August 16, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (



(Coral Springs, FL) It has been brought to the attention of Americans Against Hate (AAH) that Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, in March of 2005, was appointed to the Broward County Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) by the Mayor of the Broward County Commission, Kristin Jacobs. Zakkout was previously the Vice President of the Health Resource Center for Palestine (HRCP), a Hamas-propaganda tool that was shut down shortly after it was discovered that the organization was raising money for suicide bombers in Israel.

Zakkout is currently the Director of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), a group whose website sports numerous hate and extremist links, including a link to one of the main Al-Qaeda financiers (Al-Haramain Foundation) and a link to a site that refers to Jews as "people of treachery and betrayal" (Islam Q & A).

As disturbing as this appointment by Mayor Jacobs is, it is only a part of a pattern that has been developing in Broward County, whereby local officials have shown a tendency to embrace Islamic radicals.

In March of 2003, the Superintendent of Schools, Frank Till, invited the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group created by a front for Hamas, into Broward schools to discuss what Till called a "hate backlash" aimed at the Muslim community. This was followed up with a video sponsored by the School Board's Diversity Committee that featured CAIR and Maulana Shafayat Mohamed, the leader of a radical Pembroke Pines mosque where numerous Al-Qaeda-related individuals worshipped. The video was shown in every Broward County school.

This month, once again Broward officials embraced CAIR, by allowing the group to use public library facilities to give a series of lectures on Islam. The lectures are part of CAIR's 'Explore Islamic Culture & Civilization' project, a program CAIR began in September of 2002 to propagate hatred and violence through a set of Islamic-oriented books to thousands of public libraries across America. This program was approved by the office of Broward Library Director Robert Cannon. Cannon's office also approved the use of Broward County's logo, with respect to this program. After being informed of CAIR's connections to terrorist groups and activity, Cannon said he still had no problem with CAIR using public library facilities.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, "The time for Broward County to take the issue of terrorism seriously is way past due! Because of recent actions (or lack of action) taken by Kristin Jacobs and Robert Cannon, the security of Broward County has been severely compromised. We call on Mayor Jacobs and Library Director Cannon to take the necessary steps to rid the county of these hateful elements or to step down from their respective positions in the Broward County government. There has to be zero tolerance for anyone related to or involved in terrorism!"

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail:


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