PHILADELPHIA – The Middle East Forum announces the appointment of Supna Zaidi as assistant director of Islamist Watch, a project to resist the Islamist agenda to spread Shari‘a through lawful means and to gain special rights for Muslims in the

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PHILADELPHIA – The Middle East Forum announces the appointment of Supna Zaidi as assistant director of Islamist Watch, a project to resist the Islamist agenda to spread Shari‘a through lawful means and to gain special rights for Muslims in the West.

Ms Zaidi is currently editor in chief of Muslim World Today and director of the Council for Democracy and Tolerance, a progressive Muslim think tank that engages moderate Muslims against Islamism and defends the values of democracy and secularism in the West. Ms Zaidi studied religion and Middle East history at the University of California-San Diego and received her law degree from New York Law School. She has practiced immigration law in the New York area, litigating deportation and asylum cases, specializing in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

"Every American must recognize that a fundamental change is occurring in the West," observes Supna Zaidi. "Another 9/11 is less of a danger than the piling up of seemingly innocuous accommodations to Islamic law. Lawful Islamists advance their cause through lobbying politicians, intimidating the media, threatening international boycotts, making predatory use of the legal system, advancing novel legislation, influencing the contents of school textbooks, and in other ways exploiting the freedoms of an open society. American media generally ignore such encroachments, so Islamist Watch exists to take up the slack."

MEF director Daniel Pipes welcomed Ms Zaidi, noting: "She will be a strong advocate against the Islamist agenda to blur the lines between religious freedom with preferential treatment and legitimization of Islamism and Shari'a over all Americans through American law. As a Muslim immigrant, Supna realizes the challenges Muslims face when Islamists falsely tell them that they must choose between the U.S. Constitution or Shari'a. As assistant director of Islamist Watch, she will make it her daily duty to fight against Islamists while promoting moderate Islam."

Islamist Watch, established by the Forum in April 2006, focuses on the political, educational, cultural, and legal activities of Islamists in the United States and (to a lesser degree) in other historically non-Muslim countries, especially Western Europe, Canada, and Australia. It seeks to educate the government, media, religious institutions, the academy, and the business world about lawful Islamism. It is the only U.S. project to stand vigilant and vocal against attempts by Islamists to make non-Muslims second class citizens in their own countries, while encouraging support for anti-Islamist Muslims. Learn more at http://www.islamist-watch.org/about.php

Immediate release

For more information, contact Amy Shargel at
215-546-5406, ex. 22
Shargel@MEForum.org