On October 18, 2016, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Mohamed Magid was scheduled to participate in the “Exhibit & Lecture series: Moving From Indifference to Action,” a two-week program focused on the Holocaust. The program was sponsored by The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Temple Ohabai Shalom, The Jewish Federation, Vanderbilt University, Family of Abraham and The Faith & Culture Center.
Magid was supposed to deliver a lecture at 11:00 a.m. at The Temple entitled “Standing Up Against Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.” And that evening, he was supposed to participate in an interfaith Jewish holiday service with the Temple’s rabbi, Mark Schiftan.
Magid was billed as the “former President of ISNA,” a named Muslim Brotherhood front group. Magid first served as a regional representative, as Vice-President, and then as President of ISNA from 2010 to 2014. He currently remains on the organization’s Executive Council.
But Magid never showed up for the lecture or the interfaith service. Was he kept away by ISNA’s support for the new anti-Semitism called the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel?
The interfaith service was also used to promote the Faith and Culture Center’s political agenda “Our Muslim Neighbor”, highlighting the Goldziher Award from the William & Mary Greve Foundation (the Foundation) for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue. This same foundation funded “The Islam Project”, designed to convince Americans that Islam and Muslims are just like Jews and Christians that live in the U.S.
Obviously no one at the foundation or the interfaith event cared that President and founder of the Faith & Culture Center, Daoud Abudiab consorts with groups like American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and CAIR?
AMP is among the most virulent anti-Israel Jew-hating organizations in the U.S., and CAIR’s national director has publicly voiced his support for HAMAS. And Abudiab has his own anti-Israel statements to make:
ISNA also not showing up for leftist Jews
On November 14, 2016, six days after Donald Trump was elected as President, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced that it was launching a Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) in partnership with ISNA.
Four days later, ISNA issued a “clarification” about its support for MJAC, qualifying its full support based on its “… principled commitment to domestic and international causes of concern to Muslims will remain strong. We specifically would like to reiterate support for the right of individuals and organizations in the US to peacefully work for human rights and the right of self-determination of Palestinians without fear of legal sanction.”
In other words, the issue of Jews and Arabs in the Middle East and Israel specifically, is their first and only real commitment.
That’s why ISNA affiliated imams who visited the concentration camps said, “…Muslim acknowledgement of the Holocaust should be followed by similar initiatives on the Jewish side, acknowledging Palestinian suffering and the role that Israel’s founding and the country’s subsequent policies had in this.”
Do they mean that Palestinians are the same as Jewish Holocaust victims?
That’s why ISNA supports the BDS movement.
ISNA knows that no amount of interfaith dialogue or clergy outrage over anti-Semitism and mythical Islamophobia will change Islam’s doctrinal edicts when it comes to Jews and Israel.
Islamist Jew-haters and supporters of “radical Palestinian terror groups” understand how gullible American leftist progressives are. One Islamist leader accurately predicted in 1998 that the intifada followed by a BDS campaign would be supported by “progressive Jewish forces in Israel and the United States…[any group] enlisted in the ‘progressive’ cause of the Palestinian Arabs — why not, anyone ‘progressive’ enough to embrace Hamas…is someone useful to Israel’s enemies.”
That’s why ISNA works with AMP and CAIR. That’s why ISNA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization in its own right, supports HAMAS. ISNA, Mohamed Magid, or any other Islamist partner will never abandon the mandates in the Koran and Islamic doctrine when it comes to Jews and Israel.