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Sexual Abuse Epidemic goes unpunished at ADC, America’s largest Islamic Group

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Multiple sexual harassment allegations have been lodged against Imad Hamad of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC), “the largest civil rights group for Arab-Americans.” The ADC national board of directors, in keeping with the sharia, is standing by the alleged abusive pervert.

Why don’t these victims go to the police? Sexual abuse is sanctioned under the sharia. The media betrayed the victims as well. False news stories of “insufficient evidence” by tools of Islamic supremacists like Niraj Warikoo were planted to cover up for the sexual abuse. Warikoo never called the investigator; nor did he do any actual reporting. My colleagues have seen this repeatedly from Warikoo. He takes dictation from Islamic supremacists.

It bears noting that Holder and the DoJ work very closely with the ADC and defer to their demands as a matter of policy. The DoJ must be called upon to end its collusion with the ADC, a group that sanctions the sexual abuse of women.

“Attorney: I never said alleged harassment by rights leader was unproven” Detroit Free Press, October 3, 2013 (thanks to Mark)

The Southfield attorney who investigated sexual harassment allegations against Imad Hamad of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC) told the Free Press on Friday that she never determined there was “insufficient evidence” against the civil rights leader, contrary to earlier statements made by the group that she did.

Abed Ayoub, the interim director of ADC’s Michigan office and the group’s national legal and policy director, acknowledged Friday that the investigator never made that determination.

Investigator
Teri Gorman was hired by ADC to investigate the allegations made by several women,
but said she was tasked strictly with finding facts. “Neither I nor my report made any determinations, conclusions or recommendations,” she said. “I was just fact-finding and not asked to make a determination.”


Ayoub said Friday that the conclusion of
“insufficient evidence” was made by the ADC national board of directors
and not Gorman. The ADC — the largest civil rights group for
Arab-Americans, with the Michigan branch as the largest in the U.S. —
previously said in two separate releases that the investigator had
concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Hamad sexually harassed
women.

“Contrary to the previous press release” from the ADC,
Gorman “did not render any legal counsel, did not make any
determinations, and did not recommend any course of action,”
Ayoub said.
“The decisions made at the close of the investigation were made
exclusively by the ADC national board of directors.”

That
admission further angered the women who had accused Hamad of sexual
harassment. Two of them told the Free Press on Friday that ADC’s two
initial statements misled the public about the results of the
investigation, leading people to believe Hamad had been cleared.

“They were dishonest,” Rana Abbas, who was deputy director at ADC, said of ADC’s initial statements. “It’s really disturbing.”

Meanwhile,
another board member — assistant Wayne County prosecutor Mariam Bazzi —
announced Friday that she’s resigning from the advisory board of the
Michigan chapter of the ADC,
telling the Free Press: “I’m not
comfortable being associated with the organization.”

Earlier this
week, cochair Ali Hammoud and board member Siham Jaafar of Dearborn
Heights told the Free Press they resigned. And in June, ADC Michigan
advisory board member Michael Bsharah stepped down, saying that ADC’s
leaders didn’t react properly to the allegations.

Dr. Safa Rifka, the chair of ADC’s national board, did not comment on the latest developments. Hamad, 52, was put on leave in June following a Free Press report that said several women had accused him of sexually harassing them.

On Sept. 27, ADC said
in a statement: “An external review … performed by an independent
third party led by an experienced Michigan attorney has concluded that
there is insufficient evidence to make a conclusive determination
supporting allegations of harassment since 2007.” In the same release,
the group announced Hamad would be stepping down as a senior national
adviser and director of its Michigan office, but would stay with ADC as
an adviser.

The ADC followed that up with a release Wednesday through PR Newswire that said: “The independent investigator determined there was inconclusive evidence of sexual harassment.” On Thursday, ADC issued a news release
that was similar, but the sentence about the independent investigator
was deleted and replaced with a sentence that read: “It was determined
by the board there was inconclusive evidence of sexual harassment.”

In
the statements this week, ADC also disclosed for the first time that
the group had taken “appropriate personnel actions with regard to Mr.
Hamad,” over sexual harassment claims made in 2007. The statements
didn’t detail what type of discipline Hamad had faced previously or the
nature of the allegations.

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit,
who alleges she was one of the women harassed when she previously worked
in Hamad’s office, announced she will have a news conference Tuesday
at the Lebanese-American Heritage Club in Dearborn to talk about the
issue of sexual harassment.

“ADC’s retraction demonstrates how
disingenuous they were in their internal process of addressing these
very serious claims of assault and sexual harassment,” she said. “It is
very alarming that they hired an attorney and paid for an undisclosed
amount of money to conduct a four-month-long investigation, yet they did
not seek this attorney’s legal opinion, advice or ask her for a final
conclusion to how ADC should proceed with the information she provided
them.”

In its Thursday statement, the ADC also said it “abides by
due process, and this is the same principle it applies daily as a
leading civil rights organization. In this society, people are innocent
until proven guilty. Unfortunately, ADC questions the motives and
agendas of those who seek to discredit the process ADC followed.”

ADC
added that an internal investigation of its policies and procedures on
sexual harassment and the way ADC handles claims of misconduct is
ongoing. “ADC is working to make certain its policies and procedures are
sound and continue to reflect zero tolerance of workplace
discrimination or harassment,” the statement said.

Bazzi said one
of the reasons she resigned is because of concern that women may now be
reluctant to come forward with sexual harassment claims.

“I don’t
believe the investigation was handled in the way it should have,” Bazzi
said. “There should have been transparency in how they reached their
decision … ADC’s national leadership failed. I’m disappointed.”

Hamad’s
attorney, Shereef Akeel, said that “people can make … all sorts of
allegations, but the bottom line is that there were allegations, they
were investigated, and the facts weren’t there to substantiate a finding
that sexual harassment took place in the workplace since 2007. That’s
the bottom line.”

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