May 20, 2011, - 3:04 pm

What Not to Wear: Muslim Jihadist Bank Buys J. Jill

By Debbie Schlussel

If you don’t want to help Muslim extremists who support Islamic terrorism, you shouldn’t shop at J. Jill.  If you’re a guy, tell your wife, girlfriend, daughters, nieces, grandchildren, and every female relative and friend you know NOT to buy anything at J. Jill, which was just acquired by several terrorism-supporting Muslim Gulf State gazillionaires.


Jihad Jill: J. Jill Now Muslim-Occupied, Anti-Israel Territory

Over the years, I’ve written a lot about sharia-pimping Arcapita Bank a/k/a First Islamic Investment Bank, which has own Caribou Coffee, Loehmann’s, Church’s Fried Chicken, a Texas energy plant (with the full approval of then-President Bush and Michael Chertoff), and a number of other American companies over the years.

My 2002 column on Arcapita and Caribou Coffee in the New York Post and appearances on both FOX News’ O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews resulted in Caribou canning its CEO and Arcapita claiming it fired Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, as a key corporate advisor. (Sadly, a good deal of my original work was flat-out stolen and regurgitated by plagiarist Paul Sperry–who stole my work for his book, “Infiltration”–and by Frank Gaffney and his phony Center for Security Policy, as even Gaffney’s own whoring press flack admitted to me in a written e-mail, though they still haven’t given me credit. It’s not a first for Gaffney, whose career is intellectual property theft.) Even with the alleged firing of Qaradawi, Arcapita maintains ties to another Islamic cleric who advises a company in the Al-Qaeda financing “golden chain.”

The company isn’t shy about its insistence on imposing Islam and shariah upon America and Westerners. At Church’s, Arcapita strong-armed franchisees into no longer serving pork or bacon. And the company’s lawyers have made an effort at silencing the free speech of American critics. I successfully defended a client against threatened legal action by Arcapita and it’s US representatives. The company has a Shariah Supervisory Board that oversees all investments and makes certain they are shariah-compliant.  And every single member of it is anti-Israel and likely anti-Semitic.  Al-Qaradawi openly called for homicide bombings against Israeli Jews and American soldiers, and yet, Arcapita hired him and paid him for years.

Now, the extremist sheikhs who own Arcapita are expanding further into America’s women’s clothing market, with their acquisition of J. Jill.  Next time you consider buying an item of clothing at the retailer, consider that this is the face behind Jihad Jill, er . . . “J. Jill”:


Meet J. Jill’s New Owner, Arcapita CEO Atif Abdulmalik

As I’ve previously noted, among Arcapita’s small group of shareholders are several Saudis and two of the owners of Al-Jazeera, the Terrorist News Network–members of the Qatar’s royal family–yup, the same country that boycotts Israel and won’t admit Jews with Israeli stamps on their passports into the country.

If you shop at J. Jill, you are supporting all of that.  And you are likely supporting  contributions to Palestinian homicide bombers, as it appears that one or more of Arcapita’s shareholders may have contributed to Palestinian terrorism telethons.  My letter defending a client to lawyers for Crescent Capital, Arcapita’s American arm, asked questions about this, and Arcapita’s lawyers slithered away rather than answering our questions about that.

No word on whether J. Jill will now offer a new line of hijabs, niqabs, and burqas. But, with an overabundance of places to buy women’s clothes online and in brick and mortar stores and catalogs, cross J. Jill off your list.

Where you buy your clothes and everything else DOES matter.

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34 Responses

UGH..never heard of this store, but UGH.will spread the word…does this company own any other womens’ clothing stores?

natashaINFIDEL on May 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I wouldn’t be so fast at hoping for these investors to fail. Including (or Co-opting) them in the ways of our capitalist profit (not their religous prophet) actually may inspire some more moderation. Investing in the West may align our interests. I am not saying that anyone should go out of their way to spend money there, but realize that having common interests leads to peace and understanding.

F: Dream on. Muslims are huge capitalists and have been for years, but they still hate us. That won’t change. Ever. DS

fred on May 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm


    in this case it’s just more jirziya. Nothing “helps.”

    Occam's Tool on May 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Natasha and DS, I to never heard of this store department, if they happend to be near where I live, I won’t be shopping there and I hope my relatives and family members don’t shop there to (that’s if that department store is near where I reside)!

Luckly for me, when I buy new clothing I by from either Haband or King Size (physically I’m not a big guy, I shop from King Size because they have some stuff that fit’s me, I wear a “large” BTW)!

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for the info, will spread the word.

lexi on May 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Bank completes key acquisition
Posted on » Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MANAMA: Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank and its affiliates have completed the acquisition of a majority stake in J Jill, a leading retailer of women’s apparel based in the US.

J Jill has 225 retail stores across the US and leverages its presence with an e-commerce and catalogue driven direct sales business.

The business performed well during the recent economic downturn and achieved revenues of $390 million in 2010.

Arcapita acquired its interest in J Jill from Golden Gate Capital, which retains a minority stake in the business.

Golden Gate acquired J Jill in 2009, and over the last two years it has empowered company management to re-energise the brand.

Recently, Golden Gate began a process to identify an investor who would partner with it to continue growing the J Jill brand.

Arcapita’s retail private equity experience, including Loehmann’s, Caribou Coffee, Church’s Chicken and Bijoux Terner, made it ideally suited for this role.

“Through a broad programme of improvements, the J Jill team have delivered steady growth in the current environment and created a firm base to capture faster growth as the economic environment improves further,” said Arcapita head of US private equity Stockton Croft.

“Although in recent months we have directed more attention to the emerging markets of the Middle East, Asia and China in the search for new investment opportunities, our deal teams are now beginning to report a much more fertile environment developing for new deals in the US,” said Arcapita chief executive officer Atif A Abdulmalik.

“This is an example of a strongly capitalised, well-managed company with plenty of growth potential at an attractive multiple, and in a sector where we have an excellent track record.

“I believe it represents an outstanding investment opportunity for our investors,” he added.

Dr Dale on May 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Paul Sperry a plagiarist — no surprise. Back during the Nineties, while at Investor’s Business Daily, he was well-known for ripping people off and taking credit. But Frank Gaffney? Say it ain’t so. His think tank seems to specialize in first-rate scholarship. And he did blow the whistle several years ago on certain disturbing activities of Grover Norquist.

Well, looks are deceiving.

Seek on May 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

never heard of this store! what part of the country is it in!? they should rename it “burqas’r’us”

Carmo Fernandez on May 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Remember you’re helping to finance Islam and terrorism every time you buy there.

Fortunately, I’m the wrong sex, so J.Jill’s not my fashion place and won’t be in the future. 🙂

NormanF on May 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

On the other hand, Bosch Fawstin is coming out with THE GREATEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OF ALL TIME—“Infidel.” It introduces Sharia fighting Superhero, Pigman. Coming SOON!

Occam's Tool on May 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

My wife buys much of her apparel through catalogs, as she has limited stamina for shopping trips. I will inform her of J Jill’s ties to Islam. Thus far, I don’t believe this company has sent her any catalogs, but I will be on the lookout.

commonsense on May 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

@ fred – you’re an idiot. So if we all pitch in and help make Saudi shieks even more wealthy, maybe they won’t donate so much to Jihad terror campaigns to blow us up or behead us? Gee, that sounds like a deal. I’ll tell the wife to blow our 401k on a complete year’s wardrobe at J.Jill.

Ask yourself this, fred – wouldn’t it be more likley that these wealthy sheiks who already enjoy the trappings of a lush capitalist lifestyle would prefer to have us all dead or converted to Islam *as well as* making truckloads of money?

DS_ROCKS! on May 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Thank you, Ms. Schlussel, for this vital piece of information. I have recently found out that my bank, HSBC, and my insurance agent, AIA, are both ‘sharia compliant.’

I must therefore change bank and insurer, but tell me – is there ANY company that doesn’t have islamist/Arab/terrorism links somewhere down the line, and how can I find them? It would be so satisfying to bleed some of this cancer dry at the source: Saudi oil money.

Cecilie on May 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Here are my suggestions:

    1. There are several sites that research and rate banks in the U.S. Do some searching and make your list…many are smaller banks, but rate very high.

    2. BBT (Branch Bank & Trust – sometimes humorously called “BEST BANK IN TOWN”) – ranks quite high as do several banks in Michigan.

    3. Royal Bank of Canada, surprisingly, rated higher than Swiss banks a couple of years ago.

    Lots of info out there…be careful and scrutinize well.

    Dennis on May 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    An excellent way to bleed them dry (fight the Muslim wealth at the source) would be to elect Sarah Palin for president and let her open up drilling for our own energy needs. In addition to keeping billions of $$ every year in our country, oil independence would solve most of our problems (they’re all connected) and allow us to make political decisions based on the good of America without having to consider our energy source.

    KBB on May 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

It would be… I just saw the video of Netanyahu’s remarks at the White House. Debbie should take it a look at it!

An Israeli Prime Minister hasn’t stood up like that to a hostile US President since Menachem Begin had to deal with Jimmy Carter.

As the Elder Of Tziyon said, it may be 30 years too late but better late than never.

Most people don’t know Israel has a just and eloquent case to present to the world.

Jews need to stop apologizing and feeling guilty the absence of peace is somehow their fault. It isn’t and no country has ever tried harder than Israel.

Netanyahu, for his faults, is still a good man. He knows what its like to lose a loved one. His brother Yoni gave his life to save Jewish hostages in Entebbe.

No one in Israel wants another war. But no one in Israel wants to see their country under perpetual threat of destruction. Israel can never return to the 1967 borders. I think the Prime Minister made Israel’s red lines very clear today.

It will make him unpopular with a lot of people. But I said, better a bad press than a good epitaph.

NormanF on May 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Good to know. I will not be shopping there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the brick & mortar stores around me, but I get their catalogs often.

Anna on May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Capitalism is the result of human selfishness and greed. Arabs have been the greediest of all humans. They lust after everything others own. These include land, women, property and even religion. Everything they own was stolen from other people. They are no strangers to the concept of capitalism even if they put up a facade of religious piety to cover their tracks and motives.

R on May 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Like natashaINFIDEL, never heard of this store. As it is, there are a dime a dozen apparel stores.

I wonder if there is a database of ‘Islam-free’ stores, chains and other enterprises?

Infidel Pride on May 21, 2011 at 1:48 am

Get everyone you know to sign up for their catalogs. Just make certain to never purchase anything.

EDS on May 21, 2011 at 2:37 am

Thanks, Debbie. I’ll no longer shop there.

Road Warrior on May 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

J.Jill used to be owned by Talbots. Maybe Talbots is a name
with which you are familiar. I worked there for 2 yrs thinking it would be a nice retirement job. However,
due to economic conditions the last few years, especially, here in my area, the store shut down, like most of the other stores in our mall.

At any rate, in the couple of years I have been getting email catalogues, I have wondered what has been going on with their styles. Needless to say, it would not surprise me if they did not start selling burgua type clothing.

cthelight on May 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

DS, I would like for you to come and read this thread and erase the message by this lowlife jackass who posted at 12:31 pm today!

I think your the one who’s copying some of our screennames and impersonating some of us? So why don’t you go back to either stormfront or an al-quaida website you POS. Typical of you haters and demagouges, showing off your true colors with your own hatred, you my friend need a good old fashion ass-whooping you prick. Get lost and don’t come over here again you pathetic anti-semite. BTW DS, I think this is the jackass who’s impersonating some of us on this site?

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Yes, Sean, I think you’re correct.

    This stupid fool is prolly the impersonator.

    Nothing to add but his sad invective.

    Skunky on May 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Debbie, thanks for providing such a detail account about this store. I found it quite informative. Where I live (Nashville suburbs) My wife and I have never seen a physical store. But we do get the J.Jill catalog. First thing I did after reading your article, was ask my wife if she has ever ordered any of this companies clothing and/or items offerred. Thank goodness, she said no. She did emphasize that the catalog had some cute things. But fortunately for us, she doesn’t like ordering clothing from a catalog. She prefers to try things on to see how it fits on her.

When my wife read the article, she admanantly promised she would throw the catalog out in the garbage immediately and not even bother perusing it. As well as, we will tell everyone one we know what this company is all about and what it more than likely represents. When things get passed on via word of mouth from enough people. It can have a huge impact on a companies reputation and especially at the bottom line.

Once again, thank you for bring this to the forefront. I read your site daily. Because your articles are always forthcoming and you cover important and news worthy topics that the MSM is unwilling to cover. Unfortunately Debbie, you’re a dying breed when it comes to honest journelism. And you always disclose the entire story behind the subject matter. Whereas, the MSM only discloses one side of the story. And people wonder why America is being dumbing down.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick From Tennessee

Rick S on May 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I find it quite amusing when anyone comments on the various sites I visit and their sole point is to use vulgarities, profanities, trash-talk, and other nonsense and threats in a vain attempt to convince others that his / her position is valid.

This “ibba”, whatever that means, could be the do-not-do-this example. It seems that “ibba” is the person actively engaged and fantasizing about the activities presented except that my suspicion is that he / she is either an ACOLYTE of OEDIPUS or an INGENUE of ELECTRA. I furthermore suspect that this person has no idea of Greek Theater and will fail to recognize my praise of his / her ignorance.

BTW…”ibba”, are your threats specifically towards Debbie and Israel or are they towards the rest of us who, I’m certain, you consider to be INFIDELS of the GREAT SATAN?

Dennis on May 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

What’s an “ibba”, Norman. Never heard of that in Texas. Some kind of polecat?

Joel-texag57 on May 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thank you Debbie. I only wish I had known this a few weeks ago as I did just spend way too much money there. Even a dime would be too much money knowing what I now know. And to another poster, yes I do believe JJill and Talbots are owned by the same company, at least they were last time I was in Talbots as the saleslady told me so. What a shame this had to happen as JJill has very cute clothes at a descent price. I will never spend another penny there. And by the way, as cute as Talbots clothes are they fade and wear quickly, bad quality, however JJill quality was very good. Really sorry to lose them as a shopping option but no way will I ever help finance these monsters!

GiGi on May 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

I love J.Jill style, it’s one of my favorites. I was happy to buy some things from their fairly new store in Annapolis, MD last spring. I just received their new catalog yesterday and liked quite a few things. Having recently been to a seminar on Human Trafficking and heard about corporate connections to HT, I decided to check out J.Jill’s status. I came across your article. I was sad to think that I have to give up their pleasant, modest style, but I love liberty WAY more than style. I threw the catalog away immediately, but I think I’m going to fish it back out of the trash to call them and tell them not to send it any more and why.I also feel like postering their store…

Diane on October 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

J.Jill is no longer owned by Talbots.Their brief partnership was a big mistake because they are not in the same league in terms of quality. I always found J.Jill clothes poorly made of inferior fabric quality and their sizes are way off. This muslim connection is news to me and I will spread the word.

Beverly on November 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Debbie, I just happened upon this column because a cousin of mine in the Detroit suburbs was bemoaning the fact that her local Caribou Coffee outlet was closing. I knew about Caribou being referred to as Arabou Coffee but did a bit of research before filling her in. I didn’t know about the J. Jill connection, though. That company has, of course, just lost my business, and I fired off an e-mail to about a dozen friends and family members to inform them of its Muslim connection, as well.

Elana Starr on April 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Why isn’t this out there more with media coverage? This is reallly upsetting!

Hollye Hughes on June 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

I have been offered an interview with this company and until now I had no idea about the company and who they really are.. I just submitted my application. They appear very interested in me. I now will tell them why I will not work for them. ALSO- and a very important ALSO-my oldest son is in the U.S ARMY to which I am very proud. I will go without working if it means that my only job interview is with a supporter (indirectly or directly) of Islamic militants. To hell with that…

lee leigh on August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

You really need to update this article. J Jill is no longer owned by Arcapita as of 2015. Tower Brook Capital Partners, based in New York and London, purchased this fashion company.

Other parts of your article also need updating as other companies you list here are no longer owned by Arcapita either.

lori on August 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm

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