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Democrats' imam supported al-Arian
World Net Daily ^ | 7-29-04

Posted on 07/29/2004 7:55:34 AM PDT by hope

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Democrats' imam
supported al-Arian

Chaplain who gave benediction was character witness to terror supporter

Posted: July 29, 2004
9:20 a.m. Eastern

© 2004

The Muslim imam who gave a closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston also served as a character witness to Sami al-Arian, the Florida professor indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on 50 counts of terror-related charges.

On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Imam Yahya Hendi said the closing prayer of the night with some verses from the Quran.

Yet, last July, the 9-11 commission heard testimony from terrorism expert Steven Emerson that Hendi, one of the top Islamic clerics in the U.S., backed al-Arian – head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America.

On Feb. 20, 2003, the Justice Department released a 50-count, 121-page federal indictment of al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor who's awaiting trial on charges of funneling money and support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Al-Arian's close ties to both PIJ and Hamas go back to at least 1995. Al-Arian used a group he founded, the Islamic Committee for Palestine, to plead for funds for PIJ and Hamas.

Conferences organized by ICP featured Islamic Jihad founder Abdel Aziz-Odeh, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers), leading Hamas official Mohammed Sakr and high-ranking Sudanese terrorist Hassan Turabi, a close ally of Osama bin Laden.

The 50-count indictment also charges al-Arian, two other former and current instructors at USF and five other individuals of operating a criminal racketeering enterprise that provided funding and organization for the global terror ring responsible for the deaths of 100 people in and around Israel, including two Americans.

In addition to criminal racketeering, al-Arian and the seven others are charged with conspiracy to kill and maim people abroad; conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist group; extortion; perjury; mail and wire fraud; obstruction of justice; and attempting to procure citizenship or naturalization unlawfully to help terrorists.

If convicted, the men could face life in prison.

Al-Arian and the seven alleged co-conspirators are described as having set up a terror cell at USF.

In the 1980s, al-Arian founded ICP, which federal authorities now say has been funneling money and providing organizational support to Islamic Jihad since 1984.

In conjunction with his brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, al-Arian also founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprises, or WISE, a now-defunct Islamic think tank at USF.

Federal agents raided the think tank, the charity and al-Arian's home and office at USF in 1995. They seized tapes from the late 1980s and early 1990s in which al-Arian proclaims "Death to Israel" and "Let us damn America," in Arabic.

Al-Najjar was arrested in November 2001 on suspicion of ties to terrorists and was deported last August.

Amid the federal investigation into his suspected association with terrorist organizations, USF suspended al-Arian with pay in December 2001 and banned him from the campus.

Federal agents also arrested another USF professor, 42-year-old Sameeh Hammoudeh.

Also indicted but still at large overseas, is former USF instructor Ramadan Abdullah Shallah. He served as the executive director of al-Arian's charity and recently became the head of the worldwide Islamic Jihad. Shallah lives in Damascus, Syria.

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1 posted on 07/29/2004 7:55:35 AM PDT by hope
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2 posted on 07/29/2004 8:00:30 AM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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3 posted on 07/29/2004 8:07:10 AM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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To: hope
"The release of this information is very suspicious, Tim."

4 posted on 07/29/2004 8:08:02 AM PDT by mattdono ([mattdono to John Kerry]: I voted for you...right before I voted against you.)
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To: hope
This article has been posted to DoctorZin’s New News Blog!

5 posted on 07/29/2004 9:43:07 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

And the rats keep flying in the face of Lady Liberty.
OPs4 God Bless America!

6 posted on 07/29/2004 3:29:19 PM PDT by OPS4
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To: hope
He immediately followed Teresa H. Kerry's famous speech. You just can't make this stuff up.

7 posted on 07/29/2004 3:36:39 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: DocRock

Jewish people take are siding with the ENEMY when you vote Democrat!!

8 posted on 07/29/2004 3:42:25 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: hope; All

I have almost all of his presentation at the DNC digitally recorded for future reference. Freepmail me if you need this huge file.

9 posted on 07/29/2004 3:52:25 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: hope
This is HUGH!!

Look for it to be all over the MSM tomorrow.

10 posted on 07/29/2004 3:55:40 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: Rome2000

Ha! that's a good one bump...

11 posted on 07/29/2004 5:04:45 PM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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