ADL scrutinized over interfaith camp coordinators’ alleged ties to Al-Qaeda terrorist

Bilal Mirza (center), who has worked for the Anti-Defamation League's interfaith camp in New Hampshire, seen at a rally outside Moakley Courthouse in Massachusetts during convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist Tarek Mehanna’s bail hearing. Credit: Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

( The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is being scrutinized over the alleged ties staffers at its interfaith camp in New Hampshire have to a convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist.

Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov of the Boston-based advocacy group Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) wrote in an article for American Thinker that brothers Bilal and Ammaar Mirza—who have been involved with the ADL’s New Hampshire camp for several years, first as campers and later as staffers—have been “active in a Boston-area extremist Islamist movement” and are also supporters of convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist Tarek Mehanna.

Mehanna, a pharmacist from Sudbury, Mass., was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda in 2012. Jacobs and Feoktistov wrote that Bilal and Ammaar have been frequently seen “taking active part in multiple rallies organized by the so-called ‘Free Tarek’ movement,” also noting that several members of that movement have been tied to anti-Semitic statements in online postings with titles such as “Close Guantanamo Bay, Reopen Auschwitz.”

Jacobs, APT’s president, called on the ADL to improve its vetting process for interfaith partners.  

A request for comment from ADL’s New England office was not immediately returned.

Posted on July 25, 2014 .