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?
Last week’s jihad at the Istanbul airport killed more than 40 people and wounded 147.
The March 2016 jihad at Brussel’s Zaventem Airport which, along with an almost simultaneous attack on a rush-hour metro station, killed close to 30 people and wounded at least 271.
These are just the big ones news outlets have reported. There have been plenty more planned but foiled attacks.
And don’t forget about the dead Somali ISIS fighter Abdirahmaan Muhumed. He worked at the Minneapolis airport cleaning planes where the security clearances required by this job gave him access to the tarmac and other secured areas of the airport.
In 2010 during the prosecution in Nashville of the Somali sex-trafficking case, it was discovered that three of the defendants had a brother who was employed by an airplane maintenance company at the Nashville airport. He was able to bypass all security and took one of the defendants into restricted airport areas including the cockpit of a plane.
Two days after Istanbul, CIA director John Brennan warned, “[i]f anybody here believes the U.S. homeland is hermetically sealed and that (ISIS) would not consider that, I would guard against it.”
Once again, security measures for U.S. airports are being reviewed. Will that include the absurd, special treatment TSA provides for Islamist travelers, particularly those wearing a burka or hijab?
CAIR reminds Muslim women who wear a hijab that if they are selected for secondary screening, they can ask that it be done in a private room or “instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.”
Note that CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says “the flag of Islam is our women who wear hijab.” The TSA certainly wouldn’t want to desecrate the flag of Islam, would they?
So while non-Muslims are busy undressing in the airport in the name of security, TSA and our government is contorting the rules to accommodate political sharia supremacists… like this one at the Nashville airport just a few months ago:
Feel safer now?
“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.”
Some women say their hijab represents religiously mandated modesty.
Some women say their hijab is a political statement.
Some women say they are forced to wear a hijab.
Pat Shea, a non-Muslim voluntarily put on a hijab during a mosque sermon on “Domestic Violence/Compassionate & Honorable Treatment Towards Women in Islam.”
Pat Shea is the YWCA CEO and operates the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. Does Shea know that the hijab is a source of violence to Muslim women worldwide and in the U.S?
Muslim women have been killed for refusing to wear a hijab. For example:
- 2007 – Canada, murder of 16 year old Aqsa Parvez choked to death by her father
with the hijab she refused to wear
- 2014 – in Somalia, woman murdered for refusing to veil
- 2015 – Iraq, five women stoned to death for not wearing a hijab
- 2015 – India, father kills his four year old daughter for not wearing a hijab at dinner
January 2015, a non-Muslim woman living in Muslim-majority Bangladesh murdered for not wearing a hijab
Muslim women have been threatened with violence for not wearing a hijab. For example:
- 2011 – Britain, woman is threatened with death by her cousin for not wearing a
- 2013 – Sudan, a woman faces whipping for not wearing a hijab
- 2014 – Pankisi Gorge, a brother stabs his sister for refusing to wear a hijab
- 2015 – Missouri, a high school student dragged her from her
classroom and assaulted by a relative for not wearing a hijab
Enlightened Muslim women in 2015 reject people like Pat Shea putting on a hijab
Self-described “mainstream Muslim women” living in the U.S., many of whom were born in countries where sharia law governed, have rejected the mysogynistic Islamic call for women to cover themselves. They reject Western women showing “solidarity” by participating in “Wear a Hijab” day and interfaith imitators tying on the headscarf.
In fact, these adult Muslim women explain that hijab doesn’t even mean headscarf. “This conflation of hijab with the secular word headscarf is misleading. ‘Hijab’ literally means ‘curtain’ in Arabic. It also means ‘hiding,’ ‘obstructing’ and ‘isolating’ someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf.”
These women understand that if Muslim women living in the West are free to choose hijab or no hijab, patriarchy in Islam which is supported and perpetuated by political Islamists, will cease to dominate.
Political Islamists like Remziya Suleyman and Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi (pictured above with Shea), are Muslim activists who have promoted Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Students Association. They assert absurd hijab positions like the hijab gives them more rights than American women allowing them to be judged by intellect, not looks.
Suleyman even admitted that she didn’t start wearing a hijab until 2008 when she
coincidentally also started lobbying in the Tennessee state legislature. With all the rights she asserts afforded by wearing a hijab, her Islamic community still maintains her first duty is to find a husband and complete her “deen” (subjugation).
Shame on Shea
Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi is the token Islamist on Shea’s YWCA board, so Shea, true to leftist hypocrisy, let herself be used for Kasar’s political purposes even though the YWCA claims to be an advocate for women’s rights.
When YWCA CEO Pat Shea put on the hijab she professed to upholding the Islamic laws that knowledgeable Muslim women understand keep them in a second class status.
Muslim Brotherhood CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says “[t]he flag of Islam is our women who wear hijab.” The hijab is a symbol.
So is the Nazi salute.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
The Tennessee September renamed Islamophobia conference
Islamist activist Daoud Abudiab’s Faith and Culture Center originally planned on holding an Islamophobia conference on September 26, 2015 but renamed it after the Chattanooga jihadist murders. Pushing the idea that the Chattaooga jihadist’s actions had nothing to do with Muslims or Islam, the event is now called “Our Muslim Neighbor: Creating a Community of Inclusion in Middle Tennessee.”
Muslim convert Ingrid Mattson is one of the keynote speakers. She is a professor of Islamic Studies at Huron University College in Ontario Canada. She was the director of the MacDonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut as Director of Islamic Chaplaincy.
Mattson’s resume also includes positions with several major named Muslim Brotherhood organizations named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism prosecution for providing money to HAMAS.
The Faith and Culture Center (FCC) says it pursues “coexistence between people of faith and diverse cultures of the world.” Given the FCC’s use of interfaith activities to achieve its mission and vision, Mattson is at best, a questionable choice for speaker.
Mattson is not a credible interfaith partner
Even though the FCC’s sole focus is to promote “Our Muslim Neighbor,” the board is designed to reflect interfaith support for this mission by including a Jew and Christians. Board member Rev. Montgomery was part of a program at the Hartford Seminary during Mattson’s tenure. Mattson requires her Seminary students to read the works of the jihadists Sayyid Qutb and Syed Abu’l-`Ala Mawdudi.
In 2006 Mattson became the first female and first Muslim convert, to serve as president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America).
ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial for financing the terrorist group HAMAS.
HAMAS is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and is a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
ISNA is not a credible organization for interfaith initiatives. The following Quaranic sura that was posted on ISNA’s website, and eventually deleted (but screen shot saved) says:
“O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.”
Mattson works to create divisiveness between Jews and Christians, particularly Christians who support Israel. In a 2007 speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she warned Jews that “right wing Christians are very risky allies for American Jews” because the “[Christians] are really anti-semitic. They do not like Jews.”
The other conference speakers
- Reverend Richard Cizik – co-founded the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good after he was removed as the chief lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals presumably for his far left positions on a variety of issues. Predictably, he supports the narrative that groups like the Faith and Culture Center and the Muslim Brotherhood promote, that the “American Muslim” is different than the Muslims “over there.”
- Major General Douglass Stone (retired) – well known for his work in promoting the rehabilitation of convicted violent extremist terrorists so they can return to their previous life style.He feels strongly that these violent but Islamically “moderate” individuals, many of whom he says only have ties to militants for financial, not ideological reasons, should not be punished, should be separated from the true jihadis, and provided a “program of proper care and custody, family involvement, religious teachings with moderate Islamic clerics…” Under his command, this experimental system was tried at the detention Camp Bucca in Iraq. Now in 2015, “[f]ormer Bucca prisoners are now throughout the IS leadership.”
Will Abudiab use the Tennessee 2014 hate crimes to show Islamophobia in Tennessee?
For the first time in several years, there were more anti-Muslim hate crimes than anti-Jewish hate crimes:
Hate crimes motivated by ANY bias are deplorable but it is important to assess the nature of the reported hate crime to understand whether and what it implies. For example, the one 2014 anti-Jewish hate crime was for simple assault which in Tennessee is minor bodily injury. Five of the anti-Muslim crimes were for vandalism and one for intimidation.
Muslim fabricated mosque vandalism is trending in Europe and the U.S.. CAIR’s San Francisco radical executive director, Zahra Billoo says Muslims need to report anything they think could be a hate crime or even an “incident.” She says incidents can add up so she can justify her anti- American, anti-non-Muslim and anti-Republican propaganda.
Islamists trying to exploit the Islamophobia label rush to assume that every Muslim murder victim was the act of an Islamophobe, even when it isn’t. Even the murder of the three Muslim students has not been proven to be an anti-Muslim hate crime by local law enforcement, nor did prosecutors argue this when asking for the death penalty for the first degree murder crime.
- the Associated Press has eliminated the term “Islamophobia” from its stylebook, the media “bible” to guide accuracy in reporting, and,
- the term “Islamophobia” is nothing more than name-calling designed to suppress any criticism of Islam and Muslims, and,
- the term was invented specifically for this purpose by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) an organization investigated for being the largest monetary donor to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, and,
- in light of the Texas shooting and the Chattanooga jihadist murders and the recent exhortation in the Islamic State’s English magazine that Muslims in the West should be “inspired” by the shooting,
The Faith and Culture Center should be held responsible for any harm resulting from the inspiration they provide to attendees to further the propaganda of Islamophobia.
Will the Faith and Culture Center and ACO’s use of Islamophobia to silence critics provoke the jihadis just like it did in Garland, Texas and Chattanooga?
As a practical matter, the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security should be required to consider the very real and serious security risk this gratuitous conference poses to Tennesseans and the state’s elected leadership.