The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Syrian American Council (SAC) have announced that they sponsored an event in Washington DC titled “US Policy Against ISIS: Protecting Minorities in the Middle East.” According to the announcement:
US Policy Against ISIS: Protecting Minorities in the Middle East Muslim Public Affairs Council and Syrian American Council Monday, September 21, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT) Washington, DC
Event Details Since March 2011, religious and ethnic minorities in Syria have been brutally oppressed under the Assad regime and at the hands of ISIS. Join this discussion about the future of Christians and minorities in Syria, the role of the Assad regime in fanning the flames of sectarianism, and recommendations for U.S. policymakers.
Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is the former preacher of the Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria and is the author of ‘Refuting ISIS’, a book that presents the view of mainstream Sunni Islam on ISIS.
Hind Kabawat is the director of interfaith peacebuilding at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University. Her work promotes interfaith tolerance and cooperation, modernization and reform, as well as educational innovations in conflict resolution and diplomacy education.
The GMBDW reported last week that the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) had joined an interfaith coalition that staged an event in front of the White House to demand that the “Obama administration to do more to address the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria.” That reported noted that all of the Islamic the participants are all tied in someway to the US Muslim Brotherhood including Mirna Barq, President of the Syrian American Council (SAC).
The Syrian American Council is one of the largest American based Syrian lobbying organizations and key SAC leaders are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in the US:
- The last known SAC President was Talal Sunbulli (aka Talal Sunulle ) who was listed as the Syrian coordinator in the international phone book of Muslim Brotherhood members seized by federal investigators during the Holy Land Foundation investigation.
- The last known SAC Chairman was Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the California office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a part of the Us Muslim Brotherhood.
- US Muslim Brotherhood figure Louay Safi is known to have been a leading member of the SAC.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was established originally in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose leaders had backgrounds suggesting they were associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. A 1989 US Muslim Brotherhood document introduced as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial refers to the last name of one of the MPAC leaders, Mather Hathout, in a list of “Islamic Centers and Groups in the field.” MPAC has since developed into the political lobby arm of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has opposed almost every counterterrorism action proposed or carried out by the U.S. government, often suggesting that the efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community. MPAC has also acted to support a variety of Palestinian terrorist organizations as well as facilitating a wider range of terrorism by defending or justifying violence carried out by Islamic groups. Nevertheless, MPAC has developed particularly extensive relationships with agencies of the U.S. government including meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI.
For a profile on MPAC, go here.