The war on terror continues right here in Northeast Ohio. We have been following the exploits of the imam of Cleveland for the last year:
Cleveland Imam in the Center of Terror Probes
The saga of the duplicitous Cleveland imam continues. After imam Fawaz Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland was charged with federal terror-related crimes on Tuesday morning, his mosque voted to retain him Tuesday night: But the meeting was rancorous,…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 18, 2004 08:55 PM
Cleveland Imam Arrested on Terror-Related Charges
Last February I discussed an exceptional story by Amanda Garrett in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in which ties between Cleveland-area imam Fawaz Damra and Islamic terrorist organizations were revealed: It would appear that Damra did not have a change of…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 14, 2004 05:29 PM
More on Cleveland Imam Terror Connection
Yesterday we reported that the imam of Cleveland, Fawaz Damra, was unnamed “co-conspirator one” in the federal indictment against University of South Florida engineering professor Sami Amin Al-Arian, and that at least one local supporter claimed the Palestinian community in…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 23, 2003 03:47 PM
Cleveland Imam “Co-conspirator One”
I have no idea if Cleveland Imam Fawaz Damra is a changed man or has simply learned to be discreet, but a “youthful indiscretion” has turned up in a very serious federal case: A federal indictment handed up Thursday accuses…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 22, 2003 04:43 PM
You have to give the prick credit for audacity: now he wants to go on a little field trip to visit his Hamas buddies.
- The Cleveland imam charged with hiding his ties to terror hopes to visit a Virginia group that prosecutors say is a front for Hamas.
It’s unclear if Fawaz Damra who has denied any connection to terrorists will make the trip this weekend. A federal judge has forbidden the Palestinian cleric from leaving Northeast Ohio until the charges against him are resolved.
Yet Damra’s attorney this week sought a three- day reprieve so that Damra could accept an invitation to the United Association for Studies and Research in Springfield, Va.
Prosecutors strongly oppose Damra’s request, saying that the group is affiliated with a who’s who of terror funding. Ahmed Yousef, the group’s leader and the man who invited Damra, has been identified by some as the chief of Hamas operations in the United States.
….In his request, Damra said he wanted to visit the Virginia group to attend an interfaith meeting between Orthodox Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams.
But Steven Emerson, a terrorism analyst with the Investiga tive Project in Washington, D.C., said it’s highly unlikely that such a meeting would happen at the United Association for Studies and Research.
This “is a group that has called for the killing of Jews, that has praised suicide bombings,” Emerson said. A man who answered the phone at the United Association’s office Thursday declined comment, but the group has denied terror ties.
….Among other things, he has been linked to:
A Brooklyn, N.Y., group that initially supported mujahadeen fighters in Afghanistan, but later grew into part of Osama bin Laden’s fund-raising effort for al- Qaida.
Fund-raising for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, for which he was among 172 unindicted co-conspirators.
Damra, who could be deported if convicted, has denied any wrongdoing.
….But his request to visit the Virginia group means his ties to terror remain, Emerson said.
“He thinks somehow this parade of interfaith efforts will give him some sort of protection,” Emerson said, “which is manifestly absurd.” [Cleveland.com]
I commend the Plain Dealer for staying on top of this guy, who just keeps getting more and more brazen. At best he has abused the courtesy of this country for over ten years, at worst he is truly dangerous. I vote for the latter.
If he does get deported, I am aware of a job opening with Hamas.