Clarion recentlyÂ reported that Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro will be speak at this weekendâ€™s convention of a radical Islamist group with ties to theÂ Muslim Brotherhood.
Sanders and Castro will participate in a â€œpresidential forumâ€ at the convention of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Houston beginning August 31, 2019.
Headlining the convention is comedian and Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, as well as Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro.
As the 56th annual convention draws near, the list of featured extremist participants is starting to take shape. These radicals include:
Nihad Awad is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Â CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group founded in 1981 by Hamas member Mousa Abu Marzook.Â FBI wiretaps in 1993 reveal that CAIR was established to deceptively push the Islamist agenda in America.
In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas. In November 2014,Â CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, along with a host of otherÂ Muslim BrotherhoodÂ entities.
During a speech at a university in 1994, AwadÂ saidÂ he was â€œin support of theÂ HamasÂ movement more than theÂ PLO.â€ Â In a 1998 interview withÂ The Georgetown Voice, AwadÂ accusedÂ Jews of controlling U.S. foreign policy.
Hatem Bazian is the chairman ofÂ American Muslims for PalestineÂ and founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.
He is also a professor at the University of California-Berkeleyâ€™s Department of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies and a founder and board member ofÂ Zaytuna College.
Bazian was recorded in 2004 praising the â€œintifada in Iraq,â€ which targeted U.S. soldiers, and the â€œintifada in Palestineâ€ and urging Muslim-Americans to begin an â€œintifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here.â€ At least five AMP officialsÂ previously servedÂ with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhoodâ€™s pro-Hamas Palestine Committee.
Bazian taught students that the Islamistsâ€™ opponents and critics of Islam generally are puppets of a war-seeking, Zionist conspiracy to victimize Muslims that has succeeded in seizing the United Statesâ€™ major institutions. This conspiracy theoryâ€”essentially a modernized version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zionâ€”is used to silence adversaries through demonization.
In November 2017, Bazian was criticized forÂ retweetingÂ blatantly anti-Semitic photos mocking Jews as entitled people who â€œkill, rape, smuggle organs & steal the land of Palestinians.â€Â Another photo placed a yarmulke on top of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Unâ€™s head with a caption of â€œNOW MY NUKES ARE LEGAL.â€
Zahra Billoo is the executive director of theÂ Northern California chapterÂ of CAIR.
BillooÂ has praised the terrorist group Hezbollah, tweeting â€œAH [All Hail] for Hezbollah having the courage to do what the Arab governments wonâ€™tâ€ and likened the anti-Semitic terrorist groupÂ Hamas to a victim of rapeÂ implying her support of Hamas rockets being fired into the civilian population of Israel.
SheÂ questionedÂ whether fallen U.S. soldiers should be honored on Memorial Day, sparkingÂ outrageÂ from other Muslims. She attributed criticism of her comment to sexism, racism, and anti-Muslim bigotry. She doubled-down andÂ characterizedÂ U.S. soldiers as war criminals committing genocide.Â She alsoÂ equatedÂ Israel with ISIS.
A tweet of hers from 2009 received a lot of attention as she casually mentions that she is listening to the sermon of the noted anti-Semitic hate preacherÂ Louis FarrakhanÂ while at the gym. Farrakhan regularly calls Jews â€œSatanicâ€ and claims they â€œcontrol everything and mostly everybody.â€
Last year, theÂ interfaithÂ organization People Acting in Community Together (PACT) rescinded an award honoring her.Â In a series of tweets, Billoo blamed the loss of the award on her â€œvocal support of Palestinian human rightsâ€ and claimed there wasÂ pressure to rescindÂ the award fromÂ Jewish members of the organization who opposed her criticism of Israel.
Mehdi Hasan is a longtime presenter for the Qatar state-owned media outlet Al Jazeera.Â â€œWhen he speaks, heâ€™s no less a government spokesman than Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Sanders,â€Â explained David Reaboi of the Security Studies Group.
Al JazeeraÂ is known for its parroting of the Qatari regimeâ€™s views, advocating for the Muslim Brotherhood and long history of spreading anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism and support for terrorist groups. This includesÂ glorifyingÂ Osama bin Laden andÂ otherÂ terrorist leaders.Â Recently,Â Al Jazeeraâ€™s Arabic language viral video channel, AJ+ Arabic, came under fire for producing an anti-SemiticÂ Holocaust-denialÂ video.
Hasan has on numerous occasionsâ€™ vilified Jewish self-determination and believes that criticizing â€œNew York valuesâ€ is somehow synonymous with being anti-Jewish.Â Hasan, whoÂ supportsÂ the anti-Semitic andÂ terror-tiedÂ BDS Movement, has been unwilling to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
In the past, Hasan has given lectures where he makes disparaging remarks towards homosexuality and compares non-Muslims and atheists to â€œcattle.â€
Activist and Womanâ€™s March organizer Linda Sarsour has a very sordid history with regards to anti-Semitism.
Sarsour associates with the organization Al-Awda and its co-founder (an open and unapologetic HezbollahÂ supporter) Abbas Hamideh. Sarsour and Hamideh playfullyÂ jokedÂ around with each other about the Jewish connections to Israel. SheÂ attendedÂ numerous rallies sponsored by Al-Awda;Â promotedÂ andÂ solicited donationsÂ for their events;Â spokeÂ at their rallies. She has distanced herself a bit from Al-Awda, though she has never denounced the organization.
Sarsour also called for people toÂ show solidarityÂ with Muhammad Allan, a member of the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad. Allan has aÂ historyÂ of recruiting suicide bombers. SheÂ supportsÂ the discriminatory andÂ terror-tiedÂ BDS Movement andÂ claimedÂ â€œnothing is creepierâ€ than Zionism.
Sarsour said despite what the â€œJewish Mediaâ€ might tell you, Farrakhan is not an existential threat to Jews. Days after Sarsour sat on an anti-Semitism panel to downplay Louis Farrakhanâ€™s Jew hatred, she went to help raise money for Islamic Relief, an organization with ties to Hamas.
Abdul El-Sayed, a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate has several problematic associations. Â Clarion Project was theÂ firstÂ to bring attention to El-Sayedâ€™s embrace the Islamic House of Wisdom — a radical, pro-Iran, mosque in Dearborn Heights. The Islamic House of Wisdom is one ofÂ three Iran-linked mosquesÂ in Michigan.
During campaign for governor, theÂ Islamist Money in PoliticsÂ initiative found that El-Sayed earned the support of Islamist donors connected to various groups identified by the U.S. government as Muslim Brotherhood entities.
The list includes donors affiliated with theÂ Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),Â Islamic Society of North America (ISNA),Â North American Islamic Trust (NAIT),Â Muslim American Society (MAS),Â Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Esam Omeish, whose support for radical groups has made himÂ known internationally.
Hassan Shibly is CAIR-Tampaâ€™s executive director. Shibly is currently acting as a pro-bono attorney and advocate for Hoda Muthana, a New Jersey-born woman who proclaimed her adherence to ISIS in writing and is now seeking to return to the US.
In 2004, Shibly was detained at the Canadian border after he and his associates attended an Islamist conference in Toronto. He then sued the Department of Homeland Security and his case was dismissed.
The U.S. government said his group was questioned because of â€œcredible intelligence that conferences similar to the one from which these individuals were leaving were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves.â€
Shibly has said that Hezbollah is â€œabsolutely not a terrorist organization,â€ but is actually a â€œresistance groupâ€ and â€œany war against them is illegitimate.â€
Shibly has repeatedly posted videos on Facebook that portray U.S. soldiers as abusers of innocent Muslims; accused Israel of carrying out a holocaust, compared Hamasâ€™ terror tunnels to the Underground Railroad and claimed â€œIsrael & itâ€™s supporters are enemies of God and humanity!â€
In 2010, Shibly refused to describe Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations to Clarion Project national security analyst Ryan Mauro. He also posted a clip of Norman Finkelstein praising Hezbollah on his Facebook page.
In the interview with Mauro, Shibly provided articles alleging that the British were framing Iraqis for terrorist attacks and that Israeli agents had advance knowledge of the 9-11 attacks.
Muzammil Siddiqi is the chairman of ISNAâ€™s Fiqh Council of North America, the body that issues the authoritative religious rulings for the group.
He is also on the executive board of the International Assembly of the Council of Ulamaâ€™ in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the Supreme Council of Mosques in Mecca. In other words, heâ€™s part of the Saudi Wahhabist establishment.
Given that background, it is unsurprising that heÂ preachedÂ that Muslims should implementÂ shariaÂ (Islamic law) in the U.S. using the BrotherhoodÂ doctrine of â€œgradualism.â€Â He taught that participation in the democratic process was a means to this end.
Omar Suleiman, a member of the ICNA Sharia Council, is the founder and president of the Irving, Texas-based Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. Suleiman, whoâ€™s views recently came under scrutiny after he was invited to provide the invocation prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives, has aÂ long historyÂ of siding with Hamas, praising terrorists, and pushing anti-Semitic tropes about how Israel controls U.S. foreign policy, calling Israel theÂ 51st stateÂ of America.
Additionally, Suleiman has a history of homophobic and sexist remarks.
ImamÂ Siraj Wahhaj is a radical preacher who served as aÂ character witnessÂ for the â€œBlindÂ Sheikh,â€ Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was found guilty of masterminding terrorist plots against the United States, including his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Wahhaj In 1992, WahhajÂ gave a sermonÂ in which heÂ advocatedÂ for armedÂ jihadÂ in streets for the benefit of Islam. After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing,Â gave a sermonÂ asking the question, â€œWho are the real terrorists?â€ He named three entities: The U.S. government, big business and the media.
Wahhaj has also preached that Muslims should not associate with non-MuslimsÂ claiming, â€œWoe to the Muslims who pickÂ kafirsÂ [non-Muslims] for friends.â€ Wahhaj has alsoÂ describedÂ homosexuality as â€œa disease.â€
ISNA was identified as an â€œentityâ€ of theÂ Muslim BrotherhoodÂ by the Justice Department during the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a Brotherhood front that was shut down for financing Hamas.
ISNA was labeled as an â€œunindicted co-conspiratorâ€ during that trial, partially because the Holy Land Foundation â€œoperated from within ISNA.â€
While claiming to oppose extremism, ISNA has a long history of booking speakers that promote anti-Semitism and using inflammatory extremist rhetoric.
By speaking at the event, Noah, Sanders and Castro are helping ISNA appear as moderate leaders of the Muslim-American community, giving them a facade of legitimacy as they say one thing and do another.