June 3, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON RECEIVED $600,000 FROM TERRORIST CHARITY

AAH CALLS ON CITY TO SHUT DOWN MOSQUE PROJECT

(Coral Springs, FL) The Spokesman for the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), Dan "Abderahman" McBride, has stated to the media that ICBR will be raising money for the defense of newly discovered Al-Qaeda operative, Rafiq Abdus Sabir. This is not the first time ICBR has sought to raise funds for an Al-Qaeda related entity.

In December of 2001, it was reported that ICBR had given $16,590.95 to the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), an Islamic charity that was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States Treasury Department. The Treasury Department's statement regarding GRF said the following: "GRF has connections to, has provided support for, and has provided assistance to Usama Bin Ladin, the al Qaida Network, and other known terrorist groups."

Ibrahim Dremali, former Imam of ICBR, said that his Islamic center had donated the money because it was "convinced the organization does humanitarian work." But never did Dremali explain how ICBR came to receive, itself, $600,000 from GRF.

According to GRF's website, the organization, in January of 2000, had given $600,000 towards the creation of a "Boca Raton Masjid" in "Boca Raton, FL." At the time, talks were under way for the ICBR to build a 27 thousand square foot mosque (masjid) in the heart of Boca Raton, which they are currently in the process of doing. This information was confirmed by Hassan Sabri, the Imam of the Islamic Center of South Florida (Pompano Beach), who stated on a radio show that he had heard from someone that the ICBR received $600,000 from a group to go towards the building of the new mosque.

ICBR's Ibrahim Dremali was a witness for the defense of GRF fundraiser Adham Amin Hassoun, at Hassoun's August 2002 bail hearing. And in May of 2003, ICBR held a fundraiser for the new mosque featuring ex-GRF Representative Khaled Smaili, who is now the President and C.E.O. of KindHearts, a Toledo, Ohio-based charity that has also been investigated for terror financing.

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH) stated, "How is it possible that the city of Boca Raton is allowing a mosque to be built in Boca, when it has been found that those behind the building of the mosque have taken funds from and have given funds to individuals and groups affiliated with those that attacked us on 9/11? The citizens of Boca Raton must speak out against this injustice, and the city of Boca Raton must end this mosque project immediately."

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

 


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