November 27, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (



(Coral Springs, FL) With the arrest and forthcoming deportation of Cleveland imam Fawaz Damra, our government has shown that it is not afraid to take action against the most dangerous elements in our society. Evidence proves that Damra was a fundraiser for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and that he was the founder of Al-Qaeda's main American headquarters, the Alkifah Refugee Center (in Brooklyn). However, even with law enforcement moving on this, there are still many terrorist elements within our country that have yet to be acted upon, specifically with regards to PIJ.

Founded in 1979, PIJ was a small faction of the violent Muslim Brotherhood, whose core set of beliefs revolved around the destruction of the state of Israel. Less than ten years later, PIJ made its way onto the shores of America. With a home base in Tampa, Florida, the group's North American leader, Sami Al-Arian, built up and directed a large organization, which included a think tank, a charity and a children's school. These groups did not run on their own; they included numerous foot soldiers and financiers.

Most of those that were involved in America's PIJ operation never served jail time. One that stands out amongst the many is Sami Al-Arian's wife, Nahla Al-Arian.

Nahla Al-Arian played a fairly large role in PIJ, in that she was the Secretary of the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). WISE was one of the groups named in the 50-count indictment issued against Sami Al-Arian and seven others (currently awaiting verdict). The group was described by the United States Justice Department as a "front organization that raised funds for militant Islamic-Palestinian groups such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas."

The eight defendants, four of which are outside the United States, are accused of having taken part in the murders of over 100 innocent human beings, including two Americans. Americans Against Hate (AAH) believes that Nahla Al-Arian should be indicted for her personal role in these murders.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, "Nahla Al-Arian should not be benefiting from the greatness of America, when her actions helped contribute to the deaths of Americans. If nothing else, she should be arrested and deported from our shores, as her brother was in 2002." Mazen Al-Najjar, also a past WISE officer, was deported in August of 2002 on a visa violation.

In June of 2002, Nahla Al-Arian stated, "I feel guilty. I'm not suffering enough." While the context of her statement is not exactly ours, our feelings on the statement are mutual. AAH calls on the United States government to move to arrest and deport Nahla Al-Arian immediately.

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