Newsletter #201 – Whitewashing the Ovens – the moral equivocating starts in Nashville

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.

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Event sponsor Faith & Culture Center’s president Daoud Abudiab posts on his facebook page how he really feels about the State of Israel

 

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 Gods sake, end anti-Semitism for Gods sake, end Islamophobia for Gods sake, end sexism for Gods 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.Youd 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 organizations 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.

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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 Magids leadership of ISNA. Zarzours 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 Israels founding and the countrys 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 enemiesinferring 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?

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Newsletter #190 -When “Social Justice” Replaces the Religion

 

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society announced that they will drop the word “Hebrew” and go simply by “HIAS.” They are one of the national federal refugee resettlement contractors screaming for Obama to admit at least 200,000 Syrian refugees regardless of valid security and cost concerns. HIAS and the other resettlement industry contractors have criticized Obama’s measly 10,000 Syrians that he has begun bringing to the U.S. This number of 10,000 is on top of the 70,000 plus of the mostly-sharia-compliant refugees from Islamic America-hating countries.

HIAS, like all resettlement businesses whose revenue is overwhelimingly government money, try to camouflage their extreme political leftism using religious organizational labels. They claim a moral superiority because “they save lives.”

HIAS is supported in its efforts by the extreme leftist Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), whose president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, has endorsed Obama’s decision to admit Syrian refugees.

The URJ also supports “Free Choice in Abortion.”

The URJ has a political arm called the Religious Action Center (RAC) whose work and policy positions are “mandated” by the URJ and the various arms of the Reform Jewish movement. The Nashville Temple Ohabai Sholom in Nashville, is a Reform Jewish congregation and a member of the URJ, a recipient of URJ grant money, and as the Temple’s rabbi Shana Mackler says, is a proud supporter of Planned Parenthood.

The Temple is led by senior rabbi Mark Schiftan who shares the URJ’s love of Muslim Islamists. URJ’s immediate past president, rabbi Eric Yoffe, was one of the first Jewish leaders to speak at the annual ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) convention. ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). ISNA was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial for financing the terrorist group HAMAS. HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, the jihadist arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Rabbi Schiftan says that Islamists who support the Muslim Brotherhood and HAMAS, are not enemies, just “opponents.” So the Murfreesboro mosque hosting HAMAS supporters like CAIR executive director Nihad Awad and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and unindicted co-conspirator Jamal Badawi, was not reason enough to keep Schiftan from hauling his congregation to a mosque love-fest. Nor is the fundamentalism of imams trained at Al Ahzar University, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law, enough to keep Schiftan from looking for every public opportunity to validate an ideology focused on destroying Israel.

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Yoffe has called John Hagee, an extremist. Hagee is the leader of CUFI (Christians United for Israel), one of Israel’s largest allies and advocates in the U.S. Leftists like Yoffe, and his “Torah of Liberalism” puts support for gays and abortion above sincere and impactful advocacy for the Jewish ancestral homeland.

Abbie Wolf, the Nashville Jewish Federation’s director of the Community Relations Council, shares Yoffe’s pro-Muslim bias and Christianophobia. In advance of a Nashville visit by CUFI’s Executive Director, Wolf published a piece titled “Christian Zionism – do the Concerns Outweigh the Benefits?” She says that the only real value Christian Zionist lovers of Israel bring to the table, is their large voting bloc and their money.

Like Yoffe, Wolf denounces Christian lovers of Israel because they don’t equally love Islamists like HAMAS and other Muslim Brotherhood followers.

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Islamist ideology is obsessed with the destruction of Jews and Israel. Do political leftists who actively deny and abet the Islamist plan even deserve to call themselves Jews?


TCPJ Alert -Nashville Jewish Federation Chooses CAIR Promoter For Leadership Nashville Panel

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 mark@jewishnashville.org

Abbie Wolf – abbie@jewishnashville.org


Newsletter #104 – Has the Jewish Federation Ever Heard of BDS?

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  • Back in 2012, representatives of the Nashville Jewish Federation were quick to applaud Gov. Haslam’s appointment of Samar Ali, noting her “impressive” personal and professional background
  • included in Samar’s professional background is her work as the transatlantic liaison on behalf of her father’s organization the Jerusalem Fund when they were setting up the Palestine Diabetes Institute
  • the Jerusalem Fund refers to the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”
  • Jerusalem Fund director Yousef Munayyer openly advocates BDS against Israel
  • Samar’s father has served on the board of the Jerusalem Fund since 2000, became Vice-Chair in 2004 and from 2005 to present as the Chairman

It seems the Jerusalem Fund’s anti-Israel bent has not wavered much since its founding.  It’s very public advocacy for BDS against Israel makes this organization’s position crystal clear.

Does the Jewish Federation understand the end goal of BDS is to destroy the State of Israel?


Newsletter #93 – Nashville’s Jewish Federation Dupes Elite Private Schools

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.”

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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:

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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?

 

 

 


Newsletter #92 – Doesn’t Anybody Vet the Speakers?!

What is going on in Nashville?

A rabbi of what is reputed to be the largest reform Jewish congregation trips over himself to buddy up to the imam and the Murfreesboro mosque.  Now Metro Nashville public schools, some of the city’s elite private schools (certainly the most expensive), and ALL of the Jewish congregations and Jewish organizations are promoting a program called “Stronger Together.”

If you check out the panel, the not so subtle message is ‘all of us minorities together against the big bad Christian majority.’  (This has that “special” Hedy Weinberg director of the TN-ACLU mark on it.)

The announcement says that the Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC) has organized this event.  Presumably, they also picked the panelists, including the American Center for Outreach (ACO) director, Remziya Suleyman. This should come as no surprise since it looks like the CRC has been collaborating with anti-American leftists including the TN-ACLU on other projects.

The JCRC’s current chairman is Nashville lawyer, Mr. Irwin Venick.  The immediate past chairman is Mr. Avi Poster who is pictured and heavily involved with the CRC’s immigration coalition and the Family of Abraham events. Former JCRC chairman Avi Poster has been a member of the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition Board of Directors since at least 2009.

Irwin Venick, a member of the The Temple, whose members will soon be visiting the Murfreesboro mosque, was part of the host committee of the first Family of Abraham event in Nashville.  So it should come as no surprise that the CRC and its associated activities have taken up promoting both Ms. Suleyman and the Islamist cause in Tennessee.

There has been plenty documented (and easily found on the internet), about Ms. Suleyman’s relationship with CAIR – herehere, and here (video) but that doesn’t seem to be an obstacle for the Jewish Federation.  CAIR is a branch of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.  Not only was CAIR named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in the U.S., but CAIR’s ties to Hamas were confirmed a second time in 2009 when CAIR tried to have its unindicted co-conspirator status removed.  Federal Judge Solis stated unequivocally, that there was “ample evidence” tying CAIR to Hamas.

An interesting aside.  The video in the link above includes a picture of Ms. Suleyman and her friend Linda Sarsour at CAIR’s national 2012 banquet.  Ms. Sarsour, CAIR’s 2013 American Muslim of the Year can also take credit for tweeting that “[n]othing is creepier than Zionism.”  Read more about her here.

If you spend just a little more time tooling around the internet, you can discover Ms. Suleyman’s admiration for both the Nation of Islam and Rev. Al Sharpton, those notable friends of the Jews and Israel!  And the Jewish community in Nashville considers her a friend?  They are deluded.

The Jewish Federation CRC’s director is Abbie Wolf, whose resume shows that she has 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.”

So how exactly did Ms. Wolf vet her speakers?  Obviously she didn’t.  And she didn’t deem it necessary to have any “other” panelists from minority religions like the Hindus, who have the largest Hindu temple in the southeast in Nashville, or the Buddhists including the Vietnamese and Thai who’ve lived in Nashville for years.  But those groups don’t fit the ACLU/TIRRC/Alinskyite narrative of divisiveness, do they?

Mark Friedman is the Director of the Jewish Federation in Nashville mark@jewishnashville.org

Abbie Wolf – abbie@jewishnashville.org


Newsletter #44 – Nashville’s Jews and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates

Previous newsletters have addressed how Governor Haslam, Commissioner Gibbons and TN DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter have helped legitimize the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) which functions to actualize the Muslim Brotherhood strategy in Tennessee.  The Haslam administration has been joined in their efforts by The Tennessean.

Equally acquiescent in advancing the Islamist agenda is the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee (Jewish Federation), its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), and the religious and lay leadership of the Nashville Jewish community.  (The Methodists in the Nashville area, also very active in supporting Muslim Brotherhood affiliate activity, especially dawah in public schools, will be addressed in a future newsletter).

The JCRC is described on the Jewish Federation website as the “central public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation of Nashville.” The JCRC has paid staff assigned by the Jewish Federation but the JCRC’s board is composed of and chaired by community volunteers.  Ms. Judith Saks, recently retired Director of the JCRC, can be seen in the “Losing Our Sons” video. The JCRC’s current chairman is Nashville lawyer, Mr. Irwin Venick.  The immediate past chairman is Mr. Avi Poster.

On August 22, 2012, a letter to Governor Haslam signed by Mr. Venick, and Ms. Saks, along with Jewish Federation Executive Director Mark Freedman and Board President Martin Ted Mayden, appeared in The Tennessean.  The letter applauded the appointment of Shariah finance facilitator, Samar Ali to the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Rabbi Kaliel Rose has also been active in helping the Muslim Brotherhood plan take root in Nashville. In March 2011, the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)’s lobbyist Remziya Suleyman organized opposition to the anti-terrorism bill. (see Newsletter #2). The “Muslim Rapid Response Team” and CAIR responded to her call, as did Rabbi Rose who likened the pending anti-terrorism bill as being similar to the type of laws passed by the Nazis.  His speech can be viewed in the ““Losing Our Sons” video.

The ““Losing Our Community” YouTube video trailer which preceded the full “Losing Our Sons” documentary, also documents Rabbi Rose’s engagement with The Olive Tree Education organization in the form of interfaith dialogue.  Becoming even further involved with interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Rose sent his synagogue’s religious school students to visit the Islamic Center of Nashville Muslim Brotherhood mosque.  Olive Tree Education was started in 1999 by Awadh Binhazim, whose associations with CAIR and the Islamic Center of Nashville are detailed in Newsletter #11.  Coincidentally, the Olive Tree website was taken down after the release of the “Losing Our Sons” documentary.

Olive Tree Education’s engagement with the Nashville Jewish community can be dated as early as 2008.  The “Losing Our Community” video documents that Rabbis Phil and Laurie Rice of Temple Micah in  Nashville, brought Olive Tree Education leaders including its outreach director (whose website at the time promoted Anwar al-Awlaki’s teachings) to speak to the Temple’s students.

The Wayback site shows that former JCRC chairman Avi Poster has been a member of TIRRC’s Board of Directors since at least 2009 and remains listed on its Board today.  He is identified on the TIRRC Board as “Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation of Nashville”.  Currently TIRRC’s board also includes the co-chairs of the Governor-approved TN American Muslim Advisory Council – Daoud Abudiab and Zulfat Suara.

On July 13, 2011, the first Nashville “Family of Abraham” event was held at the University School of Nashville.  A large host committee included Avi Poster and Irwin Venick and featured Mark Pelavin from the Reform Judaism Religious Action Center.  It was reported by an attendee that Mr. Venick spoke against the anti-terrorism bill.  Mr. Venick is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Ohabai Shalom in Nashville.

On November 17, 2011, another Nashville “Family of Abraham” event was held at the West End United Methodist Church, but this time featuring Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) National Director, Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances, Sayyid Syeed (see Newsletter #40).

More recently, the Rabbis at Mr. Venick’s temple, have become more involved in working with Muslim Brotherhood affiliate organizations and helping to legitimate their strategy and message.  On August 24, 2012, Temple Ohabai Shalom’s Rabbi Shana Mackler was part of the interfaith panel hosted by Lipscomb University which featured the Islamic Network Group presentation on women’s rights and Shariah. (See earlier post “Newsflash, AMAC’s Islamic Speakers Bureau”).  The host committee again included representatives from Nashville’s clergy, the Jewish Federation and JCRC – Irwin Venick, Avi Poster, Rabbi Rose, Rabbi Rice and Judith Saks.

On Friday, September 7, 2012, Temple Ohabai Shalom’s senior Rabbi Mark Schiftan led an interfaith service to celebrate a Habitat for Humanity “Unity Build”.  Imam Mohammed Ahmed from the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Center of Nashville mosque, led the congregants in the prayer for peace.  (See also Newsletter #14 regarding Kamel Daouk quoted in attached article).

Given the recent news from Egypt it does seem ironic.

Why have the Jewish Federation, the JCRC and the Nashville rabbis legitimized the actualization of the Muslim Brotherhood strategy in Tennessee?

What’s to be gained….or lost?

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Special note:  once research is completed, a special newsletter will be forthcoming regarding a wire transfer of funds from a major Middle East bank in Jordan to an entity in the U.S. – stay tuned.