wants to talk to you about the Muslims who work with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) under the guise of interfaith relations and civil rights work.
Here's why it matters when your Muslim activists, leaders, and organizations work with the ADL.
1) During the struggled to end apartheid in South Africa, the ADL opposed civil and human rights activists.
2) In the 90s, they spied on, maintained dossiers about, and even sold information to foreign governments about civil rights activists and groups they did not like.
3) After 9/11, when the Holy Land Foundation was unjustly targeted for their previous, legal humanitarian work, the ADL supported their prosecution.
4) When Park 51 and AlJazeera America were under attack by Islamophobes, the ADL opposed both institutions, landing on the wrong side of free speech and exercise of religious liberty.
5) When #BlackLivesMatter took a position in support of non-violent resistance, supporting the #BDS movement, the ADL attacked them.
6) Most every time Apartheid Israel bombs Gaza or otherwise kills civilians, the ADL cheers them on. Sometimes they even buy billboards and newspaper ads to amplify their war mongering.
7) If you're wondering about police militarization, the ADL actually facilitates learning trips for US police to go study how apartheid Israel's police force profiles and otherwise represses Palestinian communities.
What am I missing? There's lots. The list is long. Have something to add? Tell me.
I once had a Muslim organization which enables the ADL and holds them up as an interfaith partner, send not one but two board members after me. Here's their argument and my short response:
1) We work together on things we agree on and part ways on things we disagree on.

This is not about agreeing and disagreeing. This is about the ADL actively working to undermine the civil rights and human rights of Arab and Black communities.
2) People who don't work with the ADL have an inferiority complex.

Actually, not working with the ADL communicates that we are confident, assured, and consistent. We do not need a farce of a civil rights organization to advance our own causes. We are just fine on our own.
This picture? This is the new ADL CEO, who offered to register as a Muslim if there were ever a Muslim registry, partying with the Trump administration as they open the new apartheid Israeli embassy in Jerusalem. Not far from here, Palestinians are being murdered in cold blood.
In a world of finite resources, I do not need or want the ADL as an interfaith partner. And if there is ever a Muslim registry, Jonathan Greenblatt isn't welcome on my list or in my camps.
Change will require apologies for their long list of past transgressions, removing their Islamophobic dossiers on their website, ending police trainings in Apartheid Israel, no longer war mongering while Palestinians are being killed, and then maybe we'll talk.

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Jun 22, 2018
Today, Alhamdulillah, the award I wrote about two weeks ago, which had been previously rescinded was reinstated.
(This is good news. It won’t go viral the way the bad news did without some intentionality. So I’m asking for your help. Please share this if it resonates, if it gives you hope, if it makes you smile, and if this is what you believe reconciliation should look like.)
Later this year, I will InshaAllah accept an award from PACT for my work in the community.
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Last night, I was scheduled to receive an award for my community building work from an interfaith organization. *However, earlier this week, the organization rescinded my award because of my vocal support of Palestinian human rights.*
When I received a call in March notifying me that I had been selected as one of the organization’s 2018 awardees, I was honored. I accepted the invitation, and my name was publicly announced as one of their honorees.
Last week however, the organization’s leadership reached out to me. *During our conversation they shared that the organization’s Jewish members were upset at my being honored, because of my vocal advocacy on Apartheid Israel, and in support of Palestinian human rights.*
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