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Revealed: Names of Seven American Muslim Leaders at White House 'Anti-Muslim Bigotry' Meeting [incl. Sherman Jackson]
by Jordan Schachtel
According to a White House statement on the President's meeting, the domestic issues discussed were the "Affordable Care Act, anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism." On the foreign policy front, "the President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam," while also congratulating Muslims on their "remarkable contributions" to America.
Breitbart News has uncovered the names of seven of the American Muslim leaders in attendance.
Comedian and left-wing pundit Dean Obeidallah revealed that he was one of the fifteen Muslim-American "leaders" brought to the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
"The No.1 issue raised: The alarming rise in anti-Muslim bigotry in America," Obeidallah said of the meeting with the President. Their chief collective concern was not the rise of the Sunni Islamic State, nor the expansion of the Caliphatist Shiite Iranian regime and its messianic drive towards nuclear weapons, but instead, "anti-Muslim bigotry in America."
Also at the event was Hoda Elshishtawy of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). MPAC was founded by members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The group has written a position paper rejecting the United States's designation of Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations, and has insisted that the Jewish state of Israel be added as a state sponsor of terrorism. The group's former president, Salam al-Marayati, has also publicly entertained that Israel should be considered a suspect in the 9/11/01 attacks against America. He has said that Hezbollah's attacks against Israel should be seen as "legitimate resistance," according to Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Foundation.
Elshishtawy revealed that Dr. Sherman Jackson, who serves as the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought at the University of Southern California, was also at the meeting. One lecture Dr. Jackson gave has been described as a "call to battle" between Muslims and the West.
The Detroit Free Press revealed the names of three additional individuals who were in the meeting: Azhar Azeed, president of the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Rahat Hussain, the Legislative Policy Director for Shiite advocacy group UMAA; and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a women who played college basketball while wearing an Islamic hajib.
The Detroit Free Press also revealed that senior Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and Ben Rhodes were present in the Muslim leaders' meeting.
Dean Obeidallah also revealed that Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, was behind the effort to get Muslim leaders to the White House.
Muslim Advocates reveals on its website that its three main objectives are to "end profiling," "strengthen [Muslim] charities," and "counter hate." Its Press Center section is filled with posts demanding intelligence organizations, such as the New York Police Department and federal agencies, end their "Muslim Suspicionless Spying Program," while also dictating to the media that it should "Report Accurately on Muslims." Another post reads, "What You Need to Know About the New Federal Racial Profiling Policy." Review of Muslim Advocates' press releases reveals that the only foreign policy issue with which the group has concerned itself over the past year was urging Sec. of State John Kerry to ensureMuslim "Americans are able to safely perform the annual religious Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia."
Obeidallah does point out that Texas state Representative Molly White and others have made concerning remarks regarding the Muslim community. However, Obeidallah conflated anti-Muslim remarks with those criticizing Islam as a whole.
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