BOCA RATON — About 50 protestors at the entrance to Florida Atlantic University today called for the firing of a Syrian professor they claim has terrorist ties.
At the same time, across campus, almost an equal number of students and professors gathered to support professor Bassem Alhalabi, an associate professor of computer science and engineering who has worked at FAU since 1996.
The university issued a statement Wednesday supporting Alhalabi.
Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate, who describes himself as an investigative journalist, targeted Alhalabi more than a decade ago. According to Kaufman, Alhalabi has troubling connections to terrorist groups, including the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, of which he was a co-founder. Kaufman says the center was bankrolled by Saudi Arabians and had several members, including its former imam, who have been arrested.
Kaufman was joined at a short press conference by Rev. Mark Boykin, who heads the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, a few blocks from the Islamic Center and right across the street from the Assalam Center, another Muslim organization.
Boykin said he joined Kaufman’s crusade because he has seen enough hard evidence to be convinced that Alhalabi should be fired.
Alhalabi came out to announce to his supporters that he had just applied today for American citizenship. The group of students and professors cheered the news.
“I think I will make a much better citizen than him,” a smiling Alhalabi said of Kaufman.
Just what America needs – a Muslim convicted of illegally exporting military-grade goods to Syria, and supporter of convicted terrorist Sami al Arian – becoming a citizen.
The Palm Beach Post’s bias is obvious. A court determined Kaufman was a journalist after terror-linked Muslim groups sued him. No mention by the PBP. No mention of Alhalabi’s conviction or terror links either. Some background the Palm Beach Post didn’t want readers to know about:
In June 2003, Alhalabi was found guilty of illegally shipping a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that, “Alhalabi caused the export of a thermal imaging camera to Syria in violation of the EAR. Thermal imaging cameras are controlled for export to Syria for national security, regional stability, and anti-terrorism reasons.”
In May 2007, Rafiq Sabir, a fellow member of Alhalabi’s Islamic center, was also convicted of material support for al-Qaeda.
Alhalabi is a professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), a director and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), co-author of a book with convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian, and a senior advisory member to United Voices for America (UVA) – the group Alhalabi was representing as a spokesperson during “Muslim Capitol Day 2010” in Tallahassee, FL.
United Voices for America (UVA) is headed by Ahmed Bedier, the former Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa and the former unofficial spokesman for Sami al-Arian.
Another leftist, terror-friendly rag in Florida concedes alHalabi shouldn’t be teaching: FAU Professor With “Terrorist Ties”?
If it’s the case that alHalabi offered aid to a Syrian fighting force — be it the military or any of the paramilitary outfits, such as Islamic Jihad, which have cozy relationships with that country’s oppressive Ba’athist regime — then he is in league with forces mortally opposed to the ideals of the kind of higher education that an institution like FAU is meant to safeguard. Unless there is a great deal more to the story, it seems dismissal should be automatic. Too bad it takes a blowhard like Kaufman to say so.
That must be a tough pill to swallow for a shill who has no problem with Muslims in Florida interacting with Hamas, stating this earlier in the same article:
Kaufman has other complaints about alHalabi, most of which are laughable. Yeah, he helps run an Islamic center in Boca. Yeah, members of the center have had some connection with Hamas. Oh, well.
The DOJ, Obama, most media in the U.S. and many politicians seem to hold the “Oh, well” view too. Until that changes expect Islam to become significantly more dominant in the U.S., and quickly.