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Concerns Arise Over New ADL Official’s Meetings With Extremist US Muslim Group

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George Selim, the ADL’s new senior vice president of programs. Photo: UK House of Commons. – The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) hiring of one of the most prominent Arab Americans in the Obama administration, George Selim, has raised questions about Selim’s meetings with officials of an extremist US Muslim group.

As senior vice president of programs, Selim will head the ADL’s education, law enforcement and community security programs, and oversee its Center on Extremism. In the Obama administration, Selim served as director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnership, where his work included cultivating relations with Muslim-American organizations.

Asked by The Daily Caller in 2012 whether he was willing to meet with officials of the extremist Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Selim replied that “hundreds” of meetings had been held between CAIR officials and representatives of various US government agencies, apparently including his Office for Community Partnership.

The ADL is on record as strongly criticizing CAIR, and ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt recently said he will never knowingly sign a petition on which CAIR is a signatory, even if he agrees with CAIR on the issue addressed in the petition.

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According to the ADL’s website, CAIR was “founded by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization;” “CAIR has a long record of anti-Israel activity [and] its leadership has accused Israel of being a racist state engaged in genocide”; and “CAIR chapters partner with various anti-Israel groups that seek to isolate and demonize the Jewish state.”

Moreover, according to the ADL website, CAIR leaders have been “linked to Hamas activity”; the founder of CAIR’s Dallas chapter is serving a 65-year jail sentence for assisting terrorists; and the FBI has “suspended contact with CAIR because of evidence…that CAIR and its founders were part of a group set up by the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas.”

Middle East Forum President Dr. Daniel Pipes, who has authored articles exposing CAIR’s extremist links, told, “In 2004, CAIR brought a defamation suit against the organization ‘Anti-CAIR’ for such statements as ‘CAIR is a terrorist-supporting front organization’ that ‘seeks to overthrow constitutional government in the United States…and the installation of an Islamic theocracy.’ In 2006, CAIR agreed to the ‘dismissal with prejudice’ (i.e. permanently) of its defamation suit. Having implicitly recognized the accuracy of these statements, CAIR itself has revealed why it is an outrageously inappropriate partner for any US governmental agency or Jewish organization.”

Asked by if the ADL has changed its position on CAIR, or if Selim has agreed to abide by the ADL’s policy of not meeting with CAIR officials, an ADL spokesperson said, “No, ADL has not reversed its position on CAIR…ADL has clear and established policies, including our stated position on CAIR and other groups. George has a clear track record of fighting Islamist extremism and all forms of hateful ideologies, and will continue doing so in his new role at ADL.”

The ADL declined to make Selim available to be interviewed.

Sarah Stern, president of the Washington, DC-based Endowment for Middle East Truth, a pro-Israel think tank, said, “There is a potential conflict between Selim’s reported meetings with CAIR officials and ADL’s opposition to such meetings.”

Stern told, “Hopefully, Selim will adjust to the ADL’s stance, rather than try to influence the ADL to change its view of CAIR.”

In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) Aug. 7, Selim accused his critics of harming national security. He said it was “false and slanderous” for anyone to suggest he “gave dangerous groups a seat at the table.” He also charged that such criticism not only is “feed[ing] this really hyper-partisan environment in Washington,” but is “actually detrimental to our homeland security.”

Pressed by NPR as to whether there was “even one meeting” in which he was “left with a pit in your stomach, saying ‘I might have just met with someone dangerous,’” Selim did not directly answer the question. He said part of his job “was to engage with a whole spectrum of people,” adding, “I can assure you that in no way, shape or form was there an enabling of some type of nefarious action.”

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  • Isahiah62

    Greenblatt is a huge disappointment, 100% bent-over, an obsequious dhimmi… a Democrat first, Jew second. Only a fool would think Muslims have any intention of compromise or interfaith dialog. These are exercises in pretense, mere theater presented for cameras to consume. You cannot prevent defamation by supporting people whose entire ideology is based upon replacement of JEWS!!!!! with the modern adaptation of same: conquest & destruction of Israel, USA etc…

    Pipes is correct: “an outrageously inappropriate partner for any US governmental agency or Jewish organization.”

    “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”
    — Omar Ahmad, Chairman of CAIR

    “The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
    — Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America
    ”As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.”
    – Siraj Wahhaj, Imam of Al-Taqwa mosque
    as the Muslim Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb explained:
    The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah [the society of
    unbelievers] is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam.

  • watsa46

    Like the liberal Jews ADL is moving away from Israel.


    Obama welcomed CAIR into the White House. Why would Selim not similarly welcome them?