Press Release Militant Islam Monitor - Residents Protest Expansion of Islamic Center in PA - Venue for "Jihad Camps"
July 9, 2006
For Immediate Release
Residents Protest Expansion Of Islamic Center in PA – Venue For Young Muslim "Jihad Camps"
July 10, 2006 – Philadelphia, PA – Militant Islam Monitor - Residents of Lower Merion County protesting the expansion of the Foundation for Islamic Education because of zoning violations, recently became aware that the center is planning to hold a Muslim Youth camp with many of the controversial speakers who appeared at a self-described "Jihad Camp" in 2001.
The FIE is funded and owned by the ex Saudi Minister of Energy and Electricity -Mahmoud Abdullah Taiba, and is a satellite campus of the American Open University the American division of al-Azhar University in Cairo, a hotbed of Muslim Brotherhood activity.- http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2090
Among the complaints are that the school foundation began an elementary school in 1999 and was the site of a summer camp in 2004, neither of which are permitted under the zoning order. Neighbors allege that a registered child abuser resided on the premises and that FIE is being used as a homeless shelter in violation of local codes.
Neighbors testified that they were especially concerned that the foundation would not provide information on the nature of the groups using the grounds for retreats or provide proof that the activities were being supervised.
The residents of Villanova have a right to be concerned for their security. http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=jihadcamp7606%2Ehtm
Unbeknownst to the residents at the time of the last hearing and in keeping with FIE's pattern of deception is the fact that a gender segregated Jihad Camp of the Young Muslims organization had been scheduled to be held on August 2nd to 7th.
The list of speakers at this event include radical Islamists; it includes
The FIE premises have been used for CAIR [The Council of American Islamic Relations] an above noted Wahhabist front group for Hamas, and ICNA [The Islamic Circle of North America] which has been linked to al-Qaeda. - http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2082
Beila Rabinowitz - Director of Militant Islam Monitor - is urging the Lower Merion council to refuse an expansion permit to the Foundation for Islamic Education and launch a complete investigation into all their previous and upcoming activities especially the August scheduled Young Muslims' Jihad Summer Camp.
Given their extensive record of zoning violations, misreprentations and troubling associations we believe that the onus is on FIE to prove its suitability as a local resident and we join with FIE's neighbors in demanding a thorough review and accounting of the organizations operations and activities.
For further information contact Beila Rabinowitz email@example.com
Tel.925 689 9492
Concerned residents should contact The Lower Merion Council