Open Letter to Muslim Leaders

An open letter to Muslim leaders to drop Emgage due to alliances with anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim organizations

(To become a signatory of this open letter, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page)

Leaders at Emgage have repeatedly disregarded the legitimate interests of Muslim communities in the United States to the detriment of the constituencies they claim to represent.

According to recent reporting, many high-ranking members of Emgage, including board members, chairs, founders, and the CEO, as well as the organization itself, have worked in lockstep with AIPAC, the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

One need not list how AIPAC engages in deep Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian activity.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) was founded by AIPAC leaders and has consistently defended Israeli policies.

The ADL boasts that it “has always been a strong voice for Israel,” denouncing BDS as anti-Semitic and justifying Israeli crimes. Its long history of suppression of movements for social justice and attacking communities of color extends beyond Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian smear campaigns to engaging in deadly exchange programs between American police forces and Israel. These ADL-sponsored programs promote expanded surveillance, racial profiling, and the suppression of public protests through the use of force. Dozens of progressive groups, representing Palestinians, Jews, and African Americans, have urged all peoples to sever ties with the ADL.

MLI is a propaganda-laden trip to Israel sponsored by the Jerusalem-based Shalom Hartman Institute, which works closely with the Israeli military and is funded by the Russell Berrie Foundation, a funder of notorious Islamophobes Steve Emerson and Daniel Pipes.

The AJC brags that it “advocates for Israel at the highest levels.” It also denounces the BDS movement, dedicating an entire section of its website to these efforts.

Notable Emgage Involvement with Zionist Orgtanizations:

As an illustration of Emgage’s harmful political activity, after the Joe Biden campaign issued a public disavowal of Palestinian-Muslim-American DNC National Delegate Linda Sarsour, Wahid and Mitha sought to obtain concessions in the form of more appointments in the Biden campaign and/or transition team in lieu of a public apology. Such an apology was the specific demand of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim American leaders and activists.

Palestinians have been nearly unanimous in their calls urging all people to reject interacting with any of the above groups, as such activity serves to normalize Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people.

Despite a recent statement by Emgage expressing support for BDS and the Palestinian right of return, we have witnessed no accountability or public apology from the organization for the above-cited litany of harmful actions.

Therefore, we call on Emgage to formally end its current normalization activities, coupled with a pledge to refrain from such future activities in accordance with BDS principles.  Additionally, we call on Emgage to issue a statement denouncing Zionism as a racist ideology.

In light of all of the above, we call on all organizations and individuals to drop any affiliations with Emgage in the absence of such assurances and statements.

Accordingly, we further assert that Farooq Mitha, Joe Biden’s “Muslim Engagement Advisor,” does not represent the views or will of our communities.

We urge all people of conscience to no longer tolerate unprincipled leadership threatening our community and undermining the voices of grassroots Muslim and Palestinian activists.

*Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only
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257 signatures on this open letter to date.

257 Noura Erakat Jadaliyya
256 Samia Assed 2020 DNC National Delegate - NM
255 Amer Zahr New Generation for Palestine, President
254 Khaled Abou El Fadl, PhD UCLA School of Law
253 Susan Abulhawa US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
252 Rabab Abdulhadi, PhD Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University
251 Sam Hindi Foster City, CA Councilmember, 2020 DNC National Delegate - CA
250 Iyad Afalqa President, California Democratic Council (CDC, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party), 2016 DNC National Delegate - CA
249 Leena Al-Arian Coalition for Civil Freedoms, Executive Director
248 Amani Barakat Al-Awda Palestinian Right to Return Coalition
247 Lamis J. Deek Human Rights Attorney, NLG, Al-Awda, NY4Palestine
246 Laila El-Haddad Author
245 Ramzy Baroud Journalist
244 Ghiyath Alazzah Palestinian Youth Movement
243 Carmel Abuzaid Palestinian Youth Movement
242 Murad Sarama Democrats for Justice in Palestine, Chairman
241 Nader Hashemi University of Denver
240 Lara Kiswani Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Executive Director
239 Jonathan AC Brown Georgetown University
238 Mazen Naser Palestine Solidarity Arizona
237 Sameena Usman 2020 DNC National Delegate - CA
236 Osama Mor Palestinian Youth Movement - Atlanta
235 Nura Bawab The Palestinian Solidarity Committee, Austin, TX
234 Azadeh Shahshahani Project South, National Lawyers Guild
233 Zainab Khan Palestinian Youth Movement - Atlanta
232 El-Hajj Mauri Saalakhan The Aafia Foundation
231 Manzoor Cheema Project South
230 Nazim Uddin 2020 DNC National Delegate - NC
229 Nadia Ahmad 2020 DNC National Delegate - FL
228 Mohammad Fadel University of Toronto Faculty of Law
227 Aftab Siddiqui American Muslim Democratic Caucus, 2020 DNC National Delegate - TX
226 Syed Hasan American Muslim Democratic Caucus, 2020 DNC National Delegate - TX
225 Mustafaa Carroll American Muslim Democratic Caucus
224 Imran Shareef American Muslim Democratic Caucus
223 Imran Salha Imam and Faith Leader
222 Ahmed Bedier United Voices for America, President, 2016 DNC National Delegate - FL
221 Aftab Siddiqui American Muslim Democratic Caucus, 2020 DNC National Delegate - TX
220 Syed Hasan American Muslim Democratic Caucus, 2020 DNC National Delegate - TX
219 Mustafaa Carroll American Muslim Democratic Caucus
218 Imran Shareef American Muslim Democratic Caucus
217 Sarwat Malik-Hassan Progressive Organizer and Activist
216 Ayesha Mughal Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America, Co-Chair
215 Fatima Mughal Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America
214 Syed Raheel Hassan Attending Physician
213 Hamzah Raza Journalist
212 Sahar Ghumkhor, PhD University of Melbourne, Academic
211 Aliyah Khan NoVA Democratic Socialists of America, Member
210 Lubna Hammad Yalla Indivisible
209 Cyra Akila Choudhury FIU Law
208 Olivia Cantu Mustino Times, Executive Director
207 Dina Sayed Ahmed Amnesty International and WNYC
206 Sofia Ahsan Muslims4Bernie
205 Farrah Ahsan Muslims4Bernie Volunteer
204 Naushaba Saher Muslims4Bernie Volunteer
203 Muneeza Rizvi UC Davis Department of Anthropology
202 Naeem Raja Coalition of Americans for Political and Social Awareness
201 Mohamad Almasry Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
200 Hannah Rajah Muslims4Bernie Volunteer
199 Mo Nehad Mo Nehad for People
198 Sana Din Muslim Women Kreate
197 Karen Bernal California Democratic Party
196 Thahitun Mariam Progressive Bangladeshi-American Activist and Organizer
195 Naseer Alam IASJ
194 Mohammad Abbasi CAPSA
193 Mo Ray-Zac Muslims4Bernie
192 Moe Bal ME Peace Action
191 Kareem Youssef USPCN
190 Professor Mohd Nazari Ismail University of Malaya
189 Hussein Beydoun Organizer, Activist
188 Tarek Younis Middlesex University
187 Tasnim Sammak PhD Candidate, Monash
186 Yusuf Yenikomsu independent Carfo worker
185 Nerdeen Kiswani Within our Lifetime - United for Palestine
184 Haithem El-Zabri Palestine Online Store
183 Susan Smith Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA
182 Bader Risheg AMP/AlKhalil Charitable Association - Teacher/Activist
181 Hafsa Kanjwal Academic
180 Faran Kharal Muslim American Society
179 Amir Manraj Wiley Rein
178 Bounechada Nourelyakine Physician
177 Mariya Mujahid Student/Bernie 2020 Organizer
176 Eddie Edwards Attorney
175 Rachelle Mehdi University of Michigan (student)
174 Yahya Khan Sultan NLC - NJ, DSA - North Jersey
173 Asma Elhuni Rights and Democracy NH
172 Mujeeb Khan Policy Coordinator- Muslim Voters of America
171 Wafic Faour Vtjp Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
170 Nadia Ahsan Muslims4Bernie2020 - volunteer
169 Talal Khairi Muslims4Bernie Volunteer
168 Lara Kiswani Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Executive Director
167 Salem Sarsour ISM
166 Mo Nehad Candidate for Constable, Fort Bend County, tX
165 Haroon Rashid Community Member
164 Clara O’Malley Community Member
163 Celine Qussiny Community Member
162 Ayman Khader Community Member
161 Hebh Jamal Community Member
160 Kawthar Abdullah Community Member
159 Rafi Aziz Community Member
158 Wardeh Abdelmuti Community Member
157 Zuhdi Masri Community Member
156 Tareq Salem Community Member
155 Yahya Birt Community Member
154 Shabana Irshad Community Member
153 Sulaiman Hyatt Community Member
152 Asim Khan Community Member
151 Mohammed A. Soussi Community Member
150 Rafi Sohail Community Member
149 Anna Berg Community Member
148 Saba Ali Community Member
147 Nadia Noor Community Member
146 Osama Helmy Community Member
145 Nasser Alkhateeb Community Member
144 Heba Ibrahim Community Member
143 Joe Milburn Community Member
142 Irtiza Hasan Community Member
141 Syed M Ilyas Community Member
140 Syed Ahmed Community Member
139 Michel Bahbah Community Member
138 Mohammad Sarwar Community Member
137 Aslam Abdullah Imam
136 Anisa Noormohamed University of Chicago
135 Amer Kheiry New Generation for Palestine, Member
134 Muzaffar Hussain Community Member
133 Qurat Mir Community Member
132 Mohammad Kapadia Community Member
131 Qaiser Bashir University of Texas
130 Sabiha Wadoo Community Member
129 Ammar Bashiti Senior Finance Director
128 Fahd Ahmed DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving, Executive Director
127 Ayman Khafaji Former Vice chair of the Progressive Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
126 Safina Sofi Community Member
125 Fathia Shawish Palestinian
124 Zahoor Shah Community Member
123 Farooque Rizmy Community Member
122 Louis Semaan Community Member
121 Zeeshan Hussein Activist
120 Mohammad Ansari Community Member
119 Fatima Fazili Academic
118 Zahi Abdein Community Member
117 Laila Kassis Community Member
116 Cyrus McGoldrick Community Member
115 Naeela Baksh Manna Community CIC
114 Muadh Khan Community Member
113 Abdullah Abdul Majid Student
112 Aidan Ali HSI
111 Suzanne Nobel McGill University Hispanic Studies
110 Atharunnisa Saifuddin Community Member
109 Aamir Ali Physicist - UC Berkeley
108 Maha Yousef Homemaker
107 Khalida Wani Community Member
106 Sana Qutubuddin Political organizer/activist
105 Ashley Young Community member
104 Akmal Ahmed Dentist
103 Aber Kawas Community Member
102 Yasmeen Azam Community Member
101 yasmeen azam Community Member
100 Iskander Abbasi Community Member
99 Mazhar Syed Paralegal; Human Rights Advocate
98 Imaan Javeed Community Member
97 Sirad Hassan Student
96 Mike Enayah NGP
95 Khair Assaf New Generation for Palestine
94 May Seikaly NGP
93 Majed Ajameyeh Mr
92 Nadia Twam Palestinian
91 Wally Yazbak Sr. IT Consultants, NGP Member & ADC GA Chapter President
90 Nasser Sukhon Md
89 Abeer Fraihat Community Member
88 Manal Hussain NGP
87 Ahmed Shraim Me.
86 Shahid Jamil Concerned Citizen
85 Mohamed Saam Mr.
84 Shahid Jamil Concerned Citizen
83 George Makhlouf V. Rev. Fr.
82 Samer Siam Na
81 Minhaal Randerwala Activist
80 rania bitar Digital Marketing Manager
79 S. Hasan Kamal Concerned Muslim American
78 Amani Zoghbi Academic/Researcher
77 Hafsa Chaudhary Dr.
76 M. J. Khan Former Houston City Councilman
75 Kamal Hasan MD
74 Siraj Mohammed Activist
73 Farhana Motala Personal capacity
72 Hammoudah Hammoudah VA
71 Barakat Saleh Arab Americans of central Ohio
70 Abeer Minhas Community Member
69 Huma Minhas Ms
68 Hadi Ali independent
67 Habib Sayyed IAMC
66 Khalid Omar Solo Artist
65 anan zahr Phil community activist
64 Rabyaah Althaibani Founder Arab Women’s Voice
63 Fatima Mojaddidy Muslim Anti-Racist Action Collective
62 Sofia Saiyed Muslim Anti-Racist Action Collective
61 Nadia Amer Concerned Citizen
60 Mohammad Abou-Ghazala Palestine Youth Movement
59 Shazad Ibnul Concerned Muslim
58 Tarek Alsmoudi Mr
57 Omar Tawil Imam
56 Vivian Khalaf Attorney
55 Ali Rida Entrepreneur
54 Barbora Weberova -
53 Mohamad Okal Mr
52 Ameer Fare Community Member
51 Talha Maqsood Community member
50 Sulayman Ferguson Concerned Muslim
49 Syed Raheemullah Community activist
48 Senan shaq USPC board member
47 Nida Ali Dr
46 Muhammed Malik Fmr CAIR-South Florida Executive Director, Fmr Florida delegate to GP International Committee
45 Olivia Vita -
44 Omer Arain Labor researcher and activist
43 Jamal El-Mokadem Community Member
42 Sultan AbouHamdan Community Member
41 Danya Reda Muslims4Bernie
40 Bassem Saleh NGP
39 Paul Noursi Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
38 Eman Abdelaziz PACC
37 Bahtiyar Yilmaz Physician
36 Tareq Omar Community member
35 Fawzia Khan Ms
34 Rulla M Attorney
33 Nisreen Zeidan Community Member
32 Azhar Raina Mr
31 Sabina Wildman Labor Organizer
30 Samer Husein concerned American
29 Frida Isachsen Community Member
28 Urooj Rahman Community Member
27 Mohammad alam Community Member
26 Shariq Mohammad Community Member
25 Maryum Khwaja Community member
24 Mariam El-Khatib Community Member
23 Yafa Samaha Community Member
22 Malak Samaha community member
21 Nathaniel Mathews concerned citizen
20 Sarwat Husain Co-Chair American Muslim Democratic Caucus-National (AMDC National)
19 May Zegar Dr
18 Amna Mallick PD
17 Farhana Kara Motala Human Rights Activist
16 Farrah Sutriono Muslim Women Kreate
15 Saba Refai community member
14 Reza Subhani None
13 Amna Ahmed Community member
12 Sara Bawany Community member
11 Imani Oakley Community Member
10 Osman Athar Physician
9 John Hsu Our Revolution Middlesex County NJ Chair
8 Sama Alshaibi Professor, School of Art, University of Arizona
7 Mazen Khawaja New School for Social Research
6 Shahla Wahid Ms
5 Dr. Sabha Abour Researcher
4 Hanieh Jodat Activist
3 Fatin Jarara Al-Awda NY/Palestinian Youth Movement NY
2 Monadel Herzallah USPCN
1 Hatem Natsheh 2020 DNC delegate

Call to Muslim Leaders to Drop Emgage

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