June 29, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

AMERICAN ISLAMIST CHARITY RAIDED IN IRAQ

PRESIDENT OF CHARITY HOSTED AT FUNDRAISER FOR BOCA MOSQUE LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS AFTER RAID

(Coral Springs, FL) Saturday night, June 25th, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) hosted Dr. Abdel Rahim Al-Ansari as a guest speaker for its nighttime prayer session or Maghrib. Al-Ansari had previously been affiliated with the International Relief Association (IRA), a group that had been cited for bringing the self-proclaimed leader of the Jordanian terror group, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), to speak at its 1996 fundraiser.

[In March of 1999, IRA changed its name to Life for Relief and Development or LIFE.]

In October of 2004, the President of LIFE, Dr. Khalil Jassemm, was a featured speaker at an event put on by ICBR to raise money for a new Boca mosque and Islamic school. This event took place less than five months after the Baghdad office of LIFE was raided in June of 2004 by U.S. troops, having been suspected of funding Iraqi uprisings. During the raid, computers and documents were confiscated.

Joe Kaufman, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate, stated, "Time and time again, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton has sought to bring individuals associated with radical Islamist organizations to speak in front of its congregation. This includes Rafil Dhafir, a man that was convicted of raising millions of dollars in a conspiracy to unlawfully send money into Iraq through an Iraqi children's charitable front called 'Help the Needy.' When will the city of Boca Raton take the necessary actions to 1. stop the new mosque from being built and 2. shut down ICBR altogether? We cannot afford to be politically correct, during this war on terrorism."

Further information about LIFE can be found on the website of Militant Islam Monitor, at www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/325.

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

 


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