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Jews For Jihad: Michael Kotzin Executive VP Of Chicago Jewish Federation And Emily Soloff Of The AJC Among Jews Working Together With Islamists On Bernardin Center Advisory Board

May 27, 2015

MIM: The Bernardin Center of the Catholic Theological Union advisory board includes Islamists tied to the Muslim Brotherhood such as Safaa Zazour, president of The Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago. CAIR is a Saudi funded front group for Hamas. Another Islamist on the board is Sayyid Sayeed Secretary General of ISNA which is the largest Saudi funded da'wa group in North America and was named as an unindicted co conspirator in the Holyland Foundation Hamas funding trial and is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamic Society of North America's mission is in their name, to turn North America into an Islamic Society. Other Islamists on the board include Cherif Bassiouni, Kareem Irfan, the head of the Council of Organisations of Greater Chicago and Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of the Council for Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago and president of Sound Vision, an Islamist multimedia enterprise dedicated to da'wa.

Michael Kotzin of the Jewish Federation and the AJC's Emily Soloff's partnership with Islamists is nothing new and despite documented evidence of their fellow board members Islamist ties continue to work with them and have been doing so for over a decade.

In 2005 Michael Kotzin was part of a panel discussion together with CAIR president Safaa Zarzour."Speaking to a full house in the McCormick Tribune Center, Edith Blumhofer, Cardinal Francis George, Michael Kotzin and Safaa Zarzour all discussed the responsibility of the media to report the facts accurately and the ramifications of erroneous coverage and stereotyping..."

Kotzin's participation in the event helped provide legitimacy to Zarzour and his name was mentioned in a 2014 speaker bio for Zarzour who spoke at the MAS-ICNA conference in 2014. The Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.

"Mr. Zarzour is active in interfaith circles. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Bernadine Center at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he serves along with distinguished faith leaders from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. He has participated for several years in the Mid-Atlantic Muslim-Catholic Dialogue. In 2005, Mr. Zarzour participated in a "Religion and the Press" symposium sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University alongside Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, Michael Kotzin, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and professor and scholar of religion Edith Blumhofer, to discuss the responsibility of the media to report the facts accurately, regarding religion and religious communities, and the ramifications of erroneous coverage and stereotyping..."

An undated press release by the AJC announced that: "Soloff will become national Associate Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. The position reflects AJC's significant commitment to advance mutual understanding among people of different faiths and ethnicities in America.

"This new position will allow AJC and Chicago to play an even more vital role in national interfaith relations," said Soloff. "Interreligious and intergroup understanding are critical to ensuring a democratic future for America and a future for Americans that is free of discrimination and bias."

See: "Jews for Jihad? How prominent members of Jewish organisations aid and abet Islamists"

"Why do two officials of the the American Jewish Commitee and the vice president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago sit on the advisory board of the Catholic Theological Union's Bernardin Center together with Safaa Zazour the board president of CAIR Chicago? In 2005 Pipeline News published an article "Jews for Jihad?" and exposed the AJC's misguided interfaith efforts which included CAIR..."

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The CTU Bernarding Center Advisory Board Members includes many Jews and radical Islamists.

Ghulam-Haider Aasi, Ph.D.
American Islamic College
Chicago, IL

Javeed Akhter, M.D.
Executive Director
International Strategy and Policy Institute
Oakbrook, IL

Scott Alexander, Ph.D.
Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, and
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

R. Scott Appleby, Ph.D.
Director, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Chicago Board of Rabbis
Chicago, IL

M Cherif Bassiouni, Ph.D.
Professor of Law, DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.
President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
New York, NY

Marshall Bennett
Chicago Real Estate Executive, Chicago Real Estate
Northbrook, IL

Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.
Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Robert L. Berner, Jr., J.D.
Baker & McKenzie
Chicago, IL

Rev. Stephen Bevans, S.V.D.
Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D., Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel
Vice President for Community, Government and International Affairs
Chicago, IL

Rev. Jeremiah M. Boland
Administrator, Holy Family Parish
Chicago, IL

Thomas J. Boodell, Jr., J.D.
Boodell & Domanskis
Chicago, IL

John Borelli, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the President on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Rev. John M. Buchanan
Chicago, IL

LeRoy Carlson, Jr.
President, CEO Telephone Data Systems, Inc. T.D.S., Inc.,
Chicago, IL

Donna Carroll, Ph.D.
President, Dominican University,
River Forest, IL

Renée Crown
Wilmette, IL

Rev. Stanley L. Davis, Jr.
President and CEO of Interfaith Connections
Chicago, IL

Catherine Denny
James and Catherine Denny Foundation
Chicago, IL

James M. Denny, J.D.
James and Catherine Denny Foundation
Chicago, IL

William J. Devers, Jr.
President, Devers Group, Inc.
Wilmette, IL

John Esposito, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Edward A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Professor of Religion and International Affairs
Professor of Islamic Studies
Washington, D.C.

Samuel Fleischacker, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy,
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rev. Mark Francis, C.S.V.
President, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Nancy Furey, M.D.
Internal Medicine Northwestern Mem. Hospital
Chicago, IL

Warren W. Furey, M.D.
Chief of Medicine, Mercy Hospital
Chicago, IL

Harold Gershowitz
CEO and Chairman of New Century Information Services, Inc.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL

Inamul Haq
Adjunct Catholic Theological Union
Department of Theology and Religion
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL

Shakeela Hassan, M.D.
Chicago, IL

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Secretary for Social Services and President of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston
Boston, MA

Denise Hickey
Lake Bluff, IL

Jerome Hickey
Lake Bluff, IL

Asad Husain, Ph.D.
President, American Islamic College
Chicago, IL

Rev. Richard Hynes
Dept. of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship
Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Kareem Irfan, J.D.
Council of Islamic Organizations
Islamic Society of America
Lombard, IL

Robert Jaffee
Winnetka, IL

Elizabeth T. Kane
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL

Michael Kotzin, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL

Judith Longdin
Director, Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

William E. Lowry, Jr.
Vice President Human Resources, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL

Joseph Madden
President, Madden Funds
Oak Park, IL

Eugene T. McEnery, M.D.
Oak Park, IL

Andrew McKenna, Sr., J.D.
President, Schwarz Paper Co.,
Morton Grove, IL

Newton Minow , J.D.
Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood, Bank One Plaza
Chicago, IL

Abdul Malik Mujahid
Chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL

Daniel R. Murray, J. D.
Attorney, Jenner and Block
Chicago, IL

Rev. Thomas J. Nairn, O.F.M.
Senior Director, Ethics
The Catholic Health Association
St. Louis, MO

Oliver Nicklin
President, First Analysis Investment Firm
Chicago, IL

Kemal Oksuz
President, Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians
Houston, TX

Talat Othman
Vice President, Council of Islamic Organization
CEO, Grove Financial, Inc.
Long Grove, IL

Rev. John Pawlikowski, O.S.M.
Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
Professor of Ethics, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Rev. Michael Place, S.T.D.
Chicago, IL

Thomas J. Reedy
President, Reedy Industries
Northfield, IL

Sr. Barbara Reid, O.P.
Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Thomas Reynolds, III
Winston and Strawn
Winnetka, IL

Rev. Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D.
Chicago, IL

Anna-Eleanor Roosevelt
Boeing World Headquarters
Chicago, IL

Shirley Ryan
Pathways Awareness Foundation
Chicago, IL

Zaher Sahloul, M.D.
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Specialist
Vice President, Executive Committee, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rabbi David Sandmel, Ph.D.
Professor of Jewish Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Rabbi Herman Schaalman
Rabbi Emeritus, Emmanuel Congregation
Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Rev. Robert Schreiter,C.PP.S.
Chair of Vatican II Theology, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Elaine Schuster, Ph.D.
Consultant to the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Sr. Katrina Schuth, O.S.F.
Professor, St. Paul Seminary, St. Thomas University
St. Paul, MN

Carole Segal
V.P. Civic Affairs, Crate & Barrel
Winnetka, IL

Norman A. Shubert, J.D.
Shapiro Foundation, Gamble Foundation,
Chicago, IL

Emily Soloff
American Jewish Committee
Chicago, IL

Sherif Soydan
Executive Director, Niagara Foundation
Chicago, IL

Rev. Alphonse Spilly, C.PP.S.
Professor, St. Joseph College, Renssalaer, Indiana
Former Director, Bernardin Center
Whiting, IN

Howard L. Stone, J.D.
Exec. VP American Express Tax and Business Services
Chicago, IL

Jerome Stone
Stone Container, Inc.,
Chicago, IL

Howard L. Sulkin, Ph.D.
President, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Chicago, IL

Winnifred F. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Affiliate Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Sayyid Syeed, Ph.D.
Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
Plainfield, IN

Mary-Frances Veeck
Chicago, IL

Msgr. Kenneth Velo
Executive Director of Catholic Collaborations, DePaul University
President, Big Shoulders Foundation
Rosemont, IL

Sr. Dominga Zapata, S.H.
Chicago, IL

Safaa Zarzour, J.D.
Board President, CAIR Chicago
Odelson and Sterk Law
Bridgeview, IL

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