NY: Imam who decried 9/11 museum film arrested in $140,000 tax fraud

via EXCLUSIVE: Imam who ripped 9/11 museum film could get jail in 140G tax scheme – NY Daily News.

An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.

Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority.

Elazabawy, 60, did state tax returns for Queen of Sheba on Tenth Ave. under an alias between 2005 and 2009, bilking the state out of the six-figure sum, prosecutors said.

“There’s evidence that the defendant prepared the sales tax returns without any records at all although he was in the restaurant many times and had access to those records had he asked for them,” Assistant District Attorney Maurice Mathis said at the clergyman’s Feb. 5 arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to a transcript.

“It appears that he actually was making up the numbers of the sales tax returns,” Mathis added.

Queen of Sheba had allegedly been reporting less than a tenth of its sales but collecting sales tax from customers on all of the checks.

Elazabawy, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, worked at the New York City Housing Authority for 27 years before retiring as an analyst in the agency’s budget department on Jan. 31. Just days later, he was busted on second- and third-degree grand larceny charges.

He also cheated on his own taxes, raking in about $3,000 over two years, prosecutors said.

As Daniel Greenfield noted, Elazabawy is as bad as they get: Imam Who Claimed 9/11 Museum Defames Muslims says Jews are a “Cancer”

Elazabawy’s demands for interfaith sensitivity were absent during the 2008 sermon, which came during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza aimed at curbing Hamas rocket-fire toward civilian communities in Israel.

“And they use the hypocrites of the Muslims to help them, and the Muslim follow them, because they control the money, they control the weapons, they do everything.”

Jews were spreading mischief in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia, he said.

They are cancer in everywhere, in every generation as they get in power. People turn their face, and they know they are tyrants, they know they are oppressors. They know that they kill the children of Muslim[s] all the time. But everybody permits it because they controlling the money and the position in the whole entire world.”

 As Creeping Sharia noted here, tax fraud ain’t the only illegality going on at Masjid Manhattan: The other mosque at Ground Zero. Watch the video here.

 

Terror-linked CAIR wants to remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video

 

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via CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video | CNS News.

Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as “Islamist extremism” and “jihadism.”

An earlier CAIR initiative – a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called “academically controversial terminology” – met with no success.

On Monday CAIR’s New York chapter began asking “all Americans” to lobby national and New York leaders on the issue.

A “click and send” letter made available by the chapter calls for the short video entitled “The Rise of Al-Qaeda” to be edited to remove “anti-Islamic terminology,” before the museum opens to the public next Wednesday.

The appeal is addressed to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents lower Manhattan.

On Thursday the museum and memorial will begin a six-day “dedication period,” open to 9/11 families and survivors, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks,  and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. It then opens to the general public on May 21.

The museum’s website includes a question-and-answer section.

An entry entitled, “What is an Islamist extremist?” states: “‘Islamists’ see Islam as a guiding ideology for politics and the organization of society. That is, they believe that strict adherence to religious law should be the sole basis for a country’s law, as well as its cultural and social life. While some Muslims believe this, many do not. Islamist extremists believe violence is acceptable to achieve these ends. al-Qaeda is one of many Islamist extremist groups.”

 Don’t let the terrorists in suits rewrite history. Contact Your Elected Officials and museum officials and demand that history be told accurately for future generations.

There are numerous links on the left hand sidebar under Hamas-CAIR – send them with your email.

 

 

NYC street won’t be renamed for cop killed by Muslims, will be for Muslim killed by Muslims

Offending Muslims is essentially a crime in NYC, via Renaming street for slain Officer Phillip Cardillo could ‘open old wounds’ – NY Daily News.

A plan to honor a Harlem cop killed by Nation of Islam radicals is drowning under a flood of racial tensions created more than four decades ago, but no one wants to throw it a lifeline — not even the NYPD’s new top cop.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the controversial push to get the street in front of the 28th Precinct renamed in honor of Officer Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972 — noting that the community should make the final decision.

“The Police Commissioner always welcomes the honoring and memorializing of fallen NYPD officers,” Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesman, said when asked if Bratton favored the street renaming. “However, the issue of street naming is primarily a decision for the community board and other local leaders.”

Cardillo’s family, friends, and former police officers marked the 42nd anniversary of the cop’s death with an annual motorcycle ride from his grave at Calvary Cemetery in Queens to the W. 123rd St. cop shop — and were not shy about lashing out against how Bratton sidestepped the issue.

“I don’t think it’s a good representation of his brotherhood of blue,” said Christopher Cardillo, 46, the fallen cop’s first cousin. “Why should the community’s vote have such a strong presence when we are talking about renaming a street outside a police station for a police officer? How could that be a bad thing for the community?”

Manhattan’s Community Board 10 hasn’t reviewed the proposal since last May, even though advocates pushing for the renaming handed over thousands of petition signatures and Inspector Rodney Harrison, the former commanding officer of the 28th Precinct, made a personal plea to honor Cardillo.

Before the issue was shelved, board members voiced concerns that the street renaming would displease local Muslims and “open old wounds.”

Yet ignoring and offending 9/11 victims and survivors is standard protocol, via Muslim 9/11 First Responder Gets New York City Street Named After Him

The New York Daily News reported Monday that “a police cadet who died helping World Trade Center victims on 9/11 was honored Monday at a Queens street renaming — 13 years after being accused of involvement in the attacks. Residents and elected officials came together to formally rename 204th St. at 35th Ave. ‘Salman Hamdani Way’ after Mohammed Salman Hamdani, the son of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan who lived a block from the Bayside street.”

Endless concessions and accommodations to Islamic demands only give way to more. Not to rain on anyone’s proselytizing parade, but why this guy? Why does this first responder get a street named after him? Because he’s a Muslim? What about the other hundreds of first responders who died that day? Why don’t they have streets named after them?

Is it because Mohammed Salman Hamdani is a unicorn? Is it really so extraordinary that a Muslim helped people that he gets singled out? Why is his sacrifice greater than that of all the other first responders who were killed?

How many people did Salman Hamdani save? He responded to an emergency. That was his job. Just like the other 2993 victims who went to work that day. They deserve streets named after them, too.

NYC: Muslims want to purge “jihad” from 9/11 memorial museum (updated)

Rather than purge jihad from Islam and authoritative Islamic texts, Muslims – and their new cohorts Interfaithists – have only one goal: purge all evidence of Islamic jihad from history.

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via Interfaith Panel Denounces a 9/11 Museum Exhibit’s Portrayal of Islam – NYTimes.com

Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.

The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, from news clips in foreign-accented English translations.

The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has suddenly become over the last few weeks a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.

At issue is whether it is inflammatory for the museum to use terms like “Islamist” and “jihad” in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attacks, without making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. The panel has urged the use of more specific language, such as “Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism” and doing more to explain the meaning of jihad.

Museum officials are standing by the film, which they say was vetted by several experts on Islam and terrorism. A museum spokesman and panel members described the contents of the film, which was not made available to The New York Times for viewing.

“From the very beginning, we had a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group,” said Joseph C. Daniels, president and chief executive of the nonprofit foundation that oversees the memorial and museum.

Apparently they’ve already bent over backwards for Muslims, but Muslims want to purge any reference to the true meaning of jihad.

The response from the museum was immediate, though accidental: Clifford Chanin, the education director, inadvertently sent the group an email intended solely for the museum’s senior directors, indicating he was not overly concerned.

“I don’t see this as difficult to respond to, if any response is even needed,” he wrote.

The museum did remove the term “Islamic terrorism” from its website earlier this month, after another activist, Todd Fine, collected about 100 signatures of academics and scholars supporting its deletion.

Why?

“What helps me sleep at night is I believe that the average visitor who comes through this museum will in no way leave this museum with the belief that the religion of Islam is responsible for what happened on 9/11,” said Mr. Daniels, the president of the museum foundation. “We have gone out of the way to tell the truth.”

Nothing truthful about that. It is truly Orwellian.

Yet Muslims around the world rejoiced the act of jihad on 9/11 and handed out candy that day in celebration, and have every year since then. 

Atlas Shrugs notes, Imams and Dhimmi Clergy Condemn Mention of “Jihad” and “Islamist” at 9/11 Museum Exhibit:

We don’t associate their religion with what they did; the jihadists associate their religion with what they did. How insane is this conversation? The last letters left by the 19 Muslim terrorists said that the attack was in the cause of Islam, and cited Allah 90 times. Is that in the film?

Update via ACT for America:

Can we count on you to take a moment to contact the 9/11 Memorial Museum about this issue today?

*** IMPORTANT AND TIME-SENSITIVE ACTION ITEM! ***

Please contact the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center today to let them know that you fully support their film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” as it currently stands and that you oppose any modification of that film to whitewash historically accurate depictions of who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on our nation.

Let them know that including the words “Islamist” and “jihad” are historically accurate and in no way impugn the entire Muslim community.

We have provided all the contact information you need to take this action.

We have also written a sample call and e-mail script for you, to make this as easy as possible. (NOTE: The e-mail script is modifiable if you wish to convey the message in your own words. We ask that you please be respectful at all times.)

Click HERE TO CALL and click HERE TO E-MAIL.

Then, please pass this along to everyone you know. Time is of the essence.

Thank you. Together we are making a difference!

Florida: Judge blasts FBI transparency in Saudi family 9/11 investigation

via Judge blasts FBI over Saudi family investigation | HeraldTribune.com.

A federal judge on Friday chided the FBI for failing to produce records tied to a prominent Saudi Arabian family who seemed to abandon their Sarasota home suddenly just prior to the 9/11 terror attacks.

U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch ordered the FBI to conduct a much more thorough search than it had previously done and deliver all pertinent documents — uncensored — to him by April 18 for review.

The judge said the FBI must comply using its most advanced document search system, called Sentinel, to search for records pertaining to a year-and-a-half old Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Fort Lauderdale news site Broward Bulldog. The Herald-Tribune Media Group joined the suit earlier this year as a “friend of the court.”

Under the judge’s order, the FBI also must search for documents related to the Saudi family, a home in Sarasota’s gated Prestancia subdivision and the investigation following the 2001 attacks using Sentinel and multiple other search systems.

The agency initially refused to search for the family’s names, claiming that would result in an invasion of privacy.

Judge Zloch ordered the FBI to also inform the court of any documented communications between it and other government agencies concerning the investigation.

That information, and an explanation of how the FBI is complying with the judge’s order, is due by June 6.The 23-page order Friday was Judge Zloch’s second in favor of the Bulldog and its editor, Dan Christensen.

In the latest order, Zloch takes the FBI to task for failing to exhaustively produce documents pertaining to the case.

He describes the agency’s initial search as “preemptively narrowed in scope based on agency decisions that categories of documents are exempt and thus, will not even be sought.”

He called one of the government’s characterizations of the Bulldog’s requests “literal to the point of being nonsensical.”

Tom Julin, the attorney for the Bulldog, praised the judge’s action.

“That is just exactly the kind of order a federal judge should render when the FBI refuses to acknowledge the existence of important documents like this,” Julin said. “I hope the FBI will follow his order to a ‘T’ and we will finally get to the bottom of this controversy.”

In joining the case in mid-March, the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald cited articles written about the Prestancia case and described ways in which a further search would be in the public’s interest.To date, the FBI has turned over 35 pages of heavily redacted documents — out of the 15,000 files it has acknowledged were part of its Florida inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

Last summer, Zloch asked Julin to explain in writing how an FBI search could be done better. The FBI, the lawyer noted, did not even search for documents using the names of the family members residing in, or owning, the Prestancia home.

The home was owned by Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi and his wife, Deborah. Ghazzawi is known to have connections to the Saudi royal family.

For the six years before the terror attacks, the home was occupied by their son-in-law, Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, and their daughter, Anoud.

The Al-Hijjis came to the FBI’s attention after the couple apparently returned abruptly to Saudi Arabia two weeks before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., leaving behind clothes, food, children’s toys and cars.

Federal agents also linked phone calls from the Prestancia home — some dating to a year before the attacks — to known 9/11 suspects, the Bulldog has reported.

The calls were made to, or received from Mohamed Atta, fellow pilots and 11 other terrorist suspects, the Bulldog reported.

Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi had learned to fly at Huffman Aviation at the Venice Municipal Airport. Ziad Jarrah also took flying lessons nearby, at the Florida Flight Training school.

More in these previous posts.

 

Because We Are at War

via UTT Blog.

“The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing the Islamic State.”
By-Laws of the International Muslim Brotherhood
 
“Killing is to continue until the unbelievers pay jizyah after they are humbled or overpowered.”
Islam and Modernism, Taqi Usmani (2006)
Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani
One of the leading Islamic Scholars alive today. 
Deputy Chairman, Fiqh Council for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Former Judge, Pakistani Supreme Court
 
“We do not disassociate Islam from war.  On the contrary, disassociating Islam from war is the reason for our defeat.  We are fighting in the name of Islam. Religion must lead to war.”
Qatar TV, February 25, 2006
Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi
Preeminent Islamic Scholar in the world
Leading Legal Jurist of the International Muslim Brotherhood
Chairman – International Union of Muslim Scholars
 
“This means that you wage war so that the evil sovereignty of beings other than that of Allah is wiped out and only the law of God operates in the world.”
U.S. Training Guide for Muslims published in approximately 2002 by
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS)
 
“To be true Muslims we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah’s way…The military education is glued to the faith and it’s meaning, and the duty to follow it.”
Islamic High School text book, Islamic Center of Oakland (and elsewhere)
 
“This country (America) will become a Muslim country.”
Former Islamic Advisor to President Clinton and convicted Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi
Islamic Association for Palestine (Hamas) 2006 National Conference (U.S.)

The civilian and military leadership in America, and much of the West, is strikingly blind to and grossly ignorant of the swiftly growing threat we face from the Global Islamic Movement.

Yet those inside government agencies, members of the military, and American citizens who have taken the time to get educated on this threat are horrified at the grand canyon size schism between the reality of the threat and the posture the United States government continues to take – a position which can only be characterized as “Aiding and Abetting” the enemy, Material Support for Designated Terrorist organizations (Al Qaeda and others), and Treason.

Patriots are asking themselves, “How can this be happening?

It is happening because we are at war – and we are losing.

In 2005, the current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri said “I say to you that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. We are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Ummah (global Muslim community).”
Al Qaeda understands the majority of this war is being fought in the Information Battlespace – propaganda, influence operations, and political subversion, are but a few of the tools.

When the Muslim Brotherhood states in their strategic memorandum they are waging Civilization Jihad to “destroy Western civilization from within” and they are going to do it by getting U.S. leadership to do their bidding for them – they mean it.

We are in a war against an enemy who states they are Muslims fighting Jihad in the Cause of Allah in order to impose Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic State (Caliphate). Al Qaeda says it, the Muslim Brotherhood says it, nation-states say it, martyrs say it on their videos, and all of the jihadis we have captured before or after the act (if they lived) all say they did what they did because it is a command to wage jihad until Sharia is the law of the land.

Yet, in the FBI, DHS, and U.S. military, all training on Islamic Law, specifically the requirements of Jihad and the Law of Jihad cannot be taught. Why?

Because we are in a war – primarily an information war – and we are losing.

100% of all published Islamic Law only defines “Jihad” as warfare against non-Muslims. Yet, at the leadership level of our civilian government and military, they are still “pondering” what the “root meaning” of Jihad really is.

How can something so objectively clear be so difficult for our leadership to grasp?

How can it be that the most prominent Islamic organizations in America have been identified as being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement, yet their leaders serve in advisory roles across the entire spectrum of our government – including the FBI, CIA, and DHS?

In 2012, five Republican Members of Congress layed out the evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in America and asked the Inspector Generals of key government agencies to consider opening investigations. These Members of Congress were not publicly blasted by Democrats or the media for this, but by John McCain, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, and others.

Why?

Because we are losing in the Information Battlespace. As a matter of fact, we are not even engaging the enemy there.

Continue reading at Understanding the Threat.

A Brief History of Wahhabism + Free eBook Giveaway

After a recent post – Are Saudi’s Implicated in 28 Redacted (Blank) Pages of U.S. Govt 9/11 Report? – author Allen Mitchum contacted us about a novel he wrote centered around the missing 28 pages.

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More via Allen Mitchum’s Official Blog:

A Brief History of Wahhabism

The following is the introduction to the counterjihad thriller 28 PAGES by Allen Mitchum, published in 2011 by Spartan North Publishing and available in print and ebook at Amazon.com. The story involves a woman who, while investigating the gruesome murder of her sister, uncovers a shocking conspiracy against the U.S. perpetrated by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador.

Introduction

In the early 1700s, more than one thousand years after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, feuding tribes and rival sheikhdoms dominated the Arabian Peninsula. Centuries of invasion and continual warfare weakened the influence of orthodox Islam in its birthplace. A hybrid of Islam and paganism instead dominated the region. Jihad against non-Muslims, once the cornerstone of Islam, was nearly forgotten.

Around this time, Mahommed Ibn Abd al-Wahhab of the Bani Tamim tribe was born in the plateau of the Najd in central Arabia, west of Saudi Arabia’s present day capital of Riyadh. While details of his early life are scarce, scholars know he achieved notoriety for memorizing the entire Quran by the age of ten. As a teenager, Wahhab traveled afar to deepen his understanding of Islamic law. It was through his interactions with Muslim lands to the East that he determined Islam in Arabia had been corrupted.
Upon returning to his native Najd, Wahhab immediately sought to restore a pure form of Islam based on the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad as practiced in the past. Praying to saints, participating in religious festivals, praying at graves, and worshiping nature were forbidden. He banned and destroyed grave markers and tombs to avoid the temptation of idolatry.

His obsession led to aggression and hatred towards non-Muslims, which included Christians, Jews, and Muslims who did not accept his teachings. Wahhab viewed these infidels as the primary impediment against the restoration of orthodox Islam, mandating their death or at a minimum, their submission. Wahhab revived the concept of armed jihad against the infidels, restoring it to the primary duty of a true Muslim.

Wahhab and his followers spread their puritanical brand of Islam through the Najd. They compelled those who resisted and killed those who refused. Wahhab’s followers dubbed themselves mujahideen, or holy warriors. Their enemies, on the other hand, referred to them as Wahhabis. Sheikdoms upset with Wahhab’s challenge to the status quo forced the mujahideen and their leader into exile. It was there that Wahhab found a benefactor to help him promote his cause.

To fulfill his objective of restoring a pure form of Islam to Arabia, Wahhab required protection. The Emir Muhammad Saud, head of the powerful Saud Family, satisfied that requirement. Recognizing the potent political dimension to Wahhabism, Saud converted to Wahhabism and afforded protection to the mujahideen. The two families merged when Saud’s son married Wahhab’s daughter.

In 1744, three decades before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, the two families further solidified their relationship with a decision that would impact history for centuries to come. Wahhab and Saud swore a traditional Islamic mithaq, or covenant, promising to work together to establish a state based on the strictest Islamic principles. Saud supplied the power while Wahhab provided the faith. Combined, the two were a powerful force in restoring Islam to its roots, fighting the infidels, and increasing their power and influence.

With that simple mithaq, the House of Saud was born. In the coming centuries, it succeeded in uniting the Arabian Peninsula and planting Wahhabism in Islam’s birthplace. In the process, Wahhab’s followers spilled vast amounts of blood and planted the seeds of Wahhabism throughout the Middle East. In time, and under the direction of the Saudi Royal Family, Wahhabism spread to every corner of the settled world, including the United States.

Allen Mitchum is the author of the political thriller 28 PAGES involving a shocking Saudi conspiracy against the United States hidden in 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. Please visit the author’s website at www.allenmitchum.com for more information.

A failure of imagination has often been cited as a reason why 9/11 wasn’t stopped. Would a Saudi conspiracy against the United States really be that shocking?

The first three readers to contact Allen via email get a free ebook version of his novel.

Email him allen [at] allenmitchum.com

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