Sarasota Mosque That Raised Money for Families of Suicide Bombers And Hosted Terrorists Has A New Larger Mosque Coming Up Out Of The Ground.
On the government witness list for the trial of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian was Muneer Arafat most recently the Imam of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) where terrorist Dr. Rafiq Sabir shows up in 2002.
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Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) made national headlines when one of its congregants, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, was caught plotting to go overseas and aid members of Al-Qaeda. In addition, one of ICBR's current Directors, Bassem Alhalabi, was a research assistant for Al-Arian and published materials with Al-Arian at the University of South Florida (USF).
Before arriving in Boca Raton, Muneer Arafat was the Imam of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) mosque. The mosque is located an hour south of the Islamic Academy of Florida (on Lockwood Ridge Rd in Sarasota Fl), one of the institutions that Al-Arian was using to funnel money to the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jiahd (PIJ).
Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) featured repeated guest appearances by Al-Arian terrorist colleagues Mazen Al-Najjar and Hussam Jubara. Al-Najjar, who was a Director of IAF, was deported from the United States in August of 2002.
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Jubara, who co-founded the Islamic Concern Project (ICP) with Al-Arian, plead guilty in August of 2003 to lying on immigration forms.
Al-Arian, himself, was a guest at ISSB, in May of 2001. At this time, Al-Arian was actively raising funds for the families of suicide bombers. Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton was also active in raising funds for these families. In its January 2001 edition of its monthly newsletter THE FAITH, under the title 'Aqsa Victims (2),' it is written: "The second payment of donations for Aqsa victims were sent [sic] the martyrs families and needy in the West Bank in Palestine. Alhamdullah we managed to send $4,000 by one of our dedicated brothers."
Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, stated, "Given the fact that Al-Arian's colleagues were heavily involved with ISSB, and given the fact that ISSB was raising money for the families of martyrs, it is imperative that law enforcement focus much of its efforts on ISSB."
From a JTTF investigation started in Sarasota during February 2003 with information provided by private investigator Bill Warner comes the following details, Monday, July 24, 2006. FLORIDA "HOLY MAN" MUNEER ARAFAT TERROR LINKS;
Muneer Kazem Arafat, Imam at Sarasota Mosque and then Boca Raton Mosque, was born in Kuwait on 5/10/1963 and the family eventually moved to Jordan. Muneer Arafat claims he is a Jordanian born in Kuwait of Palestinian decent BUT not related to Yasser Arafat.
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Muneer Kazem Arafat was arrested in November 2002 in Sarasota for overstaying his visa. A Federal official from St. Louis was present for his arrest, weeks later he was released.
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Arafat first began his career in the US in St. Louis and Columbia, MO. In St. Louis he became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid. They would butt heads over and over again about other issues including Arafat’s dishonesty about his religious education and immigration status.
Muneer Arafat is an al-Qaeda operative, he is paid member of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR), same as Tarik Hamdi is a CDLR member and Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel, Muneer Arafat's ex-roomate, was a CDLR member, same as Rafiq Sabir the "Doc" who was arrested at the Boca Raton Mosque that Arafat was the Imam.
Two al Qaeda operatives, Ziyad Khaleel and Tarik Hamdi, have been involved with both the CDLR and the ARC. The Advice and Reformation Committee (or “ARC”) and the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (or “CDLR”) are both Saudi-dissident groups with ties to Osama bin Laden. Both organizations seek to overthrow the Saudi government to replace the regime with an even more strict brand of Islam. Khaleel had links to more radical elements. He advertised his modest apartment near the University of Missouri as the local headquarters for the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights.
Charges against Tarik Hamdi focus on a series of alleged omissions in Hamdi's naturalization papers, as well as information he submitted on mortgage-loan applications. According to the indictment in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Tarik Hamdi did not state on his naturalization form that in 1994 he had been the U.S. representative for the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights in Saudi Arabia, a London-based organization that has embraced many of Osama bin Laden's views.
Hamdi has been under federal investigation for several years, stemming from his work at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Virginia. Hamdi was also accused of committing wire fraud by receiving mortgage loans by inflating his income on the applications. If found guilty of all the charges, he could face up to 20 years in jail, court officials said.
Muneer Arafat, the Iman at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton and a frequent visitor in Sarasota Fl, had a roommate and associate by the name of Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziad Sadaqa in Columbia MO, see following information; Ziyad Khaleel AKA Ziad Sadaqa, received $6,000.00 from Yasser Arafat and the Palestine National Liberation Movement--Nablus Movement, to further his University studies (computer studies).
Ziyad Khaleel AKA Ziyad Sadaqa was at the Univ. of Missouri and was a roommate of Muneer Arafat in the St. Louis MO area during 1996 to 1999. Public records show U.S. addresses for Khaleel going back to 1993 in Columbia, Michigan and ORLANDO Florida.
Ziyad Khaleel purchased a $7,500.00 satellite phone and 400 min. of time and had it sent to Osama bin-Laden for use in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In May 1998, Ziyad Sadaqa aka ziyad Khaleel bought a battery pack for the phone, and shipped it to Bin Laden via a man in Washington (Tarik Hamdi), prosecutors said. Osama bin Laden uses a satellite phone to direct al-Qaeda’s operations.
The phone—a Compact M satellite phone, about the size of a laptop computer—was purchased by a student in Virginia named Ziyad Khaleel for $7,500 using the credit card of a British man named Saad al-Fagih. After purchasing the phone, Khaleel sent it to Khalid al-Fawwaz, al-Qaeda’s unofficial press secretary in London (see Early 1994-September 23, 1998). Al-Fawwaz then shipped it to bin Laden in Afghanistan. [CNN, 4/16/2001] It appears US intelligence actually tracks the purchase as it occurs (see November 1996-Late December 1999), probably because an older model satellite phone bin Laden has is already being monitored (see Early 1990s). Bin Laden’s phone (873682505331) is believed to be used by other top al-Qaeda leaders as well, including Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mohammad Atef. Al-Fawwaz also buys satellite phones for other top al-Qaeda leaders around the same time. Though the calls made on these phones are encrypted, the NSA is able to intercept and decrypt them. As one US official will put it in early 2001, “codes were broken.”
Ziyad Khaleel set up numerous web sites for the Palestine movement and especially Hamas in Orlando Fl, from 1999 to 2000 approx. he also shows up in Sarasota Fl on several occasinos to meet with Muneer Arafat at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB).
"Khalil Ziyad" is actually known in the United States as Ziyad Khaleel (a.k.a. Ziyad Sadaqa, a.k.a Ziyad Abdulrahman). Public records reveal that he was associated with a variety of addresses in Orlando, Detroit, Columbia (Missouri), and Denver. Khaleel was also responsible for administering a variety of the most radical Islamic Web sites on the Internet.
At various points in the late 1990s, according to Internic/Network Solutions database records, Khaleel was the administrative and billing contact of the official Hamas Web site (http://www.palestine-info.net/ ), the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) Web site (http://www.fisalgeria.org/ ), the Web site of Liberty for the Muslim World (http://www.lmw.org/ ), and the Palestine Times Web site (http://www.ptimes.com/ ).
Saturday, July 29, 2006, ORLANDO RESIDENT IS AL-QAEDA AGENT LINKED TO ZIYAD KHALEEL. AL-QAEDA AGENT/USED CAR DEALER IN NAIROBI was a Orlando high school graduate, Ihab Mohamed Ali aka Nawawi; Nawawi was arrested in May 1999 (still being held, no trial) after he returned from Nairobi, he was working as a taxi driver in Orlando, Florida (in Nairobi a car business was set up to create income. Wadih el Hage created a charity organization) .
Investigators discover recent ties between him and high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders, and suspect he was a “sleeper” agent. http://www.sptimes.com/News/102801/Worldandnation/Pilot_led_a_quiet_lif.shtml
Ali is linked to the terrorist leader Ziyad Khaleel, (photo above) the onetime resident of east Orange who ordered and purchased the satellite phone used by bin Laden and his associates before and after the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa (photo below), according to court testimony.
Ali and Khaleel -- both naturalized U.S. citizens -- did meet at a local mosque, a Khaleel relative who still lives in Orlando told the Orlando Sentinel, he said the pair met during prayer sessions at the Islamic Society of Central Florida . [DOC] INVESTIGATION FINDS A WEB OF ORLANDO TIES
"Holy Man" Muneer Arafat shows up in Sarasota/Venice Fl area in March of 2000, Mohamed Atta and some of the 9/11 Hijackers show up in the Sarasota/Venice area in June 2000, small world !
From open court records during the Sami al-arian trial in Tampa it has been revealed that Muneer Arafat had become an informant for the US Department of Justice and they had paid him $35,000, but was Arafat working both sides of the street at the same time ?
Every place Muneer Arafat shows up so do Al-Qaeda agents, he was the roommate of Al-Qaeda agent Ziyad Khaleel in 1999, Mohamed Atta and the 9/11 terrorists followed him to the Sarasota/Venice area in 2000 and a member of the Mosque he ran in Boca Raton, Dr. Rafiq Sabir, joined Al-Qaeda and was arrested last year on terrorism charges.