In his written response to Trump’s speech, Faiz Shakir, the ACLU’s national political director, said: “Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech. “ To most Americans that would not be a bad thing.
But Faiz Shakir is no ordinary American. During his college years, Faiz Shakir was a member of the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS), which is affiliated with the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada. In 2000, HIS held an Islamic Awareness Week and Faiz Shakir served as the co-chair for the week’s events. One of those events included a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, a group which acted as the fundraising arm for Hamas in the United States.
Shakir co-authored the “Fear Inc.” report, which implicitly claimed that Islamophobia was the product of a Jewish conspiracy, and wrote positively about the Tunisian Islamist Al-Nahda Party and its genocidal head, Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi, who has engaged in blatant anti-Semitism, and has said, “There are no civilians in Israel. The population—males, females and children—are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.”During his time at Think Progress, Shakir repeatedly attacked the Jewish State, endorsing the Hamas aid flotilla to Gaza and attacking Israel’s attempts to defend itself against terrorists.