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March 11, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

JOURNALIST AND CAMERAMAN ASSAULTED AT MUSLIM CAPITOL DAY

ASSAILANT BASSEM ALHALABI, DIRECTOR OF BOCA MOSQUE, CHARGED WITH BATTERY

(Tallahassee, FL) Investigative journalist and Chairman of Americans Against Hate Joe Kaufman and Florida Security Council cameraman J. Mark Campbell were assaulted, earlier today, by a member of United Voices for America (UVA), a Florida Muslim lobby group.

UVA was in Tallahassee for its second annual event, entitled “Muslim Capitol Day.”

According to the lieutenant in charge, the perpetrator of the attacks, Bassem Alhalabi, was charged with “simple battery” for each incident. The two assaults happened on two separate occasions, both on the same day.

Alhalabi is a professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), a director and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), and a former associate of convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian.

In June 2003, Alhalabi was found guilty of illegally shipping a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria.

United Voices for America (UVA) is headed by Ahmed Bedier, the former Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa and the former “unofficial spokesman” for Sami al-Arian. Bedier was present, during the attack on Campbell.

In May 2007, Rafiq Sabir, a member of Alhalabi’s Islamic center was convicted of material support for al-Qaeda.

Exclusive video footage of the attacks is available upon request.

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.



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