- President of the Muslim American Society
- Anti-Israeli activist who believes Palestinian suicide bombers are freedom fighters
Souheil Ghannouchi a former president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), which is described by Stephen Schwartz, author of The Two Faces of Islam, as “a major component” of the ‘Wahhabi Lobby’ that channels money from, and advances the policies of, Muslim-fundamentalist Saudi Arabia.” Ghannouchi has also served as the imam and president of the Islamic Center of Madison, Wisconsin. A hater of Israel who believes that Palestinian suicide bombers are freedom fighters trying to defend their people from Israeli aggression, Ghannouchi says, “To use the [most recent] suicide bombings as an excuse for the Israeli massive attacks is ridiculous, because the opposite is true.” He contends, in other words, that Israel is the aggressor whose allegedly unwarranted attacks on Palestinians provoke reluctant but necessary responses from young men who sneak into crowded civilian areas with explosives strapped to their bodies. Ghannouchi further states that charges of “anti-Semitism and [references to] the Holocaust are being abused to advance the Zionist agenda and silence any criticism [of Israel].”
Ghannouchi admitted to raising funds for Iman Jamil Al-Amin, a Georgia-based Muslim leader who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta.