Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, who serves as vice-president of an organization that supports the terrorist group Hamas and whose president sanctioned the killing of American soldiers in Iraq, has met with senior Obama administration officials at the White House.
Bin Bayyah is the principal deputy to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief Sharia jurist and the driving force of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). In addition to being behind the 2004 fatwa calling for the killing of American troops and other personnel serving in Iraq, Qaradawi also promotes suicide bombing against Israel.
IUMS strongly supports the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas, the terrorist organization designated as such under American law. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, a close ally of both Qaradawi and Turkey’s Islamic Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was welcomed into IUMS as a member in 2004.
Hamas’s charter explains that the group’s goal to destroy Israel is an Islamic obligation, and it cites authoritative scripture, frequently repeated by Qaradawi, stating that the world will not end "until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: ‘O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him' "
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that in 2011, Bayyah made a statement on his Arabic-language website where he criticized the West for placing Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others in the same category as al-Qaeda.
In a posting on his website Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah revealed that he met at the White House on June 13 with Gayle Smith, senior director of the National Security Council, and Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, among other officials.
The posting originally stated that the "national security adviser" was at the meeting, without naming him directly, though that part of the post was removed shortly thereafter when it was revealed that National Security Adviser Tom Donilon was not in fact at the meeting.
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Arabic version of the post was also changed to say that the deputy national security adviser attended, not the national security adviser.
Among the topics the posting says bin Bayyah addressed at the meeting was how to "lift the injustices from vulnerable peoples such as the Syrian people, the Palestinians and the Muslims in Myanmar" and for the U.S. to do more to aid the Syrian revolution.
According to bin Bayyah’s website’s account of the meeting, it was the White House who asked for an audience with him.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed that the meeting took place, but declined to confirm whether all the officials listed by bin Bayyah’s website, including the American "national security adviser," were in attendance. The official claimed that the meeting was set up to learn about bin Bayyah’s efforts to "counter the al-Qaeda narrative."
"We asked for this meeting to learn from [bin Bayyah] and the need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with [bin Bayyah] and the Association of Muslim Scholars," Gayle Smith, senior director of the National Security Council, said.
In granting bin Bayyah a visa, White House officials ignored his radical statements as well as his close connection to Qaradawi. IUMS's hostility toward Israel, and its support of terrorists, is well documented. Considering that this information is readily available on the internet, it would not have been too difficult for White House officials to uncover that both Bin Bayyah and the IUMS support Palestinian terrorism and Israel's destruction.