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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261 signatures on this open letter to date.

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