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

Call to Muslim Leaders to Drop Emgage

257 signatures