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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262 signatures on this open letter to date.

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

Call to Muslim Leaders to Drop Emgage

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