Washington DC is the place to be for anyone wanting to influence policies or interact directly with those that influence national policies. Because there is some much going on in DC as far as the government is concerned, it is also a very popular location for major universities and study programs. One such school isStudents from all over flock to the college not only for its once in a lifetime access to everything political but also its reputation. This may be shaken to the core as the school moves more and more towards a very dangerous partnership with those tied to terrorism.
A recent addition to the staff of Georgetown University makes no secret about his ties to an extremely questionable organization, namely The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It has been widely reported that CAIR has direct ties to groups that support and fund terrorism. According to a recent report about CAIR:
“Born of an effort to scuttle hopes for a negotiated Middle East peace, CAIR was listed among organizations tied to the Brotherhood’s American network. Its founders emerged from a separate Islamic organization that two courts have found played a supporting role for the terrorist group Hamas.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization purports to be a “leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding” and claims to speak for the majority of American Muslims. However, after a careful review of the history, activities, statements, and causes of and by CAIR, it seems that its primary goals are to silence and DE-legitimize its critics and redefine what it means to be a moderate. And when it comes to U.S. efforts to crack down on terrorists and their financiers, CAIR takes an almost visceral stand in opposition. This has the effect of undermining the legitimate security-related concerns and campaigns of the United States and its allies. These conclusions and the summary immediately below are based on the evidence and examples that follow in this report; beginning with CAIR’s very founding.”
With such a questionable agenda, it is outright startling to find out that an essential part of a program with Georgetown University thought to push for diversity is tied to the radical group. Arsalan Iftikhar recently joined the staff at Georgetown and celebrated the efforts of CAIR. He was quoted at their annual awards dinner in April 2017 as saying:
“(CAIR) will always hold a very, very special place in my heart until the day I die.”
Iftikhar makes no effort to hide his ties to a group that supports the likes of Hamas, and he has joined Georgetown University’s anti-“Islamophobia” Bridge Initiative. The Bridge program is described as a multi-year research study:
“…of Georgetown’s Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). Bridge’s claim “to fulfill Thomas Jefferson’s dream of a ‘well-informed citizenry’” is laughable to anyone familiar with ACMCU’s Potemkin village of academic integrity. Past ACMCU speakers have included 9/11 Truthers, while the center disinvited an Egyptian neo-Nazi only after public outcry.”
The newest addition to the ACMCU cements the role of CAIR at Georgetown as Iftikhar is extremely dedicated and loyal to the group. His ties to CAIR date back to 2000 when he was still in law school. He also served as CAIR’s national legal director up until 2007. His time at CAIR also meant he created close relationships with some questionable parts of the group including his fellow banquet speaker and “dear brother” Hassan Shibly. Shibly is described as “..a radical Israel-hater and Hamas- and Hezb’allah-supporter.”
While Iftikhar self-labels himself as being a “…proud American pacifist.” This is not the case with such close ties to CAIR or the likes of Shibly. Many within the DC community see this addition to Georgetown as a direct threat to national security and political influence throughout the region.
This is not something to be taken lightly or to be ignored as thewithin the college may be far more reaching than we currently anticipate. This is not just another research program that may not lead to much, but instead a tool to further the influence of CAIR beyond its current holdings. What is even more alarming is the fact that in this role the leadership of the ACMCU has access to who may be more open to manipulation.
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