Three former Islamic militants from the Middle East, Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem, and Zachariah Anani, now reformed and warning the West of the danger of radical Islam, were to speak at the University of Michigan yesterday (30th January) in a public forum, billed as "The 3 Ex-Terrorists." They have fought for the militant wing of PLO in Palestine and had participated in acts of violence and terrorism against Israel. Shoebat is reported to have had bombed an Israeli Bank as a teenager. Anani was a teen militia fighter, where he was trained to kill Jews and claims to have killed 223 people, according to 3xterrorists.com.
As usual, the proposed forum offended the Muslims. Digital50.com reports that Anani is under death threat for his plan to participate in the event.
According to a Detroit Free Press report, speaking about the danger of radical Islam is also a form of hate to Muslims in general. The head of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Imad Hamad, said "this is another form of hate... in the name of fighting terrorism."'
Hamad met today with university officials to express the community's concern about the event.
Keith Davies, organizer of the program, however, disregarded Mr. Hamad’s concerns asserting: "It has nothing to do with hatred of any certain people, but there's a certain ideology we have a problem with, and that's what we need to expose."
ADC also questioned whether it's possible to reform a terrorist. "If they were once terrorists," the ADC said, "they should always be treated as terrorists" as reported in DetNews.com.
The strangest fact is that ADC head Imad Hamad is reported to have "been promoting the terrorist cause by supporting Hamas and Hezbollah in media interviews." The same ADC had earlier sponsored a Hamas/Hezbollah conference targeted against Israel in the same campus.
Hamad was also a suspected member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Communist faction of Palestinian terrorism, responsible for countless homicide bombings and the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in October, 2001.