Governor Lee has justified his two meetings with American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members because he “represents all Tennesseans.”
Here’s just a little bit more information for Governor Lee to consider if he’s thinking about more meetings with AMAC members.
Zulfat Suara, the chair of AMAC has chosen to embrace known anti-Semites Linda Sarsour, Omar Ilhan and Rashiba Tlaib.
Sarsour has come under fire from former co-leaders of the Women’s March for supporting Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has praised Hitler and described Jews as “satanic.”
Today, Ilhan Omar has been condemned for her anti-Semitic tweets, by fellow Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Engel is quoted as saying that Omar’s “comments about the role of so-called ‘Jewish money’ in U.S. politics is ‘shocking.’”
And this is not the first anti-Semitic trope tweeted out by Omar.
Even pathetic Pelosi condemned Omar’s comments finding them “deeply offensive” and called on her to issue an apology.
Rashida Tlaib is no better, making no effort to hide her anti-Semitism including tweeting out an age-old slander used against American Jews about dual loyalty with regard to Israel. Add to this her passionate support for the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Natan Sharansky, a well-known former Soviet Jew and human rights activist, spent 9 years in a Siberian gulag. Upon his release, he immediately became an Israeli citizen, and eventually served in the Israeli Knesset. One of his duties was to monitor anti-Semitism.
He found the newer version of the classical anti-semitism was directed at Zionism and the State of Israel. BDSers self-righteously allege victimization of the Palestinians by Israel but Sharansky exposed what really drives the BDS campaign in his “three D’s” test for anti-Semitism: double standards – singling out Israel for criticism while ignoring the more egregious behavior of major human rights abusers in countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, North Korea, China, etc demonization of Israel – distorting the Jewish State’s actions using false comparisons to Nazis or South Africa’s apartheid regime delegitimization – denying only Israel’s fundamental right to exist among all other peoples in the world
Zulfat has embraced these women as politicians she seeks to emulate as she herself runs for a Metro Council at-large seat.
We’ll watch to see if Governor Lee takes a third meeting from the group Zulfat leads.
Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), Zulfat Suara who attended the second meeting with Bill Lee, is pictured standing to his left.
She is also pictured here standing to the left of renowned anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.
Sarsour so admires Zulfat that when she created the “MPower Change” list of Muslim social justice warriors, Sarsour included Zulfat. Predictably, Zulfat’s list-mates included others with solid anti-Semite credentials including the founder of “Dream Defenders” whose is an admirer of the PLO, an organization known for violence targeting Israeli civilians.
The list also includes California CAIR director Zahra Billoo who has aligned herself and her Jew-hatred with Sarsour, earning them the title, Sisters inHate.
Hatem Bazian is also admired by Sarsour and included in the list of 100. Bazian is the leader of the most organized national movement founded on and fueled by hatred of all things Israel and Jewish. He co-founded Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the college campus anti-Jew group. Often referred to as “HAMAS on campus” SJP is responsible for annual anti-Israel activities, intimidation activities against Jewish and pro-Israel students, and pushing Israel boycott resolutions.
Bazian also founded and chairs the national board of the extreme anti-Israel organization American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which helps train and support SJP activists like Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) board member and anti-Semite, Drost Kokoye.
You can read more about Kokoye in Part 1 of this series.
Bazian’s AMP organization is a member of the larger anti-Jew coalition called the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), run by the former leader of Samar Ali father’s D.C. organization. Tablet Magazine has exposed a troubling money relationship between USCPR and U.S. designated foreign terrorist organizations.
Last year ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) presented Zulfat with the Muslim Policy Advocate of the Year award. ISNA, like its fellow travelers, promotes BDS against Israel. Speaking at AMP conferences, ISNA’s vice-president Safaa Zarzour says all Muslim organizations should unite behind BDS.
Sounds just like the maze deliberately created by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Holy Land Foundation prosecuted for funneling money to HAMAS.
Bazian lectures at Zaid Shakir’s Zaytuna College, an institution devoted to shaping young Islamists. Shakir, also on the MPower 100 list, professes to the same end goal of the Muslim Brotherhood – to see the “day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law,” He came to Tennessee in 2013, to remind young Islamists like Kokoye sitting at his knee of the supremacy of Islam when he tells them that “if Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
Zulfat Suara’s admiration and connection to Jew-haters like Sarsour doesn’t stop there.
Apparently she personally met Muslim members of Congress Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom openly support the Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel. Explained extensively in Part 1, the popular pro-BDS genocidal slogan “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” means no Israel or Jews to exist between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Ocean.
During her campaign for Congress, Ilhan Omar when asked whether she supported BDS, told the audience at the synagogue that she “didn’t think it was effective.” However, after being elected she came out in full support of BDS. In some circles that is called lying.
Zulfat has been so inspired by these newly elected Jew-haters, that after completing a training program for Democrat women candidates, that during her speech at the 2019 Nashville Women’s March, she announced her own candidacy for an at-large seat on the Metro Nashville City Council.
The Nashville Women’s March is a named affiliate of The Women’s March co-founded by Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. 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 Mallory are supporters of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has praised Hitler and described Jews as “satanic.”
No doubt Zulfat is counting on getting elected using the ruling Democrat doctrine of identity politics. After all, that is what the “My Muslim Vote” campaign is all about.
She has spent plenty of time scoping out the Metro Council and making friends with its members, throwing the AMAC’s support behind the anti-police citizenship oversight board.
Zulfat recently moved from Bolivar to a new address at a Davidson County apartment while she waits for her $650,000 house to be built. For 16 years her husband was the Medical Director of the Hardeman County Community Health Center but is now listed as the Chief Clinical Officer for Neighborhood Health.
Zulfat, who came to Nashville in 1993, from Nigeria, loves to talk about how Muslim women in the U.S, are “oppressed” and that all women who supported Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court belong in hell. Too bad she can’t work up that much passion to help her fellow women being genitally mutilated in her native Nigeria, the country ranked third highest globally for mutilating women.
Bill Lee justifies his meeting with AMAC because he says he represents all Tennesseans. Having already met with AMAC twice, maybe Lee should consider setting aside time to meet with some other Tennesseans he also represents.
Since then, Sarsour’s relationship with AMAC chair Zulfat Suara and board member Kasar Abdulla has blossomed into a full-on love affair.
Sarsour was featured at AMAC’s 2016, Knoxville event alongside AMAC’s resident anti-Semite Drost Kokoye, a co-founder and AMAC board member. Details about this and Kokoye are in Part 1.
That same year, Kasar Abdulla and Samar Ali got to spend more time together as part of the 2015-2016, Leadership Tennessee class. This program was funded by Governor Haslam and his allies to promote “collaborative leadership” across political, cultural and business lines that could problem-solve for the “common good.”
And just whose “common good” is that? Abdulla’s embrace of Sarsour and Ali father’s anti-Jew organization weren’t obstacles to their inclusion in the year-long class just as being a representative of an organization that advocates for illegal aliens has been welcomed into Haslam’s melting pot.
As to the continuing collaboration between AMAC’s Kokoye, Suara, Abdulla and Sarsour and their obvious affinity for each other, it most likely explains why AMAC board members have never disavowed their fellow board member Kokoye’s Jew hatred.
Sarsour and Kasar Abdulla have plenty in common also. They are both graduates of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) which works in partnership with the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, funded by a $20 million grant from Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
Sarsour and Abdulla are both Obama “Champions of Change.”
Abdulla is Kurdish. She and her family were brought to North Dakota through the U.S. refugee resettlement program and later relocated to Nashville. Sarsour was born in New York to parents who are Palestinian immigrants.
Abdulla got her start with the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), as a community agitator. While attending Tennessee State University she was president of the Muslim Student Association. Recall that the Muslim Student Association was one of the first Muslim Brotherhood organizations established in the U.S. She is currently employed as the Director of Family Engagement at Valor Collegiate Academy, a Nashville charter school.
Sarsour was the Director of the Arab American Association of New York
Abdulla, like many of the left’s virtue-signaling-self-righteous-moralizing agitators, collaborates with Jew-haters like Sarsour but simultaneously cries about religious intolerance, the “Muslim ban” and alleged bullying of students because of their faith (by which she means only Islam).
Bill Haslam’s administration helped elevate the status of Tennessee’s Islamists and their agenda. Seemingly without regard to “the company they keep,” Bill Lee is picking up where Haslam left off.
Ten 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 groups.
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.
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.”
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.