Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib & Betty McCollum Participate in Conference with Terror Funders, Antisemites

The line up of the American Muslims for Palestine conference reads like a Who’s Who for the Muslim Brotherhood

Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rahida Tlaib and Betty McCollum participated in a conference over the weekend with several figures connected to Islamist terrorism.

As the above poster notes, many of the speakers at the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) conference, including Omar and Tlaib, have also expressed classic forms of antisemitism, as per the internationally accepted definition of antisemitism formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

On the last day of the conference, Tlaib retweeted a message which read: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free, ” a saying long used by those calling for the complete destruction of the state of Israel and its Jewish citizens.

American Muslims for Palestine

AMP was founded in 2006 by anti-Israel and antisemitic activist and University of California Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, who also founded Students for Justice in Palestine (whose members frequently intimidate and harass Jewish and pro-Israel students on U.S. college campuses).

AMP, which is still run by Bazian, has a history of employing terrorist financiers. At least five AMP officials previously served with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas Palestine Committee. The Palestine Committee was a secret body set up to advance the Brotherhood/Hamas agenda in America.

Hamas, a terrorist group, is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.

Bazian once said that Muslim-Americans need to follow in the footsteps of the “uprising in Iraq” (which was against U.S. soldiers) and the “intifada in Palestine” by starting an “intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here.”

Apparently aware of the aggressiveness of his statement, he further said, “They’re gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical—well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet.” He later appeared on The O’Reilly Factor about the speech and refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Canary Mission reports that AMP is one of the main drivers of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in the U.S. and has spearheaded multiple BDS campaigns.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) accused AMP of providing a platform for antisemitism. Its leaders have expressed support for Hamas terrorists and praised the Muslim Brotherhood and its spiritual leader, Yousef Qaradawi. As of February 2019, one AMP national board member reportedly raised money for Hamas, while another two board members have been linked to alleged Hamas financiers.

Also featured as main speakers at the conference with Omar, Tlaib and McCollum were Tarek Hammoud (who has connections to Hamas) and Kifah Mustapha (who has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood).

Tarek Hammoud

Hammoud is the executive director of the Palestinian Return Center (PRC), which is considered by foreign law enforcement agencies to be a Hamas front in the UK. The PRC regularly hosts Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh, who once called PRC leader Majed Al-Zeer to congratulate him for being recommended for consultative status at the United Nations.

Al-Zeer participated in the Arab International Congress for the Right of Return of Palestinians in Damascus on November 23, 2008, alongside then-Hamas leader Khaled Mashal. Zaher Birawi, former head of the board of trustees of the PRC, also sat alongside Ismail Haniyeh during a Convoy to Gaza Conference. Both Haniyeh and Mashal are designated as global terrorists by the U.S.

Kifah Mustapha

Mustapha chairs the Quran Muslim American Society Institute of Chicago (MAS).

He is listed in court documents for the Holy Land Foundation terror funding case as an individual who is or was a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organization. He is also listed in the documents as an individual who was a Holy Land Foundation employee, director, officer and/or representative.

The Holy Land Foundation was prosecuted in the largest terror funding case in the U.S. for funneling money to Hamas.

Omar, Tlaib and McCollum should be censured by Congress for participating in this conference.

[Editor’s note: Since the original publication date of this article, Tlaib deleted the above tweet calling for the destruction of Israel.]


Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of

EDITORS NOTE: This Clarion Project column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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