The so-called Summit on Countering Violent Extremism comes as
President Obama seeks formal authorization from Congress to wage war
against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
The terrorist-friendly Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which is a known front for Islamist terrorist groups, operates mosques in and around Boston.
Members of the anti-terrorist community are outraged that officials
of ISB will participate in discussions of anti-terrorism best practices
on Feb. 18.
In a recent Washington Times op-ed,
Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov of Americans For Peace and
Tolerance, warned that ISB “and its political arm, the Muslim American
Society, seen as the go-to groups for civic and law enforcement
partnerships, have links to many extremists who are either in jail, in
flight from federal authorities, or have been killed during terrorist
attacks.” The group also ran a full-page ad about ISB’s participation in the summit in the Washington Times under the headline, “Why is Boston a Hub For ‘VIOLENT EXTREMISM?'”
Social media guru Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the chief propagandist
for the Islamic State, used to regularly worship at ISB’s Cambridge
mosque. His father was a member of the board of directors of ISB. The
FBI suspects Abousamra is in charge of Islamic State’s slick
English-language propaganda campaign that produces videos of beheadings
and various atrocities. The campaign has succeeded in recruiting at
least 300 American jihadists and thousands of volunteers from other
Long before the Islamic State arrived on the world scene, the Islamic
Society of Boston had already long been a hotbed of terrorist activity,
according to DiscoverTheNetworks.
ISB was founded by Hamas and Hezbollah supporter Abdurahman Alamoudi,
who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison on terrorism-related
charges. ISB’s Cambridge mosque is run by the Muslim American Society,
which federal prosecutors say is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saudi benefactors helped to fund a sister mosque, the Islamic Society of
Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.
Boston marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshiped at
ISB’s Cambridge mosque, as did Tarek Mehanna. Mehanna received terrorist
training in Yemen and intended to use automatic weapons to inflict mass
casualties in a suburban shopping mall near Boston. In 2012 Mahenna
received a 17-year prison term for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda. Oussama
Ziade, a benefactor of the Boston mosque, was indicted in 2009 for
accepting money from al-Qaeda fundraiser Yassin Kadi.
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