A list of attendees at Barack Obama’s summit on non-Islamic terrorism was not published by the White House, however, we are beginning to find out that the people who were invited are not world leaders but rather Islamic groups. Included in those groups are at least two Islamists with ties to terrorism.
The terrorist-friendly Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which is a known front for Islamist terrorist groups, operates mosques in and around Boston. Representatives from this group are participating in Barack Obama’s summit.
Social media guru Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the chief propagandist for the Islamic State, regularly attended ISB’s Cambridge mosque, according to the New York Post. There are other terrorist connections pointed out at Front Page Magazine.
On Wednesday, we accidentally found out that one of those invited was Salam al-Marayati, a founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He has a substantial record of defending terrorists and terrorist groups.
Al-Mariyati is – unsurprisingly – opposed to U.S. anti-terrorism tactics. In a March 2003 Los Angeles Times article, Salam al-Marayati blasted the FBI, stating that they had been targeting people on the basis of race and religion.
His criticisms of Israel go beyond-the-pale.
He supports Hizbollah and Hamas and their activities as justified but has no problem with unprovoked attacks on Jews. He has asked for both terrorist organizations to be removed from the government’s list of terrorist groups.
His advice to Muslims has been to not cooperate with the FBI.
In 1999, his organization released a policy paper which minimized Hizbollah’s vicious attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, in which 241 U.S. military personnel were killed.
“…this attack, for all the pain it caused, was not in a strict sense, a terrorist operation. It was a military operation, producing no civilian casualties — exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washington’s enemies.”
These people are propagandists for the Muslim Brotherhood.
In October, Al-Mariyati was picked to represent the United States government at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) annual 10-day human rights conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM). When Jewish groups expressed outrage, the State Department said he was “valued and highly credible.”
Another member of Al-Mariyati’s terror-tied group, Hoda Elsishtawy, met at the White House with the president in early February according to al-Marayati.
Elsishtawy frequently claims there is alarming and rising anti-Muslim attacks in the U.S., though polls don’t bear that out.
A statement from her after the February 5th meeting:
“We want to ensure that American Muslim involvement, especially from young jihadis, are part of the process and at the highest levels,” read a post-meeting statement from Hoda Elshishtawy, a former Democratic Hill staffer who attended the meeting on behalf of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “The impact of having American Muslims serving at Cabinet-level and Undersecretary positions will demonstrate that American Muslims really are part of the process.”
Also invited to the same meeting were Mohamed Magid, a former president of ISNA, and Sherman Jackson, the leading African-American Muslim advocate for orthodox Sunni Islam. Jackson is a former board member of the Fiqh Council of North America, which issues fatwas. ISNA was birthed by The Muslim Brotherhood.
That early February meeting included Farhana Khera, a Muslim lawyer who has campaigned against the post-9/11 police oversight of Islamic communities.
At that White House meeting, Obama said that he is looking to more Muslims in government. At another recent meeting with Islamic groups, he said he will appoint Muslim judges.