June 1, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

FOUR BOCA MOSQUE OFFICIALS LEFT FLORIDA AFTER FBI INVESTIGATION BEGAN

AAH CALLS FOR BROADER INVESTIGATION

(Coral Springs, FL) Since the FBI investigation on Dr. Rafiq Sabir commenced in November of 2002, four high ranking leaders of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) - where Sabir worshiped - fled the state of Florida.

In early 2003, Hassan Shareef, Spokesman for ICBR, left Florida and wound up in Saudi Arabia working for the Obeikan Investment Group located in Riyadh. Shareef had once told a group of students that the U.S. government is illegitimate. He stated, "In the Quran, it happens to say you should rule by [Allah's] law, and if you rule by anything else it's not acceptable."

In December of 2003, after being denied tenure at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Khalid Hamza, co-founder of ICBR and former advisor to the Muslim Student Organization (MSO) at FAU, was a featured speaker at the Texas Dawah Annual Conference. Today, he is teaching at Lamar University in Texas. Hamza once used a Texas A & M University internet forum to defend Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, Sami Al-Arian.

Syed Khawer Ahmad was a Director of ICBR from 1999-2002 and the Registered Agent for ICBR from 2000-2001. He was also the Secretary and Treasurer of the Health Resource Center for Palestine (HRCP), a charity that raised money for Palestinian "martyrs." In addition, he was the webmaster for the Islamic Society, the organization from which HAMAS was created. After the dissolution of HRCP in April of 2003, Syed Ahmad relocated to the Detroit area of Michigan.

And just a few months ago, Imam of ICBR, Ibrahim Dremali, left town to become an imam at the Islamic Center of Des Moines (Iowa). Of Dremali, it has been said that he was radicalized at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, whereat he became a member of a militant Islamic group. In October of 2000, at a 'Jihad' rally in Miami, where Israeli flags were burned and slogans such as "With jihad we'll claim our land, Zionist blood will wet the sand" were shouted, Dremali told the crowd "not to be sad for those who were martyred and to not be afraid to die for what they believe in."

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "It must be questioned why so many individuals affiliated with the ICBR left town at the time of this investigation. Given the radical nature of this mosque - with its now proven ties to terrorism - this investigation must be ongoing and must be focused on more than just two or three individuals. Questions must be raised by both the media and the public as to the threat this mosque poses to the community."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe4rep@gate.net.

 


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