Obama Meets With Pro-Hezbollah Groups Ahead of Mideast Trip

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


On Monday, President Obama prepared for his trip to the Middle East by meeting with around 10 Muslim and Arab officials that provided him with “recommendations.” The attendees included representatives from the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, two anti-Israel groups with a record of pro-Hezbollah advocacy. The meeting came four days after his meeting with Jewish leaders.

A joint press release by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), American Task Force for Palestine, American Federation of Ramallah Palestine and the Arab-American Institute boasted of the meeting. Separately, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) alerted its supporters that the director of its Washington D.C. office, Haris Tarin, also attended. He was previously thanked by President Obama in a personal phone call for his activism on July 13, 2011. The ADC earlier tried to get President Obama’s attention by helping to organize an interfaith “No Blank Check for Israel” rally in the capital near Inauguration Day.

The meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room near the Oval Office and also involved unidentified national security officials and Valerie Jarrett, the senior adviser who was a keynote speaker at the 2009 annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins. The meeting apparently wasn’t all good news for the invitees. The president of ADC, Warren David, complained that President Obama has let down many Arab-Americans with his Middle East policy and said he left with a “bittersweet feeling.”

The ADC was founded by the first Arab-American Senator, who praised Hezbollah during its war with Israel in 2006. He also has stated that Zionists were secretly behind the 9/11 attacks. The ADC leadership opposed its designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. In 2000, an ADC spokesperson called Hezbollah a “responsible liberation force.” The ADC also honored Helen Thomas after she said the Jews in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go to Poland.

Similarly, MPAC stood against  the designations of Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups in a 2003 policy paper. On the other hand, it called Israel a state sponsor of terrorism in 2001. It said that the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon did not qualify as terrorism. In 2006, MPAC explained it was only stating a “highly relevant fact” and did not support the attack. In 1998, MPAC co-founder and senior adviser Maher Hathout said Hezbollah’s attacks on armed forces are “legitimate” and the following year, MPAC president Salam al-Marayati said that its attacks on Israeli soldiers are “legitimate resistance.”

On 9/11, al-Marayati said that Israel should be considered a suspect. Hathout similarly entertained suggestions of a 9/11 conspiracy. In 2000, Hathout referred to Israel as “butchers” and “an apartheid state” and predicted that the Arab governments would be “flushed down in the cesspools of history of treason” by a “general intifada.”

Hathout and his brother, another MPAC co-founder, are disciples of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and formerly served in his organization. They continued to promote al-Banna’s Islamist preaching in the 1990s. However, Hathout has stated that he opposes the Muslim Brotherhood’s power grab in Egypt and that Sharia’s penal code is not applicable anymore. He recently expressed a tolerant view of homosexuals. Regardless of what his views on Sharia Law may be, MPAC’s record on Israel and Hezbollah is undeniable.

This meeting is the latest entry in the Obama Administration’s record of ties to the ADC and MPAC. Kareem Shora, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council and then served as a community engagement liaison for the DHS, was an ADC official since 1999 and was its national executive director.

In September 2009, MPAC celebrated that it participated in a dozen Iftar dinners with government agencies. In 2010, the State Department asked al-Marayati to speak in Europe. The Department of Defense apologized to MPAC in February 2012 for the accidental burning of a Koran in Afghanistan. On February 8, 2012, MPAC, ADC, the Islamic Society of North America and other groups met with the director of the FBI to discuss its counter-terrorism training content. Afterwards, the FBI said it would consider forming a panel with them to help with the review.

The meeting with President Obama to provide policy “recommendations” is unsettling. Were their records even considered? What type of advice are they given to the President, his administration and elected officials? And why aren’t more moderate voices being asked for their assistance in combating Islamism, anti-Semitism and the other causes of the ongoing conflict?

Monday’s chat shows the influence these groups have had in the past and, most importantly, the influence they will have for the next four years.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Okey dokey.. it is not as if anyone thought that the Islamist-in-Chief was coming to Israel to issue glad tidings. Not at all – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/10/a-hellfire-un

    Jerusalem, believe it or not, is hip to his jive talk, yet the diplo show will go on.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • FactsRule

      Hey, David, get this sub-vermin, WhateverMan, off of here. His stench is overwhelming. Thanks.
      Hey, WhateverMan, you filthy sub-insect, get back in the sewer, you stupid lying cockroach crap. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com memritiv.org palwatch.org

      • kasandra

        Gee, and FrontPageMag wouldn't post my posting a couple of weeks ago just because I said WhateverPerson is obviously a jerk.

        • Seve

          You just said it kasandra. Well done.

          • kasandra

            Thanks. I knew I'd get it in here somehow.

      • Drakken

        Actually Facts, let these leftist/progressives and muzaloids run their sucks, it shows everybody where they stand.

    • Drakken

      Still running your inbred turk mouth unter mensch ?

  • WhateverMan

    I love the way every article from FPM like to connect every Muslim and Arab group to The Muslim Brothers, Hamas and Hezbollah.
    For the record, Hezbollah is a resistance group that fought Israel's year occupation of South Lebanon.
    They also routed the israeli army, which in turn bombed Lebanese cities with phosphorus as mass punishment.
    Hezbollah proved to the world that the israeli army is mainly made of cowards and it can be defeated. It's only recourse is to bomb civilians from above. Their war crimes are white washed thanks to the USA's protection.

    • FactsRule

      Hey, you stupid evil little troll, slither back under the camel crap from whence your mother birthed you.

      • Cassandra

        Thanks for saying that. I keep giving this guy minus but he won't go away.

        • Billy

          He won't go away because he thrives when he is put down. Pathetic

    • kafir4life

      My favorite part of islam is when we have muslim on muslim. Every group you mentioned is happy to kill muslims for being the wrong "style" of muslim, or those "not quite muslim enough"! You hear about it every day!! The best part is when they honor their bomb factories (muslimas)!!! Tell me you don't laugh out loud (LOL to the youngsters) when you hear of those incidents. We pass out sweets! (Wonder where that idea came from). I support muslims wanting to keep there gutter cult "clean". If each muslim would kill one muslim each day that doesn't conform to their own views of islam, within a month the bulk of the world's problems would be gone!
      allahu snackbar!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "For the record, Hezbollah is a resistance group that fought Israel's year occupation of South Lebanon. "

      Thanks for resolving that question. I got some resistance for you too.

      "Their war crimes are white washed thanks to the USA's protection."

      Yes or course. Allah akbar with crackers.

    • jacob

      You are right !!!!

      Israeli soldiers are cowards, which is why the "hero" of the South Lebanon flight with his infinite
      foresight, ordered them out of South Lebanon….!!!!
      And not only that but their cowardice is precisely which has prevented GAZA from becoming the
      biggest parking lot of the whole Middle East…
      And it precisely their cowardice what allowed brave Hizballah from launching their rockets from
      people's homes, as the Israeli cowards feared demolishing these homes….
      Definitely,not only an army of cowards but a country of cowards, indeed…..!!!!!!!

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

      WhateverMan, you mean Hezbollah like all Arabs and Muslims they hide behind women and children and uses them as human shields.
      Or the Hezbollah Islamo Nazis that murdered hundreds of defenseless Israeli civilians in Argentina and Bulgaria.

      Tell me why do the Arabs love using civilians as human shields?
      Does it come from Mohammad the pedofile who married a 9 year old girl?
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343397
      Hezbollah moves into south Lebanon villages
      Analysis: Terror group storing rockets in private homes it sold to poor Shiite families at bargain prices
      02.10.13
      http://frontpagemag.com/2012/davidhornik/israel-t
      May 18, 2012
      Hezbollah’s positioning of weapons in the heart of civilian areas in around 100 Lebanese towns and villages along the border.

      “In the villages there are three-story houses: on one floor there are rockets, then there is a family on the next floor, then a (military) headquarters then another family. The people that live there are human shields….

      “Every Shiite village has become such a compound. The great challenge will be to deal with all these compounds.”
      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=11
      Photos, footage expose Hezbollah tactics
      Prove intentional use of civilians to shield its weapons, equipment
      Declassified IDF Photos and Footage Expose Hizbullah Tactics
      Dec 06, '06
      The IDF has decided to release photos, documents and videos proving Hizbullah's intentional use of civilians to shield its weapons, missile-launchers and surveillance equipment. A selection follows at:

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

        http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=118589
        Hizbullah officer: We would've given up
        8/1/07

        "The cease-fire acted as a life jacket for the organization [at the end of the Second Lebanon War]," a Hizbullah officer said in an interview aired by Channel 10 on Tuesday.

        In the interview, the unnamed officer said Hizbullah gunmen would have surrendered if the fighting last summer had continued for another 10 days.

        His statement sharply contrasted with those made by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on several occasions since the monthlong war.

        At the end of the war, Nasrallah said his organization had gained a "divine victory."

        The officer shown on Channel 10 said the organization's gunmen had been running low on food and water and facing rapidly diminishing arms supplies.

        The officer also said that many Hizbullah commanders were ordered to hide before the war started, and that the gunmen who remained were forced to fire Katyusha rockets from inside urban populations because of the IDF's efficiency in destroying launchers minutes after a launch had been detected.

        He said that when the gunmen relocated to cities and villages, they knew innocent civilians would be hurt as a consequence.

        The quick arrival of IAF jets at rocket-launch sites, sometimes only four to five minutes after a Katyusha was fired, "surprised" Hizbullah, the officer said.

        • whateverman

          you do realize you are quoting an israeli tv channel quoting "an unamed hezbollah officer"? you are not that dense are you? admin, don't. forget to delete my post: i said israeli again.

          • Billy

            Whatever do you realize that an Israeli tv station just might be telling the truth? You are so blinded with hate that you will never know truth if it bit you in the ass.

    • Drakken

      Silly stupid inbred turk, it is funny that you muzzys call whatever us infidels do war crimes, but anything you sub human muzzys do jihad. Well enough is enough, let us infidels declare Crusades and call it a day.

    • Ben Jabo

      IDF wasn't "Routed", it destroyed half of Lebanon
      Lebanese "Civiian Cities" became militarized once they shelteredHezbollah fighters in their midst

      Lots of photos on the net, showing Hezballah hiding in your "Civilian Cities"

      IDF Cowards ? Hardly, we beat the crap out of all the Arab Armies that ever attacked us.

    • Neils60

      Coward you say? Your former best friend, Osama bin Laden, sent his goon squad dummies to kill themselves, and 3000 innocents, for the so-called "cause", all while he spent most of his time reviewing the finest porn collection this side of Pakistan. What bravery, you should be so proud of your hero!!! A real martyr.

    • ZNA

      Hey whateverman, finally someone with sense! I’m assuming you aren’t American because clearly all these people here are, talking exactly like what the media wants them. All the media wants, all these politicians, the Saudi kings paired up with Israel and America, all you naive people are giving them exactly just that! Cmon, if it wasn’t for Hezbollah, the middle east would be completely gone by now, taken over by Israel and America, the cowards and idiots of the world. Funny, because this goes back to the issue with Syria. The only reason they want Assad out is because he and Iran are the only ones who support Hezbollah. The Wahabis know that Hezbollah is a strong force, but Hezbollah needs Assad, and thus they try to get rid of Assad so that Hezbollah fails. Once they get rid of Assad, say goodbye to the middle east people. All you arrogant people will realize this when its too late though. and LOL @ people saying obama is an israel hater, come on people…Israel would not even exist if it wasnt for America’s support. Jeesh…some people here are way too naive.

  • pierce

    So he is going to meet with Israel haters.
    Does he include himself in that group? If he does not, he should.
    Sorry to be so cynical, but it is quite obvious he should.

    • Ben Jabo

      Let's not forget his name "Barak Hussein" he's one of them
      That is why he has hidden all of College Records at no small expense to George Soros

  • Freda

    The Trojan Horse rears its ugly head again.

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    TAKE OBAMA'S SECURITY CLEARANCE AWAY! I have been called by higher ups who questioned me about friends who were seeking a security clearance. What if I told them that they met with the above mentioned groups?

    OBAMA IN ISRAEL? Marx vs. Jesus!

    • Mr. Polly

      "OBAMA IN ISRAEL? Marx vs. Jesus!"

      When did the Israelis convert to Christianity?

      • Neils60

        Jesus was Jewish.

      • STEVEN CHAVEZ

        I wouldn't doubt that Obama will convert to Islam at Dome of the Rock just to stick in the eye of Israel and those crazy Christians here in the US! But at least he came out of the closet right?

    • cee

      When getting a 5 yr update on my clearance, I asked the investigator a hypothetical question and told him that I did not know these people, but what if I did and ran with them and visited, speaking William Ayers and a few others. He flat out told me that I would be under further investigation from a different group.
      If I had his friends, I would not have a job now.

  • Hawk

    Now mr obama needs terrorists as his advisors? This guy is scary. He has again proved that he cannot think for himself. I hope that when he gets to the middle eat, the muslims revolt. Now the world will see the so called "freedom fighters" for who they really are.

  • RiverFred

    Obozo is very naive, he thinks by extending a hand to these Arabs they will miraculously change their ways of hating Jews, Christians and infidels. Besides what better way to stay in power than actually improving their followers way of life.

    • 11bravo

      Obama knows exactly what he is doing. The meeting was to let the Musselmen know he still has their back; and to disregard his meeting with the JOOOWZ! It is all for show.

  • KKKK

    "obama has 'let many arabs down?'" what is this guy smoking? if he 'let them down' for a short time, it was to get the pro-Israel deceptivly in the elections. now that hes safely reelected, he will once more show his true colours. just you wait.

  • marios

    Our Muslim Pres. is MB proxy. He deleted his past records spent 2 ML $ for it not in vain. His Cairo speech triggered radicalization of the ME. Instead pro-Western Mubarak came MB Morsi. The same in long time almost secular Tunis. Libya is nightmare and Kaddafi (who was not "dove" softly say) but he warned that Al Qaida would come into Power if he toppled. He was right. All Islamists are worse than barbarians against Rome Empire. Their are not human being at all. Obama policy led us to horrible WW III. Israel is only one real our country ally there, only democracy is on the first line in battle with those inhuman Islamo-fascists who time and again declared that "Islam will dominate in the world" It means death for all non-Muslim or "convert or die". Obama likes our enemies who want our destruction and dislike our loyal friends and allies not only Israel but Poland, Check Republic, etc. We people should demand from our Congressmen and Senators laws against Islamization of our country. Islam declared war on us by 9/11 attack. There is no difference between Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attack.

  • burkasrugly

    Just wait until Resolution 16/18 is implemented. Muslim Americans want critics of Islam to be jailed…or worse. Wait until America has its own Chop-Chop Square, like Saudi Arabia where beheadings are entertainment for the crowds of Muslim savages….just you wait.
    http://actjonesboroar.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/cr

    • defcon 4

      I'm surprised islamofascist blasphemy/heresy laws haven't been enacted yet in the US. I'm certain they'll be enacted under the guise of something else (i.e. "hate speech" legislation). Maybe the current regime doesn't feel they can count on the SCOTUS to rule the correct way if they did get disguised islamofascist blasphemy/heresy laws passed.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Of course he is meeting with the terrorists first, he has to get his marching orders.
    William

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

    WhateverMan, you mean Hizbollah like all Arabs and Muslims they hide behind women and children and uses them as human shields.
    Or the Hezbollah Islamo Nazis that murders hundreds of defenseless Israeli civilians in Argentina and Bulgaria.

    Tell me why do the Arabs love using civiilans as human shields?
    Does it come from Mohammad the pedofile who married a 9 year old girl?
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343397
    Hezbollah moves into south Lebanon villages
    Analysis: Terror group storing rockets in private homes it sold to poor Shiite families at bargain prices
    02.10.13
    http://frontpagemag.com/2012/davidhornik/israel-t
    May 18, 2012
    Hezbollah’s positioning of weapons in the heart of civilian areas in around 100 Lebanese towns and villages along the border.

    “In the villages there are three-story houses: on one floor there are rockets, then there is a family on the next floor, then a (military) headquarters then another family. The people that live there are human shields….

    “Every Shiite village has become such a compound. The great challenge will be to deal with all these compounds.”
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=11
    Photos, footage expose Hezbollah tactics
    Prove intentional use of civilians to shield its weapons, equipment
    Declassified IDF Photos and Footage Expose Hizbullah Tactics
    Dec 06, '06
    The IDF has decided to release photos, documents and videos proving Hizbullah's intentional use of civilians to shield its weapons, missile-launchers and surveillance equipment. A selection follows at:
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=118589
    Hizbullah officer: We would've given up
    8/1/07

    "The cease-fire acted as a life jacket for the organization [at the end of the Second Lebanon War]," a Hizbullah officer said in an interview aired by Channel 10 on Tuesday.

    In the interview, the unnamed officer said Hizbullah gunmen would have surrendered if the fighting last summer had continued for another 10 days.

    His statement sharply contrasted with those made by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on several occasions since the monthlong war.

    At the end of the war, Nasrallah said his organization had gained a "divine victory."

    The officer shown on Channel 10 said the organization's gunmen had been running low on food and water and facing rapidly diminishing arms supplies.

    The officer also said that many Hizbullah commanders were ordered to hide before the war started, and that the gunmen who remained were forced to fire Katyusha rockets from inside urban populations because of the IDF's efficiency in destroying launchers minutes after a launch had been detected.

    He said that when the gunmen relocated to cities and villages, they knew innocent civilians would be hurt as a consequence.

    The quick arrival of IAF jets at rocket-launch sites, sometimes only four to five minutes after a Katyusha was fired, "surprised" Hizbullah, the officer said.

  • Marvin Fox

    Obama! wouldn't it be nice if we could figure out what he is actually doing, in any venue. When he speaks of his own plans, it is usually in such a broad uninformative context that it is almost useless. Any side can interpret him in its own way.
    Marvin Fox

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

    http://honestreporting.com/israel-daily-news-stre
    Hezbollah Ethnic Cleansing Syrian Sunnis
    MARCH 13, 2013
    PESACH BENSON

    Amir Taheri (NY Post) accuses Hezbollah of ethnic cleansing in areas of Syria vital for an Alawite mini-state:

    Since September, Assad’s forces have been trying to expel those Sunnis, replacing them with Nusairiyah and Lebanese Shiite settlers. Hezbollah is giving a helping hand to that sinister scheme and paying the price.

    Once the Sunni Muslim villages have been ethnically cleansed, Hezbollah would next have to move on villages such as Marmarita, Zeydal and Firuzah that are populated by Christians, as well as ethnic Turcoman villages opposed to Assad, notably Al-Samalil, Aqrab and Talaf.

    Assad has embarked on a massive crime against humanity, with Hezbollah as his accomplice