Imam Mohamed Magid?
Mohamed Magid was born in Northern Sudan. He first came to the U.S. sometime in 1987 to donate his kidney to his father. He claims that the relationship with his father’s kidney doctor, who was Jewish, caused him to reject anti-Semitism:
“I hold a very strong view against antisemitism. And this unacceptable behavior of some so-called Muslim leaders who deny Holocaust, which I do believe is one of the biggest signs of antisemitism- is to deny the Holocaust.”
Magid is the Executive Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), located in Northern Virginia and one of the largest Islamic centers in the Washington, D.C. area.
A March 2015 article highlighted that ADAMS “identifi[ed] itself as an affiliate of ISNA on its website.” Shortly thereafter, ADAMS eliminated this statement from its website.
Magid has had long-standing leadership responsibilities with ISNA, serving first as a regional representative, then Vice-President and finally, being elected President of ISNA in 2010. He served as President through 2014 and currently remains on the organization’s Executive Council.
ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood group identified in the 1991 Explanatory Memorandum, the Brotherhood’s plan for overtaking the West. ISNA is a named unindicted co-conspirator in the successful Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. ISNA supports HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization dedicated to destroying the State of Israel.
ISNA has a well documented history of supporting the BDS movement and its leaders. During Magid’s tenure as President, ISNA leaders participated in the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) annual conference alongside speakers like BDS founder Omar Barghouti.
AMP is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support Students for Justice in Palestine groups and is described by the Anti-Defamation League, as “anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans about the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination.” The 2012 conference provided workshops about how to get involved in the BDS movement.
ISNA’s Secretary General Safaa Zarzour spoke at AMP’s 2011 meeting and at AMP’s 2012 conference, both times at the behest of Magid’s leadership of ISNA. Zarzour’s talk about uniting Muslim organizations behind the BDS campaign was described as one of the most “inspiring” talks of the conference.
And AMP has reciprocated by speaking at ISNA conferences during Magid’s tenure as President.
Another former President of ISNA, Muzammil Siddiqi, was also part of the imam trip to the Nazi death camps. Siddiqi, who refuses to denounce HAMAS or Hezbollah, has praised suicide bombers as “those who die on the part of justice,” serves as the director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and the Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
The November 20, 2012 newsletter of Siddiqi’s Shura Council 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.”
And the quid pro quo for turning the imams into Holocaust believers?
A Jewish magazine written by and for leftist Jews, called The Forward, documented different parts of the imams’ trip to the death camps, including the apparent struggle for the imams to sell Holocaust truth to their fellow Muslims:
“At several points during the trip, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was invoked, as well as the perceived linkage between the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel that often makes the Holocaust itself a difficult topic in the Muslim world. Some acknowledged that this posed a potential impediment to widespread acknowledgement of the Holocaust in their own community.
In some of their most sensitive discussions, several delegates grappled with the issue of how to present the truth of the Holocaust in a way that would be accepted and taken to heart by their congregants. Breger, citing the need for the participants to speak freely to each other on this, ruled these exchanges off the record. But broadly, one suggestion was that Muslim acknowledgement of the Holocaust should be followed by similar initiatives on the Jewish side, acknowledging Palestinian suffering and the role that Israel’s founding and the country’s subsequent policies had in this.” (emphasis added)
This approach could be a twofer – whitewash both the ovens and the proven 3,000 plus year link of the Jews to the land of Israel. The false narrative that the State of Israel came into being simply to accommodate survivors of the Holocaust is simply not true.
Are Jewish leaders in Nashville preparing to own the nakbah narrative?
At the very least, the organizers of the Holocaust event in Nashville have given sanction to an event co-sponsored by Faith and Culture Center’s president Daoud Abudiab, who posts his anti-Israelism on facebook.
Would Nashville’s Jewish leadership organizing the Holocaust event ask Magid to disavow his organization’s support for the BDS movement, its goals and its promoters?
Would they ask him to deny ISNA’s support for HAMAS, whose charter includes these verses from the Quaran and the Hadith:
Article 7 of the HAMAS Charter:
“The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Recorded in the Hadith [words and deeds of Mohammed] collections of Bukhari and Muslim).
Article 13 of the HAMAS Charter:
“The Jews will never be content with you, nor will the Christians, until you follow their religion. Say: ‘The guidance of Allah is the right guidance.’ But if you follow their desires after the knowledge which has come to you, then you shall have no protector or guardian from Allah.” (Koran, 2:120)
Nashville’s rabbinical leadership have a clever slogan – “we may be opponents, we need not be enemies” inferring the moral equivalence sought by the death camp visiting imams, including those who have shown or enabled support for the BDS campaign.
With the help and endorsement of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the Jewish Federation and other Jewish leadership in Nashville, the anti-Semitism that drove the Holocaust will be separated from the Left and Islamic groups’ BDS attack on Israel.
The Jews in Nashville are preparing to abandon the Jews in Israel to further attacks via BDS. Does whitewashing the ovens with the supposed “conversion” of radical imams (who have a sacred sanction to lie to further Islam), mean that “never again” somehow magically will not happen?
“Islamophobia” was invented by the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), a Muslim Brotherhood front organization. The term as confirmed by former insider Abdur-Rahman Muhammad is specifically intended to suppress any criticism of Islam and Muslims – even those that commit violent jihad.
The IIIT was part of a 5 year terrorism financing investigation for its questionable ties to terrorist groups and for being the largest monetary donor to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. The IIIT’s deceit of Islamophobia erodes our First Amendment speech rights and facilitates violent jihad.
The neighbor of the San Bernadino jihadis who saw suspicious activity didn’t report it fearing she would be called a racist.
Jewish leftists in Nashville believe they are the David to the Goliath of Islamophobia
In December 2015, shortly after the November Paris jihad, Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Nashville Jewish community’s leading Muslim apologist, rushed to join Nashville’s ultra-progressive leftists Mayor Megan Barry in a public show of solidarity against Islamophobia and the phantom hate crimes it allegedly inspires. Schiftan was joined by other Nashville rabbis including Shana Mackler, Joshua Kullock and Joshua Barton.
The real joke is on Schiftan, the other rabbis and the Jewish social justice warriors that followed him, because the Muslim Brotherhood creators of Islamophobia also promote BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) against Israel. Does the senior rabbi of The Temple in Nashville even care that the goal of BDS is to end Israel as Jewish state? Does he understand that the anti-Israelism of BDS is the 20th century’s new anti-Semitism?
Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestine Boycott National Committee says that Palestinian right of return, a demand made by BDS promoters, would mean “you’d have a Palestine next to a Palestine.” It would end Israel as a Jewish state.
Hatem Bazian, founder and chairman of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), has formally joined with named Muslim Brotherhood organizations to form the U.S. Council on Muslim Organizations (USCMO).
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’s first conference in 2006 featured several former Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) leaders including Osama Abu Irshaid (IAP board member and now AMP and USCMO board member) who speaking at an SJP event, told his audience that he considers firing rockets from Gaza into Israel “legitimate resistance.” IAP served as a U.S. based propaganda outlet for HAMAS. Nihad Awad and Omar Awad, both former IAP officials, started CAIR. Nihad Awad, who publicly voiced his support for HAMAS is a founding member of USCMO.
AMP helps train and support Student for Justice in Palestine activists to bring the BDS message to college campuses. SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian. AMP’s collaboration with Sami al-Arian, the head of the Palestine Islamic Jihad brings a certain irony to the issue of Islamophobia.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has also joined forces with the USCMO and individual USCMO organizations including AMP. In fact, ISNA has actively promoted AMP and its BDS agenda. ISNA’s Secretary General has been a repeat speaker at AMP conferences and AMP founder Hatem Bazian has spoken at ISNA conferences since ISNA has its own long history of Jew hatred and ISNA leaders supporting BDS campaigns.
Does Schiftan realize he is surrounded?
Samar Ali, a Metro Nashville Human Rights Commissioner also attended the December Muslim solidarity event. Samar’s father, Subhi Ali has served as the Chairman of the Jerusalem Fund (JF) since 2005. The founder of the Jerusalem Fund, Hisham Sharabi, endorsed the anti-Israel rhetoric and actions of pro-Palestinian groups like the Muslim Brotherhood HAMAS.
In keeping with the JF’s anti-Israel advocacy, it’s director from 2009 – 2015, Yousef Munayyer openly advocated for BDS. Munayyer left the JF to become the Executive Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation another organization listed among the Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America.
On September 14, 2015, the Jerusalem Fund’s new Director, Zeina Azzam, hosted the program titled “Building the BDS Movement for Justice in Palestine.”
Schiftan’s Temple past president Bernard Werthan is also a board member of Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center (FCC). Abudiab tries hard to portray himself as an interfaither with the singular agenda of creating a positive impression of Muslims through his “Our Muslim Neighbor” a project of Religions for Peace USA, an organization itself tied to Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Coming out of the closet in his own way, Abudiab joined the Muslim Brotherhood organizations at the USCMO conference in Washington.
Maybe Abudiab senses that jihad apologists like Schiftan agree that Israel has wronged the Palestinians and can understand why an intifada, a Palestinian uprising (like the Palestinian suicide bombers who massacred innocent Israelis in the Sbarro pizza restaurant), is justified. Regardless, Abudiab is now showing his anti-Israelism:
Islamist Jew-haters like Hisham Sharabi, founder of the Jerusalem Fund and supporter of “radical Palestinian terror groups” understood how gullible American leftist progressives are. He predicted that the intifada followed by a BDS campaign would be supported by “progressive Jewish forces in Israel and the United States…[any group] enlisted in the ‘progressive’ cause of the Palestinian Arabs – why not, anyone ‘progressive’ enough to embrace Hamas…is someone useful to Israel’s enemies.”
PJTN (Proclaiming Justice to the Nations), CUFI (Christians United for Israel) and Tennessee’s state legislators like Judd Matheny and Sheila Butt, pass strong pro-Israel resolutions.
Meanwhile, political leftists seem to dominate the organized Jewish community in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite over 100 knife attacks on Jews in Israel, no matter how many calls for another intifada, no matter how many Jewish children are murdered while sleeping in their beds, politically left American Jews and their leadership, stand with the jihadist murderers.
(Fogel children murdered by jihadists: 11 year old Yoav, 4 year old Elad and a three month old infant girl, Hadas)
The rabbis in Nashville even have a slogan that justifies this resolve – “We may be opponents, we need not be enemies.” Even local Islamists whose group members emulate the language and values of HAMAS can get this rabbinical absolution. The leftist leadership extends the same olive branch to the anti-Israel, pro-BDS Nashville start-up chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a group that puts politics before support for the Jewish biblical homeland.
JVP is an anti-Zionist Jewish hate group that collaborates with and stands in solidarity with other anti-Israel hate groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Not surprisingly, JVP and SJP spewed from the same UC Berkley campus.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, JVP pushes ending U.S. aid to Israel, agitates both on and off college campuses using the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign, the goal of which is to end Israel as a Jewish state. BDS embeds its objectives in language about social justice and human rights in order to deceive people who have a conscience.
Temple member and Alinsky disciple Pat Halper, is helping JVP to grow a Nashville chapter.
Halper, a member of The Temple (Congregation Ohabai Shalom led by Islamist fictionalist rabbi Mark Schiftan), is an extreme political leftist drawn to neo-Marxist organizations like Saul Alinsky’s first Nashville project called “Tying Nashville Together (TNT)” where she served as a board member. Once TNT flopped, many of its members moved on to NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope). Halper joined NOAH’s Executive Committee. She also chaired the social justice committee at The Temple.
Halper’s alignment with Israel’s enemies began long before Nashville’s JVP start-up. On July 13, 2011, the first Nashville “Family of Abraham” (FoA) event was held at the University School of Nashville. Predictably, Halper was part of a large host committee joining her fellow Temple congregant, Bernard Werthan who is credited with getting the the Nashville FoA started.
TCPJ has written extensively about the red-green alliance, the Nashville 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.
The reality is that Family of Abraham events feature Muslim speakers and others who counsel attendees about how everyone should want to get closer to Muslims in their communities because they are only different branches of the same family tree. The subtext of the meetings is Muslim victimhood and, by analogy, the same for their Middle Eastern brethren, the Arab Muslim Palestinians.
Supporting JVP lets Halper claim that unlike other Jews, she doesn’t automatically side with Israel. Progressive social justice Jews can look at the conflict and draw moral equivalences between Israeli civilians and Arab terrorists. JVP is also an antedote for Alinskyites like Halper whose white privilege lets her live in an expensive Green Hills neighborhood and send her kids to expensive private schools.
Or, maybe Halper is just trying to follow the example of her rabbi – every progressive interfaither should be able to say “one of my best friends is Muslim.”
The ACMCU/ISPU November Targeting Meeting, cont’d
The November meeting’s moderator was Dalia Mogahed, co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, with ACMCU director Esposito. Like Espositio, she is a defender of Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR. In 2009 Obama appointed Mogahed to his Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships making her the first Muslim woman White House advisor. She said that her role would be to “convey….to the President and other public officials, what it is Muslims want.” In a 2014 interview she said Muslims wanted “to be show[n] greater respect” and to be treated as “equals” and not perceived as needing to be “fixed or managed.”
Mogahed was born in Egypt, immigrated to the U.S. at age 5 with her family and became a naturalized citizen. Her accomplishments educationally and professionally are many and notably, often include legitimating Muslim Brotherhood groups.
Mogahed is a strong and vocal supporter of sharia law. She says the West’s understanding of sharia is “oversimplified” and that “the majority of women around the world associate it with ‘gender justice.’” Do the Yazidi women and young girls subjected to Islamic State’s sex slavery agree with her?
Mogahed’s White House appointment has successfully helped the radical, Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, ICNA and MAS, become entrenched in the Obama administration.
In 2008, she supported recommendations for the administration to engage with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and work with HAMAS, to improve relations with Muslims worldwide.
In 2011 Mogahed was instrumental in getting a White House meeting between Obama and the spiritual head of the Maronite Christians in Lebanon, cancelled. Reportedly, she received the request from the “higher leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”
In 2009 Mogahed said that “Islamophobia in America is very real” but then in 2013 she said that Islamophobia is “made up,” and unrelated in any way to terrorist acts such as 9/11 or the Boston marathon bombing. She blames Islamophobia on Republican politicians. Mogahed is the ISPU Director for Research.
The November meeting’s panelists
The ACMCU/ISPU event highlighted self-serving “research” on Islamophobia “and its connection to bigotry targeting other communities.” The panel of “experts” representing these “other communities” included:
- Saeed Khan – ISPU Fellow and Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship
- Ajenai Clemmons – Policy Dir. at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
- Madihha Ahussein – Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates
- Joe McCartin – Exec. Dir, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Bd. Member, Interfaith Worker Justice
The National Association of Lay Catholics includes Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) in their database of Alinsky inspired socialist community organizations. The IWJ lists several affiliates in Tennessee including the Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) located in Memphis. Not surprisingly, WIN is a member of a group that promotes BDS against Israel. WIN board members are also members of the Socialist Party. WIN’s founder, a Methodist minister from Chicago, authored a study guide about Islam.
The IWJ board predictably includes a Muslim Brotherhood representative. Naeem Baig, is the president of ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), an organization named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo. Baig also serves in a leadership role with Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA), itself tied to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. Tennessee’s Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center partners with RFPUSA and the “Our Muslim Neighbor” project belongs to the RFPUSA.
The welcoming message at ICNA’s 1999 annual conference was this: “We have a culture and civilization which once ruled the world and still has the viability to rule the world again,” similar to the written goals in the ICNA member handbook.
Ajenai Clemmons represented the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a “national network and research clearinghouse for approximately 675 African-American state legislators across the country…” The sole “no” vote for this year’s Tennessee resolution condemning the BDS campaign against Israel and the increasing incidence of anti-Semitism, was cast by Memphis black Democrat G.A. Hardaway.
Lead researcher on this mapping project, Saeed Khan regularly speaks at Jew-hater Hatem Bazian’s Islamophobia conferences. In his talks the “non-partisan” ISPU researcher labels conservatives, white Republicans and Tea Party members as Islamophobes.
Madihha Ahussein is a staff lawyer from Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization whose sounds like the ACLU for Muslims. Their positions on FBI informants and government entrapment, denials of homegrown radicalization, and almost “reflexive criticism of counter-terrorism investigations,” are consistent with CAIR.
The ISPU “non-partisan?” The ISPU says they are “transforming their research approach” moving away from simply being a “think tank” to becoming a tool and asset for Alinsky-styled activists. Their 2015 event was titled “Elections 2016, American Muslims, Organizing People, Power and Change.” The ISPU has analyzed decades of Muslim political participation data.
The USCMO (U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations) is the self-styled “first national Muslim (Brotherhood) political party.” Founding members of the Council (many with ties to HAMAS), include unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator named Muslim Brotherhood organizations, fellow traveler Muslim Brotherhood organizations, and AMP (American Muslims for Palestine), one of the most vocal Muslim Jew-hating organizations in the U.S.
One initiative of the USCMO is conducting a U.S. Muslim census so they can tell politicians how many votes can be bartered.
The ISPU and the USCMO: working in concert, first for power and then to turn our Judeo-Christian country away from its allies and civilizational foundations.
As a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar, Hytham Al-Hindi, gets his tuition fully paid for his undergraduate degree.
In exchange for the $160,000 plus in free education, Vanderbilt gets its own Jew-hating, HAMAS- connected Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student organization, started by Al-Hindi.
Who is Hytham Al-Hindi and what are his motives to align with SJP?
Hytham Al-Hindi is from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, Dr. Ahmad Al-Hindi is a cardiologist who graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology in northern Jordan, the country presumed to be where Dr. Al-Hindi immigrated from to the U.S.
In 2008, about 3.5 million people in Jordan were believed to be of Palestinian ancestry. Is Dr. Al-Hindi’s ancestry Palestinian? Does Dr. Al-Hindi have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan? Is he an anti-Israel sympathizer? Does he have political views that may have influenced his son?
Hytham Al-Hindi’s Ingram Scholars bio documents his high engagement with the immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville. He volunteers with the refugee resettlement agency NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), that was started by a former refugee turned government contractor “entrepeneur.” (Remember this when the propagandists tell you how great it is that refugees come and start businesses.)
Hytham’s facebook page looks like the who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood organizations. His listed “favorites” include:
- Vanderbilt and UTK’s Muslim Students Association
- Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) which was the mosque for al-Qaeda imam Abdulhakim Mohammed
- American Center for Outreach (ACO) run by former Muslim Brotherhood CAIR director Paul Galloway
- Hamza Yusuf who describes Judaism as the most racist religion
- Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna)
- Suhaib Webb – vocal Jew hater
Since he has started an SJP chapter at Vanderbilt, it’s no surprise that he also lists as “favorites” some of the most aggressive and virulent leftist anti-Israel and Jew-hating individuals and organizations that promote the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel). After all, demonization and delegitimization of Israel along with promoting BDS is the core belief of SJP:
- Angela Davis – former Black Panther party member and Communist
- Noam Chomsky – “America is worse than Nazi Germany”
- Rachel Corrie Foundation
- Jewish Voice for Peace – listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the U.S. and an aggressive promoter of BDS
- SJP Loyola
- Loyola Divest
- NU Divest (Northwestern University Divest) – in February, its student government passed a divest Israel resolution by two votes
The end goal of the BDS campaign is to eliminate the State of Israel since its existence is hateful to Islam. When pro-BDS and pro-Hamas agitators chant “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” they are saying that their vision is that there will be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean—and no Jews – it’s Judenrein.
SJP emulates the language and values of HAMAS. For this reason and because of the extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred displayed by the chapter members, SJP is more accurately labeled “Hamas on Campus.”
SJP chapters on college campuses sponsor events like “Israel Apartheid Week,” disrupt pro-Israel events, and are the primary agitators pushing anti-Israel BDS resolutions introduced to student governments. SJP chapters have created hostile and intimidating campus environments for Jewish students. SJP prides itself on bringing conflict and divisiveness to college campuses along with using a well-financed disinformation campaign that spreads their hatred towards Jews and Israel.
Vanderbilt inviting Jew hatred?
Vanderbilt actively recruits international students. The university is promoted by CampusExplorer as a desirable school for students from the Middle East. The 2014 “Open Doors on International Education Exchange” report says that of the over 690,000 international students enrolled in four year U.S. colleges and graduate programs, almost 34,000 came from the Middle East:
43% – Qatar, 36% – UAE, 34% – Iran, 25% – Saudi Arabia, 20% – Kuwait.
They are all Muslim majority countries, some of which promote hatred of Jews and Israel. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who supports Palestinian suicide bombings, is based in Qatar. Saudi Arabia follows the strictest form of sharia law which prohibits Jews from being citizens. Iran is supplying Hezbollah operatives with weapons so they can attack Israelis and Jews in Europe.
So, what ideology do these students bring with them? Do they gravitate more to student groups like the MSA, SJP and the Middle Eastern Students Association? Homegrown in Waverly, Tennessee, Samar Ali co-founded the Middle Eastern Students Association at Vanderbilt because as she said, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim….My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
What will be Vanderbilt’s response?
SJP’s co-founder, Hatem Bazian came as a college student to the U.S. from the Hamas stronghold of Nablus in the West Bank. He brought his Islamic Jew-hatred with him and created the SJP campus hate group. Across U.S. campuses, SJP’s chapters activities and actions, along with the group’s DNA as pictured below, make the group ineligible for chartering as a campus student organization.
Equally relevant for Vanderbilt and every campus that has an SJP chapter is whether a group tied to HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, can be chartered under any school’s rules for student organizations. Can public money be allowed to flow to these groups? Should private money be permitted to enable these groups?
In true leftist-progressive fashion, Vanderbilt made Christian campus groups unwelcome by enforcing the zero tolerance all-comers’ policy. If Vanderbilt enables SJP on its campus, will Jews at Vanderbilt be the next group to have to leave?
Islamist Political Action Groups – Fellow Travelers
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
In 2013, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced its status as an official student organization at UT-Knoxville. In April 2015, Vanderbilt University Ingram Scholar Hytham al-Hindi posted the SJP Vanderbilt chapter. With about 100 chapters at last count, SJP organizes extreme hate-filled anti-Israel activity on college campuses around the country.
The SJP organization was started by Hatem Bazian at Berkley who was formerly the MSA president. He was also a fundraising speaker for Kindhearts, a HAMAS front closed by the US government. Bazian also founded and chairs the national extremist anti-Israel organization American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which helps train and support SJP activists. SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian.
SJP’s 2014 national convention keynote speaker was UTK alumnus, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou who is also involved with the BDS campaign against Israel.
SJP chapters are the primary activists pushing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel. They also hold “Israel Apartheid Week” on campuses and work to disrupt pro-Israel campus events.
Family of Abraham (FoA)
The FoA is a red-green interfaith alliance active in Middle Tennessee. Members of Nashville’s Jewish community are prominent in FoA serving on its events host committee, along with leftist mainstream Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. One of their early events featured Muslim Brotherhood ISNA’s Sayyid Syeed even though ISNA’s leadership support the BDS campaign against Israel.
Faith and Culture Center (FCC)
The newest addition to the Middle Tennessee area started by former AMAC founder and chair, Daoud Abudiab. A primary focus of the FCC is to promote the program “Our Muslim Neighbor.”
“Our Muslim Neighbor” is a project of Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA) which is tied to Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S.. “Our Muslim Neighbor” is “designed to advance understanding of Islam and Muslims in Middle Tennessee, a region identified by CAIR and the Marxist Center for American Progress, as “one of the most Islamophobic areas in America.”
FCC Executive Director, Rev. Robert Montgomery, is a social justice community organizer.
The FCC is planning to hold a fall conference devoted to “Islamophobia.”
The FCC’s “Our Muslim Neighbor” also partners with the El-Hibri Foundation funded by the El-Hibri family whose father Ibrahim was a devout Muslim. The El-Hibri Foundation website features a talk by Islamist extremist Sherman Jackson.