Is the oldest Jewish Advocacy Organization sleeping with its sworn enemy? It would seem so from a recent email titled “Muslim and Jewish Pioneers” from AJC Impact.
The email from AJC Impact notes the formation of an AJC and ISNA Muslim/Jewish Advisory Council. Here is AJC’s announcement:
This week, AJC announced the launch of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a new national group of leading Muslim and Jewish Americans. Convened by AJC and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council will, among other things, develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S. Initial members of the Council include prominent rabbis, imams, members of Congress, and business leaders. See the full list.
One of the names on the list is that of Sayyid Syeed. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed is the Secretary General of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization that enforces Wahhabi theological writ in some 1,200 mosques in America. Counter-terrorism expert Stephen Schwartz describes the ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.” Dallas Morning News editorial writer and columnist Rod Dreher stated, after he and the rest of that publication’s editorial board questioned Saeed about extremists within his organization, that “Dr. Saeed and his ilk are no friends of moderation and tolerance.”
According to the AJC website:
Who We Are
For more than a century, AJC has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the United States and around the globe, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.
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Interreligious and Intergroup Coalition Building
Through establishing important local and global alliances among diverse ethnic and religious groups, AJC builds coalitions to advance issues of common concern.
So what is ISNA?
According to Discover the Networks:
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was established in July 1981 by U.S-based members of the Muslim Brotherhood who also had a background as leaders of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). As author and terrorism expert Steven Emerson puts it, ISNA “grew out of the Muslim Students Association, which … was founded by Brotherhood members.” Indeed, Muslim Brothers would dominate ISNA’s leadership throughout its early years, when the Society was highly dependent upon Saudi funding. ISNA’s founding mission was “to advance the cause of Islam and serve Muslims in North America so as to enable them to adopt Islam as a complete way of life.”
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Based on a mid-1980s investigation, the FBI concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood members who founded U.S.-based groups had risen to “leadership roles within NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] and its related organizations,” including ISNA, “which means they are in a position to direct the activities and support of Muslims in the U.S. for the Islamic Revolution.” Expanding on this, a late-’80s FBI memo said:
“Within the organizational structure of NAIT, there have been numerous groups and individuals identified as being a part of a covert network of revolutionaries who have clearly indicated there (sic) support for the Islamic Revolution as advocated by the Ayatollah Khomeini and his government as well as other fanatical Islamic Shiite fundamentalist leaders in the Middle East. This faction of Muslims have declared war on the United States, Israel and any other country they deem as an enemy of Islam. The common bond between these various organizations is both religious and political with the underlying common goal being to further the holy war (Islamic Jihad).”
Declassified FBI memos indicate that ISNA was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front as early as 1987. “The entire organization is structured, controlled and funded by followers and supporters of the Islamic Revolution as advocated by the founders” of the Brotherhood in Egypt, said one source. In August 1988, that same source furnished the FBI with a private ISNA document “clearly stat[ing] that ISNA has a political goal to exert influence on political decision making and legislation in North America that is contrary to their certification in their not-for-profit tax returns as filed both with the State of Indiana and with IRS.” And a 1988 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document bluntly identified ISNA as part of the “apparatus of the Brotherhood.”
It would appear that AJC is now sleeping with its sworn enemy.