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Jews4Jihad: Ari Gordon New Head Of Hamas & Terror Tied Muslim Jewish Advisory Council - Works With Jihad Promoting ISNA

Kippa Wearing Islamist Facilitator Claims 'It Is An Imperative For American Jewry Today To Partner With Muslims'
September 7, 2018

MIM: With Jews currently under siege from Muslims worldwide and only days to go before it becomes 17 years since the Muslim attacks of 9/11 Gordon had the unmitigated chutzpah to make this outrageous, twisted and obscene statement:

"Building effective partnerships between Muslims and Jews is an imperative for American Jewry today. It is a privilege to rejoin the Jewish organization that is leading the way," said Gordon. "Differences notwithstanding, American Muslims and Jews can work together to safeguard the promise and freedoms of this country for all."

Ari Gordon Named AJC Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ari Gordon has been named Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations for AJC (American Jewish Committee), the global Jewish advocacy organization. First created two years ago, this position marked a significant expansion of AJC programmatic activities aimed at deepening Muslim-Jewish understanding and engaging in constructive, cooperative interactions.

"Building effective partnerships between Muslims and Jews is an imperative for American Jewry today. It is a privilege to rejoin the Jewish organization that is leading the way," said Gordon. "Differences notwithstanding, American Muslims and Jews can work together to safeguard the promise and freedoms of this country for all."

Gordon succeeds Robert Silverman, AJC's first Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations, who was instrumental in the formation and launch of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC). The Council brings together 46 civil society, religious, and business leaders from across the United States to advocate for domestic policy issues of common concern.

"Ari Gordon combines a historian's view of Judaism and Islam with a modern passion for the American Muslim and Jewish contexts," said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. "His return to AJC offers a bright future of continued stalwart leadership for our programs that advance and expand Muslim-Jewish understanding and cooperation in the U.S."

Gordon previously worked at AJC in interreligious affairs from 2005-08 and 2010-11. During more recent years, he has served as an AJC Special Advisor for Interreligious and Intergroup Relations.

In early fall, Gordon will complete his doctorate in Islamic Studies and the History of Muslim-Jewish Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew. Gordon holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Yeshiva University and an M.T.S. in Islamic Studies from Harvard Divinity School. He also is a recipient of the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Groundbreaking initiatives in interreligious relations, across the U.S. and around the world, have been central to AJC since the organization's founding in 1906. While much of the focus in the 20th century was on Christian-Jewish relations, leading to pathbreaking achievements, a priority over the past 25 years has been relations with Muslim communities around the world.

View original content: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ari-gordon-named-ajc-director-of-us-muslim-jewish-relations-300706334.html

SOURCE American Jewish Committee


MIM: This new Jew4Jihad is worse than Robert Silverman. He wears a kippa, appears to be 'modern orthodox'and lectures at synagogue Shabbatons together with his wife. He gives MJAC a facade of legitimacy in religious circles which Silverman didn't have.


Ari Gordon is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Islamic studies, where he researches the history of Muslim-Jewish relations. He also serves as American Jewish Committee's (AJC) special advisor for Inter-religious and Intergroup Relations and, from 2005-2008, was the department's assistant director. He lectures for international and American groups about Judaism and other religions and serves as a member of the research council of the International Conference of Christians and Jews. Ari received his Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in 2010, during which time he was also a Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellow. He completed his bachelor's degree in philosophy at Yeshiva University in 2005.



MIM: It appears that Ari Gordon has never met an Islamist he didnt like. Here he is on a 2008 panel with among others Nihad Awad and Keith Ellison.

CAIR Rep Joins Dialogue On "Islam And American Politics"

Georgetown University holds a discussion on "Islam and American Politics: Deepening the Dialogue."
The Washington Daybook
WHEN: April 3, 10 a.m.
LOCATION: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building

CONTACT: 202-687-4328 [Note: Media RSVP required to Andrea Fereshteh at, 202-687-4328 or aes5 at georgetown. edu

PARTICIPANTS: Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Sally Quinn, co-moderator of the Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive's On Faith Web site; Akbar Ahmed, chairman of Islamic studies at American University; Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Zahid Bukhari, director of the American Muslims Studies Program at Georgetown University; John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University; Sherif El-Diwany, Middle East director of the World Economic Forum; John Esposito, professor at Georgetown University; Ari Gordon, assistant director for interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee; Jane McAuliffe, dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University; Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; Jane Ramsey, executive director of the Jewish Council for Urban Affairs; Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners ministries and magazine; and Zainab Al-Suwaij, co-founder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress



MIM: Bio of Ari Gordon: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/people/ari-gordon

MIM: More on the symposium and the participants.



MIM: More on the "CAIR" conference where Ari Gordon represented the AJC.


WASHINGTON, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently took part in a roundtable discussion on "Islam in American Politics" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

CAIR's Nihad Awad joined former Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dalia Mogahed of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the event, which was designed to "deepen the dialogue" on critical religious and political issues. Other panelists included Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners ministries and magazine, and Ari Gordon, assistant director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee.

The discussion was sponsored by the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University, and was moderated by Sally Quinn, Washington Post journalist and founder of the "On Faith" blog. It marked the official U.S. launch of the first "Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue." That report found that majorities around the world believe that violent conflict between the West and the Muslim world can be avoided.

SEE: Islam and American Politics: Deepening the Dialogue


Panelists addressed topics including how Islam is emerging in the 2008 presidential campaign and positive examples of dialogue and coalition-building that bring Muslims and Americans of other faiths together around shared positive agendas.

"We thank the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University for sponsoring this important event and for helping to show that the majority of people of all faiths seeks peace and mutual understanding," said CAIR's Awad.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper at cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:arubin at cair.com; CAIR Strategic Communications Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, E-Mail:arehab at cair.com

Council on American-Islamic Relations

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, Communications Director, +1-202-488-8787, +1-202-744-7726, ihooper at cair.com, or Amina Rubin, Communications
Coordinator, +1-202-488-8787, arubin at cair.com, or Ahmed Rehab, Strategic Communications Director, +1-202-870-0166, arehab at cair.com, all of CAIR



MIM: CAIR is named in a lawsuit filed by the family of FBI agent John P. O'Neill Sr. who was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

For more on Nihad Awad Executive Director of CAIR see: https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/nihad-awad/

This from Daniel Pipes:

CAIR Named as a Defendant in 9/11 Terror Lawsuit A class action lawsuit in the name of John P. O'Neill, Sr., stemming from the 9/11 atrocity, has named the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a defendant. (For those confused about the multiple 9/11 court cases, there is help on the way at http://www.september11terrorlitigation.com/.) Here are the paragraphs dealing with CAIR's role in the events of September 11, 2001, from the second amended class action complaint, filed today:

86. Council on American Islamic Relations and CAIR Canada (collectively, CAIR), have aided, abetted, and materially sponsored and al Qaeda and international terrorism. CAIR is an outgrowth of the Hamas front group the Islamic Association of Palestine. The FBI's former associate director in charge of Investigative and Counter-Intelligence Operations described the Islamic Association of Palestine as an organization that has directly supported Hamas military goals and is a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants. It has produced videotapes that are very hate-filled, full of vehement propaganda. It is an organization that has supported direct confrontation.

87. CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism. These organizations play a unique role in the terrorist network. They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes they are, in reality, a key player in international terrorism. The unique role played by CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to manipulate the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. In addition, both organizations have actively sought to hamper governmental anti-terrorism efforts by direct propaganda activities aimed at police, first-responders, and intelligence agencies through so-called sensitivity training. Their goal is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.

88. The role of CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to wage PSYOPS (psychological warfare) and disinformation activities on behalf of Whabbi-based [Wahhabi-based, DP] Islamic terrorists throughout North America. They are the intellectual "shock troops" of Islamic terrorism. In the years and months leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 these organizations were very effective in helping to ensure that North American law enforcement and intelligence officials were sufficiently deaf, dumb, and blind to help pave the way for the attacks on the United States. The role played by these entities is an absolutely essential part of the mix of forces arrayed against the United States as they help soften-up targeted countries so as to facilitate and enhance the likelihood for a successful attack.



MIM: The AJC's Muslim Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) works together with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which is a terror supporting, Jew hating Muslim Brotherhood organization. Below a sampling of texts found on ISNA's main website encouraging jihad, Jew killing and martyrdom from the article "Co-Conspirators of Hate: Terror linked ISNA and NAIT file suit to have government's designation repealed"http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3523


The same hate and violence portrayed within the texts from IBS can currently be found right on ISNA's main website, including a section devoted to the "Stoning to Death of Jews and Other Dhimmis." Further ISNA content is as follows:

  • "I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim."
  • "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'"
  • "Whoever takes them [Christian Arabs] as friends is from them."
  • "O Allah! I ask you for martyrdom in Your way and death in the city of Your Messenger!"


MIM: In 2011 the AJC's Ari Gordon took part in a panel with Hussein Rashid discussing "Islamophobia and Antisemitism" which perpetuates the myth that the artificial Islamist construct of "Islamophobia" is equivalent to thousands of years of documented antisemitism a great deal of which was and is being perpetrated by Muslims.

NYC Speaking Event - June 29 - Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

Join us on Wednesday, June 29th, for a riveting discussion about Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism with Ari Gordon, Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Hussein Rashid, Educator and Consultant on Interreligious Affairs. Please see here for more details.

Uri L'Tzedek Flyer



MIM: Hussein Rashid plays the Muslim victimology card to the hilt. Here is a tweet of his on 9/11/18 in which he whines that "state violence...emerged against Muslims as a result of those attacks".

Hussein Rashid, PhD Twitter › islamoyankee

On 9/11 I experienced a side of NY where people came together. I recognize that wasn't and isn't everyone's experience, and the state violence that emerged against Muslims as a result of those attacks. But for that brief moment, I was with the best of my city.


MIM: In a lengthy interview Hussein Rashid regurgitates the Islamist narrative that Muslims experience racism when they are not even a race! In the same interview he expressed support and admiration for Edward Said, an anti semitic "professor" and member of the Palestinian National Council who was photographed throwing rocks from Lebanon at an Israeli outpost on the border. Rashid also admires the views of Islamist apologist Karen Armstrong.

"...Islamophobia is a type of racism in my opinion. Racism is not something that we are going to outgrow as a people. It's something that is inherently part of us, and it's something we have to contend with and struggle with. Racism adapts to the new environment. So, every time you think you have stopped racism one way, it will adapt and evolve in another direction. So, we constantly need to be expressing ourselves in a variety of different ways."



MIM: In 2017 MJAC and the AJC honored the rich Muslim entrepreneur SA Ibrahim. He also holds the distinction of being the only Muslim to sit on the board of the ADL in Philly. Ibrahim is a supporter of Eboo Patel, a known Muslim Brotherhood operative. Ibrahim has himself spoken at several ISNA events one of which had Hamas operative Linda Sarsour calling Muslims to wage jihad against the United States.

"Stealth Islamist S.A.Ibrahim On Board Of ADL, FPRI, CIU And Eboo Patel's Interfaith Youth Core - Worked With CAIR & ISNA" http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/7455

AJC Honors Ibrahim


The American Jewish Committee (AJC) Philadelphia/South Jersey chapter presented its 2017 Community Leadership Award to S.A. Ibrahim at an April 25 tribute dinner at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Ibrahim, one of the founding members of AJC's national Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, was recognized for his lifelong commitment to building bridges and promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding. He recently retired as CEO of Radian Group.

More than 150 people attended the event, which included a keynote speech by Robert Silverman, AJC's U.S. director of Muslim-Jewish relations.



MIM: Press Release Announcing the launch of MJAC.

AJC And ISNA Launch Muslim Jewish Advisory Council

November 14, 2016 – New York – The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a new national group of leading Muslim and Jewish Americans, was launched this month at a meeting convened by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The Council brings together recognized business, political, and religious leaders in the Jewish and Muslim American communities to jointly advocate on issues of common concern. Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, and Farooq Kathwari, President and CEO of Ethan Allen, are the Council's co-chairs, and the initial members are listed below.

At the group's inaugural meeting, the Muslim and Jewish participants met for two hours to get to know one another, discuss the Council's mission, and identify and agree on a domestic policy agenda. Among the Council's initial action items are:

The Council will highlight the contributions of Muslims and Jews to American society, and aim to celebrate their contributions in the best traditions of American democracy.

The Council will develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S.

The Council will work to protect and expand the rights of religious minorities in the U.S., as enshrined in the Constitution, so they may practice their faiths in full freedom and security.

"Our two communities share much in common and should find ways, where possible, to work together for the benefit of the entire country," said Stanley Bergman, Co-Chair of the Council.

"The Council aims to provide a model for civic engagement by two communities, vital to American society, that agree to work together on issues of common concern and overlapping interest," said Farooq Kathwari, Co-Chair of the Council.

The initial members of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council are:

Ms. Raheemah Abdulaleem, KARAMAH
Ms. Shakila Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Chaplain Tahera Ahmad, Northwestern University
Imam Shamsi Ali, Nusantara Foundation
Ms. Roberta Baruch, AJC Commission on Interreligious Affairs
Mr. Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein Inc.
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue
Ms. Rabia Chaudry, United States Institute of Peace
Senator Norman Coleman, Hogan Lovells
Mr. Steven Collis, AmerisourceBergen
Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Covington & Burling LLP
Imam Plemon El-Amin, World Pilgrims
Mr. David Harris, AJC
Mr. S.A. Ibrahim, Radian Group
Congressman Steven Israel, United States House of Representatives
Mr. Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen Interiors
Mr. Suhail Khan, Microsoft Corporation
Ms. Daisy Khan, Women's Islamic Initiative for Spirituality & Equality (WISE)
Mr. Farhan Latif, El-Hibri Foundation
Mr. David Levin, McGraw Hill Education
Mr. Moses Libitzky, Libitzky Property Companies
Senator Joseph Lieberman, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University
Imam Mohamed Magid, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
Mr. Talat Othman, Grove Financial, Inc.
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, New York University
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the Rabbinical Assembly
Imam Talib M. Shareef, The Nation's Mosque, Masjid Muhammad
Dr. Sayyid Syeed, ISNA
Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles




MIM: An in depth article detailing the above mentioned event in which the AJC's Ari Gordon and CAIR's Nihad Awad participated.

Georgetown U, Nihad Awad, Keith Ellison and AJC participate in Wahhabist funded "Islam in American Politics" dialogue event

April 8, 2008

CAIR, Georgetown University, John Esposito And Keith Ellison Participate In Bin Talal Wahhabist Puppet Show

By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz

April 8, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Dutifully participating in a plan for stealth jihad set forth by the Muslim Brotherhood, on April 3 radical Islamists accompanied by a coterie of Muslim apologists conducted another in an ongoing series of events designed to portray the religion most often associated with terror as a benign player in contemporary American politics.

The event was called "Islam in American Politics" and was held at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., one of three buildings that comprise the U.S. House of Representatives, a venue no-doubt calculated to provide additional stature to the event and its participants.

In attendance were Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Saudi funded Hamas mouthpiece, the Council on American Islamic Relations' [CAIR] recently named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest terror prosecution, former Pakistani ambassador to the UK, Akbar Ahmed, Muslim apologist extraordinaire John Esposito, founding director of Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal's 20 million dollar monument to Muslim religious imperialism, Georgetown University's Center For Muslim-Christian Understanding and Congressman Keith Ellison [D-MN] CAIR's first U.S. Representative.

Additionally represented were Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners ministries and magazine, and Ari Gordon, assistant director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee.

The event was "moderated" by Washpost reporterette, Sally Quinn and co-sponsored by Georgetown U and the Saudi funded World Economic Forum and signified the launch of a nationwide da'wa exercise entitled, "Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue."

As is always the case in these conferences, the entire event was an exercise in duplicity, calculated to present a group of radical Muslims as moderates.

Let us examine some of the participants:

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director of CAIR; he previously worked for the Islamic Association for Palestine, the United States public relations arm of Hamas. On a now removed page from the CAIR website, Awad stated:

"...After the Gulf War was over, I was offered a job with the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) as their public relations director...In this effort I worked closely with IAP president Omar Ahmad..."
In evidence presented during the Holy Land Foundation federal terror prosecution Awad was further implicated as a Hamas operative.

An exhibit found in the home of Abdelhaleem Al-Ashqar [Executive Director of the Al-Aqsa Educational Fund, a suspected Hamas funding operation] detailed sessions which were to take place at a seminal 1993 meeting of Hamas sympathizers called "the Philadelphia meeting" which was wiretapped by the FBI authorized by a FISA court proceeding. Under the politics and media session, "Nihad" was scheduled to give a presentation. FBI Special Agent Lara Burns testified on Thursday August 2, 2007 at the Holy Land Foundation trial, that the "Nihad" listed in previous transcripts of FBI wiretaps of the Philadelphia conference was Nihad Awad.

Additional evidence that IAP was Hamas was provided by an August 14, 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Services report which states that IAP's work consisted of:

"publishing and distributing HAMAS communiqués printed on IAP letterhead, as well as other written documentation to include the HAMAS charter and glory records [a list of terrorist attacks that HAMAS had carried out against Israeli civilians], which are tributes to HAMAS' violent 'successes.'"

The report went on to detail that the IAP received nearly $500,000 in funding, provided to it by Mousa Abu Marzook, a key Hamas leader and founder of the Holy Land Foundation who is now believed to be living in Syria.

Keith Ellison [D-MN, aka Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison Muhammad] is the first Muslim member of Congress.

Prior to his being "cleaned-up" for the national spotlight, Ellison was a member of Louis Farrakhan's rabidly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. His election to congress was in part funded by the Council on American Islamic Relations who held fundraisers on his behalf and, true to form, he refused to take the oath of office on a Bible but instead was sworn in on a Qu'ran.

Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, a shadow sponsor [operating behind his Georgetown University facade] of the DC conference, is one of the Saudi kingdom's top Wahhabist money-men. He has donated over $40 million to Harvard University and to Georgetown University to endow Islamic centers with the hope of further legitimizing the Saudi's radical Sunni Muslim ideology.

Knowing Talal's background, then New York Mayor Giuliani rejected the Prince's offer of $10 million to the city after 9/11.

As CNN stated at the time, "the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks."

In addition to Talal's inability to blame the terrorists for September 11, he has a record of financially supporting suicide bombing, having given $27 million to the Saudi Committee for the Support of the al-Quds Intifada through his Kingdom Holding Company . As the London Times stated in April of 2002, "The committee will continue to provide direct assistance to the families of Palestinian martyrs and those wounded while resisting the occupation."

The other sponsor of the event was the World Economic Forum [WEF], a Saudi funded and controlled organization. The directors of the group are the usual suspects, the omnipresent Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, along with Prince Turki Faisal Al Saud, whose Center for Research and Islamic Studies could more aptly be dubbed "Da'wa Inc."

Akbar Ahmed who was a panel member at the event, has an undeserved reputation as a moderate Muslim, however his associations and statements indicate otherwise.

For example, in a January 2008 interview with the Globalist magazine [http://www.theglobalist.com/DBWeb/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=6737] Ahmed stresses his opposition to U.S. military operations to destroy Taliban leaders in Pakistan's tribal areas, all the while romanticizing the area which is infested with mujahideen fighters, "I hear about plans for U.S. air strikes and special operations and I am speechless. Hasn't the Bush Administration learned anything from history? Don't U.S. policymakers read anything at all? It seems they don't have any memory at all."

Throughout the interview Ahmed infers that America was itself responsible for 9/11, "But the Americans just walked away...[from Afghanistan]...that was the fatal error. When the United States walked away they left a vacuum...In that vacuum, we saw the emergence of the Taliban. In that anarchy and chaos, emerged Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the stage was set for 9/11."

On May 29, 2001, the International Institute of Islamic Thought [IIT] held a special program at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia to honor Akbar Ahmed following his appointment as Ibn Khaldun Chair and Professor of Islamic Studies, at the School of International Services, American University.

This recognition of Ahmed was tainted as the IIIT has for a long time been recognized as an organization with extremist views and has been linked to terrorism.

For example, the offices of the IIIT were raided by U.S. Treasury agents as part of Operation Green Quest, an effort to defund terrorism. The offices of IIT's directors have undergone similar scrutiny.

Additionally, the organization reportedly made a donation to the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation of Ashland, Oregon, a designated terrorist funding organization. A Treasury Dept. investigation found that branch of al-Haramain engaged in tax fraud, money laundering, supporting Chechen mujahideen affiliated with al Qaeda, and had a direct link Osama bin-Laden." In fact, many of al-Haramain's offices around the world have been closed for supporting terrorism.

In the early 1990s IIIT donated at least $50,000 to a think tank run by Sami al-Arian, the World Islamic and Study Enterprise [WISE], that served as a front group for Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Al Arian, an admitted terrorist, is currently in custody and awaiting deportation.

John Esposito, is perhaps America's most well known Muslim apologist. He chairs the above noted Georgetown University's Center For Muslim-Christian Understanding, a creation of Saudi Wahhabist bin-Talal.

As Daniel Pipes notes [http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/762] in an August 18, 2007 speech, "Georgetown University professor John Esposito spoke in Dallas for a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser intending, as he put it, "to show solidarity not only with the Holy Land Fund [sic, Holy Land Foundation], but also with CAIR." The event at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel took place as the Holy Land Foundation trial was underway, day-by-day implicating CAIR ever more clearly with Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organization. Esposito's speech stands out for its cringingly pro-Islamist sentiments ("Sami Al-Arian's a very good friend of mine")."

With the radical nature of many of its participants in such full view, the April 3, "Islam in American Politics," must be understood as a sham undertaking, intended only to deceive the public. It's part of what is becoming the most effective and therefore dangerous leading edge of Islamism, the stealth jihad, a carefully crafted plan set forth by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1991, designed to destroy America and the West from within.

This plan was developed by the Muslim Brotherhood. It was first revealed in a document which was seized in a raid in Virginia 15 years ago at the residence of some of the Holy Land Foundation defendants, and which serves today as a key piece of evidence in that ongoing case.

That document refers to what the Brotherhood calls the "Civilization Jihadist Process," a strategy for advancing Shar'ia in a manner not overtly conflictive with Western freedoms.

Understanding that our enemies have embarked upon this kind of a strategy places an extremely high burden of judgment upon those whose activities bring them into contact with organizations whose ultimate loyalty is questionable.

Governmental entities, law enforcement, religious institutions and leaders are being actively targeted as part of the execution of this campaign of stealth jihad by the Islamists.

In many cases these organizations have been duped into working with groups whose intent is subversive. Others have been lured into the belief that talking, be it cross-cultural, inter-religious or other dialogue can never be harmful. But that ignores the calculus that is at work.

Groups such as CAIR are illegitimate as their goals entail the subversion of liberal democracy. Their outreach programs are calculated to present the face of moderation, hoping that such efforts will give them legitimacy. For example they might contact a local law enforcement organization, seeking to provide "Islamic sensitivity" instruction.

If this offer is accepted, which happens frequently, they gain in many ways:

1. They are given an opportunity to indoctrinate officers presenting Islam in the most appealing light. Many of those required to undergo such training might be completely unfamiliar with the history of Islam and will therefore take on whatever propaganda is presented as truth.

2. Such a first meeting might well lead to the establishment of a permanent liaison between the "Muslim community" as represented by CAIR and the police department, giving them long-term influence.

3. CAIR will then move on to the next target, working from the same game plan, however this time they can say, "We have been working with the FBI, or the Sacramento Police Department, or the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops," so they have heightened stature and credibility, all because some well-meaning decision maker felt that talk can never hurt.

Therefore, within the context of stealth jihad, talk can hurt. As a matter of fact it can be deadly because dialogue is never the goal, it's merely an opening gambit, a Trojan horse to be wheeled out in the dead of night when the watchmen have gone home and the town is ripe for plunder. http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=cairdc4.8.08%2Ehtm


MIM: More about Akbar Ahmed as stealth Islamist.


Akbar Ahmed is not to be trusted. Not one bit or whit.

In conversations with someone who, after a family tragedy, became noted for his (vain)efforts to establish a real, as opposed to phony, Muslim-Jewish dialogue, this Akbar Ahmed has denied the importance of the Hadith, dismissing their contents entirely. That of course gets him, and others, conveniently off the hook. Why? Because the Hadith (and the Sira, which he carefully refrains from mentioning)are, to Infdiels, much clearer in their expressed hatred for non-Muslims. There is nothing of the Quran's sheer incomprehension (20% of the Qur'an, Western scholars repeatedly note, is incomprehensible even to those who understand Arabic of the period -- see the remarks of Christoph Luxenberg), nor the vagueness of much of it, nor the phrases which need a gloss (an untutored Infidel, not well-versed in the meaning given to the phrase "struggle in the path of Allah," might, if he did not pay close attention, not realize that there is much more than the all-important Sura 9 to alarm him).

And in any case, Akbar Ahmed knows perfectly well that hundreds of millions of Muslims take the Hadith to heart, that all over the Islamic world the example of Muhammad in the Sira (Muhammad, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil) and his sayings and doings as recorded in the Hadith, and as those Hadith have been winnowed and assigned levels of "authenticity" (based largely on studies of the isnad-chain) by the most authoritative muhaddithiin, is held up, and that the very word "Sunni" comes from "ahl al-sunnah," the "people of the Sunnah" which is to say, the Believers who follow Qur'an and Sunnah, the Sunnah consisting of the ways, the customs, the beliefs, the example, of Muhammad and the Companions. And in the same colloquy with that hapless Jewish worker for a "dialogue" with Muslims -- a grasping-at-straws effort -- Akbar Ahmad, the "Ibn Khaldun Professor," had brought to his attention the words of Ibn Khaldun on the necessity and rightness for agressive Jihad, which are included in Andrew Bostom's "The Legacy of Jihad" and, two years before that, could be found by readers in Robert Spencer's "Onward Muslim Soldiers."

And what was the dismissive reaction of Akbar Ahmad, "Ibn Khaldun Professor of Islamic Studies," to being made aware of this view, so clearly expressed by Ibn Khaldun, and easily accessible to Spencer and to Bostom? It was to replay that he had never heard of such sentiments in Ibn Khaldun's writings. And then to further insist that the translation of the original must be faulty.

Translation "incorrect"? The translator of Ibn Khaldun's Maqaddima, in this case, was the tremendously learned scholar, possibly the world's expert on Ibn Khaldun, the late Franz Rosenthal. There is a good deal more to be said about Akbar Ahmad. Oh, he's amiable, he's plausible. He has a post at Brookings. He gets around. But study carefully his words, what he owns up to about Islam, and what he so craftily continues to deny...

This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3419


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