Press Release: Sentencing is a stark reminder of the global Islamist threat.

American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Contact: Mischel Yosick
480 225 7473

May 10, 2017

Sentencing of Indonesian Christian Governor of Jakarta on blasphemy charge is a reminder of the rising global Islamist threat.

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) condemned the sentencing of an Indonesian Christian politician, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, for “blasphemy.” The sentencing of Mr. Basuki, the Jakarta governor, also known as “Ahok” was heavier than what prosecutors asked for – rather than the two years probation they requested, he was sentenced to two years in prison.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., founder and president of AIFD, released the following statement:

“The fact that Mr. Basuki was even brought up on charges of ‘blasphemy’ – a truly invented ‘crime’ – is horrifying. The reality of his sentencing should alarm all people, not just Christians, and not just Indonesians.

Indonesia has long enjoyed the reputation of being a model of Muslim moderation and pluralism, yet its problem of Islamism is real: from soaring rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) to violent protests against authors and artists for ‘blasphemy,’ the country is undergoing an ugly and dangerous radicalization that will hurt, kill, and traumatize its citizens and leak across its borders, threatening global security. Mr. Basuki was a governor whose election had only improved Indonesia’s global reputation. His sentencing proves that those who are loyal to Islamist forces no longer care about upholding this image for Indonesia, instead they seek a more sinister role in the world.

Ahok’s case again proves that the nation is on the front lines of this global existential battle against Islamism.

We urge Indonesian citizens to challenge their religious establishments – particularly the Nahdlatul Ulama – to take swift and bold action to condemn and dis-empower those who support and promote punishments for blasphemy, and to demand that their government do the same. I visited Indonesia during my time on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and know that this evil does not represent them. Their government must do better to protect and represent the will of its people.”

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M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is a guest on Arizona Originals with Jason Issak

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy and Physician

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5/4/2017 – M. Zuhdi Jasser sounds off on the female genital mutilation case.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on FBI Director James Comey addressing the arrest of two doctors accused of female genital mutilation


4/7/2017: AIFD President’s, M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. Statement on US Airstrikes in Syria

Syrian-American Reformer Commends Syria Strikes, Urges Vigilance

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) welcomes the news of targeted strikes in Syria, meant to send a message to Bashar al-Assad and his allies that the use of chemical weapons will not stand. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the son of Syrians who fled the regime of Bashar al-Assad’s father, today said:

“When news broke that the United States had begun a narrow campaign of targeted strikes against regime targets in Syria, I felt immediate gratitude – on behalf of my family members there, and for our country, which has watched in horror for six long years as the Assad regime has carried out mass torture and murder of its civilians. While I am hopeful that these strikes are indicative of a bolder, firm Syria strategy – I am under no illusion that they will end Assad’s murderous rule, or that any transition in Syria will happen swiftly or easily. In many ways, we who have loved ones in Syria, and we who care about the human condition – are taking what we can get here – with hope that there will be more, even bolder action in Syria. What this action by President Trump does indicate is that the needle of American policy in Syria is moving closer to being on the right side of history. To secure our place there, however, we must remain vigilant, remembering that a conflict with Assad is necessarily a conflict with Russia, with Iran, and with Hizbollah. These limited, targeted strikes should continue, focused on reducing Assad’s access to resources, especially weapons. Every reduction in his assets is a a reduction in his capacity to murder and maim civilians. By reducing a dictator’s capacity to kill, we have a chance of re-establishing America’s position in the world as a moral authority, and we can begin again to re-commit ourselves to the sacred commitment of ‘never again,’ something Barack Obama failed to do.”

ISIS Executes Syrians, Yet Again



American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Phoenix, Arizona


Contact: Mischel Yosick
(480) 225-7473


April 6, 2017


ISIS Militants Executed Dozens of People Yesterday in Syria



The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is alarmed at reports that ISIS militants executed dozens of people yesterday in Syria. M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., the son of Syrian immigrants and the founder and president of AIFD, said:


“Reports out of Syria indicate that we have no idea who the victims were; some report that ISIS militants killed rebels, others that they executed regime military members. This attack, like so much else in Syria today, is symptomatic of the world’s failure – and especially the U.S. government’s failure – to institute a strong policy on Syria and bring an end to this crisis. Until such a plan is formed and carried out, we can expect to see many more incidents like this, where dozens if not more are killed, and accusations fly with little solid information. What we do know for sure is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad and ISIS are two sides of the same coin: both kill innocent Syrians, including women and children, with brutality and impunity, and both have a sociopathic enthusiasm for death and terror.”

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Syrian Chemical Attack Kills Dozens: New Administration, Still no Red Line – Zuhdi Jasser, President, AIFD Speaks Out

Press Release
American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Contact: Mischel Yosick
480 225 7473

April 4, 2017

New Administration,
Still no Red Line

Phoenix, AZ: Upon learning of yet another series of tragic murders carried out by the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, including a chemical weapons attack that has killed at least 58 people and the bombing of a mosque, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) expresses its devastation and disappointment in the continued lack of leadership from the American government on this issue.

AIFD’s founder and president, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the son of Syrian immigrants who fled the Ba’athist regime there, said:

“I am gravely disappointed at the Trump administration’s failure to formulate a strong response in Syria. Secretary Tillerson’s comments last week that ‘Assad’s fate is up to the Syrian people’ added insult to the already painful reality of genocide in my parent’s motherland. The truth is that the Assad regime is rather now a proxy tyranny of Iran and Russia. The Syrian people have tried – at great cost – to tell us what they wish Bashar al-Assad’s fate to be. If the Trump administration is choosing to continue to allow this genocide to continue, they are simply extending Obama’s horrifically weak foreign policy in the region and, specifically, his shameful inaction on Syria. Standing by and allowing a dictator to murder, gas and maim hundreds of thousands of people is not ‘making America great’ it is withdrawing American hard power and soft power strength in the face of crimes against humanity. I strongly urge the administration to engage with those who know this issue best and to come up with a strategic, strong, moral and ethical American response which will both help to end the suffering of the Syrian people and re-assert American strength and leadership on the global stage – against Islamists, dictators and tyrants all at once. Simply “killing ISIS” alone does not a Syrian strategy make”.
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