Individuals with disturbingly close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorism front group were part of an "anti-Muslim bigotry" meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House last week.
The Obama administration initially declined to reveal the names of the American Muslim leaders who met with the president last week to discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues, Breitbart reported. Over the weekend though, the White House identified the 14 Muslim leaders, which included a comedian, a hijab-wearing basketball player and several left wing activists.
However surprisingly, some people at the meeting may have previously been closely related to the radical anti-freedom organization.
Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and a founding member of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), was one of the Muslim leaders at last week's meeting with the President and senior advisors Ben Rhodes and Valerie Jarrett.
ISNA, founded in 1981 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial and has also been accused of funneling its money to Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Similarly, CAIR was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and has been alleged to have transferred money to Palestinian terror groups.
Another member at the meeting was Hoda Elshishtawy of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), which, just like ISNA and CAIR, was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The group has written and often endorsed a paper rejecting the United States' designation of Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations, and has insisted that the Jewish state of Israel be included as a state sponsor of terrorism.
In a 1998 speech at the National Press Club, an MPAC senior official described the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah as one that fights for "American values."
Mohamed Majid, who serves as Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), was raided as part of a U.S. government initiative called "Operation Green Quest" in 2002, where federal agents suspected the group of supporting terrorist organizations, according to Breitbart.
ADAMS Center was "suspected of providing support to terrorists, money laundering, and tax evasion," according to government documents.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamist organization which was founded in Egypt in 1928 by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna. The group's stated goal is to instill the Quran and Sunnah as the "sole reference point for ... ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community ... and state."
Both Former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi were members of the Brotherhood.