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

Call to Muslim Leaders to Drop Emgage

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