On August 29, 2015, Governor Haslam and his delegation traveled to Israel to explore trade opportunities.
In the past Haslam spoke highly of his appointee Samar Ali and her father Subhi Ali. In fact, in response to criticisms regarding the appointment of Samar to the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Governor’s office highlighted her father’s credentials, leaving out all mention of Subhi Ali’s leadership of the anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund.
The Jerusalem Fund, is a pro-Palestinian, organization actively committed to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign designed to end Israel as a Jewish state; to destroy it by any means possible. A review of the Jerusalem Fund, its founders and their connections,activities and current day governing board members, highlights that they remain committed to turning the U.S. away from its support and alliance with Israel.
Subhi Ali from Waverly, Tennessee, joined the Jerusalem Fund Board in 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.
The founder of the Jerusalem Fund (JF), Hisham Sharabi, endorsed the anti-Israel rhetoric and actions of pro-Palestinian groups like the Muslim Brotherhood HAMAS. Sharabi was succeeded by Subhi Ali who continues to serve as the Chairman of the JF Board.
Sharabi supported any number of criminal organizations such as WISE (World and Islam Studies Enterprise). WISE was started by Sami al-Arian who was also the head of the Islamic Committee for Palestine in the U.S., “the active arm of Islamic jihad movement in Palestine,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
The PIJ is alive and well and so is the Jerusalem Fund
In August 2015, Israel’s security forces thwarted PIJ’s planned bombing and shooting attack on Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb in Samaria. One of the four terrorists is also listed as a HAMAS operative and another, a Palestinian policeman.
Iran is PIJ’s main supporter and supplies the weapons in Gaza, “be they weapons intended for the Hamas movement or for the PIJ.” Iran also sees its goal of destroying Israel consistent with its support of PIJ:
[Iran] also accepts that a base of Iranian missiles be established in the Gaza Strip, and believes that the organizational and military structure of the PIJ is similar to that of Hezbollah…”
The Jerusalem Fund website also posts information briefs suggesting that there are positive aspects to HAMAS. Is this an effort to help legitimize HAMAS regardless of its terrorist designation?
What does Chairman of the Board Subhi Ali say about the Jerusalem Fund’s support for HAMAS or the agenda to destroy Israel?
Does Haslam know his friend Subhi Ali supports terrorists who are dedicated to killing the Jews and wiping Israel off the map?
Maybe on his way back from visiting Israel, Haslam will rethink with whom he chooses to be aligned.
Islamist Political Action Groups
American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC)
AMAC was organized in late 2011 with the support of the Commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security and assistance of department personnel.
Organizing state level councils such as AMAC is a step taken right out of the Muslim Brotherhood plan. Coincidentally the 2006 conference that launched this action step included three organizations, one of which is among the 29 named organizations in the Muslim Brotherhood plan. All three of the conference participants were part of a larger coalition that included other mainstream Muslim Brotherhood groups CAIR, ISNA and MAS.
AMAC board members have spoken favorably about Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Sabina Mohyuddin an AMAC organizer and board member, announced in an AMAC presentation that several Muslim Brotherhood organizations “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.” (embed video)
In 2012, AMAC announced that it had become an affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), which itself is heavily connected to the mainstream Muslim Brotherhood collective of CAIR, ICNA, MAS, and ISNA. Taking its cue from the Brotherhood’s directive, AMAC planned to use ING’s prepared scripts to spread its reach to “middle and high schools, universities, faith-based and community organizations, and other venues. We seek to educate about American Muslims and their faith as a means of promoting religious literacy, mutual respect, and understanding.”
AMAC board members have also followed the Brotherhood’s plan strategy of forming coalitions. AMAC organizer and board member Drost Kokoye has concentrated her efforts in working with the pro-HAMAS group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), illegal immigration advocates and pretty much any group that has a “I hate America” agenda.
AMAC leadership openly supports Obama’s unConstitutional actions regarding illegal immigration.
Immediately prior to organizing and chairing AMAC, Daoud Abudiab teamed up with Awadh Binhazim, (the self-appointed Vanderbilt Muslim chaplain), on November 3, 2011 to educate the Williamson County Democrats about Islam.
Abudiab and his AMAC co-chair also joined the board of the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) to solidify the cross-pollination of these groups. In 2013 Abudiab left the AMAC board, but as of this writing, continues to serve as the president of the TIRRC board. In 2014 he started an interfaith organization, the Faith & Culture Center which is heavily focused on “Our Muslim Neighbor” emulating ISNA’s interfaith outreach tactics.
American Center for Outreach (ACO)
AMAC and ACO were started at the same time by the same people. Several AMAC members served on both organizations. They hired Remziya Suleyman to operate ACO and lobby for Muslims in Tennessee. Suleyman is credited with solidifying Muslim Brotherhood CAIR’s presence in Tennessee and affirmatively linking the Muslim voice in Tennessee with Muslim Brotherhood ideology and organization representatives.
In the fall of 2014, Paul “Iesa” Galloway took over the operation of ACO and Suleyman moved to Washington to work for the Kurdish Regional Government office there. Galloway is a professional spin doctor, an asset to an organization forced to “massage” facts to fit their victim narrative which has characterized the ACO since its start.
Shortly after converting to Islam, Galloway founded and directed the Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR office in Houston for four years. He was the PR director for Mohamed Elibiary’s Lone Star Intelligence company and a board member on Elibiary’s Freedom and Justice Foundation Board serving alongside former ICN imam Abdulhakim Mohamed who was a board member at the same time.
Mohamed Elibiary has a long and public relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. He admits having a relationship with an official of the Holy Land Foundation who is now in jail for helping to finance Hamas. Elibiary also served on the Board of Muslim Brotherhood’s CAIR Dallas-Forth Worth chapter.
Galloway coordinated the 2012 Texas Dawa Conference, connecting with conference speakers from Tennessee, Remziya Suleyman, Memphis imam Yasir Qadhi and Danish Siddiqi. In 2009 Qadhi lectured at the mosque attended by the Boston marathon bombers. His comments included “replacing U.S. democracy with Islamic rule” and he called Christians ‘filthy’ polytheists whose ‘life and prosperity … holds no value in the state of Jihad.’”
There is a significant degree of cross-pollination between ACO, AMAC and the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). All three organizations have located their offices in the Conexion Americas building in Nashville.
TIRRC runs amnesty workshops and employs a DACA Coordinator. DACA is Obama’s 2012 amnesty for children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents who also entered illegally.)
Jerusalem Fund (JF)
As stated on its website:
“The Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development is an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization based in Washington, D.C. Funding for operational expenses is derived from investment income. This, together with donations from private individuals throughout the U.S., supports our humanitarian grants.”
The Jerusalem Fund (the Fund) in its current configuration, is comprised of 3 programs – “The Palestine Center”, “The Humanitarian Link” and “The Gallery”. Despite the Fund’s self-description as “non-political”, a review of its leadership, programming, and issues of focus, reflect overtly pro-Palestinian/pro-Hamas/anti-Israel positions.
In 1977 Hisham Sharabi founded the organization that in 1981 was renamed to the Jerusalem Fund. He served as Chairman until 2005 when Dr. Subhi Ali took over. In 1991 Sharabi founded The Centre for Policy Analysis on Palestine that was added to the Fund’s organization and renamed the Palestine Center. This arm of the Fund held a conference in 2003 entitled “Israel’s Policy of Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing,” reflective of the Fund’s real purpose. Sharabi advocated a Palestinian “armed struggle” if necessary, to end “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza”.
Sharabi was also a board member of WISE (World and Islam Studies Enterprise) which was incorporated and led by Sami al-Arian, who was subsequently sentenced in 2006 to prison and deported in February 2015 because of his leadership of the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). WISE was funded by the Muslim Brotherhood’s IIIT. Tarik Hamdi, identified as an officer/staff member of WISE, is listed in a federal affidavit as providing material support to Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden and the PIJ. He left WISE to work for IIIT. He subsequently left the U.S. and relocated to the Middle East.
The HAMAS Charter is posted on the JF website along with position papers and information briefs highlighting positive aspects to HAMAS. Sharabi described HAMAS as “the true fida’i (self-sacrifice) resistance in Palestine since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada.
The Jeruslaem Fund’s recently departed Executive Director Yousef Munayyer was explicit in his anti-Israel pro-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) advocacy. When asked by Hannity Munayyer did not answer the question, “Is HAMAS a terrorist organization?”
Law school professor William Jacobson explains, “BDS should being seen for the anti-Semitic movement it is, a movement that demonizes only the Jewish State, holds only the Jewish State to the highest standards no one else meets (certainly not in the Middle East), and seeks the destruction only of the sole Jewish State in a sea of Islamic States.”
The Jerusalem Fund shares many attributes with the Holy Land Foundation that was shut down by the government.
The organization is located in Washington, D.C. but its chairman, Dr. Subhi Ali, lives in Waverly, Tennessee. Subhi Ali joined the Fund’s board in 2000, serving as Chairman since 2005 after the Fund’s founder, Hisham Sharabi stepped aside.
Subhi Ali is the father of Samar Ali, appointed by Governor Haslam to the Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development (ECD) as Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs.
When questioned about the hiring of Samar Ali, a sharia finance specialist, then ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty admitted publicly that Subhi Ali called him and asked him to look at Samar’s resume which includes work done on behalf of the Jerusalem Fund. After Subhi’s phone call, Haggerty hired Samar.
Shortly after Samar’s hiring in 2012, questions were raised about why the Haslam administration hired a sharia finance specialist. In response, the administration redacted her sharia finance credentials from information released to the public about her hiring. Samar left the ECD less than two years later with little accomplished in the international division.
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Fadi Ezzeir is the President of the Nashville chapter of MAS and listed as the Executive Director of its scouting department. He was also an assistant imam at the Nashville Salahadeen Center mosque and Youth Director there. In 2002 he organized the first Islamic boy scout troop in Nashville. In 2006, in violation of scouting rules, Ezzeir used the Muslim boy scout troop to make voter calls using a MAS script.
In 2004 the Secretary-General of the MAS acknowledged in court that it had been founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s plan addresses establishing organizations as part of “settling” Islam in the West and to serve the functional part of a civilizational jihad. The plan says that the first “comprehensive organization” established by their prophet, was the mosque. But to accomplish their plan in the West, they need other organizations because “[the West] does not respect or give weight to any group without effective, functional and strong organizations.”
The plan lists all kinds of organizations that are needed, including scouting.
Since taking office Governor Haslam has tried different ways to leave his mark on improving the health of Tennesseans. He even tried to use his Medicaid Expansion plan “Insure Tennessee” to pay people to get healthy. Haslam said he could use his own healthcare plans to “fundamentally chang[e] health care in Tennessee.” His “Healthy Incentives Plan” envisioned letting people “earn more money” of the free money by taking specific actions to get healthy. Except Medicaid Expansion became another of Haslam’s “reforms” that failed. Now Governor Haslam has launched his “Healthier Tennessee Communities” initiative, “a coordinated initiative supporting physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level.” The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness will focus on individuals, workplaces and faith congregations. In addition, the Tennessee Department of Health through their Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination, works with faith communities and trains congregants to become “certified Health Ambassadors” who will help make Tennesseans aware of how to lead healthier lifestyles. Being the picture of an “overabundance” of health herself, Nashville resident, Aisha Lbhalla, a member of the Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICTN), has been selected to be one of these Health Ambassadors. Let’s take a close look at Aisha’s mosque. Individuals involved in establishing the ICTN in 2010, included Awadh Binhazim (Secretary of the ICTN Board) who had previously served on the Board at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) during the time when Abdulhakim Mohamed was the imam there. He had the dubious privilege of being the imam at the al-Qaeda al-Farooq mosque in Brooklyn, New York, the same mosque attended by the “blind sheik” convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Before splitting from the ICN to form the ICTN mosque, Binhazim (a CAIR chapter leader when he lived in Texas), conducted his dawa (proselytizing) through his Olive Tree Education project promoting on-line writings by al-Qaeda’s Anwar Awlaki. During this time he was the self-appointed Muslim “chaplain” at Vanderbilt University. It was in this position that he publicly admitted at a student forum, that Islamic law mandates capital punishment for homosexuality and that “as a Muslim he does not have a choice of whether to accept or reject what Islam teaches.” Did Nashville Mayor Karl Dean know Aisha’s background when he appointed her to the Metro Human Relations Commission? Is he trying to eradicate Nashville’s radical Islamophobia? So Who is Aisha Lbhalla? Various websites align an Aisha Teshara Washington with an Aisha Teshara Lbhalla who lives in Antioch, Tennessee. Aisha Teshara Washington at one time lived at 147 Dreamwood Lane in Dover, Tennessee. This address corresponds to an area in Dover referred to as “Islamville,” the Muslims of America (MoA) compound. MoA aka Jammat ul-Fuqra is a movement founded by the infamous Pakistani Sheik Mubarik Ali Gilani and is described as a “Sunni militant group.” An Aisha Teshara Washington is also listed as having lived in Maryland. Aisha Washington is associated with and/or operated a business in Maryland called “Loving Home Care.” This business ran into some difficulties with the Maryland State Department of Labor Licensing and was sued for failing to pay taxes. The suit was settled for over $8,000. Aisha Lbhalla is associated with and/or operates a business in Antioch, Tennessee called “Loving Home Care” although no business by this name was found in the Tennessee Secretary of State’s database. The website for “Loving Home Care” lists the Main Office contact in Antioch and a contact number for a Maryland, D.C. Virginia office. Wonder why? Like a growing number of sharia observant Muslims, Lbhalla and her husband live in a Habitat for Humanity home located in the Edison Park development in Antioch, Tennessee. The Habitat for Humanity program, a Christian ministry, has ironically become a convenient vehicle to impose the restrictions of sharia finance law to a part of the U.S. housing market. Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh al-Qaradawi, describes sharia compliant finance as “jihad with money.” Lbhalla serves on the Executive Committee of the Nashville chapter of the Religion Communicators Council’s (RCC), which is led by Scientologist Brian Fessler. The RCC leadership has heavy representation by the United Methodist Church (UMC) which makes it highly unlikely that they would find Lbhalla’s anti-Israel tweets problematic for a group that is supposed to be an interfaith association.
The first imam at Lbhalla’s mosque was AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao. He was trained at the Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia, an institution highly associated with the Salafi branch of Sunni Islam. Salafists have been described as trying to return Sunni Muslims to the “practice of the pious ancestors, i.e., the first three generations of Muslims.” That is, they seek to practice Islam in its most original, purest and “authentic” form without relying on cultural practices or clerical interpretations. Does this mean that reformation or moderation is out of the question? Probably so. Too bad our elected leadership is so gullible.
This past Labor Day weekend, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held its 51st annual convention in Detroit. This is the largest annual Muslim Brotherhood event in the U.S.
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. ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Many of ISNA’s leaders were active in their respective college MSAs.
A look at ISNA’s website, leadership, annual convention speakers and partners shows why ISNA supports the BDS goal of destroying Israel as the Jewish homeland. ISNA supports Hamas, the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Hamas is a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) warranty deed lists the same mailing address as ISNA. Why do the Nashville’s Family of Abraham apologists for Islam turn a blind eye to ISNA’s end goals? Is it because they think the same way?
ISNA’s 2014 conference
This year’s event theme made the absurd claim that Muslims living the U.S. constitute the next civil rights movement. Tennessee’s Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) tried a similar propaganda tactic during the 2013 “Black History Month.”
The biggest irony with ISNA’s choice of theme, is that this country’s most respected and powerful black American civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., defended Israel’s need for security and spoke against anti-Semitism.
Speakers at the conference included the regular group of named unindicted co-conspirators from the terrorism financing prosecution who also happen to be regular speakers in Tennessee, including Syyid Syeed, Jamal Badawi, Nihad Awad, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Louay Safi and Siraj Wahajj.
And no large gathering of sharia advocates would be complete without Memphis Tennessee imam Yasir Qadhi.
And no Muslim Brotherhood inspired event would be complete without high profile representatives of anti-Israel Jew-hater organizations like CAIR-Hamas and Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.
The highest profile speakers included former President Jimmy Carter, (author of “Apartheid Israel”), Rep. Keith Ellison and Michigan Governor, Republican Rick Snyder.
Governors Snyder and Haslam: two sides of the same coin?
In 2011 Michigan Gov. Snyder spoke at an event sponsored by CAIR-Hamas. Like ISNA, CAIR was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. A letter campaign shortly thereafter “cautioned [Snyder] about Muslim Brotherhood influence operations.”
Either Snyder wasn’t listening or wanted to believe the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” fantasy. Or that ISNA’s interfaith outreach with Jews is somehow complimentary to ISNA’s support for the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and delegitimization movement against Israel. Why else would Snyder choose the ISNA convention to remind his audience of Israel’s right to exist? ISNA promptly issued an action alert against the Governor for his “insensitive remarks.”
Like Snyder, Haslam has his Department of Homeland Security interface with the state’s Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though AMAC board members publicly assert their allegiance to known Muslim Brotherhood and lead pro-Hamas rallies. Would Haslam speak at an AMAC conference if asked? What about a CAIR conference? What if ISNA decided to use the new Nashville Convention Center? Any different than speaking at a KKK rally?
Haslam probably would show up and welcome the Islamists to his state. Just like he welcomed the sharia observant Mwafaq Aljabbary into the Republican political fold.
Would Haslam also show his support for Israel? It’s questionable.
Shortly after sharia finance specialist Samar Ali was hired by the Haslam administration, Commissioner Hagerty said that Samar was hired after a phone call from her father, Subhi Ali. Did it matter that Subhi Ali’s organization the Jerusalem Fund, wants to destroy Israel? When questioned about why he hired a Muslim with a sharia finance background, Haslam defended his choice citing “freedom of religion.” Obviously Haslam doesn’t understand the “politics” of Islam and its sharia finance which sends money to support jihadis like Hamas or ISIS.
Just like Gov. Snyder, Islamists in Tennessee have ties to former President Jimmy Carter. Would it concern Haslam to know that Samar accompanied former President Jimmy Carter and his Carter Center team to witness the Presidential Elections in Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was elected?
The same former President who is the author of “Apartheid Israel,” whose Carter Center took $1 million from the Bin Laden family, and donations in the range of $10,000 to $24,999 from Samar’s father and mother?
What should Haslam do?
He should start by being educated about the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Tennessee including the Pleasant View Islamic school in Memphis. He should find out why Anoor Academy in his hometown is teaching its children lies about Jews and Christians. He should learn more about why the pro-sharia advocates like Remziya Suleyman and her ACO organization are teaming up with CAIR-Hamas and Samar Ali.
He might even want to find out why his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons wasn’t truthful about his promotion of the American Muslim Advisory Council in Tennessee. Instead of keeping Tennessee’s law enforcement ignorant about Islamist activity in Tennessee, he should make sure they are properly and thoroughly trained.
Haslam should look more carefully at the Israel and Jew-hating group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) that has established itself at UT Knoxville, and he should question why Tennessee has witnessed pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
Could Haslam be counted on to do what he should do? Not based on past evidence he won’t.
Ever since he took office, Gov. Haslam has been aggressively promoting the Chamber of Commerce’s political agenda, an agenda that looks like it came straight from Obama:
Common Core – we must have it or Tennessee’s kids will never get jobs
Refugee resettlement – we need to bring in cheap serf labor because we don’t have enough workers
Promote Islamists – Muslim Brotherhood and sharia law are not obstacles to business
Medicaid expansion – Tennessee will like it if they would only try it
Amnesty – this is a must otherwise Republicans will never get the Latino vote
Despite the overwhelming rejection of Common Core across the state from parents, educators and legislators, Haslam is doing anything and everything not to concede defeat. He even staged a pro- Common Core rally on September 18th. Haslam continues to insist that this is the only way Tennessee students will become college and career competent even though the standards are untested and are being challenged by content experts.
The U.S., Tennessee included, pays to bring refugees to live in America who are later recruited to perform jihad. Aggressive recruitment of Islamists by the Islamic State (IS), has forced the American public to finally acknowledge that the jihad threat on American soil from returning jihadists, is real. Syrians will now be arriving through the refugee resettlement program. We have known since at least 2010 that jihadists have crossed our unsecured Southern border. And now we are told that ISIS is operating in Mexico. The threat to our security is real.
The federal refugee resettlement program is voluntary and Tennessee does not have to participate or assume the cost of the federal program. The cost of the federal program to the state cannot be validated because of absent data and unsupported guesstimates by the legislature’s fiscal review office. What Haslam hasn’t factored into additional federal costs forced on state taxpayers, is that the new job growth he is boasting is not employing native born Tennesseeans. The jobs are going to legal and illegal immigrants.
Haslam has never indicated that he would put business interests aside to address legitimate fiscal and security concerns.
This says nothing of course about the illegal immigrants living and working in Tennessee. Nor does it address the added costs of the illegal immigrant children that have arrived to join their illegally – present relatives. The 760 children deposited in Tennessee as of July is now up to 909 and likely to increase.
Between late 2011 and early 2012, Haslam and his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons, supported and collaborated with the formation of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). Gibbons has supported the AMAC’s participation in training state safety and law enforcement personnel.
Haslam hired sharia finance specialist, Samar Ali. When questioned about Ali’s hiring, apologist for Islam Haslam, ignored the linkage between sharia finance and terrorism and said “everyone has a right to freedom of religion.” He probably also agrees with Obama that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.
Haslam Communications Director Alexa Poe (former development chief for Democrat Mayor Karl Dean), says that Haslam will not share his Medicaid expansion plan with the State’s legislators at the same time he submits it for the Obama administration’s approval. Is it because he doesn’t want both the federal government and his state’s government telling him what he can and cannot do?
Unlike other governors, Haslam was silent in 2012 when Obama unilaterally gave work authorization and temporary legal presence through DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to certain illegal immigrants. Instead, Haslam is campaigning with his pro-amnesty crony Sen. Lamar Alexander. Any horse-trading between Lamar and Haslam? Lamar’s son, Will Alexander received a Chief of Staff position with Haslam’s Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) in exchange for…..?
So, what does Haslam get for selling out Tennessee?
- 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?
Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey recently took the opportunity to remind Tennessee leadership that among the reasons the administration was justified in hiring Samar Ali, were the impressive Tennessee credentials of her father, Dr. Subhi Ali.
However, just as with the administration’s repeated omissions with regard to Ms. Ali’s Shariah Compliant Finance credentials, the administration has also neglected to inform Tennesseans about Dr. Ali’s long-standing involvement with the Jerusalem Fund (the Fund).
Research at this time documents that Dr. Ali joined the Fund’s Board in 2000 and in 2004 served as Vice Chair alongside the Fund’s principal founder and Chairman, Hisham Sharabi (discussed below). From 2005 until the present, Dr. Ali has served as the Chairman of the Fund’s Board.
While couched in the context of “cultural programming”, a review of the genesis of the Jerusalem Fund, its founders and their connections, and the continued political platforms, activities and current day governing board members highlights that nothing has changed – they remain as committed today as they were when the Fund was established, working toward the same objective of turning the U.S. away from its support and alliance with Israel.
I. What is the Jerusalem Fund?
As stated on its website:
“The Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development is an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization based in Washington, D.C. Funding for operational expenses is derived from investment income. This, together with donations from private individuals throughout the U.S., supports our humanitarian grants.”
The Jerusalem Fund (the Fund) in its current configuration, is comprised of 3 programs – “The Palestine Center”, “The Humanitarian Link” and “The Gallery”.
Despite the Fund’s self-description as “non-political”, a review of its leadership, programming, and issues of focus, reflect overtly pro-Palestinian/pro-Hamas/anti-Israel positions.
“The Palestine Center”, noted as the educational arm of the Fund, offers (with disclaimers displayed), Information Briefs such as the one written by its 2010 intern titled “Rising support for Hamas and the Roots of its Success in Palestine “ (“One of Hamas’ more distinctive qualities is its emphasis on Islam. In addition to its self-proclaimed role as a legitimate and honest replacement to Fateh, Hamas also acts as a religious alternative to the secular Fateh.”)
In addition to making grants for social services in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” as it is referred to on the website, “The Humanitarian Link” supports the Palestine Diabetes Institute. As reported in her White House bio, Samar Ali served as the transatlantic liaison during the development of this project.
(Originally named the “Occupied Land Fund”, recall that the Holy Land Foundation was the largest Islamic charity in the U.S., which also claimed it was needed to bring humanitarian relief to needy Palestinians in the occupied territories. The Holy Land Foundation was successfully prosecuted in 2007 for funding Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations).
“The Gallery” is solely focused on promoting “..the rich culture and national heritage of the Palestinian people, as well as that of surrounding Arab societies.”
II. The Genesis of the Jerusalem Fund –(Sharabi – WISE – PIJ – IIIT – Muslim Brotherhood)
In 1977 Dr. Hisham Sharabi, PhD. founded the American Palestine Education Foundation (APEF) which in 1981 was renamed The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development (the Fund). Sharabi served as Chairman of the Board until he died in 2005.
In 1991 Sharabi founded the Centre for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP), which was added to the Fund, to “represent a Palestinian perspective in Washington, D.C.” One example of CPAP’s activities was its 2003 annual conference entitled “Israel’s Policy of Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing”. As reported by the NGO Monitor, “Hisham Sharabi, chairman of CPAP, set the hostile tone for the daylong seminar with his opening remarks…” In 2002 CPAP was renamed The Palestine Center.
Sharabi advocated a Palestinian “armed struggle” if necessary, to end “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza”. His 1998 paper “The Palestinians: Fifty Years Later”, called for Americans of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim backgrounds to organize using their “constitutional rights as Americans” to “influence a dangerously biased [toward Israel] American policy in the Middle East.”
III. Sharabi and WISE
Equally revealing about Sharabi is his membership on the Board of Trustees of the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). WISE was incorporated by Sami Al-Arian as an Islamic think tank designed to organize seminars and share libraries.
Al-Arian was sentenced on May 1, 2006, to 57 months in prison to be followed by deportation. At his sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge James Moody called Al-Arian a “master manipulator”, adding, “[y]ou looked your neighbors in the eyes and said you had nothing to do with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. This trial exposed that as a lie.”
WISE was named in a federal indictment as part of a “criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence including murder, extortion, money laundering, fraud and issue of visas, and operated worldwide including the Middle District of Florida.”
Tarik Hamdi, identified as an officer/staff member of WISE is listed in a federal affidavit as providing material support to Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden and the PIJ. He left WISE to work for IIIT. He subsequently left the U.S. and relocated to the Middle East.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) was identified as one of the funders of WISE. The IIIT was named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends.”
Other WISE Board members include:
Taha Jabir al Alwani -President, IIIT; cited as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Justice Department’s terrorism prosecution against al-Arian.
Basheer Nafi – was charged with “conspiracy to murder, maim or injure persons outside the United States.” and a significant leader of the PIJ. In 1996 he was deported from the U.S. back to England for visa violations. In 2003 the FBI indicted Bashir Nafi in abstentia, in connection with the U.S. PIJ cell.
Mazin an Najjar– a founding member of WISE, was arrested on secret FBI evidence that he was supporting terrorism and was deported from the U.S. in 2002. In a one-sentence summary, Judge McHugh stated that al Najjar was “associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a threat to national security.”
Ramadan Abdullah aka Ramadan Shallah – Currently on the FBI Most Wanted List, co-founder of WISE, and listed as a “Specially Designated Terrorist”. He was named the leader of PIJ in 1995. Shallah was indicted in a 53 count indictment in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. The Rewards For Justice Program, U.S. State Dept., is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Shallah.
The Jerusalem Fund:
Subhi Ali – Sharabi – WISE – PIJ – IIIT – Muslim Brotherhood