Representing the new U.S. position against Israel, Joe Biden has picked a Palestinian Arab, Maher Bitar, as the Senior Director for Intelligence on the National Security Council. A virulent anti-Israel hate monger, Bitar has spent years at the forefront of advocating for boycotts and sanctions on the Jewish state while trying to flood it with millions of Arab Muslims who have never lived there, but are demanding the “right of return.”
Free Beacon The Biden administration is tapping for a top intelligence post an Palestinian Arab, Maher Bitar , who spent years at the forefront of efforts to boycott Israel and danced in front of a banner calling Israel an apartheid state.
The selection of Maher Bitar (below) to be the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council is already generating concerns that he will use the post to diminish intelligence sharing between the United States and Israel.
Bitar is also one of the executive board members of Students for Justice in Palestine, a radical anti-Israel campus group. Writing at FrontPageMag, journalist Daniel Greenfield noted that Bitar will now be in charge of “the most classified information” between the White House and the intelligence community.
The job of Senior Director for Intelligence at the National Security Council is supposed to go to an intelligence professional. How did an anti-Israel activist go from helping host a conference for an organization whose speakers have supported Islamic terrorism to a top intelligence job?
Bitar spent years leading anti-Israel organizations that promote the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which wages economic warfare on Israel. In college, he was a leader in Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-BDS campus group known for bullying Jewish students.
A 2006 yearbook picture from Georgetown University, where Bitar attended school, shows him posing before a sign (below) that reads “Divest from Israel Apartheid.”
Bitar, a former Obama White House staffer and general counsel for Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, will in his new job play a key role in coordinating the various U.S. intelligence agencies and have a window into America’s most sensitive intelligence and covert operations.
Maher Bitar is a long-time Boycott, Divest, and Sanction activist who has called for the abandonment of Israel,” Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Appointing him for an integral role on the National Security Council is a slap in the face to our important ally Israel, and it sends a terrible message to the rest of the world. I strongly urge the Biden administration to quickly retreat from this dangerous decision and to appoint someone who is better aligned with our allies and less divisive.”
In October 2009, Bitar gave a speech on internet activism to the pro-BDS Friends of Sabeel North America conference. He is also credited with assembling a 2008 magazine published by the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, a group that backs BDS and supports the Palestinian “right of return,” which would destroy Israel with millions of fake refugees from around the Middle East.
In 2007, Bitar began an internship with the Hamas-linked United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is tasked with providing welfare to Palestinians in a variety of Muslim countries that refuse to grant them citizenship. The Trump administration cut all U.S. aid to UNRWA.
During his time at Georgetown University, Bitar sat on the executive board of the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization. SJP is one of the most active anti-Israel student groups operating on campuses across the United States. The organization has been banned on many US campuses for disseminating anti-Semitic propaganda and harassing pro-Israel Jewish students. It is a prolific supporter of the BDS movement and has positioned itself as leading backer of Palestinian resistance and anti-Zionism.
Bitar worked in 2005 as an intern for the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), an anti-Israel advocacy organization that is deeply enmeshed in the BDS movement. FMEP routinely accuses Israel of “war crimes” and describes it as an “apartheid” state. The organization has provided grant money to a host of prominent BDS supporters and notorious anti-Israel groups, including IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Churches for Middle East Peace.