Remziya Suleyman, Director of the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) along with her colleagues Suhaib Webb and Abdelrahman Murphy, schooled the young Muslims during the 2013 “In the Footsteps of the Prophet” retreat and again this year.
Suleyman told the younger Muslims attending the recent Reviving Ramadan retreat that:
“You carry the legacy of the greatest man that ever graced this earth. This ummah (global Muslim community) depends on what you, the next generation, does. Remember that.”
Why “Reviving Ramadan?”
Just like Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Suleyman, Webb and Murphy are working to keep Muslim youth tethered to Islam, its ideology, and a sharia adherent lifestyle. Because Islam is a “complete way of life,” it includes the pro-CAIR-Hamas type of political activism that these three advocate to their student audiences.
Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood as a religious, social and political movement intended to revive the Islamic Caliphate and rule it according to sharia law. As stated in the Brotherhood’s by-laws:
“Insist to liberate the Islamic nation from the yoke of foreign rule… the need to work on establishing the Islamic State…the sincere support for a global cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Sharia.”
The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in Egypt, its country of origin. After the 2013 overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, the new Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
Al-Banna, said, “it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” Co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmed said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
CAIR is tied to Hamas and Hamas is the jihadi arm of the Muslim Brotherhood as was proven in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution.
Suleyman, Webb and Murphy: CAIR disciples
Do they tell the kids about their work with CAIR? Do they tell them who and what CAIR really is and what it is organized to do? Or do they offer the same propaganda that the public hears about CAIR being an organization that stands up for the civil rights of Muslims in the U.S.?
ACO Director Remziya Suleyman speaks at CAIR events and attends CAIR’s annual conventions. She consults and collaborates with CAIR’s national leadership. She recently signed onto CAIR’s letter to Obama demanding further purging of law enforcement training materials. She brought anti-Semite CAIR-Michigan Director Dawud Walid to Nashville to train Muslim high school students in political activism.
Dawud Walid speaks about the FBI with disdain and somewhat casually about the al-Qaeda affiliate group, al-Shabaab. Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued a warning of an anticipated attack by al-Shabaab directed to areas “where large numbers of U.S. and Western citizens congregate.”
In Knoxville, Suleyman closely collaborates with Imam Abdulrahman Murphy who worked as an intern for CAIR -Chicago. He later spent time training in Saudi Arabia, a country that strictly follows sharia law. Murphy is faculty at the Annoor Academy Islamic school in Knoxville that teaches its students negative stereotypes about Christians and Jews. Murphy also works with the UT Knoxville Muslim Students Association (MSA). The MSA was the Muslim Brotherhood’s first established U.S. organization.
Murphy was a speaker at ISNA’s 2013 conference in Dallas. ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), is also a Muslim Brotherhood organization.
In addition to the MSA, Murphy and Suhaib Webb indoctrinate Muslim youth through the Knoxville Roots program. Murphy and Webb also teach at the Ella Collins Institute at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC).
Webb, a convert to Islam, was sent by the Muslim American Society (another Muslim Brotherhood organization), to Al-Azhar University in Cairo to complete his Islamic training. He was then hired as the Imam for the Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury, a mosque managed by MAS-Boston. This mosque is the sister campus of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) mosque attended by the Boston marathon bombers.
It turns out Webb’s associations included al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, and the mosque attended by the Oklahoma Islamist who beheaded his co-worker. Webb is also vocal about his Jew-hatred, anti-Israel pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) support.
Guilt by association? Suleyman, Murphy and Webb freely seek each other out and collaborate in their advocacy. Their voluntary association suggests something more like a fully informed joint venture.
Suleyman, Murphy and Webb are recognized in their communities as Islamist leaders. In the case of all three, there is no question that their actions and their words carry the Muslim Brotherhood agenda forward.
Opponents play games. Enemies, like Hamas, want to kill Jews.
Nashville’s Reform Rabbis Mark Schiftan, Shana Mackler, Phillip “Flip” Rice, Laurie Rice, Rami Shapiro and Imam Bahloul (Islamic Center of Murfreesboro), have issued the following statement:
Hiding in their cushy offices, these rabbis use lofty words to trivialize Hamas’ vow to wipe Israel and Jews off the map. Do they want us to believe that Jews being attacked “over there” is a “Middle East conflict” unrelated to Jews who live here? These rabbis pontificate from the safety of their temples unlike Jews in kibbutz Nahal Oz where Hamas jihadists emerged from a tunnel and killed the Israeli soldiers that had been guarding them.
The rabbis say this conflict shouldn’t alienate Jews from their Muslim friends that support Hamas and their Christian friends that advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
They say Jews should not cast a negative eye toward groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, ranked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) among the top 10 “worst of the worst anti-Israel groups. After all, fellow Jews that demonize Israel’s self-defense, advocate BDS and freely lend their Jewish cover to legitimate Israel’s aggressors shouldn’t be “dehumanized” just because they have a different opinion about the future of Israel.
If the end goal is to destroy the Jewish homeland and kill all the Jews, what difference does it make whether you are an enemy or an opponent? For these rabbis it’s all about moral equivalence anyway because we are all the same, aren’t we?
The Rabbis’ Friends Who Support Hamas
None of the Tennessee imams or so-called “moderate” Muslims whose attentions the rabbis crave, have ever spoken publicly against the terrorist Hamas organization, not even when Hamas broke their word and violated agreed upon cease-fires with Israel. But, co-signer, Imam Bahloul has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR-Hamas into his mosque.
CAIR Director, Nihad Awad and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi have been featured visitors at Imam Bahloul’s Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. CAIR and Badawi were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution, “ample evidence” tying CAIR to Hamas.
Hamas runs CAIR.
On July 31, 2014, at a rally for Palestinian terror bomber Rasmea Odeh, CAIR- Michigan director Dawud Walid declared CAIR’s role as being “defenders of the Palestinian struggle.” Walid’s declaration was more proof that CAIR is a Hamas affiliate.
Last summer, Muslim activist Remziya Suleyman, director of the American Center for Outreach (ACO) brought Dawud Walid to Nashville to teach Muslim high school students about U.S. politics. It seems that Suleyman, an active collaborator and promoter of CAIR-Hamas, agrees with their Jew-hating stance. She also surrounds herself with other ant-Israel Jew haters.
Drost Kokoye, Suleyman’s childhood friend and employee at ACO, is a robust anti-Semitic Jew hater. Drost used her reporter friend Skye Arnold to complain about a pro-Israel educational pamphlet, and more recently, to help organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville.
These are the facts, the truth. Why do these rabbis deny it? How do you compromise or reason with people who want to kill you?
If, as the rabbis say, these Jew-haters are only opponents, what more would they have to do to be considered an enemy?
So says Tennessee Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) Director, Remziya Suleyman who criticized Nashville Federation Director Mark Freedman for speaking at a recent pro-Israel rally in Nashville. She objected to him standing up for Israel at this event that included some organizations she characterizes as “anti-Muslim.”
On her facebook page, Suleyman rants against the Jewish Federation. In her typical broad-brush labeling of anyone who doesn’t agree with her, she deliberately ignores pertinent facts like:
- the material support bill was a response to Memphis jihadist Carlos Bledsoe, aka Abdulhakim Moahmmed, It was an anti-terrorism bill, NOT an anti-sharia bill. Suleyman and CAIR were the ones that equated anti-terrorism with material support and sharia
- she admitted she didn’t even “know the concept of sharia” before she decided to launch her pro-sharia political agenda
- early objections to the Murfreesboro mosque were based on evidence of Muslim Brotherhood involvement with mosque leadership which has continued with visits from CAIR-Hamas director Nihad Awad and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and terrorism financing unindicted co-conspirator, Jamal Badawi
Suleyman relies on the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) reports to castigate the Jewish Federation director’s participation with the Christians rallying to support Israel. Has Suleyman read what the ADL has to say about the organizations she works with and the individuals she favors? Obviously not.
After attending Louis Farrakhan’s talk in Nashville, Suleyman publicly commented that the Nation of Islam “got it right.” Has Suleyman read the ADL’s unfavorable opinion about Louis Farrakhan?
The ADL website confirms CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas ties. It also cites CAIR among the Top 10 Anti-Israel groups in the U.S.. Suleyman actively promotes and participates with CAIR, publicly supports their work and even brought CAIR’s anti-Semitic Michigan director to Tennessee to train Muslim high school students. Here is what the ADL says 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.”
Nor does Suleyman offer any explanation about why her organization’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye, has been organizing and leading the pro-Hamas rallies. Does Suleyman understand that even if Drost calls it a “free Gaza, pro-Palestinian” rally, it is Hamas, the elected government that she is supporting? Does Suleyman agree with the part in the Hamas charter that calls for jihad to destroy Israel?
Suleyman likes to compare the Muslim struggle to American blacks’ civil rights history. Black Christian Zionist Chloe Valdary would tell Suleyman and her employee Drost Kokoye, that Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and other black leaders, were both Zionists. As King said, “[w]hen people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism.” So why does Suleyman surround herself with friends and colleagues who advocate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), against Israel and other expressions of anti-semitism and Jew-hatred?
Suleyman says she has Jewish friends who like her, are offended that Freedman put his allegiance with Israel over Muslim sensitivities. Are these the same Jewish friends who belong to the J Street organization that says Israel should negotiate with the terrorist organization Hamas?
Is this the same J Street organization that has included the BDS voice in their annual conference? And the same organization that was rejected membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations?
And the same J Street organization that recently pulled out of an Israel solidarity rally? We would guess that these are Suleyman’s Jewish friends. It’s not likely they would have been at the Nashville Israel rally simply because they would have been confused as to which rally to join. Or, maybe they aren’t confused at all but don’t want to be seen standing with hijabis shrilling in support of Hamas.
Suleyman and her Civic Engagement Coordinator Are Out of Step with Kurdish Support for Israel
Suleyman’s claim to interfaith work is a one-way street because it is really about the Quran’s commandment to proselytize the non-Muslim kaffir. Her sole objective is for non-Muslims to accept what she believes Islam is despite having admitted to the large gaps in her knowledge base. “I never knew the concept of sharia…”
Despite her professed yearning for a free and independent Kurdistan, the country she idealizes and identifies most closely with, she cannot breach the Quran’s Jew-hating directives. She says the Quran “is always right.” Here are only a few of what the Quran says about Jews:
Surah 5:60 from the Quran says: “Say, ‘Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that as penalty from Allah ? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut. Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.’”
Surah 5:51 “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”
That may explain why she hasn’t rallied in support of Israel or hasn’t acknowledged that Israel’s Prime Minister is the first world leader to call for an independent Kurdistan.
The Young Kurds group rallied last week in front of the White House shouting, “We support Kurdistan.” “We support Israel our new friend.” “No to Hamas.”
Who does Suleyman support?
Suleyman’s interfaith work is about the Red-Green Alliance
The red-green alliance is part of Suleyman’s interfaith work in Nashville. This interfaith work is more about being anti-Israel in an effort to support Islamist sensitivities. It is dominated by liberal progressive Christians, Jews and even some Muslims, who either openly support the BDS campaign, or like Jewish Voice for Peace, give it their “Jewish” stamp of approval.
The Israel bashers and Jew-haters in their midst, including the Islamists and Arabs, have shrewdly embedded their objectives in the leftist jargon of social justice and human and minority rights. The Islamist partners in the Red-Green Alliance steadfastly challenge man’s right to legislate over Allah and make laws of their own while the Christian leftists delight in practicing social justice with Hamas, a terrorist organization that rules over its own apartheid state.
Suleyman’s other interfaith work is with Religions for Peace, USA (RFP), an organization heavily threaded with Muslim Brotherhood representatives. RFP is “yet another coalition of Islamists and their non-Muslim political allies”
Some Jewish leaders in Nashville finally saying “no” to Jew hatred
Apologists like Rabbi Mark Schiftan cannot control their compulsion to appease Islam. Nor do they acknowledge that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not confined to the Middle East but has implications right here in the U.S.. Other Nashville rabbis and the director of the Nashville Jewish Federation were at the rally and each stated unequivocally that as American Jews, they stood with their Christian friends in support of Israel. They condemned Hamas attacks against Israel and joined in recognizing the courage of IDF soldiers defending their country.
We can only hope that these Jewish leaders will also acknowledge that no matter how they try to appease Islamists like Drost Kokoye, they are not immune from the Islamic Jew-hatred that is rapidly emerging and threatening Jews in Europe. Did they ever believe they would confront pro-Hamas rallies in their city? Are they surprised that their Muslim interfaith partners didn’t join them to rally for Israel?
What Suleyman offers is nothing more than the standard blackmail within the interfaith racket. First they form a warm relationship with you. But then, when you speak up for Israel, they spring into a threatening mode. As Suleyman says, “that’s a nice relationship we got there, it would be a shame if anything happened to it.”
Predictably, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is standing in defense of Hamas using civilians as human shields as Israel ….
Predictably, the Executive Director of the pro-Palestinian D.C. think tank, the Jerusalem Fund/Palestine Center, when asked directly, will not answer the simple yes/no question:
“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?”
CAIR was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Association for Palestine, which was created to promote and raise money for Hamas in the U.S. Federal prosecutors have established ample evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. In 1994 CAIR Director Nihad Awad publicly declared his support for Hamas.
The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center was founded by Hisham Sharabi who described Hamas as “the true fida’i (self-sacrifice) resistance in Palestine since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada.” In 2003 he said:
“In the face of relentless Israeli force, the only weapon the helpless and desperate have is to fling their bodies against the beast. Suicide bombings are no longer the lone act of desperate fanatics, but have become a conscious weapon of resistance and war. The culture of death and self-sacrifice is spreading in many Arab and Muslim countries.”
Jerusalem Fund Chairman is Subhi Ali from Waverly, Tennessee. He joined the Jerusalem Fund in 2000, became Vice-President in 2004 serving alongside Sharabi and then became President of the Board in 2005, a position he still retains. The Jerusalem Fund campaigns for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. This is a campaign, the intent of which is widely recognized, to try and destroy the state of Israel.
Subhi Ali is the father of former Haslam appointee, sharia finance specialist, Samar Ali.
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. Sounds like Haggerty knows Subhi Ali and his family pretty well. Samar’s resume includes work done on behalf of the Jerusalem Fund.
Shortly after Samar’s hiring, questions were raised about why the Haslam administration hired a sharia finance specialist but redacted these credentials from information about her that was released to the public.
Subhi Ali immigrated from the West Bank town of Ramallah. As Samar says, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim.” She also says that “My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
Now pro-Hamas rallies in Tennessee with Muslim organizations are spreading Jew-hatred. Given the information above, we shouldn’t be surprise
Why Nashville Kurds and Turks Find Common Ground
One would imagine that for Nolensville Academy’s Kurdish Muslim board members, Mohammed Kokoy, Ahmad Brifkani and Mwafaq Mohammed (aka, Aljabbary/Mohammed), the alliance with Gulen followers is acceptable and reflective of what is happening in their homeland.
Turkey is moving away from secularism and working politically to improve relations with Muslim majority countries, most notably Syria and Iran. For example, as Turkey revives its identify as a religiously Islamic country, it was reported that Sunni Islam religious classes are compulsory in the public schools.
Nashville’s Kurds likely support Erdogan’s claim that he supports an independent Iraqi Kurdistan, the place which many of Nashville’s Kurds still refer to as their real home.
Erdogan permitted Hamas to operate out of Turkey to organize the recent abduction of the three Israeli teenagers who were murdered. Why do these Nashville Kurds support Erdogan who has given sanction to Hamas? Is it a reflection of their anti-Semitism?
No doubt that Turkey’s political posture towards Israel appeals to Nashville Kurds like Drost Kokoye who regularly tweets out her Jew hatred here and here. Kokoye is a Jew-hating agitator that attends Aljabbary/Mohammed’s mosque and advises Muslim youth through MYNT. (See video here.)
Erdogan embraces the Muslim Brotherhood whose organizations and ideology are being actively promoted by Tennessee Islamists and Erdogan’s Islamizing of Turkey. Tennessee’s Islamists share Erdogan’s vision for a dominant world Islamic power under sharia law.
Kurdish Muslim Kasar Abdulla (deep in the Islamist politics of Tennessee, here and here, also a member of Aljabbary/Mohammed’s mosque where he served as president in 2010), recently traveled to Turkey with fellow Nashville YWCA board members Tom Negri (director Nashville’s Human Relations Commission) and Pat Shea (President and CEO YWCA). Renata Soto, YWCA honoree and founder of Conexion Americas and Casa Azafran, was also on the trip.
Do the traveling Islamic apologists understand what happens to individual freedoms and women in particular, as Turkey shifts towards sharia under Erdogan? Does Tom Negri understand that when Islamists refer to “human rights” they mean the Cairo Declaration of Human Rightswhich says that human rights are defined by sharia law?Dominated by patriarchal doctrine the Cairo Declaration’s sharia-centric rights will always deny equal rights to non-Muslims as well as Muslim women. Newsletter #96and #67.
Does Pat Shea know that women in Kasar’s mosque have publicly complained about their second class status in Nashville mosques?
Why do Nashville apologists listen to Islamists like Remziya Suleyman to educate them about human rights under sharia law when she openly admitted that she “never knew the concept of sharia?”
While the Red-Green Alliance is interfaithing, they are also harboring and legitimatizing individuals and organizations, that are involved with anti-Israel advocacy. The progressive tent, it seems, is considered big enough for everyone even if they are Jew-haters. Progressive interfaithing can ignore these differences because “honest dialogue” only focuses on commonalities while ignoring vast differences of ideology unknown to the ignorant participants.
Nashville Family of Abraham
Nashville’s 2011 Family of Abraham (FOA) inaugural event was hosted by Nashville’s far left and expensive private school University School of Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean welcomed attendees, followed by Rev. Sonnye Dixon, Fr. Joe Breen, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Imam Bahloul and Mark Pelavin from the Jewish Reform Action Center.
Pelavin’s organization established its relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood as early as 2007 when the President of the Union of Reform Judaism, spoke at ISNA’s annual conference which also included BDS supporters Safaa Zarzour and Sayyid Syeed among others.
The next FOA followed quickly at a gathering hosted by West End United Methodist Church (UMC). As discussed in Part 2, the UMC maintains a very close relationship with ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization in the U.S.
The UMC speaker was Sayyid Sayeed, founding board member and former Secretary General of ISNA, who now serves as its interfaith liaison. UMC shares ISNA’s support for BDS against Israel. Shortly after approving an anti-Israel divestment resolution, “Steadfast Support of Christians in the Holy Land”, the Northern Illinois Conference of Methodism received ISNA’s Interfaith Unity Award.
Why didn’t the Northern Conference resolution address instead the recent Pew Study findings of Christian oppression in the Muslim majority countries of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen?
ISNA’s Jew Hatred and Anti-Israel BDS
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 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 and other Muslim Brotherhood allied organizations listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Strategic Plan for North America (1991 MB memo).
In 2004, when Sayeed was the Secretary General of ISNA, he stated in repeated interviews that ISNA received no funding from Saudi Arabia. He denied this even after 2003 expert testimony during a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee documented that Saudi Arabia was ISNA’s largest source of funding.
Saudi funding also enabled the establishment of ISNA’s subsidiary NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), which “is reported to own between 50 and 79 percent of the mosques on the North American continent. NAIT mosques rank among the most radical in the United States.” Islamic convert Stephen Schwartz, describes ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.”
ISNA, NAIT and Tennessee Mosques
In Memphis, Tennessee, the deeds forMasjid As-Salam mosque, home of the Muslim Society of Memphis, and the Al-Noor Mosque, which also houses the MSA in Memphis, show NAIT as the owner. Deeds to at least 10 other properties including some adjacent to the Muslim Society of Memphis also identify NAIT as the owner.
ISNA shares a street address with the MSA of Memphis and the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis. ISNA is also listed as the owner of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), a mosque that openly promoted the Holy Land Foundation as far back as 1998.
In February 2010, the Islamic Center of Nashville ICN) and the Salahadeen Center, the Kurdish mosque, partnered with ISNA for a two day conference titled “Awakening the Leader Within.” Members of the Salahadeen Center include former Muslim American Society (also Muslim Brotherhood), leader Fadi Ezier, CAIR promoter Remziya Suleyman and BDS advocate Drost Kokoye.
Examples of ISNA Leadership, Conventions, Website and Partner Organizations
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 Hamas charter, calling out the “Zionist invasion” states:
“For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.”….
“The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
ISNA, NAIT and CAIR were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) terrorism financing prosecution because of their involvement in raising money for Hamas. In 2009 their unindicted co-conspirator status was reaffirmed and the judge held that “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT with the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
Muzammil Siddiqi – served as the president of ISNA (1997-2000),and is now a Board member of ISNA and its subsidiary NAIT. Siddiqi is a pro-jihad, pro-Sharia, anti-American, hard core Islamist. He served as an officer at the Muslim World League (MWL), founded by members of the Saudi government to globalize fundamentalist Islamic sharia law.
Siddiqi advocated for the establishment of an Islamic state, told Muslims living in the U.S. that Islamic sharia law was superior to U.S. laws, and praised Islamic suicide bombers as “those who die on the part of justice” and thus reside “with the Lord.” He believes in “the victory of Islam in Palestine” by means of jihad, which he describes as “the path” and “the way [for Muslims] to receive the honor.”
Since 1981 he has served as director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and now serves as the Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. The Shura Council includes a heavy dose of Muslim Brotherhood presence. The November 20, 2012 newsletter 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.”
Jamal Badawi – The Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution named Badawi individually as an unindicted co-conspirator. He was a founding member of the Muslim American Society, established as the representative organization of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The 2004 Chicago Tribune reportconfirmed the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood over U.S. mosques.
Badawi’s recorded statements characterize Gaza terrorists as martyrs and suicide bombers as freedom fighters, and defending violent jihad in cases of “self-defense against unprovoked aggression . . . “
More recently, Badawi spoke at the 2012 AMP (American Muslims for Palestine) conference. 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 is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support the college hate group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by the Islamic Association for Palestine (started by a Hamas leader), with guest speaker Sami al-Arian who was convicted for his activities with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
Joining Badawi were BDS advocates like Friends of Sabeel North American, Donald Wagner (see Part 2) , virulent anti-Semitic Jew haters like Hatem Bazian and openly vocal Hamas supporters like CAIR director Nihad Awad.
ISNA Conventions: Representatives and Speakers
ISNA’s conventions have included representatives from:
- Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC and now renamed to Organization of Islamic Cooperation) The OIC which works cooperatively with the Muslim Brotherhood, represents the 56 Muslim majority countries and is also the largest voting bloc in the United Nations. For years, the OIC pushed the UN to criminalize any criticism of Islam which was accomplished in 2012 with the passage of Resolution 16/18.
- Muslim World League (MWL)- founded in 1962 by members of the Saudi government for the purpose of globalizing fundamentalist Islamic sharia law (Wahhabism). “The MWL has a long history of ties to, and financial support for, Islamic extremists, terrorist operatives, and terrorist organizations including Hamas…and al Qaeda.” MWL has a history of virulent anti-Israel rhetoric and is a member of the OIC.
- WAMY – World Assembly of Muslim Youth – based in Saudi Arabia, it is the world’s largest Muslim youth organization. The U.S. branch, established by Osama bin Laden’s nephew, was raided by the FBI and shut down because of suspected links to terrorism funding. The U.S. WAMY has also provided funding to CAIR.
ISNA’s convention speakers have included:
Anwar al Awlaki – al-Qaeda cleric killed in Obama authorized 2011 drone attack.
Ali Abunimah -co-founder and executive director of Electronic Infitada, a major online media outlet promoting the Palestinian agenda along with BDS against Israel. He is also a founding member of Al Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition that opposes Israel’s right to exist.
Maha ElGenaidi – founder of Islamic Networks Group (ING) which trains and certifies speakers to present canned scripts about Islamic-related topics; helps to establish “affiliates” in different cities including Tennessee’s based AMAC. Acknowledged partnerships with Muslim Brotherhood’s ISNA, CAIR, ICNA, and MAS.
Paul Findley – author of “Liberating America From Israel” (“Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society”)
Imam Warith Deen – former head of New York prisons’ Muslim chaplain program who described Jewish conspiracies to control the world.
ISNA Website Posts Quaranic Verses About Jews
Here is a now deleted (but screen shot saved) Quaranic passages posted on ISNA’s website:
“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.”
Interfaith Groups and BDS
How many Family of Abraham (FOA) members that meet in Nashville realize that there is a dark side of interfaithing that is an organized attempt to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel?
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (US Campaign)
Listed among the Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America, the U.S. Campaign serves as an umbrella for the religiously identified pro-BDS organizations like The Interfaith Boycott Coalition which has been described as the “faith-based wing of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.”
The Interfaith Boycott Coalition “includes the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine Israel Network, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Friends of Sabeel North America, United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, United Methodist Kairos Response and members of the Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite and Quaker traditions.”
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
AMP is a national extremist anti-Israel organization that helps train and support the college hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The Anti-Defamation League 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. IAP was created by a Hamas leader to be its U.S. propaganda arm and also raise money for Hamas. IAP was listed in the Muslim Brotherhood’s 1991 strategic plan for North America. In 2009 a federal judge ruled that “ample evidence” existed to tie IAP to Hamas. IAP’s leadership founded CAIR – the Council on American Islamic Relations. So it should be no great surprise that SJP’s 2002 national convention was sponsored by IAP.
ISNA, (Islamic Society of North America), also claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1991 plan, is a vocal promoter of BDS against Israel. Safaa Zarzour, secretary general of ISNA spoke at AMP’s 2011 and 2012 conference, along with individually named unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood leader, Jamal Badawi and here.
Zarzour’s talk about uniting Muslim organizations behind the BDS campaign was described as one of the most “inspiring” talks of the conference.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
The ultra liberal, progressive JVP is also listed in the Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America. JVP aggressively promotes BDS and is the largest Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States. Sadly, there is no bar to Jews being self-hating anti-Semites.
JVP “uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility. JVP goes to great lengths to show that not all Jews side with Israel.” It is not uncommon for JVP campus groups to support SJP Israel Apartheid Week, also referred to as “Israel Hate Week.”
As a member of Islamophobia coalitions, JVP has joined with CAIR/Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood Muslim American Society among others, to protest alleged anti-political shariah speakers.
Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA)
Also on the ADL’s Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America, FOSNA is the U.S.-based affiliate of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Sabeel). Sabeel is a Palestinian Christian organization based in Jerusalem which helps promote anti-Israel advocacy in U.S. churches.
Sabeel was founded in 1990 by Rev. Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Christian. Rev. Don Wagner runs FOSNA and according to his posted bio, “works internationally to educate Christians about the problems of Christian Zionism.” FOSNA’s mission statement is dedicated to supporting Sabeel and advocates BDS and right of return for Palestinians which they well understand would make Jews a minority in Israel and lead to the BDS goal of turning Israel into a single Palestinian state, i.e, the demise of Israel.
During a 2012 California Palestinian convention which included Wagner and Ateek as speakers, Ateek called for a non-violent third intifada, but his final comment made his hatred for Israel and Jews clear: “We say no. We adamantly reject the two-state solution at any price.” Same as the pro-BDS “from the river to the sea” chant because Sabeel and Ateek seek the BDS goal of eliminating Israel as a Jewish state. (see Omar Barghouti in Part 1).
Ateek helped formulate “Palestinian liberation theology” and even describes Hamas as “an Islamic liberation theology movement.” Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy describes liberation theology as the “theological justification for Western church groups that backed Marxist revolution 20 and 30 years ago,” but which is now used as a “tool against Israel.” In other words, Palestinian victims must be liberated from the Israeli oppressor under which they are forced to exist.
Sabeel does not waste its time on the persecution of Christians living in Muslim majority countries, Muslim radicalism, or the terrorism, suicide-bombings and rocket attacks perpetrated by Hamas against Jewish civilians. But with the support of U.S. churches, Sabeel sponsors conferences in the U.S. and study missions to Israel to push its anti-Zionist and often, anti-U.S. agenda.
As far back as 2005, Sabeel U.S. conferences were endorsed by the World Council of Churches, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, and the United Church of Christ USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Common Global Ministries, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ (UCC), as well as the far-left Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) caucus.
Sadly, Jewish Voice for Peace in pursuing the Jewish liberalist’s quest to “rethink our relationship with the Holy Land” openly supports Sabeel and presumably agrees with Sabeel’s rejection of a two state solution even if that would mean peace.
The Presbyterian’s Israel Palestine Mission Network and the United Methodist Church both discussed below, are also supporters of Sabeel’s work because they share the same objectives in their own anti-Israel work.
The Kairos Document
In 2009, a group of Christians and Jews from South Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia met in Bethlehem and claiming to represent the voice of Palestinian Christians, affirmed the Kairos Palestine Document (KPD). The KPD calls on Christians throughout the world to target Israel with boycotts, divestments, and economic sanctions. It embodies the Palestinian liberation theology in the form of a bigoted and biased Israel blame-game. It provides a wholesale pass to Palestinian “resistance” in whatever form including “Palestinian attacks targeting Israeli civilians [which] are not terrorism motivated by a desire to destroy Israel, but ‘legal resistance’ motivated by a desire to liberate themselves from oppression.”
A recent commentary described the KPD as “a radical Christian initiative in support of BDS, to recycle pre-modern Church anti-Semitism by decrying Israel’s existence as a ‘sin against God and humanity.’” (Ben Cohen, “The Anti-Zionist College Ploy” Feb. 2014)
United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR)
Predictably, the United Methodist Church responded favorably to the Kairos Palestine Document. For some time, the Methodist Church has been entangled with Israel hating Islamists not only through Mercy-USA, but also through the cozy “God Box” otherwise known as the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. Gathered together in one single building are denominational offices aligned against Israel all promoting BDS.
UMKR works hard to push the BDS agenda. While the General Conference of the UMC has not yet divested from the targeted Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlitt-Packard companies for engaging in business with Israel, their 2012 General Conference did vote to recommend boycotts and sanctions. UMC is a vocal and active participant in boycott initiatives, including the recent one against Soda Stream.
The UMC Global Missions agency helps finance the U.S. Campaign pro-BDS activity discussed above. The UMC’s Women’s Division published a children’s book “intended to instill anti-Israel themes among Methodist youngsters” by portraying Israel as an aggressor and of course, not mentioning anything about Palestinian terrorism.
Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (the “Network”)
In 2012, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was only 2 votes short of divesting from Israel. The vote was 331 for it, 333 against it and 2 abstentions. Muslim Brotherhood ISNA Interfaith liaison, Sayyid Syeed, praised the divestment supporters. He “thanked Presbyterians for their ‘alliance’ with Muslims against intolerance and for their helpful attention to Middle East justice.” (This is the same Syeed who was recorded in 2006 saying, ‘[O]ur job is to change the constitution of America.’”)
Considering the Church’s close ties and collaboration with known Muslim Brotherhood organizations and leadership (some of whom have made repeated visits to Nashville), and its support for Sabeel here and here, suggests that the Church shares the Islamic enmity towards Jews and Israel.
This June the Presbyterian General Assembly will be asked again to support divestment from Israel. This year’s vote will be cast in the context of the Presbyterian Church’s January release of a study guide regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, titled “Zionism Unsettled.” Rabbis from the Simon Weisenthal Center characterized the study guide as “sending Jews to the trash-heap of history”… it “rejects the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.
On the other hand, the KKK’s former Grand Wizard David Duke and Iran’s Press TV, praised the document.
Efforts by the Church to distance itself from the publication and the Network have proven illusory since the Network uses the Church’s website to raise money, “[a]nd the PC(USA)’s online store is apparently the sole place on the Internet where people can get a copy of [the offending study guide] Zionism Unsettled.”
The American-Israel Friendship League recently took Presbyterian leadership to visit the Soda Stream factory located in the West Bank, to see the truth as opposed to the BDS propaganda. After the visit, the church delegation said they planned to tell church administrators and followers that they should be supporting, not attacking Israel.
What conclusions would be drawn then if church leadership maintains its position on BDS at the June 2014 General Assembly? Would that be evidence that the real motivation of the BDS campaign is just what Israel’s defenders say it is?
BDS: A campaign to destroy Israel any way possible.