Ten days before his inauguration as Tennessee’s 50th governor, Bill Lee prioritized meeting with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) while denying other requests for meetings with non-Muslim groups.
The following day, AMAC posted the photo of Bill Lee embracing members of the organization. Oh, the fundraising possibilities!
The photo also includes Samar Ali which is a little strange since she has not been known to publicly affiliate with the AMAC. Perhaps Haslam’s super-short term political appointee was the one who helped arrange the meeting between Lee and AMAC.
In addition to Samar’s expertise in sharia finance, she is also a devotee of former president Jimmy Carter, author of the biased book Palestine:Peace Not Apartheid a title which helps prop up the anti-Israel propaganda of the Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel.Carter’s persistence in casting the terrorist PLO’s leader Yasser Arafat in a positive light, tells you all you need to know about Carter’s own anti-Israel biases.
In 2014, Carter while once again blaming Israel for the strife in the Middle East, “demanded recognition of Hamas’ ‘legitimacy as a political actor.’”
Gee, think he forgot that in 1997, the U.S. designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization?
Regardless, Samar traveled with Carter and his team to witness the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi being elected president in Egypt.
According to the Vanderbilt Law School website, Samar’s mother immigrated to the U.S. from Syria and her father is from the West Bank town of Ramallah. Both her parents are listed as large dollar donors of the Carter Center.
Another interesting note about Samar and her training in sharia finance relates to her position as an intern in Amman, Jordan, for the International Arab Bank during the time that a lawsuit had been filed against the bank alleging that the bank was managing the funding of payments to the families of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) martyrs.
Add to this that since 2005, Samar’s father Subhi Ali, has led the board of the D.C.-based Jerusalem Fund, an organization devoted to destroying Israel. The founder of Subhi Ali’s Jerusalem Fund, a guy named Hisham Sharabi, was also a board member of the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) which was funding the PIJ allegedly through the Arab Bank where Samar was interning.
Back to the Lee-AMAC meeting
Some Lee supporters have defended his meeting with AMAC going so far as to say, “he had to,” while others who have followed AMAC and their member’s activities, expressed concern about the meeting.
People are right to be troubled by Lee’s eagerness to connect with the group.
For starters, AMAC has fully adopted the radical left’s “intersectionality” ideology and along with it, Islamist Linda Sarsour, one of the country’s leading Jew-haters.
“Intersectionality” claims that all self-described oppressed groups are united through their alleged oppression.
Read it all.
Check out the last line of Lee’s About Me page:
Bill and Maria are people of strong faith. They are active in Grace Chapel Church and in numerous faith-based ministries, which have taken them all over the world to serve people in need, including to Africa, Central America, and the Middle East.
Lee seems to help everybody but Americans.