Justice Department Honored Al Qaeda Charity Fundraiser in Buffalo
Khalid Qazi, a man honored by the US Justice Department in Buffalo, has a long history of Islamic extremist activity including raising money for an Al Qaeda charity.
Ilya Feoktistov, APT’s Director of Research said New York District Attorney William Hochul gave the Justice Department’s highest award for community service to Khalid Qazi on June 5. At the ceremony, Hochul described Qazi as a man who “has done so much to break down the barriers between the Muslim community and law enforcement.”
But Feoktistov said, “U.S. Attorney William Hochul should be well-aware of Qazi’s background since his own Justice Department has investigated and prosecuted several of Qazi’s close associates, as well as helped shut down several groups that Qazi had worked with.”
Feoktistov said the APT video shows that Qazi is a founder and Senior Adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, a group that Feoktistov says, “attempts to portray itself as the ideal partner for law-enforcement agencies, yet whenever these agencies arrest people on terror-related causes, MPAC criticizes the arrests and accuses these same agencies of Islamophobia.”
Feoktistov said Qazi has raised funds for the Global Relief Foundation, an organization that was shut down shortly after 9/11 for funneling the funds it raised to Al Qaeda’s financial network.
Feoktistov said Qazi was also the director of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), whose president was arrested and charged by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice with acting as a foreign agent. The KAC was identified by the FBI as an American front group for the Pakistani ISI intelligence agency, which is notorious for supporting Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists operating in Kashmir. ISI has been accused of assisting the terror group Lashkar-e-Taibah in carrying out the 2009 Mumbai attacks.
The FBI alleged that Dr. Qazi’s KAC had funneled 4 million dollars of ISI money since the mid-1990s. Yet just two months before the FBI exposed Qazi’s organization as an ISI front, William Hochul held a press conference with Qazi to tell the community that he and Qazi “have a very long tradition of working here in Western New York together and we will continue that.”
Before he founded the Western New York chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Qazi was the Executive Director of the American Muslim Council. The American Muslim Council no longer functions, its leader and founder, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was arrested on terrorism charges in 2003 and is now serving a 23 year prison sentence.
At his trial, Federal prosecutors accused Alamoudi of being the most important Al Qaeda fundraiser in America. Feoktistov said, “Yet just like Dr. Qazi now, before his arrest, Alamoudi was respected in the highest reaches of society and government, including close relationships with both Presidents Bush and Clinton. Are Dr. Qazi and MPAC being similarly mistaken for moderates?”
APT President, Dr. Charles Jacobs said, “District Attorney William Hochul and the Department of Justice should end all collaborative relationships with Khalid Qazi and MPAC, rescind all DoJ and FBI awards to Qazi, and institute guidelines for vetting interfaith community partners for extremist ties going forward.”
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