Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Nuradin Abdi was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for his role in the plot to bomb one of our Columbus-area shopping malls. Abdi was part of the local Al-Qaeda cell headquartered out of the Omar Ibn El-Khattab mosque just north of the Ohio State campus. Co-conspirator Iyman Faris was sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2003 for material support of Al-Qaeda. Christopher “Kenyatta” Paul is presently awaiting trial on similar charges, and according to Paul’s indictment and subsequent media reports, at least 10 more members of the cell have not yet been charged (one is known to have fled the country).
Abdi’s sentencing comes after he took a last minute plea deal just prior to going to trial this past summer, much to the chagrin of some of our local extremist leaders who had loudly protested his innocence since his arrest in June 2004. Abdi pled guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
I reviewed our local Al-Qaeda problem in this previous post. A report from the NEFA Foundation describes the mall plot. The Investigative Project has court documents from the Abdi case, including the indictment and plea agreement.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a former colleague of Columbus resident and would-be Columbus Public School Board member Anisa Abd El Fattah/Caroline F. Keeble, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison last week for refusing to testify about his role in HAMAS financing. Ashqar was formerly a research associate for the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), which one convicted terrorist leader described as “the political command for HAMAS in the United States”. Anisa Abd El Fattah was the longtime director of public affairs and past president of the organization and served with Ashqar.
Ashqar’s conviction adds to the lenthy list of former UASR associates and former associates of Fattah’s who have been convicted of terrorism charges, fled the country to avoid prosecution, or have been listed by the US government as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”.
Here’s a quick rundown of UASR’s greatest hits:
- UASR was found jointly liable in federal court in a $156 million judgment for the murder of Chicago teenager David Boim, who was gunned down by HAMAS gunmen while waiting for a bus in Israel in May 1996.
- UASR founder and former political director Mousa Abu Marzook is currently the political director for HAMAS in Damascus. The US government has listed Marzook as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
- UASR executive director Ahmed Yousef co-authored two books with Anisa Abd El Fattah/Caroline F. Keeble and is now the official spokesman for HAMAS. Yousef fled the US in 2005 to avoid prosecution in the Fawaz Damra trial.
- According to the Department of Justice’s trial brief in the Holy Land case, UASR “was designed for ideological research and development intended to promote a fundamentalist view of the Palestinian issue. The UASR was also involved in passing Hamas communiques to the United States-based Muslim Brotherhood community and relaying messages from that community back to Hamas.”
- UASR board member Abdurahman Alamoudi was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for working with Libyan intelligence to assassinate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The US Treasury Department estimated that Alamoudi had raised more than $1 million for al-Qaeda. Anisa Abd El Fattah served for 10 years as a consultant to Alamoudi and his American Muslim Council.
- A federal judge refused to allow Fawaz Damra attend a March 2004 UASR event while he was on trial on charges related to his terrorist fundraising due to the organization’s terrorist ties. Damra was deported in January 2007 for failing to disclose his ties to Palestinian Islamic Jihad in his citizenship application.
- Mohamed Nimer, a former UASR board member, is named in the amended RICO statement for the lawsuit Estate of John P. O’Neill, Sr., et al. v. Al Baraka, et al. as one of the “proven links to Islamic Terrorists.”
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
First off, her claims that I have made videos killing Muslims and bombing soft targets in Iraq and Afghanistan are just plain nutty. Then again, this is the same keyboard jihadist who published a blog post back in July claiming that 9/11 conspiracies theories were concocted and spread by the CIA as a deception campaign to fool Leftists! As if you would need the CIA to do that! Oh, and she claims the Israelis were in on 9/11 too.
She then claims that I published on the web Mahmoud El-Yousseph’s address and phone number here. What she forgot to tell you is that I merely reprinted El-Yousseph’s own letters previously published on the web where he lists his address, email and phone number himself! Perhaps she thinks it was all part of my sinister plan to secretly have Mahmoud publish his own information six years ago, so I could reprint it later! Oh, how he fell right into my sinister trap!
As for where I got copies of his correspondence, I’ve already said that I use my super-secret Global Zionist conspiracy-issued computer spying software (the previous comment, of course, was pure sarcasm, as regular readers might recall that Mahmoud recently accused me of hacking into his Yahoo account - though no doubt Mahmoud and Intifadagirl will believe my use of the Global Zionist super-secret software to be true).
As for “Intifadagirl”, consider the following:
- According to her best friend, terror apologist and fellow hate columnist Mahmoud El-Yousseph (who himself has publicly praised Hezbollah terrorists responsible for the killing of hundreds of US military personnel and also defended suicide bombing attacks against civilians as “reasonable”), in the weeks immediately following 9/11, Obeidallah rushed off to Jordan, then to Palestinian refugee camps to serve as a human shield for Palestinian terrorists.
- Obeidallah was apparently one of the few attendees at a rally in October 28, 2000 rally in Washington DC at which now-convicted terrorist leader Abdurahman Alamoudi led the tiny crowd that Obeidallah was part of in chants and cheers in praise of the terrorist groups HAMAS and Hezbollah (video of the rally and Alamoudi’s terror cheerleading courtesy of The Investigative Project).
- Obeidallah married a man in Jordan in 2002, even though she and her “husband” couldn’t communicate — a fact observed by the US Embassy counsul in Amman, Jordan when they originally denied his visa application. She admits that he was expelled from the embassy twice and she was threatened with removal from the US Embassy. They immediately had a son they named “Ali Jihad” apparently because having a child was the easiest way her “husband” could be allowed to enter the US. Yes, “Ali Jihad”. I keep telling folks I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to.
- Since we’re on the topic, maybe Intifadagirl can explain why her brother-in-law Ahmad was arrested by Jordanian intelligence upon his return from Iraq in April 2003, where she admits he was engaged in “something”? Or maybe how just weeks after she gave birth, she was tear-gassed by Jordanian police while she was taking part in a violent anti-US demonstration? Please, do tell.
If Tammy Obeidallah is looking for any “homegrown terrorists”, she should take a look in the mirror.
Her bitterness at Tom Blumer is understandable, though entirely unfounded, because back in July he caught her in a blatant lie in one of her Daily Advocate news articles. When she persisted in her lie, leaving him hate-filled comments on his website, Blumer noted that every other newspaper covering the story contradicted her account. When she still persisted in her lie, Blumer contacted her editors at the Daily Advocate to urge a correction to her story because it was clearly wrong. A few days later when the Ohio Inspector General issued a report that confirmed she was wrong, thereby vindicating Blumer, her tenure at the Daily Advocate was already over.
The interchange between Obeidallah and Blumer over at his website is worth reviewing, if only for her ironic claim that Blumer “couldn’t make it in print media”, when in fact it’s clear now that she couldn’t make it either. Her comments are also a little high-handed for someone whose sole media credential is working for the Greenville Daily Advocate!!! About her only other media experience is having a letter to the editor published by the Columbus Dispatch and Dayton Daily News!
Way to go, Intifadagirl! Want to try again?
Cleveland’s Imamate of Jew Hate
. . . Alzaree’s March 2003 sermons are in fact far worse than has been portrayed by the Cleveland media. One assumes that either they have not been read at all, or at best only perused, and those reading these sermons, by and large, have no idea about the virulently Antisemitic motifs in the Koran and hadith (i.e., the words, deeds, and even physical gestures of Muhammad as recorded by pious Muslim transmitters). Moreover, these sermons were also virulently Christianophobic, invoking combined anti-Christian/Jew-hating motifs from the Koran (for example, Koran 4:157–159), as well as anti-Christian eschatology (linked explicitly to Jew-hating eschatology) from the hadith, particularly with regard to “Jesus,” or to be precise, the Muslim simulacrum of Jesus, “Isa,” as characterized in Islam’s foundational texts. Alzaree simply recounts Islamic doctrine (as per the Koran and hadith) regarding “Isa” — the Muslim Jesus — which emphasizes the Jews overall perfidy, especially their gloating (but unknowingly “false”) claim to have killed Isa. According to this sacralized Islamic narrative, Isa is merely a Muslim prophet whose ultimate “job description” includes the destruction of Christianity. Thus Alzaree’s sermon invokes the canonical hadith that this Muslim Jesus — who was never crucified — the perfidious Jews prodding the Roman’s to kill Isa’s “body double” — will return as a full-throated Muslim to break the cross, kill the pig, and end the payment of the deliberately humiliating Koranic (9:29) poll-tax demanded of Christians (i.e., the jizya). This hadith states, “He [Isa] will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizya” — because Christians will be converted to Islam (and thus exempt from the jizya), or eliminated — “Allah will perish all religions except Islam.” Alzaree concluded the second sermon with an apocalyptic canonical hadith — repeated in the 1988 Hamas Charter (in article 7) — stating if a Jew seeks refuge under a tree or a stone, these objects will be able to speak to tell a Muslim: “There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him!”I doubt you'll read that kind of analysis anywhere in the Ohio establishment media. Follow this link for my previous Ahmed Alzaree posts.
Monday, November 19, 2007
You have to hand it to CAIR-Ohio and the Muslim Student Association at Ohio State. When they decided to recognize Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week last month, they pulled no punches. What they did was bring in one of the most prominent North American Islamofascists to town, Jamal Badawi, as I discuss in my FrontPage article this morning, “Ohio State Does Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Right!”. The event was billed by the OSU Multicultural Center as “Interfaith Relations — the Muslim Perspective”.
As I discussed in a Family Security Matters article back in September, Badawi was a featured speaker and honored guest at a conference in Doha, Qatar honoring HAMAS spiritual leader and Specially Designated Global Terrorist Yousef Al-Qaradawi. Badawi is even listed as such in an article posted on Qaradawi’s personal website.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, an organization founded and run by terrorist leader Qaradawi, which in 2004 issued a fatwa calling on all able-bodied Muslims both inside and outside Iraq to wage jihad against the American military as a religious “duty”.
A press release issued by CAIR-OH following Badawi’s October 15th appearance at OSU quoted CAIR-OH President Asma Mobin-Uddin as saying, “The opportunity to listen to Islamic scholars like Dr. Badawi was a great opportunity for the community to become educated, and it gave people the change to ask questions about things they may have heard about Islamic teachings.”
So what did Badawi talk about? Well, I was not in attendance, however some of Badawi’s favorite past topics include:
- Polygamy (it’s consistent with “Islam’s realistic view of the nature of man and women and of the various social needs, problems, and cultural variations”);
- Wife-beating (It’s OK as long as it’s never on the face);
- Acceptable conditions for suicide bombings (permitted as long as its for “repelling unprovoked aggression or resisting severe oppression);
- Justification for executing Muslim apostates (as long as it’s qualified as treason against the Islamic state).
If anyone had doubts about the existence of Islamofascism, listening to Jamal Badawi for an hour would undoubtedly put those concerns to rest. Both CAIR-OH and MSA have done the Ohio State community a tremendous favor by allowing an up-close and personal look at an actual Islamofascist in action. Those same organizations, however, presumably consider Jamal Badawi to be some great interfaith leader and an outstanding Muslim teacher, thus vindicating David Horowitz and the Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week effort.
Oh, the irony!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
(Sorry, I’m a couple of weeks late getting this up.)
Ohio No Stranger to Radical Islam
By Erick Stakelbeck
CBN News Terror Analyst
October 27, 2007
CBNNews.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio — One traditional Middle Eastern grocery is painted to match the distinctive red, white, black and green of the Palestinian flag. Over the meat counter hangs a flag often flown at rallies for the terrorist group Hamas.
But this grocery store isn’t located in Gaza or the West Bank. It’s in Hilliard, Ohio: a sleepy suburb of Columbus. It seems an unlikely battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but support for the Palestinian cause runs deep.
“We are critical of our government policy in the Middle East, and its blind support of Israel,” Mahmoud El-Yousseph, a local columnist said.
A Palestinian native, El-Yousseph writes about Muslim issues. He says many Muslims in Columbus feel the U.S. has neglected the Palestinians.
He said, “Our foreign policy in the Middle East, it stinks. It needs a tune up, and we’re going to speak about it, whether people like it or not.”
El-Yousseph served 20 years in the U.S. military. His son is serving in Iraq now. He says patriotism isn’t an issue for this Muslim community.
“We are God fearing, law abiding American citizens,” El-Yousseph said. “We love this country. We want to work together for the common good of our national defense.”
A Jihad Hotbed?
Patrick Poole isn’t so sure. A writer and consultant on terrorism-related issues, he returned to the Columbus area recently after a ten year absence.
“After a decade away, to come back and see all the changes that Hilliard had gone through and then to find out that we are essentially a center of jihad — one of the hottest centers of jihad in the country — was just mind blowing,” Poole said.
Columbus is no stranger to Islamic radicalism. Members of an al-Qaeda cell attended a local mosque. Two of the men were convicted on federal terrorism charges. One plotted to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge. Another planned to blow up a local shopping mall.
Federal law enforcement officials say other members of the cell are still on the loose.
That al-Qaeda cell was one of the largest yet discovered in America. El-Yousseph says he and other local Muslims condemned those involved.
But Poole says support for two other terror groups is widespread among Columbus Muslims.
“Hamas and Hezbollah and everything going on in Israel are really the linchpin issues of radicalization here in Columbus,” Poole said.
According to Poole, there’s a budding Hamas support network in the area. He says much of this network leads back to one man — Dr. Salah Sultan.
Poole said, “I discovered that Dr. Salah Sultan — a very prominent international cleric who’s closely associated with Yusuf Qaradawi — was living right around the corner from my own home.”
Sultan’s relationship with Qaradawi is the first thing that caught Poole’s attention. Qaradawi is listed by the U.S. as a specially designated global terrorist. He’s openly advocated suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. He’s also called on Muslims to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.
A Closer Look
Terrorism expert Steven Emerson has followed Sultan and Qaradawi’s activities closely.
“Sultan is an acolyte of Qaradawi,” said Steven Emerson, of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “And Qaradawi is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has called for killing Americans and killing Jews”
Their relationship is so close that Sultan joined in honoring Qaradawi at a reception this summer.
Emerson said, “The fact that Sultan is hanging out with these men indicates exactly where he stands.”
Qaradawi is a leader of The Muslim Brotherhood, a jihadist movement that seeks to establish worldwide Islamic law. An exclusive interview with Sultan was featured on the Brotherhood’s Web site last year.
El-Yousseph told CBN News that Sultan is a Muslim scholar. He says Sultan’s views aren’t extreme, and that he even supports women’s rights in countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Sultan’s views on 9/11 are more problematic. He told Saudi TV the attacks were planned by the U.S. government.
“The entire thing was of a large scale and was planned within the U.S., in order to enable the U.S. to control and terrorize the entire world,” Sultan said.
Sultan recently left his home in an affluent Columbus suburb and now lives in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain.
His application for U.S. citizenship was denied after he appeared at a Hamas rally in Turkey last summer. But he’s still allowed to enter the U.S. and move around freely.
Sultan agreed to a phone interview with CBN News, but later cancelled.
Poole says Sultan continues to be influential in the Columbus area’s Muslim community.
“Dr. Sultan was insulated into all of the major Islamic institutions here in Columbus,” Poole said. “The Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, Sunrise Academy — the private islamic school — the Al Noor Center, he was preaching at several other mosques. He was all over the place and integrated into all those institutions.”
For example, one site that used to be Hilliard’s public library is now home home to Sunrise Academy, a K–8 Islamic school. Sultan lectured there on a regular basis. Siraj Wahhaj also appeared there recently. He’s an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
El-Yousseph says Sultan and other Muslims in Columbus have been singled out unfairly since 9/11.
He said, “Most Muslims I know are professional here. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, grocers, schoolteachers who love this country, who left overseas because of religious persecution. They want to be here for a better life. They’re not here to betray America and stab it in the back.”
Emerson says that’s exactly the case with Sultan.
“Salah Sultan has made incredibly incendiary comments about Jews, about jihad.” he said. “This is not someone we want in the United States.”
Monday, November 5, 2007
Regular readers might recall that this is the same Mahmoud El-Yousseph who openly praises the terrorist organization Hezbollah, calling them “freedom liberation fighters”, despite the fact that Hezbollah has killed hundreds of American Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen in multiple terrorist attacks and kidnappings (see our previous post, “Mahmoud El-Yousseph: Hezbollah are ‘freedom fighters’”).
To compound his treachery, El-Yousseph tries to hide behind his military service, even though his open support of Hezbollah is in direct conflict with his military induction and citizenship naturalization oaths to “support and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and Hezbollah is responsible for the 1996 Khobar Towers attack that killed 19 airmen (his own branch of service).
For disclosing his public support for terrorists in violation of his military and citizenship oaths, El-Yousseph last week threatened me with legal action (“Mahmoud El-Yousseph threatens legal action”).
Just days before 9/11, it was HAMAS and Islamic Jihad Palestinian suicide bombers and those terrorist organizations’ targeting of innocent civilians that Mahmoud El-Yousseph was defending, saying such acts were “reasonable”. The problem with his contrived narrative, however, is that if the oppression were so great, why aren’t there any independent suicide bombers? Why are they all tied to these terrorist organizations, and why do they only strike when HAMAS, Islamic Jihad or Fattah have political objectives they hope to meet?
Here’s Mahmoud in his own words:
In order to eliminate suicide bombing in the Middle East, one must examine this phenomenon. What would make someone strap explosives to his chest, walk into a restaurant and blow himself up?Below is the text of El-Yousseph’s letter BEFORE the Columbus Dispatch edited it. It begins with a libelous and mendacious report that Israelis were allegedly going to bury Palestinian terrorists in pig skins. He also justifies the killing of two Israelis by a Palestinian mob saying that they were undercover agents on an assassination mission - another false story floated by El-Yousseph.
Israel is driving Palestinians into desperation on a daily basis. The war crimes and atrocities committed against Palestinians are bad enough to drive a saint to insanity.
Collective punishment, demolition of homes, political assassinations, checkpoints and roadblocks are some of the trials Palestinians endure. Restriction on people leaving their homes to go to work, to school, to hospitals or to visit relatives are not intended to be security measures, at all. They are the punishment and humiliation of a whole population.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have so little freedom and so little hope that suicide seems a reasonable way to defend their freedom, honor and integrity.
Date: Tue Aug 28, 2001 9:08 amAccording to El-Yousseph (acknowledging in advance that he has a pretty loose grip on the truth), after 9/11 FBI agents contacted the Columbus Dispatch to get a copy of his original letter above, only to be rebuffed by the paper. He also adds that Dick Carson, who was the Dispatch’s editorial page editor at the time, took to El-Yousseph’s defense.
From: Mahmoud El-Yousseph firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: How to stop suceide bombing
Eurika! Israel has discovered a majic solution to curtail suceide bombing by Palestinians. Israel now contamplating to burry the remain of would be bomber with the blood and skin of a pig. By the way, Muslims are not allowed to eat any pork products. What a ludicrious idea. Discrating human remains, or radiculing the dead and his faith is dumber than dumb. Israel don’t get it. Last spring the Palestinians returned promptly to Israel two of it soliders killed in Ramallah by protersters. The two were udercover operative dressed in Arabic attire, and were on a mission to assassinate Palestinain activisits. It is rather silly to even think that burrying a bomber remain with a pig would put an end to suceide bombing. In order to eliminate suceide bombing, one must examine and understand this new phenomina. What makes someone strap explosives to his chest, walk into a resturant and blow himself up? Israel is driving Palestinians into desperation on a daily basis. It’s war crimes and attrocities against Palestinains is bad enough to drive a saint into insanity. Some of these mesures for example: Collective punishment, home demolishing, political assassination, chek points, roadblocks. And restricting people movement from leaving their homes to go to work, school, hospitals or visiting releatives, are not intended as a security mesures at all. They are punishment and humiliation of a whole population.
Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza have so little freedom and so little hope that suceide seems a reasonable way to defend their freedom, honor,and integrity.
Date: Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:55 pmEven after the despicable and cowardly attacks after 9/11, Mahmoud El-Yousseph continued to shamelessly cling to the same twisted suicidal jihadist dogma that fueled the 9/11 attacks. Even more interesting is that El-Yousseph was still serving in the US Air Force at the time. It seems that the FBI had every right to investigate our local terror apologist.
From: Mahmoud El-Yousseph email@example.com
Subject: Aiming @ the wrong target!
I was contacted by columbus Dispatch reporter today who wanted to do a story about my first amandment’s right,and wanted to know if I was questioned by any federal agents regarding my last letter that appeared in the dispatch> the letter dated back to Sep.3rd this year which explain why Palestinian resort to sucied bombing. I did not give an interview, because I was not contacted by any body regarding my letter. I know a man contacted Westerville Police about that letter on 12 Sep. Obviously, somebody contacted the FBI and Columbus Police Department regarding that letter also. The reporter I talked to read the letter and was confidant that letter does not condone sucied bombing, but it rather explain it. To make a long story short, I contacted the paper editorial manager Dick Carson, and he told me the fellowing:
1..He was asked by columbus police liason officer to the FBI, and was asked for a copy of my letter. The dispatch refused and submitted to him via Fax only the printed version of the letter.
2.. Dick Carson informed the officer that he knew me for the last 20 years as a peace loving person and that he was wasting his time by going after the wrong person. To proof his point and to ad a human face, Mr. Carson faxed a human intrest story I wrote about my 8 years old son Adam back in April. That story was a heart breaking one.
3.. Mr. Carson informed the officer also, that he will eat his hat the Columbus city hall steps If the police would find ANYTHING against me.
4.. INS agent left his card at my house door with a not to call him. He is asumming I am a foriegner I take it. What does that all mean? This iseither being done in the name of national security, or they just crossed the line.
Let me assure you all, I have nothing to fear or hide. They are not only going to be wasting their time and mine. But they will be disappointed after they speak to me, and know me as a real person. I will not be intimidated by any blackmail, smear, or scare tactic. This is my country too, and I have the write to speak my mind and express my view puplicly I will keep you all updated in case of any devolopment.
thanks for your time.