Thursday, April 2, 2009

Former HAMAS fundraiser/crooner Monzer Taleb to speak at CAIR-Cleveland fundraiser this weekend, sang about exterminating Jews, “I am from HAMAS!”

Before the Holy Land Foundation was closed by the US government as a designated global terrorist fundraising entity just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Monzer Taleb (aka Munzir Taleb, Monzer Talib, et al.) was part of the infamous Al-Sakhra Band, which toured the US raising money for HLF and the terrorist group, HAMAS. [UPDATE: It appears that not only was Taleb a fundraiser for HLF, but he was also named unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF terror finance case. See below for more details.]

As part of Al-Sakhra, Monzer Taleb sang of violence, terror and hatred. Dallas-based investigative reporter Todd Bensman described the group of terror crooners in his article, “HAMAS Rock Stars,” as follows:

It wasn’t exactly feel-good music in the conventional sense. Mufid’s Al Sakhra (“The Rock”) band crooned a gospel of death and hatred toward the Jews at Hamas fundraisers, while the collection plates moved through wildly enthusiastic Arab-American audiences.
In the indictment of Holy Land Foundation executives, federal prosecutors said that skits and songs performed by Al-Sakhra “advocated the destruction of the State of Israel and glorified the killing of Jewish people.” (p. 13)

Now Monzer Taleb continues his HAMAS fundraising as a featured speaker for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Cleveland chapter’s annual banquet this coming Sunday:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Embassy Suites — Cleveland Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd.
Independence, OH 44131

Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR Los Angeles
Monzer Taleb, Islamic Association of North Texas

$50 in advance, $60 at the door
Babysitting $10/per child


CAIR was named unindicted co-conspirator in the recently concluded Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial, which resulted in guilty verdicts on all 108 counts against the defendants. During the trial, FBI Agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR was a front for HAMAS. As a result of the substantial evidence presented during the trial tying CAIR to the international Islamic terrorist network, the FBI recently cut its ties to CAIR, as has the Columbus Police Department and Police Academy.

One of the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation trial, Mufid Abdulqader, who was convicted on conspiracy charges, was the leader of Al-Sakhra. After he was indicted along with the other Holy Land Foundation executives, a Dallas TV station revealed that Abdulqader is the half-brother of HAMAS leader Khaled Mishal. Trial exhibits also revealed that Al-Sakhra had performed at 25 HLF fundraisers in one year alone.

Monzer Taleb also figured into the Holy Land Foundation trial as he was personally named as unindicted co-conspirator in the case, in addition to CAIR, as this graphic taken from the federal prosecutors’ list of unindicted co-conspirators indicates (p. 6, no. 40 — click graphic for larger image):

Videos of the Al-Sakhra Band were also entered into evidence by federal prosecutors to show the connection between the “charity” and HAMAS. In fact, one solo performance by Monzer Taleb was particularly difficult for defense attorneys to explain away, as Taleb sang “I am from HAMAS” (complete video and transcript available from the Investigative Project):

[Caption on the screen]
I am from Hamas
[End of caption]

Munzir: I am from Hamas and have never cheered for anyone else besides her.

I am from Hamas and have never cheered for anyone else besides her, she is the way to reciprocate the deceit of the attacker.

And she is the one which marches with the light of Muhammad, and it is the one which marches with the light of Muhammad, with the light of Muhammad towards Jihad, towards Jihad, towards Jihad, towards Jihad by its renewed determination.

[Caption on the screen]
A continuous revolution
[End of caption]

Another troubling video of the entire troupe, including Taleb, was presented as evidence of them singing about the murdering and enslavement of the Jews (full video and transcript available from the Investigative Project):

Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey.
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews.
The Army of Muhammad will return
We will crawl and fight.
In a January 2001 article in the New Yorker, Jeffrey Goldberg explained the significance of the popular Islamic chant:

I had not heard this particular slogan since 1991, during the first Intifada, but that was in Gaza, and it was the fundamentalists of the militant Islamic group Hamas who had chanted it. This crowd was beardless — a mostly secular crowd. Khaybar is the name of an oasis near Medina that, in the time of Muhammad, was populated mainly by Jews. In the year 628, Muhammad led the Muslims against it, defeating the Jews in battle and subjugating the survivors, who would later be expelled from Arabia. The intent of the slogan, then, is clear: what the army of Muhammad did to the Jews fourteen hundred years ago in Arabia it would soon do again in Palestine.
Another interesting tidbit gathered from this video is that the drum played by Taleb bears the Arabic inscription, “Al-Sakhra Band, Islamic Association for Palestine”. The now-closed Islamic Association for Palestine was the parent organization of CAIR.

In yet another video Monzer Taleb is introduced as part of Al-Sakhra by Holy Land Foundation President and CEO Shurki Abu Baker, as they sang:

O Hamas the religion
Get rid of these enemies.
O sword of the Muslims.
Hamas the Jihad.
O Hamas the religion
Get rid of these enemies.
O sword of the Muslims.
Hamas the religion
O Hamas the religion
Get rid of these enemies.
O sword of the Muslims.
We challenge with our Quran.
We challenge with our Quran.
Our youth are roaming around.
Our youth are roaming around.
We challenge with our Quran.
We challenge with our Quran.
Our youth are roaming around.
Our youth are roaming around.
And our dwellings will not be returned.
And nothing will wash our disgrace,
Except blood and stones.
Rebel, rebel, rebel.
Rebel, rebel, rebel.
Hey, hey, hey.
Hey, hey, hey.
It wasn’t just Monzer Taleb’s participation in the Al-Sakhra Band that got the attention of federal prosecutors, as he was also identified in seized Holy Land Foundation documents as the head of the “Artistic Aspect” of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee responsible for fundraising and propaganda in the US on behalf of HAMAS (click to enlarge).

Monzer Taleb has continued his “artistic” pursuits by authoring and directing a play, “Once Upon a Time in Medina”, about the early battles of conquest by the Muslims and the “grand conspiracy” of the Jews against Islam. The play was presented in February 2004 by the Muslim American Society Youth Center of Dallas, which Taleb founded and directs.

And of course, CAIR-Cleveland has run into its own troubles with promoting hatred and violence, such as their attempt in March 2008 to present a hate-filled movie at the Cleveland Heights Library, which was loudly denounced by Jewish groups in Northeast Ohio. But when CAIR-Cleveland features speakers such as Monzer Taleb at their annual banquet, is it really any surprise?!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

BBC exposes Columbus mosque speaker, hatemonger Khalid Yasin

The BBC’s Panorama program on Monday, “Muslim First, British Second,” addressed the growing problem of Islamic radicalization flourishing under the guise of “non-violent” Muslims. What they discovered is that extremist preachers, while nominally disclaiming violence, in fact, are a major contributor to the atmosphere of hate that breeds Islamic terrorism.

So it was no surprise then that one of the hatemongers they profiled was none other than Khalid Yasin, who was in Ohio last year conducting fundraisers in Columbus and Dayton. As we reported here exclusively at COAT last May, Yasin spent more than a week touring a number of Columbus-area mosques and Ohio State, his visit sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus.

The segment on Khalid Yasin begins around the 9:40 mark:

Sure is nice to see a major media outlet addressing this problem — even if they are 3,866 miles away. Now if only get the media a little closer to home to begin seriously tackling this issue. Not holding my breath.

Monday, January 12, 2009

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Qaradawi calls for the genocide of the Jews — his friends in Central Ohio

Last Friday, HAMAS spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi went on his weekly TV program on al-Jazeera to pray for the genocide of the Jews:

Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.
MEMRI has the video and the transcript of Qaradawi’s comments. This tirade and his calls for the genocide of the Jews is nothing new, of course. You can read more from this post at JihadWatch.

However, what should be of concern to residents of Central Ohio is that Qaradawi has close associates in our area. Don’t believe me?

Yes, that’s our local terror sheikh, Hilliard resident Salah Sultan (right) hamming it up with Qaradawi (center) and Lebanese Muslim Brotherhood leader Faisal al-Malawi (left). Sultan serves on the board for two of Qaradawi’s organizations along with al-Malawi, the International Association of Muslim Scholars and the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Qaradawi and Malawi are both banned from the US for their open support of HAMAS and other terrorist organizations, as well as for issuing fatwas allowing for suicide bombings against civilians. In 2004, Qaradawi, Malawi and Sultan issued a fatwa in the name of IAMS calling for jihad against American troops in Iraq.

Sultan is also a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, which bills itself as the top Islamic ruling body in the US.

Here’s another shot of them laughing it up:

These photos of Qaradawi and Sultan have never been released before and are provided here exclusively by COAT. We have about a half-dozen more we are not releasing at this time.

Let’s not forget Sultan’s appearance in July 2007 with Qaradawi and HAMAS head (and designated terrorist) Khaled Mish’al sitting together on the speaker’s dais at a conference in Qatar honoring Qaradawi:

So impressed was Qaradawi with the two speeches that Sultan delivered in his honor that he posted them on his own personal website:

For those just joining us, Sultan appeared on Egyptian Al-Nas TV just two weeks ago (which we reported here) preaching Jew hatred and predicting death and destruction for America:

Let’s not forget that Sultan was the religious director for the Islamic school in Hilliard, Sunrise Academy, as seen in this 2005 announcement for a seminar taught by Sultan (seen teaching below) held at Sunrise sponsored by the school and the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus (click to enlarge):

And let’s not forget about his friends at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard/Dublin, where Sultan served as scholar-in-residence for his best friend, Noor president Hany Saqr:

And here’s a shot of Sultan at one of the Noor Center’s intifada-fests:

Hmmm . . . where did all that money go they raised that night? And will the Noor Center's de facto press agent, Columbus Dispatch religion reporter Meredith Heagney, quickly move to explain this all away?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

LMAO — Congresswoman Kilroy snubs CAIR, votes FOR House resolution supporting Israel

I’m never one to begrudge praise when someone does the right thing no matter how much I’ve disagreed with them in the past. So a tip of the hat to new Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy for bucking her CAIR supporters on Friday in her first week in Washington DC and voting FOR the House resolution supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ support for Israel, and supporting the peace process.

As I have reported here, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a HAMAS front group, invested significant money, time and energy to get Kilroy elected. It isn’t a stretch, considering her very slim margin of victory, that she owes her seat to CAIR. And in the past, she has been more than willing to do their bidding. But Ahmad Al-Akhras, Asma Mobin-Uddin and Abukar Arman must be steaming that Kilroy has turned on them so quickly. And to think that they couldn’t even get their own congressman, Keith Ellison, to vote against the resolution (he voted “present”)!

How are those political dividends paying off, CAIR?


Monday, January 5, 2009

Top 10 Ohio Terrorism-Related Stories of 2008

UPDATE #1: Welcome Michelle Malkin readers!

Thanks to Dirk Thompson of 610AM WTVN for having me on his program yesterday to discuss this top 10 list. Dirk’s program page is here, and the MP3 audio for the program can be found here.

For some background on the terrorist network in the Columbus area, see the CBN News report, “Jihad in Central Ohio”. Also check out our 2007 Top 10 list.

1) Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member Christopher Paul pleads guilty (June 2008)

On June 2nd, we reported that Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member Christopher Paul had agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against Americans overseas. He has not be sentenced yet, but could face up to 20 years. His co-conspirators Iyman Faris and Nuradin Abdi have already pled guilty and are currently serving their respective prison sentences. The indictments in this case indicate that there are at least 10 additional Al-Qaeda cell members who have not yet been charged, with at least one deported and several others fleeing the country. Others, however, are still operating within the community. The Columbus Al-Qaeda cell is the largest known cell found inside the US since 9/11.

We also reproduced the statement of facts released by the Department of Justice which details exactly what Christopher Paul has admitted to. The statement of facts reveals that not only did Paul, a Worthington High School graduate, travel to Afghanistan in the early 1990s to train in terror camps, he returned to Columbus with the intent to build and train his own terror cell. The recruitment and training occurred primarily at the Omar Ibn El Khattab mosque just north of the OSU campus, where Paul was a leader and regularly taught martial arts classes. He also conducted firearms training at Burr Oak State Park. Paul also admitted that he assisted and sent funds to a German-based terror cell, run by a known Al-Qaeda operative, and traveled there to conduct explosives training that he knew would be used in attacks targeting Americans overseas.

These facts are summarized in the Department of Justice’s press release announcing Paul’s guilty plea. Andy Cochran, editor of Counterterrorism Blog, also noted that Christopher Paul is the earliest known American Al-Qaeda operative.

Despite Christopher Paul’s confession, local Muslim leaders, including Basil Mohamed Gohar, continued to protest Paul’s innocence. As CBN News reporter Erick Stakelbeck observed, “Columbus Al-Qaeda Man Charged, CAIR not pleased”, Central Ohio Islamic leaders had been protesting Paul’s innocence ever since his arrest, most particularly CAIR national vice-chairman and Paul associate, Ahmad Al-Akhras.

Here’s a video news report on Paul’s guilty plea by reporter Maureen Kocot courtesy of 10TV CBS News

2) Toledo Terror Trio convicted on all counts (June 2008)

No sooner had the ink dried on Christopher Paul’s plea agreement than the jury in the terrorism trial of three Toledo men, Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum, returned guilty verdicts on all charges against the men of plotting to kill US soldiers overseas and recruiting others to wage jihad. Amawi and El-Hindi were also convicted of distributing information regarding explosives to terrorists.

The Department of Justice press release on the jury’s guilty verdicts details the Toledo Terror Trio’s activities:

At trial, the government proved that all three defendants engaged in a conspiracy, beginning sometime prior to June 2004, to kill or maim persons outside the United States, including U.S. armed forces personnel in Iraq. As part of the conspiracy, the defendants conducted firearms training and accessed and copied instructions in the construction and use of explosives – including IEDs and suicide bomb vests. In addition, the defendants conspired to recruit others to participate in jihad training; researched and solicited funding sources for such training; and proposed sites for training in firearms, explosives and hand-to-hand combat to prospective recruits.

The government also proved that all defendants conspired to provide material support and resources, including personnel, money, explosives and laptop computers, to terrorists, including a co-conspirator in the Middle East, who had requested such materials for use against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. For example, among other activities, Amawi communicated with a contact in the Middle East on chemical explosives and traveled to Jordan in August 2005 with laptop computers intended for delivery for mujahideen “brothers” whom he learned were preparing to cross into Iraq.

The government also proved that Amawi knowingly distributed to others a guide describing the step-by-step process for manufacturing chemical explosive compounds, as well as a video entitled Martyrdom Operation Vest Preparation, which described the step-by-step construction and use of a suicide bomb vest. Amawi distributed these materials with the intent that they be used for training others to commit a crime of violence, including the killing of U.S. nationals overseas.

The government further proved that El-Hindi knowingly distributed a slide show demonstrating the preparation and use of IEDs against apparent U.S. military vehicles and personnel, as well as the video entitled Martyrdom Operation Vest Preparation. El-Hindi distributed these materials with the intent that they be used for training others to commit a crime of violence, including the killing of U.S. nationals overseas.
Later that month, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr (a former Columbus resident) reported that the Toledo Terror Trio was in contact with active terrorism cells in Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, and an Al-Qaeda webmaster in London. Two members of the Chicago cell are awaiting trial. Here is Orr’s report:

The terror trio are still awaiting sentencing. Here is a video on the guilty verdicts courtesy of WTOL-11 Toledo.

3) Holy Land Foundation terror finance convictions and the Ohio HLF fundraisers and HAMAS support network (November 2008)

On November 24th, a Dallas federal jury in the terrorism finance trial of six Holy Land Foundation officials returned guilty verdicts on all 108 counts. The HLF officials were found guilty of funneling $12 million to the terrorist organization, HAMAS.

Two important Ohio-related developments came out of the HLF trial.

The first was that HLF maintained at least one chapter in Cleveland, and fundraisers for the group were also held in mosques around the state. In July 2004 (and in a subsequent August 2004 report) Cleveland Plain Dealer investigative reporter Amanda Garrett detailed some of HLF’s activities in Cleveland just months before the federal government designated HLF as a terror finance entity and froze the group’s assets:

Between 1992 and 2001, the Texas-based charity raked in more than $57 million in contributions, gifts and grants and since 1995 moved at least $12.4 million of that into the Palestinian terror group’s coffers, the indictment said.

Money donated by Cleveland Muslims was likely part of the case flow.

Three years ago, when the federal government froze Holy Land’s assets, the FBI said hundreds of Cleveland Muslims attended at least two fund-raisers for the charity in April 2001.

“If we are Hamas, so what? We are helping out people,” an FBI informant quoted an unnamed speaker as saying during one of the Cleveland fund-raisers.

How many Holy Land fund-raisers were Cleveland-based or how much money was raised is unclear. But the former president of the Texas-based foundation — Shukri Abu Baker — has said his group has relationships with at least 600 mosques, including the Islamic Center of Cleveland, which is in Parma. (Amanda Garrett, “Feds link Muslim Charity to Hamas, Cleveland chapter arranged fund-raisers,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 28, 2004; see also Amanda Garrett, “Investigation links bank account in Cleveland to terror activity,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 24, 2004)
The second Ohio-related development that came out of the case is that documents entered into evidence in the case revealed the extensive HAMAS/Muslim Brotherhood support network operating in the US, which involves many prominent American Islamic organizations. Some of these organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which operates 3 chapters in Ohio (Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland) in addition to a state chapter, and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which hosted it’s 2008 national convention in downtown Columbus back in August, have committed themselves to a program of “Civilizational-Jihadist Process” dedicated to waging “a grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within”, according to one trial document entered into evidence.

As first reported by the NY Sun, both CAIR and ISNA and several of their officials were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the HLF trial by federal prosecutors.

Dallas News columnist Rod Dreher explains the implications of these trial documents and what they reveal about these Islamic organizations:

The HLF trial is exposing for the first time how the international Muslim Brotherhood — whose Palestinian division is Hamas — operates as a self-conscious revolutionary vanguard in the United States. The court documents indicate that many leading Muslim-American organizations — including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim American Society — are an integral part of the Brotherhood’s efforts to wage jihad against America by nonviolent means. . .

According to a 2004 Chicago Tribune investigation, establishing the Brotherhood in the United States has been a 40-year project that has worked mostly underground — even beneath the notice of many Muslims. Richard Clarke, the former top U.S. national security official, told the Senate in 2003 that the Muslim Brotherhood is the common thread linking terrorist fundraising schemes in the United States — which likely explains why so many mainstream American Muslim organizations were named by the feds as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the HLF trial.

Is this just alarmist paranoia? Not at all.

This matters because high-profile organizations with roots explicitly in the Muslim Brotherhood have successfully established themselves in a paramount position to define Islam in America according to a radical politicized model. And they’ve done so without the American public having the slightest idea about their real agenda. (“What the Muslim Brotherhood Means to the U.S: Memo lays bare group’s plan to destroy U.S. from within”, Dallas Morning News, September 9, 2007)
In Ohio, many of our government and political leaders continue to work with and assist these organizations who admit to waging non-violent jihad in the US. In 2007, I reported on Gov. Ted Strickland’s appearance at the annual CAIR-OH banquet just days after the organization had been named unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial.

CBN News reported on the HLF guilty verdicts:

After the HLF trial and the guilty verdicts, an important video was released by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), which includes video taken from HLF videos of their fundraisers advocating terrorism:

4) HAMAS terror labs funded and built by Dublin, Ohio-based, Arab Student Aid International bombed by IDF (December 2008)

A last-minute entry for our 2008 Top 10 list involves the Dublin/Hilliard-based Arab Student Aid International (ASAI). Last Monday, December 29th, the Israeli Air Force bombed terrorist labs located at the HAMAS-controlled Islamic University of Gaza.

As I reported at Pajamas Media the following day, these terror labs were built and funded by ASAI:

Thus far unreported is that the IUG science and technology lab was financed and constructed with the assistance of the Dublin, Ohio-based Arab Student Aid International (ASAI). In fact, the IUG website has a page dedicated to ASAI’s ongoing contributions to the Hamas institution and specifically mentions the labs financed by the Ohio Islamic group. Additionally, the ASAI website promotes its assistance in creating the IUG science and technology center, which was completed in 2002.

In a previously published article I revealed ASAI’s extensive financial ties to the IUG, including direct cash payments to the Hamas school in addition to the facilities construction projects supported by ASAI. The Washington Post also revealed in April 2006 that ASAI had financed the Western education of a number of top Hamas leaders.

The organization’s primary benefactor is Prince Turki Ben Abdul Aziz, a former high-ranking Saudi government official and half-brother to King Abdullah. Prince Turki has lived in exile in Egypt since the 1970s following a highly publicized marriage scandal, his 100+ entourage occupying the top three floors of the Cairo Ramses Hilton. The prince serves as ASAI’s chairman of the board, and the labs built by ASAI at the IUG bear his name.
In 2005, Congress passed a law prohibiting USAID from providing any funding or assistance to IUG because it is controlled by HAMAS. During congressional hearings on the matter, former House Foreign Affairs chairman Rep. Tom Lantos told USAID Director Tobias, “Providing U.S. assistance to a terrorist-controlled university in Gaza was out of the question and, in fact, violates U.S. law.” He added, “This outrageous support for terrorism must and will end.”

Unfortunately, until federal law enforcement authorities put a stop to ASAI’s support of HAMAS will undoubtedly continue.

5) FBI investigates Columbus Somalis leaving US for jihad (November–December)

A number of local and national media reports have appeared in recent weeks about current FBI investigations in a number of US cities regarding Somali men who are leaving the country and returning to Somalia to train in terror camps and waging jihad with the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. FBI officials in Columbus are looking into possible departures in our area, which hosts the second largest Somali community in the US.

I covered this developing story in a December 12th article for Pajamas Media, “Somalis Leaving US for Jihad”:

The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad.

The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle. There are even reports coming from Europe, recently from Denmark, of Somali men returning home to fight with al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

ABC News also reports that a Somali from Boston, Tarek Mehenna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested last month on his way to Somalia to wage jihad after being in contact with Daniel Maldonado, a Muslim convert currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to training at a Somali terror training camp after being captured in Kenya with a Somali terrorist cell. . .

So why are authorities suddenly concerned?

In the past year developments within the Somali terrorist organizations have resulted in splits and fractionalization, with the most radical element, al-Shabaab, the former armed wing of the Islamic Courts Union movement, breaking away and forging closer alliances with al-Qaeda. As a result, Somalia is quickly becoming a new safe haven for al-Qaeda. Al-Shabaab and its leaders were designated a terrorist organization by the State Department back in March.

The most specific concern of Homeland Security officials about the departure of Somalis and other American Muslims for the terror training camps in Somalia is not that they will be killed, as was Minneapolis suicide bomber Shirwa Ahmed, but that they will get trained in the Somali terrorist camps and return home to wage jihad against the U.S. from within.

And al-Shabaab has made clear its intent to attack the U.S. and kill Americans.

Predictably, the Columbus Dispatch stumbled onto the story quoting local Somali leaders and FBI officials claiming ignorance of any local connections of the local Somali community to terrorism.

Apparently Dispatch reporter Sherri Williams doesn’t bother to read her own paper. She might consult her colleague Jodi Andes August 7, 2007 report, “Somali Man Pleads Guilty to Plot”, where she might discover that Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member and Columbus Somali Nuradin Abdi admitted to traveling to Somali terror training camps in the ethnic Somali areas of Ogaden, Ethoipia. So we already have a documented case of one Columbus Somali man linked to international terrorism.

Apparently the Dispatch will exclude any evidence — even its own!!! — to grind their pro-jihadist agenda.

Here is a video report on the case of the missing Somali men by Twin Cities Fox 9:

6) Hilliard cleric Salah Sultan appears on Egyptian TV threatening the US and preaching Jew hatred (December 2008)

Again, another late entry for our 2008 Top 10 list. Last Monday, Hilliard cleric Salah Sultan appeared on Egyptian Al-Nas TV, where he delivered a diatribe threatening the US and spewing vile anti-Jewish hate that was videotaped and translated by the indispensable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Let’s cut to the tape:

Here is the transcript provided by MEMRI:

Al-Nas TV, December 29, 2008

Egyptian cleric Dr. Salah Sultan: The arch-murderer who commanded the campaign against Jenin in 2003 went to America a few months later and boarded a NASA space shuttle. The space shuttle was launched by NASA, and a few minutes later, it reached Texas, the land of President Bush. Then this space shuttle shattered to pieces, along with the five top American space scientists, and that commander of the Zionist airforce was on board with them. Where exactly did it shatter and fall? By Allah, Sheik Mahmoud, although I was living in America, I didn’t know that there was a city called “Palestine” in America. Sheik Mustafa, the space shuttle fell, of all places, in the city of Palestine, in President Bush’s state of Texas.

[ . . . ]

The stone, which is thrown at the Jews, hates these Jews, these Zionists, because Allah foretold, via His Prophet Muhammad, that Judgment Day will not come before the Jew and the Muslim fight. The Jew will hide behind stones and trees, and the stone and the tree will speak, saying: “Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” The only exception will be the Gharqad tree.

TV host: The Jews know this for sure, that’s why they plant Gharqad trees.

Dr. Salah Sultan: The stone’s self-awareness is such that it can distinguish Muslims from Jews.

TV host: True, and it will support the Muslims.

[ . . . ]

Dr. Salah Sultan: American, which gave [Israel] everything it needed in these battles, will suffer economic stagnation, ruin, destruction, and crime, which will surpass what is happening in Gaza. One of these days, the U.S. will suffer more deaths than all those killed in this third Gaza holocaust. This will happen soon.

[ . . . ]

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an attempt to rule and corrupt the entire world. When the world concentrates on its desires and lusts, the [Jews] will be free to implement their plan of controlling the world.

[ . . . ]
This is hardly the first time that Salah Sultan has been caught preaching anti-Jewish hate, as I discussed in my September 17th post, “Ohio Terror Sheikh Salah Sultan: Jews Killed President Kennedy, Advocates Islamic Theocracy for US Elections”.

Needless to say, the Columbus Islamic institutions that have employed and hosted Salah Sultan, including the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, and Sunrise Academy, have all been silent on his violent and hate-filled diatribes. I know you’re surprised.

7) International Hate Sheikh Khalid Yasin tours Dayton and Columbus mosques (May 2008)

In May, I reported exclusively on Khalid Yasin’s appearance for Dayton’s Masjid Al-Taqwa and his weeklong fundraising tour of Columbus mosques. The American-born convert Yasin has been banned for numerous countries for his advocacy of violent jihad and his extremist views.

Here is a taste of his special brand of Islamic hate he was preaching while touring Ohio:
It is difficult to overstate the hatred, bigotry, misogyny and malicious conspiracy theories spewed by Khalid Yasin. That notwithstanding, in Columbus Yasin appeared at Masjid Omar Ibn El Khattab, Masjid Ibn Taymiyya, the Abubaker Siddique Islamic Center, Masjid Oumar Al-Foutiyou, and a special appearance at Ohio State.

So despicable is his warped Islamic ideology that he had been made a pariah by the international media. In 2005, Australian NSW Premier Bob Carr condemned Yasin’s views, which no doubt led to Yasin being banned from Australia. Statements made on his DVDs were featured in the UK Channel 4 “Undercover Mosque” program, which were found available for sale in British mosques.

When Dayton TV station WDTN interviewed leaders for Masjid at-Taqwa about Yasin’s documented extremist views, they defended the hate sheikh:

But not everyone was thrilled about Khalid Yasin coming to Ohio, and I later reported on Muslims who began speaking out and expressing grave concerns about Yasin’s long history of fraudulent fundraising and the complicity of so-called Muslim “leaders” who look the other way at his fraud (“Did Hate Sheikh Khalid Yasin Defraud Ohio Muslims”):

One source speaking out about Khalid Yasin’s fraudulent fundraising is the Salafi Burnout blog, which has alleged that the hate sheikh is enriching himself in a series of scams preying on the American Muslim community:

Having been exposed as a fraud in Australia and the UK, Khalid Yasin is currently back in the United States still peddling his television scam and raising money and taking up to half the money as his personal cut. He has also raised money in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries for a supposed Qur’an Memorization School in Alabama that did not exist. Last report, he was taking this money and investing it in real estate in Long Island in his own name. Should Muslims continue to allow this individual to trade on his name and swindle his community out of hundreds of thousands of dollars?
These sentiments have been echoed by Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who praised Salafi Burnout for publicly challenging Yasin and questioning how the American Muslim community has allowed a con man to operate so wantonly in their midst without the slightest criticism from Muslim leaders until now:

By now almost everyone is caught up in the buzz swirling around recent revelations of “Sheikh” Khalid Yasin’s long history of fraud and deceit. I applaud the courageous blog Salafi Burnout for attempting to protect the Muslims from what can only be described as a criminal enterprise, and to make us all aware of the tremendous damage it has caused to the community. As Yasin’s criminal house of cards appears to finally be falling, we are left with many unanswered questions as to why this kind of thing has been allowed to go on for so long.

Let there be no mistake, other shoes will drop, not only on Khalid Yasin but a whole host of other “du’ aat” and Imams who have with impunity betrayed the trust of the Muslims, and have left us wondering how individuals with such shady and dubious backgrounds were allowed to attain such stature, influence, and respectability in the first place. It is no exaggeration to say, as we shall soon learn, that our community is top heavy with these types of scoundrels, and yet the larger question remains; why did so many responsible and affluent Muslims fork over huge sums of money to a man who spouts the kind of absurd, preposterous, indeed psychotic things that he does?
Others have also expressed outrage that while Yasin has taken home as much as a hundred thousands dollars in an evening, thanks to his usual 50/50 split of all funds raised at an event, his wife and child live on public welfare in their home in Sheffield, England.

8) Cleveland’s New Terror Imam (July 2008)

In a July 9th article for Pajamas Media, I introduce the new imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, Sayed Abouabdalla, the third such successor since Fawaz Damra was deported in January 2007 after being convicted of lying about his association with three terrorist groups on his US citizenship application. Abouabdalla’s most immediate predecessor was Ahmad Alzaree, who resigned his position three days before he was scheduled to start due to the revelations by Tom Blumer of BizzyBlog and myself about Alzaree’s extremist statements.

In my article about Abouabdalla’s hiring I strongly criticize the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s kid-glove treatment of Abouabdalla and their failure to report on his ties to terror — a glaring omission considering the crimes by his predecessor Damra that created the vacancy at the Islamic Center of Cleveland in the first place:

One element in the Plain Dealer’s recent coverage of Abouabdalla’s background that passes without the slightest bit of apparent investigation is the fact that he continues to serve as a faculty member of the Islamic American University (IAU) in Dearborn, Michigan. Of the 19 courses offered by IAU this summer term, Abouabdalla teaches 14 of them.

IAU is a project of the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization federal prosecutors just recently identified in a federal appeals court brief as being “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.” The Muslim Brotherhood has been the breeding ground for virtually every single Islamic terrorist group in the world, and the vast majority of al-Qaeda’s leadership has come through its ranks.

The MAS/Muslim Brotherhood association is just the beginning of IAU’s ties to terror. The honorary chairman of the IAU board of trustees is none other than Hamas spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi — a fact acknowledged on the MAS website — who has been banned from the U.S. since 1999 for his open support of terrorist activities.

Not only has Qaradawi repeatedly issued fatwas defending the use of suicide bombings, but in August 2004 he co-signed a letter with the leaders of both Hezbollah and Hamas calling for al-Qaeda-backed insurgents in Iraq to “purify the land of Islam from the filth of occupation,” meaning U.S. military forces. He has said that “those who die fighting U.S. occupation forces are martyrs,” and he also recently defended the use of women as suicide bombers. Rightly so, the Anti-Defamation League has described Qaradawi as the “theologian of terror.”

Abouabdalla has also served on the Fiqh Council of North America as recently as last summer — an association that the Plain Dealer makes absolutely no mention of. For good reason, it seems, as the Fiqh Council is a “Who’s Who” of convicted terrorist leaders, terrorist fundraisers, unindicted co-conspirators, and terrorist associates. One former member, Abdurahman Alamoudi, is serving a 23-year prison sentence on terrorism charges for working with Libyan intelligence to assassinate the Saudi crown prince. Another former Fiqh Council member? Fawaz Damra.

9) Jihadists place $50,000 bounty on Columbus Pastor Rod Parsley’s head in terrorist online forum (September 2008)

No doubt inspired by an extensive PR campaign last year by CAIR, some jihadists posted a $50,000 bounty on the head of World Harvest Pastor Rod Parsley of Columbus on the Ekhlass online jihadist forum. The story was first reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network. In my own post on the topic, I provide a machine translation of the death threat.

10) Friend-of-HAMAS Mary Jo Kilroy elected to Congress from Ohio 15th District (November 2008)

(For an updated caveat to this entry, see this post)

During the 2008 election season, I reported on the efforts of our local HAMAS support group, CAIR, to get Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy elected to Congress. Not only were CAIR officials promoting Kilroy’s candidacy by hosting events at their headquarters featuring Kilroy, but CAIR officials opened up their wallets to fund her campaign. Federal campaign finance reports also give evidence that CAIR officials, including Kilroy’s pal, CAIR vice chairman Ahmad Al-Akhras, bundled cash for Kilroy.

But when Kilroy was announced the winner in the Ohio 15th race, narrowly beating Steve Stivers, Al-Akhras could hardly contain his glee at having a friend of HAMAS going to Washington DC on their behalf. He expressed his delight in a December 7th email circulated in the Columbus Muslim community:

Salam to all — Mary Jo Kilroy is the Congresswoman for the 15th District.

Mary Jo won the 15th District by 2311 votes and Steve Stivers just conceded. This is good news.

So as HAMAS continues to rain down rockets on innocent Israeli civilians from Gaza as the current crisis in the Middle East escalates, no doubt HAMAS leaders and their US-based stooges are glad to know that one of their own will be sworn into the House of Representatives this week.

That’s all for 2008! No doubt we will have plenty more to report on in 2009! We’ll be back next year at the same bat-time, same bat-channel!