Marlowe's Shade

Friday, October 15, 2004

More Scrutiny of Islamic Society of Boston

I've been asleep at the switch on the recent developments in this ongoing story in the city of my birth. NY Nana, another former Boston resident alerted me to the post on LGF

It's interesting to note that while distancing themselves from one of the board member's anti-semitic statements, the ISB left this recent entry up on their guestbook:

Post Date: Monday, October 11, 2004
Name: Nadir Ahmed
Rating: Very Good
Comments: Salamalekum,

let me know if you need help in refuting these Zionist fanatics like Daniel Pipes and his goons in Boston. The undue negative attention which the mosque is receiving may be a blessing because now Muslims may have a voice in the "Terrorism debate", and this is important for two reasons. The first reason is because America must realize their is no difference between supporting Israeli apartheid and supporting Bin Laden. Both are evil. This is a cold fact which the Israeli supporters run from. The second reason is because, the Muslim view point(not counting Muslim "Uncle Toms") on the war on Terrorism has been completely suppressed from almost all forms of mass media. The vast majority of Americans are completely in the dark as to what exactly is the Muslim view point on this matter!

Meanwhile the Boston Globe, which has ignored this story, alerts us to the plight of pious Muslims who can't make their required zakat donations because they might be suspected of supporting terrorism:

This is the time of the year when Abdulrahman Odeh counts his blessings, takes out his checkbook and pen, and makes a donation to an Islamic charity.

During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims meet their religious obligation to give to the needy. But Odeh is agonizing over who should get his money this year with good reason.

For 10 years, the bagel shop owner helped run an Islamic charity that collected and distributed money in the Middle East. The Holy Land Foundation, he said, was helping orphans and needy children.

But federal prosecutors say the group was funneling money to the Hamas terrorist group. In 2001, its offices across the country were raided and stripped of equipment, its assets frozen.

The AP writer adds this almost as an afterthought:

Odeh, who is awaiting a trial that could send him to prison for the rest of his life

The rest of Odeh's story gets buried at the bottom of the piece:

Odeh, one of seven Holy Land officials charged with providing material assistance to terrorists, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Dallas. No trial date has been set.

His lawyer, Hamdi Rifai, said Odeh was just an employee at the foundation, and like its donors was not responsible for knowing where the money was going. Many of the acts alleged by the government occurred before Odeh was hired by the charity in 1994, he added.

papijoe 6:08 AM