A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed an imam’s claim that the Illinois State Police (ISP) discriminated against him when it rescinded the imam’s appointment to be a volunteer chaplain.
Kifah Mustapha’s appointment as the ISP’s first Muslim chaplain was reversed after the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported in January 2010 that he was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas financing trial which ended with sweeping convictions in November of 2008. Mustapha was identified as a member of a Muslim Brotherhood-run Hamas support network in the United States, and was a paid employee of the network’s official fundraising arm, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Records show he spent five years as the charity’s “sole employee in its Illinois office.”
Mustapha, an imam at the Mosque Foundation in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, did not tell the state police about his Holy Land Foundation connections when he originally applied for the chaplain’s post. He passed an initial review and announced his appointment.
But state police officials took a second look after reading the IPT report. They verified the information about Mustapha’s Holy Land Foundation work and saw a videotape entered into evidence which showed Mustapha singing a song praising Hamas and jihad.
An FBI official told state police that Mustapha would not pass their background check for a similar position. The ISP rescinded Mustapha’s appointment, and he sued. He tried to attack the IPT’s credibility as part of his litigation.
Mustapha was represented by attorneys for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which similarly was implicated in the Holy Land case as part of a Muslim Brotherhood-orchestrated Hamas support network in the United States. Internal documents show CAIR was a member of the Palestine Committee, and two CAIR founders appeared on a Palestine Committee telephone list.
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