Hassan Shibly

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Hassan Shibly

Hassan Shibly is a civil rights attorney and Chief Executive Director of CAIR - Florida. Lives in Tampa, Florida. From Amherst, New York. Hassan Shibly has been an apologist for terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah.


Executive Director CAIR — Florida. Orlando, Florida.

Hassan Shibly, the son of Syrian immigrants, who was raised in Buffalo New York. During his time in Law School, Hassan served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and on the Human Rights Advisory Committee. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in December 2011. He runs a successful academic publishing company focusing on the traditional Islamic sciences, and is the founder of the Center for American Muslim Understanding. Hassan’s work has earned him the attention of various Islamophobic publications, which criticize Hassan for “deceiving the American People” by “promoting a peaceful and tolerant image of Islam.”[1]


Studied Law at University at Buffalo.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Faizan Syed shared Hassan Shibly's post on Facebook[2] on December 27 2018 that the Southwest Florida Community Foundation gave a $90,000 grant to CAIR - Florida to "expand their services."


CAIR-Houston 17th Annual Banquet by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Houston Chapter held Sun, December 9, 2018
"Exciting News! CAIR - Florida is happy to announce that thanks to the generosity facilitated by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, immigrants in need of protecting their legal status in South West Florida or securing citizenship will have increased access to professional attorneys who will assist them free of charge!
"The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is awarding CAIR-FL a grant of over $89,000 to help us expand our services into South West Florida!
"This generous grant will allow us to open an office in Fort Meyers, Fl and hire a staff member to expand our statewide services locally throughout Southwest Florida!
"We will provide hundreds of immigrants with free legal training about their rights and provide free legal representation to assist and protect those seeking the American dream.
"Inspired by the foundation's generosity? Make a donation to CAIR-FL today to help us better serve the community tomorrow!
"Also be on the look out for a job posting soon as we hire a regional coordinator for the region!
"Special thanks to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation for their generous support to assist those who are most vulnerable!

CAIR - Houston Banquet 2018

Hassan Shibly and Linda Sarsour spoke at CAIR - Houston’s 17th annual banquet in December 2018 along with U.S. Rep.Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and with Roula Alouch as "Master of Ceremonies."

From the invitation:[3]

"We are excited to invite you to our 17th Annual CAIR-Houston Banquet!

Please join us in celebration and review of the progress that our outstanding team has made this year. We are also excited to have Linda Sarsour and Hassan Shibly as our special keynote speakers with Roula Alouch as our Master of Ceremonies.

"Israel & it's supporters are enemies of God and humanity"

Hassan Shibly Tweet

In 2014, Hassan Shibly tweeted that "Israel & it's supporters are enemies of God and humanity."


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Hassan Shibly regularly claims that Israel deliberately kills civilians.

White House Meetings

Hassan Shibly Tweet

On March 15 2016, Hassan Shibly tweeted[4] that he had a "productive" meeting at the White House. "Productive White House meeting today. Gifted senior officials a couple copies of the Must Read book by Arun Kundnani"

Hassan Shibly Tweet

On August 1 2014, Hassan Shibly tweeted[5] "#TariqKhdeir meeting with National Security Council at White House!"

Apologist for Terror

From the Investigative Project in 2011:[6]

"But on his own Facebook page, Shibly defended a radical imam killed by the FBI after he opened fire on agents moving in to arrest him. In an October 2009 post, Shibly questioned the use of force against Imam Luqman Abdullah even though the criminal complaint against him made it clear Abdullah advocated violent jihad and urged followers never to surrender peacefully to authorities.
"CAIR also championed Abdullah's case, with the executive director of its Michigan chapter, Dawud Walid, unleashing a series of conspiratorial tirades against the government for its actions against the armed imam."


"Hassan Shibly has a track record of defending terrorist groups and acting as an apologist for radical Islam. Following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, Shibly granted legitimacy to Hizballah by characterizing it as a "resistance movement" that provides valued social services to the Lebanese people. "They're absolutely not a terrorist organization," Shibly said, and "any war against them is illegitimate."
"As a testament to his support for Hizballah's cause, Shibly even expressed a desire to travel to Lebanon to aid the group's war effort.
"When asked to explicitly condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, Shibly wouldn't. "Of course we condemn every single act of violence directed against—by Hamas and by Hizballah—directed against civilians," Shibly said in a Feb. 28 lecture at a church in Youngstown, N.Y. "But the trick we fall into is when we want to condemn them as a whole we completely cut off any chances for having a peace process.""

Verbatim from Hassan Shibly's student newspaper:[7]

"When junior political science major Hassan Shibly decided to spend last summer in Syria, he expected a relaxing vacation consisting of visits to family and friends, traveling the countryside, and studying with Muslim scholars. However, one fateful night changed his plans, and he quickly became engulfed in a devastating, complicated war.


"Although the United States and Israel view Hezbollah as a terrorist group, Shibly insists they are a legitimate military group that conducts justified operations and provides valued services for citizens.
“Hezbollah is basically a resistance movement supported by people in Lebanon, both Muslims and Christians. It is not merely a military institution; it provides a lot of social services for people of all different faiths,” said Shibly. “They’re absolutely not a terrorist organization; their targets have always been military targets. They wear uniforms and operate overtly. Under American just war theory, since they have a political base and popular support from the people, any war against them is illegitimate.”
"Consequently, Shibly claims Hezbollah did not target Israeli citizens, and did what they could to minimize innocent lives lost.
“Hezbollah chose to attack legitimate military targets. Israel responded by sending F16s, illegal cluster bombs, and Apache helicopters to attack the city of Beirut and the country of Lebanon. They attacked civilians—normal kids, women, and families. They made no distinction between schools, universities, and other institutions. They caused $2 billion worth of damage. It’ll take Lebanon years to rebuild itself—the economy and infrastructure were demolished in a few days,” said Shibly. He cited specific cases where he says Hezbollah purposely refrained from extensive damage, such as avoiding attacks on chemical plants in Haifa and ports where thousands of lives would have been lost."

On Homosexuality

"“In studying all the Abrahmic faiths, it is clear without a doubt, that homosexuality like premarital sex, is considered a terrible sin. In fact, all Abrahamic faiths prohibit anal sexual intercourse even between a husband and wife. The faiths also prohibit all types of homosexual activity not to mention that they clearly do not authorize marriage based upon such a sin. All Abrahamic faiths clearly and unequivocally prohibit homosexuality, premarital sex, and homosexual marriage.”"[8]

From the Spectator:

"...Shibly called on Muslims traveling from Arab countries to refuse to cooperate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, and attacked homosexuality as “a quick way to earn God’s wrath.” (Nor is this a one-off, as this month Shibly retweeted a post from Shadee Elmasry, who is uncompromisingly hostile to LGBT people even as political allies; and last month Shibly retweeted Suhaib Webb, who has elsewhere stated that homosexuals are “cursed.”)"[9]


MSA-CT is teaming up with CAIR-CT again for their annual fundraising dinner!

"I hope you can join us for this great event. Please fill out the form online to secure your table or ticket and show your generous support for CAIR!!!

The event will take place on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the West Hartford Conference Center (Town Hall), 50 Main Street, West Hartford CT, and promises to be both inspiring and motivating.

The theme of our 9th annual banquet, Faith in Freedom, speaks to the resilience of our community and our continued involvement in the fight to uphold justice for all. Our keynote speaker will be attorney Norm Pattis, who will speak on “Islamophobia – 3 Faces of the New Racism”. We will also be joined by Imam Siraj Wahhaj from Masjid At-Taqwa in New York, Susan Campbell of the Hartford Courant, and attorney Hassan Shibly the Executive Director of CAIR in Florida. Other invited speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, and Congressman John B. Larson.[10]

Working with communists

Hassan Shibly, Cassia Laham, Mick Kelly

A group of 50 people gathered at the First United Church of Tampa, February 2015, for a panel discussion, “State Repression and the War on Terror.” Speakers focused on the U.S. government targeting of Arab-Americans, Muslims and anti-war activists for political repression.

“Only the fish that opens its mouth gets in trouble,” said Attorney Hassan Shibly of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Shibly advised individuals to remain silent and call their lawyer when facing intimidation and questioning by the FBI. CAIR offers representation to clients for free.

Another panelist, Cassia Laham, spoke about the growing student movement in opposition to U.S. support for Israeli and for the liberation of all of Palestine. She helped found Students for Justice in Palestine at University of Florida.

“We have a duty to keep organizing together to keep moving forward,” Laham said. Currently she is active with People’s Opposition to Imperialism, War, and Racism (POWIR) in Miami and organizes in solidarity with Palestinian American women’s leader Rasmea Odeh..

“Targeting of Arab Americans and Muslims for the sake of ‘safety’ is a lie used by the state to perpetuate fear of these oppressed communities and to instill support of U.S. wars overseas,” said Mick Kelly from Minneapolis.

“The U.S. has built an empire that encompasses every continent, the people of the Middle East are defeating that empire. They are fighting to get the boot of the U.S. and Israel of their necks. We need to stand in solidarity with all those who are fighting for their liberation and defeat attempts to repress ourselves and others,” continued Kelly. Kelly is one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists whose home was turned upside down by the FBI in 2010.

CAIR 2016 Youth Leadership Conference

CAIR - Florida October 19, 2016:


CAIR - Florida is excited to host White House Advisor Rumana Ahmed and Former OFA Director Sara El-Amine for the 2016 Youth Leadership Conference. The youth are our future. We must work to empower them! — with Barbara Valencia, Hassan Shibly and Wilfredo Amr Ruiz at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy.

Kelly also spoke about Rasmea Odeh’s trial in Detroit, “Through organizing and speaking out, it is a way to make a breakthrough.”

The CSFR-Tampa is organizing a local protest on March 12 in support of Rasmea Odeh. One local leader will be attending Odeh’s sentencing in Detroit.[11]

MLK Day event, Tampa

CAIR - Florida's Hassan Shibly spoke at Martin Luther King events Program in Tampa, FL [Allen Temple AME Church], January 17, 2017.

Other participants were: U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor; Albert Coleman, Commuinity Affairs, Hillsborough County; Rev. Dr. Glenn B. Dames; Rev. Bernice Powell Jackson; Rabbi Josh Hearshen; and Rev. Stephen Green.[12]

Protesting "Muslim travel ban"

Two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning citizens from some predominantly Muslim nations from coming to the United States, hundreds gathered at Centennial Park Tampa (Ybor) to speak out against what they believe to be a White House with anti-immigrant policies.

"This is a community founded by immigrants," Ana Lamb, a leader with the League of United Latin American Citizens, said.

Another protester was Johnny Wong, a 31-year-old Tampa resident is of Chinese and French descent. In 2009, he converted to the Muslim faith and is now married to a Muslim woman.

The executive order sparked confusion and fear within Florida's Muslim-American community, said Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR - Florida. The group was inundated with thousands of calls for help over the weekend, many from people with family members who live in one of the seven countries.

There was another protest from noon to 3 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, voiced her support for Muslims by calling the travel ban "illegal" and "un-American."[13]


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  13. [http://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa-protests-among-many-planned-in-florida-after-trumps-travel-ban/2311275 Tampa Bay Times, Trump's travel ban prompts protests in Tampa Hundreds gathered in Ybor City's Centennial Park to protest the executive order on Sunday. LUIS SANTANA | Published: January 29, 2017Updated: January 30, 2017 at 10:33 AM]