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Florida imams’ arrests prove Dr. Phares’ claims on mosques

Dr. Walid Phares’ expertise on terrorism and the Middle East is indisputable, one reason some were surprised when critics accused him of misleading readers in his book Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against the West. Phares’ book was reviewed by a number of people; among those reviewers was Georgetown Professor John Esposito.

Esposito is the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. In August, 2010, Esposito wrote an article for The Huffington Post about Islamophobia, suggesting that American values were threatened because of the “social cancer of Islamophobia that is spreading across the United States, infringing upon the constitutional rights of American citizens…”

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a member of the Saudi royal family—in 1999, The Economist called the prince “the world’s second richest businessman.”

In Future Jihad Phares asserted that Jihadists had penetrated US mosques.

Phares told The US Report: "A propagandist report from last December criticized my book Future Jihad for stating that Jihadists have penetrated US Mosques. The so-called 'report' said my assertion is misleading readers and government.”

The US Dept. of Justice proved Phares’ claims on Saturday with an announcement that six people living in South Florida and Pakistan were indicted in the Southern District of Florida. DOJ said the individuals were charged with “providing financing and other material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

Three of the men who were charged were living in South Florida. DOJ said one defendant, Hafiz Khan, is imam at the Miami Mosque (also known as the Flagler Mosque). Khan’s son Izhar is an imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu’mineen Mosque in Margate.

The DOJ release goes to unusual lengths to describe why the men were arrested, explaining that the charges have nothing to do with their religious beliefs or teachings but rather are based on material support to terrorism.

Phares responded, “With this discovery of Taliban supporters having penetrated Mosques and creating funding support for networks operating against US and NATO troops, the apologist report should be investigated by Congress on the basis of covering up for the terrorists."

Ironically in 2010 shortly after Esposito argued that Islamophobia in the U.S. was rampant, the FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Report showed the opposite. Hate crimes against Jews were far more frequent than those against Muslims—931 to 107 to be exact. There were 89 so-called hate crimes against Christians—on par with those against Muslims.

In spring, 2011, a call for ‘lone wolf’ attacks by al Qaeda caused concerns made worse by AQ’s calls against using peaceful means to protest and calling for violence instead.

Phares told The US Report: “As I argued in my book The War of Ideas- the apologist propaganda machine is found deeply in the various layers of media, expertise and beyond, because it is coming from academia, itself impacted by Petrodollars. In short, Jihadi Petrodollars are behind a war of ideas directed at the ability of the American public to understand and absorb the advance of the Jihadists. It is extremely sophisticated and the most successful campaign waged ever in any war of ideas in history."

Related Articles at The US Report:

Al Qaeda calls for ‘lone wolf’ in West…

FBI report shows Islamophobia in decline

Official site for Dr. Phares: Walid Phares

Interview with Dr. Phares about Future Jihad
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(Filed by Kay B. Day/May 16, 2011)

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