|by Pat Hamsa|
Two days before his inauguration as Tennessee’s 50th governor,
Bill Lee prioritized meeting with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory
Council (AMAC) while denying other requests for meetings with non-Muslim
The following day, AMAC posted the photo of Bill Lee embracing members of the organization. Oh, the fundraising possibilities!
The photo also includes Samar Ali which is a little strange since she has not been known to publicly affiliate with the AMAC. Perhaps Haslam’s super-short term political appointee was the one who helped arrange the meeting between Lee and AMAC.
In addition to Samar’s expertise in sharia finance, she is also a devotee of former president Jimmy Carter, author of the biased book Palestine:Peace Not Apartheid a title which helps prop up the anti-Israel propaganda of the Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel.Carter’s persistence in casting the terrorist PLO’s leader Yasser Arafat in a positive light, tells you all you need to know about Carter’s own anti-Israel biases.
In 2014, Carter while once again blaming Israel for the strife in the Middle East, “demanded recognition of Hamas’ ‘legitimacy as a political actor.’”
Gee, think he forgot that in 1997, the U.S. designated Hamas as a
foreign terrorist organization?
Regardless, Samar traveled with Carter and his team to witness
the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi being elected president in Egypt.
According to the Vanderbilt Law School website, Samar’s mother
immigrated to the U.S. from Syria and her father is from the West Bank town of
Ramallah. Both her parents are listed as large dollar donors of the Carter
Another interesting note about Samar and her training in sharia
finance relates to her position as an intern in Amman, Jordan, for the
International Arab Bank during the time that a lawsuit had been filed against
the bank alleging that the bank was managing the funding of payments to the
families of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) martyrs.
Add to this that since 2005, Samar’s father Subhi Ali, has led
the board of the D.C.-based Jerusalem Fund, an organization devoted to
destroying Israel. The founder of Subhi Ali’s Jerusalem Fund, a guy named
Hisham Sharabi, was also a board member of the World and Islam Studies
Enterprise (WISE) which was funding the PIJ allegedly through the Arab Bank
where Samar was interning.
Back to the Lee-AMAC meeting
Some Lee supporters have defended his meeting with AMAC going so
far as to say, “he had to,” while others who have followed AMAC and their
member’s activities, expressed concern about the meeting.
People are right to be troubled by Lee’s eagerness to connect
with the group.
For starters, AMAC has fully adopted the radical left’s “intersectionality” ideology and along with it, Islamist Linda Sarsour, one of the country’s leading Jew-haters.
“Intersectionality” claims that all self-described oppressed
groups are united through their alleged oppression.
Linda Sarsour was born in New York to parents who are Palestinian immigrants. She uses her version of intersectionality to try and camouflage her rabid Jew-hatred as humanitarian concern for Palestinians. For example, it was Linda Sarsour’s “Muslims for Ferguson” that injected Jew-hatred into the riots that occurred after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, by reviving the anti-Semitic “Zionism is racism” libel with banners reading: Occupation is a crime Ferguson to Palestine. Resist U.S. racism. Boycott Israel.
AMAC board member Drost Kokoye has been equally overt in her
During her first year attending UT Knoxville, Kokoye tried to emulate Sarsour by using the “Muslim victimhood” narrative to build a coalition of those who see themselves oppressed by the two big, Satans, ie, Israel and the U.S.. Kokoye’s tweets during the anti-police Ferguson protest at UTK she led included this message:
Even before Sarsour co-founded the, 2017 The Women’s March, she was a featured speaker at AMAC’s 2016 event called “Unity at All Intersections.” Speaking alongside Sarsour was AMAC’s resident anti-Semite, Drost Kokoye. They were joined by the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) fundraiser Faheed Tasleem.
Sarsour uses intersectionality to justify pushing the Boycott,
Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) attack against Israel in every venue in which
she is involved.
In fact, it was Sarsour who instigated bringing BDS to The
Women’s March. Granted, it wasn’t too difficult given that she and her
co-leader, Tamika Mallory are supporters of Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has praised Hitler and described Jews as
BDS is fueled by anti-Semitic rhetoric from agitators who openly
attack Zionism, the movement that helped
exiled Jews return to their ancestral homeland and establish the State of
Israel. BDS’ers deceptively embed their purported objectives in language
about social justice and human rights, but at the same time, call for a
genocide of the Jewish people. Rallying around their mantra “Palestine will be
free, from the river to the sea” BDS’ers want no Israel or Jews to exist
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Ocean.
The goal of BDS is simple – it is to end Israel as a Jewish state
by any means possible.
Like Sarsour, AMAC’s Kokoye uses her Twitter account to attack Zionism.
Kokoye has her own inventory of Jew-hating tweets, including the “river to the sea” core genocidal message of Jew hatred. It just so happens that this is the same language used in the Hamas 2017 revised charter and not much different in intent than the language of the original charter – “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
Kokoye is a founding board member of AMAC who continues to serve on the board and fills the Sarsour role for the AMAC organization. Kokoye has led pro-Hamas, anti-Israel demonstrations in Tennessee, complete with signs carrying the same BDS genocidal message of “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free.”
Kokoye is a member of the UT Knoxville MSA (Muslim
Students Association) and being an avid supporter of the the BDS campaign, aligned herself with the UT
Knoxville Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) when it was
active. SJP is the primary driver of the BDS campaign on college campuses
across the country. No surprise then that SJP campus groups are heard calling for
Israel’s destruction chanting “from the river to the sea
Palestine will be free.”
AMAC board members Zulfat Suara, Kasar Abdulla, Mohamed Shukri
Hassan, Rashed Fakhruddin, Danish Siddiqui and Sabina Mohyuddin, who were on
the ground floor with Kokoye launching their organization and are pictured with
Bill Lee, have never disavowed board member Kokoye’s Jew hatred.
Nor have AMAC board members ever disavowed Kokoye’s public
mocking of gays.
A photo of Jihan Abdulla (Kasar’s sister) and Kokoye pretending to be a gay couple getting engaged was tweeted out with the message, “Who said we don’t support marriage equality. She finally proposed!!!!!”
The tweet was posted by Nashville Islamist Remziya Suleyman who organized and ran the American Center for Outreach (ACO) and also helped organize AMAC. At the time of the mocking tweet, AMAC members Mohamed Shukri Hassan, Danish Siddiqui and Kasar Abdulla, were all part of ACO; Shukri was an ACO fellow, Siddiqui was Chairman of the board and Kasar Abdulla, a long-time collaborator and running buddy of Suleyman’s was a board director.
Kasar’s sister Jihan in the photo was working as for ACO as
director Suleyman’s assistant.
Suleyman was a leading force behind the ACO and AMAC organizing. She was also the first one to get CAIR involved in Tennessee. She was also the first one to connect with Linda Sarsour, ironically, at a CAIR event in 2012.
And while Suleyman was never explicit in vocalizing her
anti-Israelness, she made it a point of surrounding
herself with other Islamists who did and continue to do so.
To no one’s great surprise, Suleyman, mesmerized by Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan, tweeted out her admiration for his work with the Nation of Islam:
Suleyman was also the lead organizer that help set the FALSE and
FACTUALLY INACCURATE narrative about the 2011 anti-terrorism material support
bill. Suleyman and Bob Smietana at The Tennessean claimed that the bill made
following sharia law a felony.
In fact, the bill’s language was very specific in that it only
applied to individuals deliberately supporting the commission of a terrorist
act and that it did not apply to, “the peaceful practice of any religion.
Rather, this part only prohibits the knowing provision of material support or
resources … to designated terrorist entities, with the intent of furthering
Ironically, the bill defined the term “sharia,” precisely the way
jihadist terrorists defined it because this was a bill to prevent terrorist
acts by cutting off sources of support. The bill, now a state law, prohibits
using religious justification as a defense. This is the very same argument made
by those who allege they are peaceful followers of Islam, to wit, that
terrorist acts committed by ISIS jihadists or others in the name of their
religion, does not represent Islam and that these terrorists are not true
followers of the religion.
Regardless, AMAC members and their allies continue to peddle what
they know is not true.
In his inaugural speech, Governor Lee said we should follow the
commandment “to love your neighbor as yourself” and “walk in that spirit” of
Now that Governor Lee has embarked on creating a relationship
with AMAC, he would be wise to pay heed to this country’s most respected and
powerful black American civil rights leader and his insights about Jew-haters.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it succinctly:
When people criticize Zionists, they
mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism.
Be on the lookout for Part 2 which will tell you more about
AMAC’s leader Zulfat Suara.