Monday, 21 March 2016
Trump’s Questionable Endorsement: anti-Israel Texas Hair Products Billionaire, Palestinian Émigré Farouk Shami

Farouk Shami and Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice NBC TV

Source:  Farouk Shami

GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump had an endorsement from Farouk Shami. Shami is a self made Texas billionaire hair products, a Palestinian émigré with anti-Israel views with a family connection to Hitler’s notorious WWII House guest, Haj Amin Al Husseini.  Al Jazeera this weekend published an article about Shami’s connection to Trump, “Donald Trump and the Muslim hair magnate:”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may have angered many Muslims when he said that he would ban Muslim immigration to the United States, but a close Muslim business associate, Palestinian American Farouk Shami, says he suspects Trump would moderate his views if he were to become president.

Shami emigrated to the US from a village near Ramallah, Palestine, with only $71 in his pocket in 1965, and went on to build one of the nation's largest manufacturers of haircare products, Farouk Systems. His products have been featured on Trump's television shows and Shami says that he first met the property mogul when he sponsored Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2003. 

But, last year, Farouk withdrew sponsorship of Trump's Miss Universe pageants and Celebrity Apprentice over the candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants.

Now, however, he says he hopes to reconnect with Trump. 

"As Trump becomes the Republican candidate, I plan to connect with him and donate to his campaign and try to get him Muslim votes," Shami told Al Jazeera.

"If we do that, he will be open for us and soften his talks about immigrants and Muslims."

Shami described Trump's comments about Mexicans and Muslims as "only campaign talk".


"[What he says] is unconstitutional and he knows that," added Shami, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for governor of Texas in 2010.

"[The] USA is a country of immigrants and he knows that first-hand.

"Media in [the] USA have been marketing anti-Islam for a long time, and much more since 9/11."

Shami said that he believes Trump has tapped into that sentiment among those who have been "brainwashed" to oppose Islam and immigration, but also believes he has support "from those who are tired of typical politicians".

Despite this, he added: "In my personal opinion, Trump does not believe in what he said."

In the run up to the 2012 Presidential campaign in August 2011 we wrote in both an NER article and Iconoclast post about Shami who was friendly to then Republican Presidential hopeful, Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Despite Shami running  and losing as a contender in the 2010 Democrat primary for Governor against Perry, he subsequently endorsed Perry. Perry then added Shami and his hair products business partner to his Gubernatorial inauguration committee, Rick Perry’s Surprising Pro-Muslim Connections.”   

We drew attention to Shami’s anti-Israeli family background and PLO-Fatah connections:

Shami, as we have reported in a June [2011] NER article, is a board member of the National Defense University Foundation (NDUF) located at Fort McNair in Washington, DC and the American Task Force for Palestine. The latter connection has a dark side, Shami’s late father, Sheik Mohammed. Sheik Mohammed Shami returned in the 1930's from Brooklyn where he migrated in the early 1920's. Sheik Mohammed worked with the notorious Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the Haj Amin El Husseini's Al Futuwwa (officially designated "Nazi Scouts") that liquidated most of the Palestinian opposition to the Arab Riots of the late 1930's, especially the Nashashibi and Nusseibeh families. These Nazi scouts together with other violent Palestinian groups engaged in attacks that killed more than 400 Jews and 200 British administrators and soldiers. Sheik Mohammed Shami was allegedly involved in organizing defense against the IDF in the areas West of Jerusalem during the 1948-1949 Israeli War for Independence.

Note what Time Magazine wrote about Husseini and these Al Futuwwa youth formations in May, 1947:

The Mufti came up with a tax on Palestine Arabs to raise $900,000 to fight Zionism. Part of the money would go to two Arab "scout armies" called Futuwwa and Najada (together they number about 10,000). Among their avowed purposes is persuasion of Palestine Arabs not to sell land to Jews. The Mufti had his picture taken as he reviewed a visiting Najada detachment. The picture turned out remarkably like the one he had taken in 1943, while reviewing a detachment of Bosnian Moslems he organized in Yugoslavia for the Nazis.

Sheik Mohammed received an Award from the PLO-Fatah in 1995 as the Dean of Palestinian Veterans for his resistance work in the period from 1936 to 1948.  At the time the PLO-Fatah was a US designated terrorist group. Sheik Mohammed Shami died in 1999.

Farouk Shami established a Foundation in his late father’s name. In 2009, the Sheik Mohammed Shami Foundation contributed $100,000 to American Charities for Palestine, a sister organization of the ATFP to improve the lighting and sidewalks in his ancestral hometown of Beit Ur Al-Tahta located midway between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Farouk Shami has entertained the Chief Representative to the PLO to the United States, Maen Ariekat  at social functions  Shami sponsored in Texas.

Farouk Shami was reported by the Dallas Morning News wearing a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel  Kaffiyeh scarf at a Houston  Martin Luther King Day parade in January 2010. The scarf had an illustration of the Al Aqsa Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. Inscribed in Arabic at one end was Palestine and at the other,  "Jerusalem is ours."

Donald Trump is to speak today before the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC.  There are raging protests both outside by anti-Israel groups and inside by liberal Jewish groups opposing his appearance. He should be given the courtesy to express his views towards Israel, while clarifying his “neutrality” regarding moribund Israel-Palestinian negotiations.  Add to that should be this questionable endorsement from Farouk Shami.




Posted on 03/21/2016 6:26 AM by Jerry Gordon
21 Mar 2016
Send an emailJohn P.
How very, very disappointing this is

21 Mar 2016
Ben Omar
This article fabricated by a zionest Jew. Most of it is not true.

24 Mar 2016
Christina McIntosh
This is, of course, an *Al Jazeera* article, and one must remember the mohammedan propensity for boasting and sheer fantasy and BS. Also, if Trump has chosen Walid Phares as an adviser Walid may be able to teach him a thing or two about the dangerousness of Muslim 'friends'.

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