I’ve written a good bit about American Muslims for Palestine earlier than. As an antisemitic, terror-supporting group, they might usually love themselves some good hijackers.
Through the week of September 14, American Muslims for Palestine, an extremist pro-Palestinian advocacy group, lobbied members of Congress as a part of its digital “Palestine Advocacy Days.”
Nevertheless, as a substitute of simply listening to from AMP activists who search to demonize Israel and sabotage current normalization achievements, a number of legislative conferences have been commandeered by counter-Islamist activists who briefed congressional workplaces on AMP’s antisemitic and extremist roots.
Associates from the Counter-Islamist Grid, a mission of the Center East Discussion board, infiltrated AMP’s annual foyer day and redirected the main focus of its conferences to emphasise AMP’s radical origins and documented historical past of anti-Jewish hate. Their sudden and sudden participation threw AMP’s convention calls into full disarray, with a few of its lobbyists insulting their legislative hosts or prematurely ending their conferences.
This yr, due to the coronavirus pandemic, AMP was compelled to carry its delegate coaching and legislative conferences in a digital format, providing involved counter-Islamists unprecedented entry to its occasion. There was no vetting course of for members, and AMP relied on a single, transient coaching session to indoctrinate volunteer lobbyists to parrot its views in entrance of lawmakers.
Prior to those conferences, CIG associates despatched constituent letters and spoke with Congressional workers who have been scheduled to talk with AMP. These letters cited the Anti-Defamation League, an antisemitism watchdog group that accuses AMP of selling “excessive anti-Israel views” and offering “a platform for antisemitism below the guise of training Individuals about ‘the simply reason behind Palestine and the rights of self-determination.’”
Though most workplaces insisted on assembly with their constituents – apparently irrespective of how excessive – at the least a pair staffers who obtained CIG letters failed to indicate as much as scheduled teleconferences. In a personal chat group, AMP leaders expressed frustration with canceled conferences and unresponsive legislators, and so they even complained about an elected official who “hears from Jews in his district frequently.”
Simply minutes into its assembly with a legislative aide for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), a CIG infiltrator interrupted AMP’s pitch, declaring that “AMP is an outgrowth of the Islamic Affiliation of Palestine, a gaggle which served to advance the pursuits of Hamas, a US-designated terrorist entity.”
Fairly than expressing disappointment on the interruption, Toomey’s nationwide safety adviser appeared to proceed the place CIG left off, noting that, “Hamas has not been an appropriate associate for peace,” whereas asserting that Israel is the one democracy within the Center East.
Exasperated, an AMP lobbyist accused the staffer of spewing “Israeli propaganda” and ignoring the senator’s constituents for refusing to increase the dialog past its established half-hour restrict.
Throughout a gathering with Rep. Madeleine Dean’s (D-PA) workplace led by AMP Nationwide Growth Coordinator Mohamad Habbeh, CIG activists discredited the pro-Palestinian group’s assist for racial-justice causes.
“Habbeh has referred to Blacks as ‘abeed,’ the Arabic phrase for slaves,” a CIG affiliate interrupted. “He has made racist jokes [on social media] in regards to the bodily look of Somalis and later tweeted that his mom would assume he had the AIDS virus if he ever dated a ‘Black woman.’”
Stuttering apologetically, Habehh shortly terminated the foyer session with out disputing his document of anti-Black racism.
Different legislative conferences focusing on politicians in Illinois and Virginia adopted the identical sample, forcing AMP to defend its bigoted monitor document as a substitute of discussing its anti-Israel proposals. CIG identified how AMP co-founder Rafeeq Jaber described Jews as “the worst form of individuals,” who got here to Jerusalem “with false pretenses.”
They famous that “audio system at AMP occasions typically categorical assist for armed resistance towards Israel,” and that “AMP’s web site options writing by identified antisemites and conspiracy theorists resembling Jeff Gates and Alan Sabrosky.”
A personal WhatsApp chat group established by AMP’s Chicago chapter indicated simply how disturbed its leaders have been at having their advocacy day upended. “Traumatized is the phrase & I’m livid & achieved with these Zionist AMERICANS!” an occasion organizer wrote.
In a publication to supporters, AMP Advocacy Director Raed Jarrer tried to avoid wasting face by blaming “racist anti-Palestinian infiltrators” for the disruption. Likewise, AMP Nationwide Director Osama Abu Irshaid accused “right-wing media and infiltrators” of interrupting “our congressional conferences to spew vile Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian sentiments.”
Having concluded their foyer day, AMP members have been left to ponder simply how deeply their group was penetrated. “I’m wondering if the infiltrator is on this chat,” a participant wrote.