May 30, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

AAH SAYS BOCA AL-QAEDA PLOT PART OF "LARGER CONSPIRACY"

SPOKESMAN FOR DOCTOR DEFENDS ANTI-SEMITIC STATEMENTS

(Coral Springs, FL) On the morning of Saturday, May 28, 2005, Rafiq Abdus Sabir was arrested at his home in Boca Raton, Florida. Sabir, an emergency room doctor, along with Tarik ibn Osman Shah of the Bronx, New York were arrested and charged with "conspiring to train and provide medical assistance to Al-Qaeda terrorists."

Sabir is a member of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque whose board of directors includes Bassem Alhalabi, an ex-colleague of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian. Alhalabi was found guilty, in June of 2003, of shipping a $13,000 thermal imaging device to Syria. According to the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce, "Thermal imaging cameras are controlled for export to Syria for national security, regional stability, and anti-terrorism reasons."

ICBR spokesman Daniel McBride has been referred to the media to answer questions about Rafiq Sabir. McBride, a friend of Sabir's, is quoted as saying, "He is a quality guy and a quality physician. He's about helping others."

McBride, who moderated an interfaith event for the Muslim Student Organization (MSO) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) a month ago, became news himself when a vehemently anti-Jewish article, entitled 'Why can't the Jews and Muslims live together in peace?' was found on the ICBR website. The article, which states that Jews are "known for their treachery and corruption throughout the world, historically and in the present age," talks about killing Jews. According to salon.com, with respect to the article, McBride "defends it word for word."

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate and author of 'Boca Raton, City of Terror,' stated, "Given the radical nature of many of the individuals that are associated with the ICBR, and given the fact that volunteers for the ICBR suggested that Rafiq Sabir was involved with other area Islamic organizations, we can probably surmise that this plot was part of a much larger conspiracy than has been reported."

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

 


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