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.”
“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.”