Tennessee’s Troubling Islamist Network


The “red-green alliance” in Tennessee between the liberal-left and Islamists is alive and well but made even more novel with the participation of Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Never one to shy away from Obama’s agenda for the U.S., Governor Haslam’s push to elevate the political status of Muslims in his state must leave Tennesseans wondering if their Republican governor is actually a Democrat.

Governor Haslam’s promotion of the Islamist agenda in his state progressed from having his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security work behind the scenes to support and partner with the American Muslim Advisory Council to having the Muslim Council train state law enforcement and Department of Children’s Services staff.  Meanwhile, he appointed shariah compliant finance specialist, Samar Ali as International Director for the TN Department of Economic and Community Development.

Unfortunately for the Governor, his appointment of Samar Ali (whose donation to Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. and later the Obama Victory Fund didn’t raise an eyebrow) resulted in harsh criticism from Tennessee conservatives.  Attempting to deflect criticism, the Governor’s office publicly released Ms. Ali’s credentials but was careful to redact her extensive experience and expertise in shariah finance.  But the release included references to her father’s curriculum vitae to convince the public that this family from Waverly was 100% Tennessean.

No one can dispute the accomplishments of Dr. Subhi Ali, Samar’s father, but his very active Red/Green political life was conspicuously omitted by the Governor.  For example, Dr. Ali and his wife were multi-year donors (see here and here) to pro-Hamas/anti-Israel Democrat Cynthia Mckinney, political support consistent with Dr. Ali’s long-standing service to the Jerusalem Fund.

The Jerusalem Fund – The Holy Land Foundation II?

The Jerusalem Fund (originally the American Palestine Education Foundation) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Hisham Sharabi who served as Chairman of the Board until he died in 2005.  Despite self-description as “non-political”, review of the Fund’s leadership, programming, and issues of focus, reflects an overtly pro-Palestinian/pro-Hamas/anti-Israel posture. Documents currently available show that Subhi Ali joined the Jerusalem Fund’s Board in 2000, became  Vice Chair in 2003 and has served as Chairman from 2005 until the present.

The Jerusalem Fund is comprised of 3 programs:

1) The Palestine Center offers Information Briefs such as the “Rising support for Hamas and the Roots of its Success in Palestine “ (“One of Hamas’ more distinctive qualities is its emphasis on Islam. In addition to its self-proclaimed role as a legitimate and honest replacement to Fateh, Hamas also acts as a religious alternative to the secular Fateh.”)

2) The Humanitarian Link, which provides grants for social services in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” and supports the Palestine Diabetes Institute.

(Originally named the “Occupied Land Fund,” the Holy Land Foundation was the largest Islamic charity in the U.S., which also claimed the need for humanitarian relief for Palestinians in the occupied territories.  The Holy Land Foundation was successfully prosecuted in 2007 for funding Hamas).

3) The Gallery, which promotes the Palestinian and Arab cultures.

Fund founder Hisham Sharabi advocated a Palestinian “armed struggle” if necessary, to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.  His 1998 paper “The Palestinians: Fifty Years Later,” called for Americans of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim backgrounds to organize using their “constitutional rights as Americans” to “influence a dangerously biased [toward Israel] American policy in the Middle East.”

Sharabi’s political activities also included serving on the board of World & Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), and along with Jerusalem Fund co-founder and board member, Dr. George Hishmeh, served on the Board of the American Committe on Jerusalem (ACJ).

You Are Known By the Company You Keep

WISE was founded, incorporated and led by Sami al-Arian who was subsequently sentenced in 2006 to prison and deportation because of his leadership of the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

WISE was named in a federal indictment as part of a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence including murder, extortion, money laundering, and fraud. They operated worldwide including the Middle District of Florida.

WISE Board members included:

Taha Jabir al Alwani – President, IIIT; cited as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Justice Department’s terrorism prosecution against al-Arian.

Basheer Nafi - charged with “conspiracy to murder, maim or injure persons outside the United States” and a significant leader of the PIJ; was indicted by the FBI in absentia.

Mazin an Najjar - a founding member of WISE, was arrested on secret FBI evidence that he supported terrorism and was associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a threat to national security.  He was deported from the U.S. in 2002.

Ramadan Abdullah aka Ramadan Shallah currently on the FBI Most Wanted List, co-founder of WISE, and listed as a “Specially Designated Terrorist.”  He was named a leader of PIJ in 1995.

WISE served as the U.S. money-receiving front for PIJ and while Sharabi was a board member, funneled payments to the PIJ martyrs through the Islamic International Arab Bank (Arab Bank).  In addition to a DOJ investigation begun in 2004, a lawsuit filed in 2007 by victims of the PIJ martyrs against Arab Bank (ongoing in 2012), alleged that Arab Bank financed Palestinian terrorism by using Hamas and PIJ “martyr kits” to make payments to suicide bombers’ surviving family members.

Samar Ali worked as a legal intern at the Arab Bank at the time the lawsuit was filed.  How did she end up at a bank being investigated for laundering money for her father’s close associate’s organization?  Does Governor Haslam know about this?

WISE was funded by the Muslim Brotherhood’s International Institute on Islamic Thought (IIIT).  Tarik Hamdi, identified as an officer/staff member of WISE is listed in a federal affidavit as providing material support to Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden and the PIJ.  He left WISE to work for IIIT.  He subsequently left the U.S. and relocated to the Middle East.

The IIIT was named in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends.”

Under Sharabi and Subhi Ali’s leadership, the Jerusalem Fund partnered with Life for Relief & Development (LIFE) which was raided by the FBI in 2006 “less than two months” after CAIR sent out an “Action Alert” asking people “to aid in collecting and sending [relief] supplies to LIFE.” The final destinations of the supplies were Lebanon and Gaza, where Israel was battling Hezbollah and Hamas. LIFE has been a “partner” organization to numerous groups with terror ties, including Human Concern International, Jerusalem Fund, ICNA Helping Hand, Islamic Relief and Human Appeal International.”

Subsequent to the raid, LIFE’s public relations coordinator, Muthanna al-Hanooti was indicted as an agent for Saddam Hussein’s government paid to manipulate U.S. officials. He pled guilty and faces a four year prison sentence. Al-Hanooti had also served as executive director of CAIR Michigan in 2000.

It should come as no surprise to anyone to see CAIR pop up given that Sami al-Arian and Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook, co-founded the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), the parent organization of CAIR.  Marzook also established the Holy Land Foundation.  Is it any wonder then that once again in the 2009 federal appeal, Judge Solis confirmed that there was “ample evidence to establish the associations CAIR, ISNA, NAIT with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine and with Hamas.”

Time and again cases are prosecuted and it is proven that an Islamic charity has been used to raise and funnel money to support Islamic terrorist organizationsLooking at terrorism financing cases such as the Holy Land Foundation, WISE, Kindhearts, Benevolence International Foundation, al-Haramain Foundation, Global Relief Foundation and others, shouldn’t a prosecutor be asking whether Hisham Sharabi’s legacy, the Jerusalem Fund now chaired by Dr. Subhi Ali, is following suit?

It looks like the Jerusalem Fund is registered in every state except Louisiana.  Tennesseans and concerned citizens in other states should be looking carefully at who is doing what in their state offices.  Be assured, the Red/Green alliance is busy while we sleep.

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  • PaulRevereNow

    Nobody accuses Samar Ali of dual loyalty for supporting Hamas, but as soon as an American Jew supports AIPAC, a non-political organization, they're condemned as having "dual loyalty."

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      Excellent point!

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      And the 'red/green' alliance is thriving all over the west, much to the detriment of a liberty and freedom based society.
      BTW, Grover Norquist is a Repub but he is also a stealth Islamic jihadist…and take a peek at this tidbit – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/29/republican-na… point being, it is not the party affiliation which matters, but due diligence requires vetting said candidate's record/associates!!
      Of course, TN is no exception and is just part of the 'every city USA' morphing – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/09/shariah-law-e

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – <a href="http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/….and” target=”_blank”>www.adinakutnicki.com/about/….and the 'About' tab mentions the red/green alliance too. It is that intrinsic to expose!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Nobody accuses Samar Ali of dual loyalty for supporting Hamas, but as soon as an American Jew supports AIPAC, a non-political organization, they're condemned as having "dual loyalty.""

      But what you didn't say makes it even more insane, Israel is one of the USA's most important ant loyal allies. I don't care if people are active in foreign politics, as long as they aren't operating against us.

      Hello? Global caliph and jihad are not funny subjects. This is treason. Supporting Israel is pro-American and pro-Western. Just because many idi otic Westerners fail to understand this does not change the facts.

  • Yephora

    They should call it the Al-Quds Fund.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "They should call it the Al-Quds Fund."

      They do when they think we're not able to hear.

  • Mike

    Are we becoming like France where the muzzies are taking control of our Christian nation? It's time to wake up America and start paying attention and not hold back our voices.

  • KarshiKhanabad

    No wonder the Murfreesboro mega mosque is open for business & thriving while Nashville is becoming another Somali occupation zone.

    And just where does the Gov's name hail from, anyway? "Haslam"?

    • Rosine Ghawji

      he is Lebanese descendent…….. ok ? Tennessee is the state with the most refugees… and let me tell you most of them … Somalis… we have a problem… veiled women are flourishing all over…… it is sad

      • objectivefactsmatter

        He's a deeply burrowed Muslim Brotherhood mole coming up for air.

  • Shteef

    America is screwed both figuratively and literally. 2050…will the islamic flag fly over the WH? I would not be a bit surprised.

    • jacob

      To be honest, I wonder why isn't it flying already….!!!!!

      • Snow White

        I thought it already was.

    • http://twitter.com/BlissTabitha @BlissTabitha

      I wouldn't be surprised if it was flying over the WH by 2016

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I might as well be flying today. The US flag means nothing good to 0'Bama and he's never been loyal to it or to the USA government of the real world.

  • κατεργάζομαι

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    "You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic.
    ~You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers.
    ~Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar.
    ~The Arab destroys everything he touches!"

    ~ ~ Moshe Feiglin –

    "In every generation, there are always a few who understand.
    Always understand… even if you remain among the few."
    ~ Rabbi Meir Kahane

  • jacob

    Shouldn't this situation in Tennessee be the concern of its non-Muslim people ???
    Damn, if this governor is so blatantly pro-Muslim, what about a referendum to kick him out ???
    Democraps and union thugs called one to kick out a good, decent governor like WALKER because
    he refused to continue being the dues collector for the state employees union…
    Then what are the decent people of Tennessee waiting to put a stop of this sad state of affairs ???
    Because when they will finally decide to act after GOD only knows how long, it might be too damned
    late to…..

    • Rosine Ghawji

      Believe me non muslim people are working very hard to stop the nonsense… but … we are facing the money machine… and money in this state can buy you anything you want…..

    • Snow White

      Tennessee is for sale to t he highest bidder. It is corrupt from t he Governor's office right on down to the lowest broom pusher on the public payroll. One county judge was allowed to run an extortion racket thrugh the small claims court for years until he was outed on the internet and decided not to retire.. East TN is run by a law firm which represents the gov's business, pilot oil. This firm collects outlandish fees for representing everyone who wants to do business or run a confidence game in the area. One retirement community homeowners assoc. is paying them over $300,000 per year for legal services. It makes one think money for pay offs and bribes might are being laundered as legal fees so the mney can be acconted for on the books. Local DAs turn investigations of their clients over to this law firm to investigate. Like I said. TN is themost corrupt place i ever lived. In other areas crooks are constantly on the alert least they get caught. Here, when confronted, they look you in the eye and say,"That's the way it is here Live with it."

      • Snow Wnite

        Sorry about that. I meant to say the county Judge decided to retire.

  • NAHALKIDES

    I have to wonder how Haslam made it so far in Tennessee politics. There's probably something in his biography we don't know about, some connection to Brotherhood front groups. Time for a primary challenge by conservatives to bring about Haslam's ouster.

    • Rosine Ghawji

      First his father is very rich… He was mayor of knoxville and they did a good job helping the college of the state. He almost lost his mayorship to a woman, put her in his pocked and kept going to the governorship primary. election.. He made it by paying a lot of people….. Yes he has a lebanese origin I do not know if it was Muslim or Christian origin but I can tell you I was at the launching of his campaign and the type of prayers he odered to be said scared a lot of conservatives. After the primary we had no choice but to support him.. The man is frugal, does not waste money , he is not flashy or snob at all . He ran a very good campaign ,, going to knock doors… he knew how to sell himself …… He is very quiet. and calm .. Some people say that he is rotten spoilt by his father money. I think he is a sharp busineassman ……. His love for Muslims and his effort to let the Sharia law creeping in the state show that he knows what he is doing…. he cannot be ignorant of the danger for the future of the state. He is a part of the OBama project He is not a conservative Republican at all.

      • Snow White

        The Gov also has connections to this suspect law firm that appears to be running East Tennessee, if not all of Tennessee. . One of the lawyers, a former "Mr. Clean" Republican state senator is a Harvard graduate and they must not teach ethics at Harvard because this guy has none. He admitted in his reply to an ethics Committte of the TN Bar Assoc. complaint that he run up an exorbitant legal bill assisting his client in breaking a state law, and that he advised his clients, the Board of Directors of a Property Owner's Assoc. ,that they could not do anything about the general manager stealing from the association because there was no rule prohibiting it. Then he admitted a conflict of interest violation when cited the client lawyer confidentiality clause as the reason he couldn't go into detail about what exactly he was talking about. The Ethics Committee decided he didn't deserve censure or disbarment. The whole state is mired in corruption. Other professional associations also circle the wagons to protect members guilty of malfeasanceand misconduct. My advice is, if you are smart , you will drive around, not through, Tennessee.

  • Thomas Wells

    Poor Tennessee; so close to sharia,so far from common sense.

  • marios

    so Islamists are penetrated not only in Dem's party but in to Rep's one. It is dead end of our country. Whom we should vote for, whom we should trust? Where is leaders who start serious war against transforming our country in to commie's country or shariah law one?

    • http://twitter.com/BlissTabitha @BlissTabitha

      The communists & Islamists have infiltrated BOTH parties. As stated in the 45 declared communist goals for America that was entered onto the congressional record in 1963, #15 was "capture one or both political parties". As you can see if you google the list they've accomplished pretty much all of their goals. If it wasn't accomplished before Obama it's being completed by him now.
      The Dems have for the most part been completely taken over & all that remains of our daddy's democrats are the remnant of the blue dogs (but they're so rare).. The 'progressives' we have in the Repub party (we call them RINO's) are playing for the same team as the 'new' democrats.
      The alliance between the communists & Islamists is one that works for them both as they are both subversives with a shared goal. It started in the Russian KGB & they've been a team ever since. There's a downloadable pdf about it at http://www.leninandsharia.com
      I hope I'm wrong but I don't see us taking our country back with anything short of an armed counter-revolution at this point. The subversives Obama has appointed at the highest levels of government outweigh any cleanup that could be done by an administration at this point..
      Ann Barnhardt has a very sobering presentation about where we are if you want to hear the truth of the matter even if it isn't pretty. It can be seen here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embe

      • malicious12

        hogwash…communists and islamists never got along. The Islamists fought against the Russians in Afganistan and always at odds with each other in countries in North Africa and the Middle East. They may unite for short period against a common enemy but it is a relationship that will never last

      • Mona Knows

        You don't mention all those Clintonista loyalist civil servents that Clinton (under Algore's reinventing government plan) and Obama have ensconced into government offices for life . Clinton tied up all those mineral rich (gold, silver, uranium, anthracite coal, etc.) lands in the west into the Escalante National Monument which is controlled by his hand selected people. Nobody can do anything on those lands unless these Clintonista bureaucrats give their approval. It's the biggest seizure of national assets in history and not a word has been said about it. We didn't hear anything about it when Clinton turned over the Teapot Dome Scandal oil reserves to Occidental Petroleum, which was owned by the Communist USSR lover and supporter, Armand Hammer, who laundered payoffs to the Al Gore Senators, Sr. and Jr. as rental on a nonexistant mine on Gore owned land in TN. The rule is, "Corruption cannot exist unless someone has control over the allocation of goods and services." The more picaune services government gives the more bureaucrats there will be to take.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "…so Islamists are penetrated not only in Dem's party but in to Rep's one. It is dead end of our country. Whom we should vote for, whom we should trust? "

      Liberals laugh at the threat of sharia while Republicans often understand. Therefore more discernment is needed, vetting, those things can flush out these losers. They can't fool many people much longer, at least among those who understand the threat.

  • Ghostwriter

    This guy is a major idiot.

  • The Watchman

    kevin, your spelling sucks and you are busted for spamming!

  • Indioviejo

    I wonder what will happen when Americans who care about their country start feeling desperation at its degradation. There is a lot of frustration out there already. May God save America!

  • sybilll

    Good grief, I am as politically involved as anyone I know, I live in Tennessee, and this is all news to me. My only solace is that that his opponent (for whom I voted) was appointed Lt. Governor and will be hearing from me first thing in the morning. I am literally stunned.

    • Lucinda

      Many Tennesseeans are all too aware of this Governor's shenanigans….perhaps you can join your local chapter of ACT! for America, if there is one.

    • Rosine Ghawji

      Lt Ramsey is a nice guy.but he is not strong enough to fight the money machine, He did try to help to fight judicial corruption by walking in a session and voting on the right side. but at the end of the day , the corrupt TBA pushed it so far that nothing has been done except taking the TCOJ out of the hands of the supreme court .. It is such a mess….. to tell you the truth I dont even think that Haslam knows half of exactly what is going on…..

  • poetcomic1

    Tennessee???? I mean…. TENNESSEE!!! I cannot wrap my mind around what has happened to it.