(Tallahassee, FL) A warrant has been issued for Bassem Abdo Alhalabi, the individual who attacked Americans Against Hate (AAH) Chairman Joe Kaufman and another individual earlier this month, during Muslim Capitol Day in Tallahassee, Florida.
Alhalabi, an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a director of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), was charged with one count of battery.
According to an official from the Leon County State Attorney’s office, Alhalabi needs to turn himself in or he is subject to arrest.
On March 11, 2010, Alhalabi grabbed Kaufman’s arm in the Rotunda (lobby) of the Florida State Capitol Building. The incident was caught on camera.
Alhalabi was in Tallahassee as a member of United Voices for America (UVA), a political front for the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). UVA’s event was titled ‘Muslim Capitol Day.’
Charges regarding the other attack perpetrated by Alhalabi, which happened about an hour after the assault on Kaufman, are still pending. During that attack, Alhalabi violently grabbed the video camera of cameraman Mark Campbell.
Prior to these incidents, Alhalabi, in June 2003, was found guilty of illegally exporting a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism.
Additionally, when Alhalabi applied for a position at FAU, he used convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian as a reference.
Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: email@example.com