Stephen Schwartz scrupulously reviews the available evidence regarding the ladies and gentleman behind the planned $100 million mega-mosque at Ground Zero. They are fronted by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a Kuwait-born cleric of Egyptian background. What does Schwartz turn up?
Let’s see. Here we have a support network linked to the Malaysian Jew hater Mahathir bin Mohamad. Here we have the Perdana-supported Gaza raiders. Here we have some notable servants of the Iranian clerical dictatorship, and an Egyptian property developer associated with the pro-Hamas chief of the Arab League.
And here we have Feisal Abdul Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, one of the most assiduous promoters of the mega-mosque. She is the niece of Dr. Farooq Khan, formerly a leader of the Westbury Mosque on Long Island, which is a center for Islamic radicals and links on its website to the paramilitary Islamic Circle of North America, the front on American soil for the Pakistani jihadist Jamaat e-Islami.
Schwartz concludes with a simple proposition. If Rauf’s planned mega-mosque is entirely above board, he should fully disclose its backing and finances. Until Rauf shows his cards, I think it’s fair to infer that the mega-mosque is intended to add insufferable insult to grievous injury.
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