A MIT professor who formerly was the on-campus Muslim preacher raised money for Al Qaeda and recruited for jihad, according to an exposé from the Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT).
Laher’s career goes back to the 1990s, when he helped recruit for jihad in Chechen and led fund-raising for Al Qaeda while he was a MIT chaplain. Today, he preaches at the Islamic Society of Boston, an extremist mosque founded by MIT students near their campus. It is the same mosque where Boston Marathon bombers Chechen refugees Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshipped.
APT research director Ilya Feoktistov and president Charles Jacobs wrote in their mini-documentary:
“Suheil Laher …became president of a Muslim charity based in Boston called Care International, which was founded by Osama Bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam and was…essence, a fundraising vehicle for mujahideen….
“Laher, then, was quite an important figure in Al Qaeda’s leadership here. His perch at MIT meant that he had easy access to the best American Muslim minds – and their world-class technical skills….
“He pioneered the Jihadist use of the new Internet medium to fundraise and recruit for Al Qaeda causes online. Laher’s personal website prominently featured Abdullah Azzam’s notorious call to Jihad, a tract called “Join the Caravan:
‘Beloved brother! Draw your sword, climb onto the back of your horse, and wipe the blemish off your ummah. If you do not take the responsibility, who then will?’
“Laher’s website contained a large collection of his writings and of sermons he gave in the Boston area. These sermons are replete with calls for Jihad, such as this passage:
When the Muslim lands are being attacked, and the Muslims are being raped and killed, the only solution prescribed by Allah is jihad. Jihad is for all times. […] Jihad does not stop. Those of us who have not yet managed to go and physically help our brothers and sisters should support […] our mujahidin brethren with prayer, with money, with clothes, by taking care of their families, and at some point in person. Otherwise, we must face the wrath of Allah.
One of Laher’s followers on MIT was a biology student named Aafia Siddiqui, who later became known as “Lady Al Qaeda.” She now is serving an 86-year prison sentence for attempting to kill FBI agents who arrested her when she was carrying two pounds of cyanide and plans for mass casualty attacks on New York using chemical and biological weapons.
Laher left his post as Muslim chaplain at MIT last year but continues to preach at Boston mosques.
Feoktistov and Jacobs wrote, “There is no evidence to indicate that Laher influenced the Tsarnaevs directly. Nevertheless, the legacy of radicalism at the Tsarnaevs’ mosque is very much tied to MIT and the Jihadist ideology that Laher preached as its Muslim chaplain.”
The American Freedom Defense Initiative held an “art show,” or contest of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed in Texas on Sunday, May 3.
As the event was winding down, two gunmen pulled up in a vehicle and shot a Garland security officer outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where the art show was taking place.
In response, the Garland police shot and killed the two gunmen. Bruce Joiner, the police officer who was shot by the gunmen, was released from the hospital after being treated.
Some people had been critical of the art contest, calling it an attack on Islam, but Pamela Geller, the head of the AFDI, said they were just exercising their right of free expression. The contest offered an award of $10,000 for the best cartoon.
The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday night that two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and began shooting at a security officer.
The gunmen’s vehicle may contain an “incendiary device,” according to the statement. A bomb squad was on the scene, and nearby businesses were evacuated.
According to the Drudge Report and heavy Twitter activity, ISIS may be taking responsibility for this attack.
The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority today, April 29, passed a resolution banning all political advertising on its subways and buses.
The reason for this counter-intuitive decision (why shut off an easy and attractive revenue stream?) is being attributed to a court decision which allowed an organization committed to fighting Islamic terrorism to promote its message in a series of advertisements which contain the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews” on New York City buses.
The organization behind those ads, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, brought a lawsuit against the MTA for trying to block one of its ads which contained the quote: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.” After the quote, which is attributed to Hamas TV, are the words, “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?”
The MTA claimed this ad would incite violence. The court disagreed, stating that simply the fear of spontaneous attacks, without any evidence, is insufficient to override the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Claiming that the action it was taking would obviate the need to litigate what kind of ads are acceptable and which ones would legitimately be rejected, the MTA board voted Wednesday, April 29, that it will no longer accept “ads for political parties, ballot referendums and any ad that is ‘political in nature.” Commercial advertising, public-service announcements, and government-funded ads will still be allowed to run.
Pamela Geller, the president of the AFDI, said on her website that the MTA board’s decision constitutes a ban on speech in the public square. This is “Sharia in America,” she wrote.
The MTA said that the kind of advertising that will be banned accounts for less than $1 million of the MTA’s annual $138 million advertising revenue.
New York City’s is not the first transit agency to ban political ads on their public transportation systems. Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia already have such bans in place.
Islamic State and other terrorists have turned sexual violence into an “epidemic” and is a “crime against humanity,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the Security Council.
In his remarks in a Council session on Women, Peace and Security, Prosor stated:
Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective. Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality….
Sexual violence as a tool in war is not a women’s issue. It is a crime of humanity against humanity.
ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have publicized and boasted of their rapping women and using them as sex slaves.
Prosor cited several examples and said, “Women are raped numerous times a day. Young girls are forced to call their parents to detail being gang-raped by dozens of men. The captured women and girls are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for as little as $25 or given as “sabaya” – a reward for fighters.”
No less significant is that many countries, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, condone crimes against women and often accept mistreatment as a proper way of life.
“If a nation refuses to prosecute domestic sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor killings in times of peace then there is little hope for justice in times of war and conflict,” Prosor stated.
So which country did the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women single out in its annual report last month?
Saudi Arabia, where women lashed for not behaving according to Islamic law in public?
Somalia, where women are sold?
Iran, where there are no laws against domestic violence and where adultery is punishable by stoning?
In Egypt, where there is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically and where forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital?
Of course not.
The only Middle East country named in the report was Israel, where the “occupation” has supposed caused high “unemployment and poverty, especially among women,” in Judea and Samaria.
And what does the United States have to say about sexual violence against women in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.
Washington speaks out forcefully against it in the politically proper forums while continuing “business as usual” when it sells weapons and makes deals with Iran to allow it retain its nuclear development infrastructure.
Islamic State executed an Egyptian soldier over the weekend, in the Sinai.
The specific terror group was Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, which began as an independent Jihadi group in the Sinai, perhaps connected to the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas, and then later swore allegiance to Da’esh (Islamic State).
The soldier, identified as Ahmed Fatchi Abu Al-Futah, was captured by Da’esh in the beginning of the month when an Egyptian military post was attacked, killing 15 Egyptian soldiers.
The Islamic State terrorist shot the soldier in the head on video.