This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/594

Al Arian linked 'charity' designated as terror entity - gave money to families of suicide bombers

Elehassan Society in Gaza used distribution of medical supplies to finance Palestinian Islamic Jihad's acts of terror
May 5, 2005

MIM :It was Michael Fechtner and the Tampa Tribune who went public with the Al Arian story in 1995.Steven Emerson had been aware of Sami Al Arian's Jihadist activities since 1993 and was the first person to 'out ' him as a terrorist in his 1993 documentary 'Jihad in America.

"..The Tampa Tribune's Michael Fechter began reporting on Al-Arian's activities in May 1995. The Tribune stands fully behind Fechter and his work. His has been a labor of years, in the course of which he has read thousands of pages of court documents and spoken with scores of individuals. His work in dozens of stories has met the highest standards and withstood the test of time..." http://archive.salon.com/tech/letters/2002/01/29/al_arian/

It took a decade (and the Patriot Act) to put Al Arian in jail. It was only until an interview with Al Arian on the O'Reilly Factor, in which his terror ties were revealed to nationwide audience, and the security threats which ensued, that caused then USF president Judy Genshaft to suspend Al Arian .

Al Arian had been given two years paid leave during which he continued his activities in his mosque, and with the Islamic Academy of Tampa (an elementary school which had its government funding revoked when it was tied to terrorism), and masterminding attacks by the PIJ.

USF President Betty Castor's failure to oust Al Arian during her term, cost her the Senate election last year.

"...Tribune reporter Michael Fechter wrote that anonymous "former and current senior Israeli intelligence officials" told him that Al-Arian was part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's "governing council" called Majlis Shura. According to the anonymous officials, Al-Arian even traveled to Damascus and Tehran for meetings, dropping off a computer to the PIJ's leader on his way..."

"In a sidebar, the Tribune explained that they do not usually allow the use of unnamed sources. However they thought this story was, "of paramount importance to the public" so they made an exception..."

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May 5, 2005

http://news.tbo.com/news/MGB5LTWHC8E.html

Charity Said To Have Ties To Terror

By MICHAEL FECHTER
mfechter@tampatrib.com


A Palestinian charity at issue in the terror-support case against Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants was designated as a terrorist front Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury Department.

The Elehssan Society distributes medical supplies and other relief in the Occupied Territories.

In a news release, the Treasury Department said it has seen information showing the society keeps a list of families tied to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad that receive payments, including relatives of suicide bombers.

"Elehssan masquerades as a charity, while actually helping to finance Palestinian Islamic Jihad's acts of terror against the Israeli people and other innocents," Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey wrote.

Much of the material cited in the Treasury Department's news release appears to come from documents seized by Israel. The statement refers repeatedly to "information available to the U.S." in explaining the charity's designation.

Al-Arian and the co-defendants are accused of helping to finance and organize the terrorist group, which is responsible for more than 100 deaths in attacks, including at least three Americans. Their trial is scheduled to begin May 16.

The indictment calls Elehssan "the fund-raising arm of the PIJ in Gaza and the West Bank" and claims it used an Internet site to solicit donations.

The charity received hundreds of thousands of dollars from abroad in mid-2002, the statement said. Some went to a summer camp allegedly used to recruit suicide bombers.

In a June 2002 conversation prosecutors say was picked up on secret wiretaps, defendants Hatim Naji Fariz and Ghassan Ballut discussed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member's desperate financial state, the indictment said, with Fariz blaming Elehssan and other groups "because they know who their members are and they are supposed to take care of them."

The indictment also cites a November 2002 wire transfer by Fariz, Ballut and Al-Arian to a man linked to the charity.

Federal Public Defender Fletcher Peacock, who represents Fariz, and Al-Arian's attorney William Moffitt could not be reached for comment.

In an affidavit for a related immigration case signed in October 2000, Palestinian scholar and legislator Ziad Abu Amr said the Ihsan Charity was among a number of nonviolent political and social institutions run by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Abu Amr's statement is the basis for an obstruction of justice count in the indictment.

This story can be found at: http://news.tbo.com/news/MGB5LTWHC8E.html

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http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/actions/20050504.shtml

05/04/2005

The following [SDGT] has been added to OFAC's SDN list:

ELEHSSAN (a.k.a. AL-AHSAN CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. AL-BAR AND AL-IHSAN SOCIETIES; a.k.a. AL-BAR AND AL-IHSAN SOCIETY; a.k.a. AL-BIR AND AL-IHSAN ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. AL-BIRR WA AL-IHSAN CHARITY ASSOCIATION; a.k.a. AL-BIRR WA AL-IHSAN WA AL-NAQA; a.k.a. AL-IHSAN CHARITABLE SOCIETY; a.k.a. BIR WA ELEHSSAN SOCIETY; a.k.a. BIRR AND ELEHSSAN SOCIETY; a.k.a. ELEHSSAN SOCIETY; a.k.a. ELEHSSAN SOCIETY AND BIRR; a.k.a. ELEHSSAN SOCIETY WA BIRR; a.k.a. IHSAN CHARITY; a.k.a. JAMI'A AL-AHSAN AL-KHAYRIYYAH; a.k.a. THE BENEVOLENT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION), Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestinian; AL-MUZANNAR ST, AL-NASIR AREA, Gaza City, Gaza, Palestinian; Jenin, West Bank, Palestinian; Ramallah, West Bank, Palestinian; Tulkarm, West Bank, Palestinian; Lebanon; P.O. BOX 398, Hebron, West Bank, Palestinian [SDGT]

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MIM: More disturbing then the fact that is has taken nearly a decade for law enforcement to go after Al Arian,during which time ex USF professor Ramadan Shallah left the US and became the head of Islamic Jihad in Syria), is news that the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, which was founded by Sami Al Arian, recently held a fundraiser in Tampa to which law enforcement and city officials were invited. Al Arian's name is on the corporation listing from 2000 until after his arrest in 2004. The money will no doubt be used at least for Al Arian's legal fund, which begs the question (which MIM is attempting to answer) as to how many of the invitees listed on the event announcement attended.

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http://www.umaofflorida.com/

Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance Fundraising Dinner

When: Sunday April 10th 2005
Where: Embassy Suites, USF on Fowler Ave Tampa, FL
Tickets: $50, please call Shahid at 813-661-6161 or Dr. Nagamia at 813-454-6200
Info: Congressman Jim Davis is confirmed to attend and they are currently communicating with many other dignitaries to attend the event including, Mayor Pam Iorio, Tax collector
Doug Beldon, Tampa Police chief Stephen Hogue, Tampa Fire Chief, Dennis Jones etc.

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Al-Arian is a director of only two active nonprofit groups or corporations: the Islamic Academy of Florida (a Muslim school in Tampa) and the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance (an umbrella organization of various mosques), according to state records. The other "charities," including WISE, were dissolved years ago, the records showed.

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/03/28/TampaBay/Flaws_in_Al_Arian_sui.shtml

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Judge curbs Mideast talk

"...Prosecutors' motions sought to block the defense from arguing that Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation are lawful combatants or that Israel's treatment of Palestinians justifies resistance..."

"Trying to explain Dr. Al-Arian without some understanding of what is happening here is like attempting to explain Nelson Mandela without knowing what apartheid is about," Moffitt said.

But prosecutors said the background doesn't matter. "Nothing gives the [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] the right to threaten violence or kill," said lead prosecutor Walter E. Furr III.

Moody agreed, saying, "These defendants are not lawful combatants. They are not entitled to that defense."

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/11614904.htm

5/11/05

TAMPA - Attorneys for a former college professor accused of raising money for a Palestinian terrorist group must limit their discussion of the history and political implications of the long-standing Middle East conflict during his federal trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Attorneys for former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian argued that jurors must understand the 50-year conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis to put Al-Arian's public statements and some of his activities into context.

But U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. agreed with prosecutors, who had filed motions attempting to block the defense from injecting into the trial political and religious issues relating to the conflict that would serve as explanations for the motives of Al-Arian and his co-defendants.

However, Moody said, if prosecutors initiate discussion of issues related to the conflict while questioning witnesses, defense attorneys will be allowed to pursue it.

"Until they open that door, it is an irrelevant area for you to go into," Moody told defense attorneys.

Al-Arian and three other defendants face a 53-count federal indictment charging them with support of a foreign terrorist organization, racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

Prosecutors allege the men used an Islamic academic think tank and a Palestinian charity Al-Arian founded as fund-raising fronts for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The terrorist group is blamed for more than 100 deaths in attacks in Israel.

Prosecutors' motions sought to block the defense from arguing that Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation are lawful combatants or that Israel's treatment of Palestinians justifies resistance.

Al-Arian attorney William Moffitt unsuccessfully argued that some discussion of the conflict is necessary to put the case into proper perspective. To restrict it violates the defendant's right to defend himself.

"Trying to explain Dr. Al-Arian without some understanding of what is happening here is like attempting to explain Nelson Mandela without knowing what apartheid is about," Moffitt said.

But prosecutors said the background doesn't matter. "Nothing gives the [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] the right to threaten violence or kill," said lead prosecutor Walter E. Furr III.

Moody agreed, saying, "These defendants are not lawful combatants. They are not entitled to that defense."

Jury selection in the trial begins Monday, with testimony scheduled to begin June 6. Moody said he would reserve a ruling on moving the trial out of Tampa until after attorneys begin questioning jurors. Defense attorneys have argued that the jury pool has been tainted by politics and publicity.

Moody said he is already scouting possible locations for the trial in case he decides to change venue. He said he has already ruled out Atlanta, whose federal courthouse doesn't have room for the trial, and mentioned Alexandria, Va., as another possible site.

Al-Arian will stand trial with Sameeh Hammoudeh, 44, a former instructor and student at USF and an administrator at the Islamic Academy of Florida; Ghassan Zayed Ballut, 43, a small business owner who lived in Tinley Park, Ill.; and Hatem Naji Fariz, 32, who was manager of a medical clinic in Spring Hill, Fla.

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May 11, 2005

Al-Arian Judge Says He Might Move Trial

By MICHAEL FECHTER
mfechter@tampatrib.com
http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGBSRX6WK8E.html

TAMPA - The terror-support trial of former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants may be moved out of town if jury selection next week comes up empty, a federal judge said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James Moody said he intends to bring in 50 prospective jurors each day beginning Monday. About 150 people are being considered to hear the trial after submitting questionnaires the court mailed in the fall.

"I'm hoping I can get a feel for whether we can get a jury," Moody said during a pretrial hearing, "or whether I'm going to grant the motion for a change of venue."

Defense attorneys asked last week that the trial be moved, citing intensive, long-term media coverage in Tampa and the case's high profile during the 2004 Senate campaign that ended with Mel Martinez's election. The media coverage and political debate prejudiced the jury pool, attorneys argued, citing private polling to reinforce their point.

Moving the trial to a new town would trigger a wave of media coverage there, government attorneys argued in a response filed late Monday. If Moody can't seat a jury next week, a better solution might be another trial delay, providing a "cooling off period" from the 2004 Senate campaign. The case originally was to begin in January. Opening statements now are scheduled for June 6.

In their motions, defense attorneys singled out stories by The Tampa Tribune as inflammatory, saying the paper has waged a campaign to discredit Al-Arian. In a response, prosecutors say the Tribune stories were published too long ago to be considered a jury selection problem.

The court has received responses from all but about 15 of the 500 prospective jurors who received questionnaires in the fall, Moody said. He gave four recently received forms to attorneys in court Tuesday, describing three of them as "pretty solid."

Each of the four defense teams gets five minutes to question jurors. Prosecutors can spend 10 minutes per person.

Moody told the attorneys he's scouting possible alternate cities, mentioning Jacksonville and Alexandria, Va. Attorneys declined to comment on Moody's statements.

Al-Arian, Ghassan Ballut, Hatim Naji Fariz and Sameeh Hammoudeh are charged in a 53-count indictment with helping finance and organize the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group responsible for more than 100 deaths in attacks in Israel and the occupied territories.

During the hearing, Moody also granted four prosecution motions blocking the defendants from a series of politically rooted arguments about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Moody's orders prohibit claims that Palestinian Islamic Jihad attacks are a justified response to Israel's aggression, that the group's members are lawful combatants under international law, that Palestinians have a right of return to disputed lands, or that their actions were rooted in reasonable moral or political beliefs.

However, he said the defense may offer testimony and evidence about the conflict if the government introduces statements any of the defendants have made about it. Perhaps the best-known example is a videotape in which Al-Arian is seen calling for "death to Israel."

Attorney William Moffitt, who represents Al-Arian, said the court has to allow him to place that statement in a historical context.

"The government is attempting to milk the First Amendment out of this case," Moffitt said. Al-Arian's "intent is governed by his awareness of what is going on where he came from."

The defendants will be able to explain their statements if prosecutors put them in evidence, Moody said.

"Until they open that door, it's an irrelevant area" for the defense.

Reporter Michael Fechter can be reached at (813) 259-7621.

This story can be found at: http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGBSRX6WK8E.html


Links providing background for the case from the Center for Security Policy :


http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.jsp?section=static&page=islamists

Who brought the Islamic Jihad leader to the White House?

Indictment of Dr. Sami Al-Arian (PDF file)

    Dr. Sami Al-Arian was indicted February 20, 2003 for serving as the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the United States and Secretary of the "Shura Council," or worldwide governing group of the PIJ. He was indicted along with seven other members of PIJ, some of whom worked at Al-Arian's University of South Florida based think tank.

MEMBERS OF THE PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH RACKETEERING AND CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS
Press release, US Department of Justice, 20 February 2003

    Attorney General Ashcroft: "Our record on terrorist financing is clear: We will hunt down the suppliers of terrorist blood money, we will shut down these sources, and we will ensure that both terrorists and their financiers meet the same, swift, certain justice of the United States of America."

News, Commentary, and Analysis:

Probe of Muslims intensifies
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times, 25 August 2003

    A task force of federal agents has ratcheted up a two-year-old antiterrorism investigation aimed at several Virginia-based Islamic charities suspected of diverting millions of dollars to terror network al Qaeda and other militant radicals...

    The investigation, according to the affidavit, has focused on "a group of individuals" suspected of providing material support to terrorists and of money laundering and income-tax evasion through use of related for-profit companies and ostensibly charitable entities under their control.

Affidavit: Al-Arian's group got money from Saudi charity
By Mary Jacoby, St. Petersburg Times, 1 August 2003

    "Sami Al-Arian founded the Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace in 1997 to protest the government's antiterrorism strategies. Now, it turns out, his civil liberties activism may have been funded by a Saudi-backed charity that itself is linked to terrorism, a newly released affidavit says."

    "The International Institute of Islamic Thought donated $10,000 to the coalition on Nov. 1, 2001 - just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the affidavit."

    "The sworn statement by U.S. Customs Service agent David Kane was used to obtain search warrants from a federal judge for a March 2002 raid of a web of Saudi-linked charities and businesses in Hernon, Va., that are suspected of funneling cash to Islamic extremists - including, allegedly, Al-Arian. A federal judge in Virginia unsealed a heavily redacted version of the affidavit this week at the government's request."

Former professor is accused of terror plot
UPI, 1 August 2003

    "The Tampa Tribune says the accusations against Sami Al-Arian, who had taught at the University of South Florida, were made by a government agent in a newly released court affidavit. The agent said Al-Arian used his home in Tampa to set up the group known as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."

    "It said Al-Arian also helped raise money for the group and helped other Jihad leaders enter the United States."

Affidavit unsealed from Muslim probe
By Jerry Markon, Washington Post, 1 August 2003

    "A federal judge has unsealed an affidavit from a U.S. customs agent that was filed in support of last year's raids on at least 16 Muslim homes, schools and businesses in Northern Virginia."

    "Much of the affidavit from Senior Special Agent David Kane was redacted because the investigation is continuing. But the affidavit seeks to tie the finances of the raided businesses with such terror organizations as Hamas and Islamic Jihad and with Sami al-Arian, the Florida college professor charged this year with conspiracy to commit murder via suicide attacks in Israel..."

    "The raids, conducted over two days in March 2002, targeted companies and charities in Herndon, Falls Church and elsewhere in Fairfax County. The only raided organization not redacted from the affidavit was the International Institute for Islamic Thought..."

    "Sources close to the investigation have said the agents were seeking evidence of money laundering and tax evasion as well as possible ties to a worldwide financial empire that Western governments have long suspected of funding terrorism."

Agent: Al-Arian organized Jihad from his home
By Michael Fechter, Tampa Bay Online, 1 August 2003

    "Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian organized a notorious Palestinian terrorist group from his home in Tampa, a government agent says in a newly released court document."

    "The organization, known as Palestinian Islamic Jihad, has claimed credit for attacks that have killed at least 100 people in Israel and the occupied territories."

    "Al-Arian also played a crucial role in writing the Jihad's constitution, the agent says, helped raise money for the organization, helped other Jihad leaders enter the United States, and possessed plans for an elaborate Palestinian espionage operation in the United States."

It is time to rethink the defense of Al-Arian
By Mary Jo Melone, St. Petersburg Times, 3 August 2003

    "For a long time, I have defended Sami Al-Arian."

    "The former University of South Florida professor indicted last February deserves the chance the law gives him to reply to his indictment in federal court, I said. We should stand by until the charges against him - that he is the leader of a U.S. faction of a Palestinian terrorist group and one of its chief fundraisers - can be aired."

    "But the government released an outline of some of its evidence last week, and it is no longer possible to simply look away...."

    "Some of the information is not new. But presented in one 17-page document, it reads like a CliffsNotes version of the Al-Arian case."

    "The records include plans for military training for Muslims in America loyal to the Palestinian cause."

    "If true, this is not the work of a man having his academic freedom and civil rights trashed by government authorities."

    "If true, this is a man the government has good reason to pursue."

    "The computer contains a draft and final version of a document called "The Manifesto of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine." According to the affidavit, the Jihad's philosophy was based on "rejection of any peaceful solution for the Palestinian cause." The United States is called "the great Satan America" in the manifesto...."

Islamists power play
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., The Center for Security Policy, 21 April 2003

    "...groups like the American Muslim Council (AMC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Students Association have, to varying degrees, been quite outspoken in their opposition to many of the President's domestic and foreign policies in the war on terror."

    "For example, pro-Islamist groups have strenuously opposed Mr. Bush's liberation of Iraq, playing leading roles in the anti-war movement's mass demonstrations and organizational activities. Their agenda has lately been preoccupied with denouncing and undermining any Bush law-enforcement and homeland security initiatives they can portray as unfair to Muslims. They deny compelling evidence contained in a 50-count indictment against one of their most prominent spokesmen, Sami Al-Arian, that he and a number of his associates were directly involved in and/or supportive of international terrorist activities. Some are even suing the President, Attorney General John Ashcroft and others to block some of the Administration's efforts to protect the American people from further Islamist attacks."

Fight on the Right: "Muslim outreach" and a feud between activists
By Byron York, National Review, 19 March 2003

    "...the argument between Norquist and Gaffney is about much more than two men, or even the conservative movement. At its heart, it is about the Bush White House and whether its contacts with some Muslim groups might someday make the administration vulnerable to charges that it cultivated close relations with groups tied to radical Islam even as it conducted a war on terror around the world..."

    "The GOP's Muslim connections attracted relatively little attention in the pre-September 11 world. But after 9/11, when the White House began a very public effort to reach out to Muslims, its choices of Muslim contacts made with input from, among others, the Islamic Institute became quite controversial."

What do Saudi 'charities' in the U.S. want to keep secret?
By Matthew Epstein, National Review Online, 19 March 2003

    "In an abrupt change of course, several Saudi-financed charities and corporations targeted by the Department of Justice in a terrorism investigation have asked the government not to unseal a federal search-warrant affidavit, after originally demanding that the affidavit be made public.

The pre-arrest al-Arian defense team in the media has fallen silent
By Joel Mowbray, National Review, 19 March 2003

    "Now that al-Arian is facing multiple felony counts based on solid evidence including documents and wiretaps his defenders are no longer singing from the same hymnal. Some the Arab and Muslim groups have dug in their heels, while others the journalists are either silent or agnostic."

Saudi form of Islam wars with moderates
By Mary Jacoby and Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times, 11 March 2003

    "For more than three decades, Saudi-backed organizations have poured billions of dollars into the United States and other countries to fund Wahhabi mosques, Islamic schools, conferences and education for imams, or Muslim spiritual leaders."

    "Some money comes directly from the Saudi government. Other funds come from wealthy Saudis, investigators say. In the United States, some of the money flowed through a web of Islamic organizations now under investigation for financing terrorism..."

Conservatives are uneasy at the way Grover Norquist curries support from the Muslim community
By Mary Jacoby, St. Petersburg Times, 11 March 2003

    "As part of Norquist's well publicized strategy to mine the Muslim community for GOP votes, Al-Arian had campaigned for Bush in 2000, posed for a photo with the candidate at Plant City's Strawberry Festival and boasted publicly that Muslims in Florida may have tipped the close presidential election to Bush."

    "Now, Al-Arian was visiting the Islamic Institute, a Muslim outreach group cofounded by Norquist and housed within his office suite..."

GOP jihad: Norquist-Al Arian-Rove connection damages president's tough-on-terror image
By Joe Conason, Salon.com, 6 March 2003

    "What does seem obvious in the aftermath of the Florida professor's indictment, however, is that top Republican strategists sought the support of Al-Arian's voting bloc in 2000 -- and that his bust is stoking internal warfare among conservatives, with implications for 2004."

    "While this remarkable story has been touched upon in the mainstream media -- notably in Newsweek and the Washington Post -- the main actors, besides Al-Arian himself, have so far avoided the consequences. As I've mentioned before, the chief sponsor of Muslim influence in the Republican Party over the past few years has been Grover Norquist, the peripatetic lobbyist/activist associated with Americans for Tax Reform..."

Undermining the war on terror
By Dr. J. Michael Waller, Insight, 4 March 2003

    "Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal antiterrorism laws under the guise of protecting civil liberties."

Did a Muslim professor use activism as a cloak for terror?
By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, 3 March 2003

    "Al-Arian certainly didn't act like a sponsor of suicide bombings. Far from keeping to the shadows, he repeatedly lobbied Congress on civil-liberties issues, made thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to influential members of Congress and renounced violence during appearances on TV talk shows. In June 2001 Al-Arian was invited to a White House briefing for 150 Muslim American activists, at which political director Karl Rove talked about the Bush administration's "outreach" efforts."

Eight down, many more to go (or www.townhall.com)
By Cal Thomas, The Washington Times, 26 February 2003

    "The Bush administration has been careful to separate the terrorists from Muslims generally. The problem is he has done so in the company of some Muslim leaders who do not preach or practice what the president says they do."

Outreach to terrorists? (PDF)
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., New York Post, 25 February 2003

    "Sami Al-Arian -- and those who share his extremist views, defend his conduct and have tried to legitimate him politically -- are not on President Bush's side in the war on terror. They should, therefore, be seen as unfit to be by this side in implementing his strategy for winning the war."

The strange case of Sami Al-Arian
By David Frum, National Review Online, 21 February 2003

    "...is it too much to ask a wartime White House - please, please choose your friends more prudently!"

Controversial professor arrested in Florida was White House guest
By Kenneth R. Timmerman, Insight, 21 February 2003

    "A controversial professor who was arrested by federal agents in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 20 had sufficient political connections to be invited to the White House in late May or early June 2001, three months before the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and to have a photograph taken with President George W. Bush..."

Florida professor, 7 others are accused of terror funding (PDF)
By Jess Bravin and Glenn R. Simpson, The Wall Street Journal, 21 February 2003

    "A group headed by Mr. Arian, the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, once gave an award to Mr. [Grover] Norquist. Last year, Mr. Arian visited the Islamic Institute's Washington offices, which shares offices with Mr. Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform..."

    "The Islamic Institute has received at least $31,000 from a network of Islamic organizations in Virginia under investigation by federal authorities for suspected ties to terrorism, canceled checks and tax records show. Investigators have said in court papers that the basis of that probe is a financial relationship between the Virginia groups and Mr. Arian's alleged Palestinian Islamic Jihad fronts..."

Muslim extremists denounce their critics as 'racists,' 'bigots'
By David Keene, The Hill, 19 February 2003

    "President Bush has come under some criticism recently for his outreach to the U.S. Muslim community because administration officials have apparently met with some groups that have ties -- direct or indirect -- with extremist groups here and in the Middle East...."

    "These groups are, in the main, acting as de facto defenders of the sponsors of extremist terrorism. Those who would defend this country are not lumping all Muslims together. It is the Wahhabis and their fellow travelers that see the Muslim population as a homogeneous sea in which they swim, hide and operate."

    "I have run into these zealots twice in the last six months or so. On both occasions their targets were recognized experts on Islam and terrorism who they denounced as 'racists,' 'bigots' and men 'who know absolutely nothing about Islam or the Middle East.'"

Saudi connection to America's Muslims
By Mona Charen, Townhall.com, 18 February 2003

    "...in seeking out American Muslims to praise and embrace, the president has been led into a hornet's nest, as the most conspicuous Muslim-American organizations -- though not necessarily the most representative -- have intimate ties to Saudi money and are often only one step away from terrorists and their supporters."

With us and with the terrorists (PDF)
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., New York Sun, 18 February 2003

    "It is much in the President's interest -- and the nation's -- that moderate, law-abiding, peace-loving, and patriotic American Muslims be embraced and empowered by the Bush Administration and that all those who support it in waging a war on terror, not on Islam. To do so, however, the administration must not allow those who are with its enemies in that struggle to continue being with the president and his team."

Letter to Grover Norquist , President of the Americans for Tax Reform and Chairman Emeritus of the Islamic Institute, from Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President of the Center for Security Policy

    On 5 February 2003 Grover Norquist proclaimed publicly that Gaffney's efforts to examine more closely the records of certain pro-Islamist American Muslim organizations reeked of "racism and bigotry." In response, Gaffney correctly asked Norquist to explain why he has "gone to such lengths to defend -- to say nothing of legitimize and advance the agendas of -- terrorist sympathizers and others hostile to everything for which American conservatives stand?"

    Gaffney writes: "I do not believe that this sort of empowering of radical Islamists -- at the expense of peaceable American Muslims, who abjure terrorism every bit as much as their non-Muslim countrymen -- is in the interest of the United States. It is certainly not in the interest of the President or the conservative movement.

Past

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Excerpts from Al Arian CV

Sami A. Al-Arian

Computer Science and Engineering Department

ENB 318

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL 33620

Tel. (813) 974-3544 Fax.(813) 974-5456

email: alarian@usf.edu

EDUCATION

1981-1985 North Carolina State University

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Major: Computer Engineering

Minor: Communication, Control Systems, and Statistics

1978-1980 North Carolina State University

M.S., Electrical Engineering

    1. Southern Illinois University

B.S., Electrical Sciences and Systems Engineering (with High Honors)

1987 Fault Simulation Training

1988 Professional Engineer, Florida

WORK HISTORY

1992-95/ Associate Professor

98-current Computer Science and Engineering Department

University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida

1995-1998 Sabbatical and Administrative Leave, USF

1986-1992 Assistant Professor, USF

1978-1985 Teaching and Research Assistant, Microprocessor Lab Supervisor, and Instructor

North Carolina State University

1980 Research Associate, Research Triangle Institute, RTP, NC

OTHER ACTIVITIES

College Services:

1. Faculty Governance Committee 1993-1995.

2. Chairman Faculty Governance Committee (1994-1995)

3. College of Engineering Curriculum Committee (1991-1993, 98-00).

3. College of Engineering Year of Discovery Committee (1991-1992).

4. CS&E Representative on Engineering Expo Committee (1990,1991, 1994,1998).

Departmental Services:

5. CS & E Dept. Chairman Search Committee (1990-91).

6. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, CS & E Dept.(1986-Present, Chairman 1986-1988 &1990-92).

7. Coordinator of CSAB and ABET reports. (Accredited in 1989&1991.)

8. Undergraduate Advising Committee (1986-Present).

9. Faculty Search Committee (1988-1993).

10. Course Scheduling Committee (1990-1993).

11. Equipment Committee (1986-1988).

12. Graduate Curriculum Committee (1986-1988).

43. Colloquium Committee (1986-1987).

13. Representative of CS & E on Hardware Courses Standing Committee with EE (1986-1992).

Professional Services:

15. Local Arrangement Chairman and Program Committee member for IEEE Computer Society VLSI Workshop, Clearwater, FL., 1987, 1988,1989, and 1990.

16. Member of organizing and technical committees for IEEE Computer Society VLSI Workshop, Orlando, FL, Feb. 1991.

17. Member of Organizing Committee for 1989 IEEE Computer Society International Workshop on Defect and Fault Tolerance, Tampa, Fl.

18.Organizer and Session chairman of Fault Simulation and Test Generation in 1989,1991 and 1992 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, Atlantic City, N.J.

19. Session Chair for Fault Tolerant Design at 1991 IEEE VLSI Great Lakes Symposium, and Session Chair for Fault Simulation/Test Generation at 1991 IEEE Computer Society VLSI Test Symposium.

20. Chairman of Tutorial Program in 1991 IEEE Computer Society VLSI Test Symposium, Atlantic City, N.J.

21. Technical Program committee member in 1992 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium.

22. Technical Program Committee member and session chairman of IEEE Great Lakes, Symposium on VLSI, Kalamazoo, MI, 1991 and 1992.

23. VLSI Session Organizer in IEEE Southeastcon, April 1987, Tampa, Fl.

24. Paper Referee in Technical Conferences, IEEE Design and Test, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Inter. Journal of VLSI Computer- Aided Design, IEEE ITC, and IEEE ICCD in the areas of Computer Architecture, VLSI Testing, Fault Tolerance and Digital Design.

25. Proposal referee for NSF MIPS division.

HONORS AND AWARDS

1. Teaching Incentive (TIP) Award, 1994, USF University Wide Award..

2. Outstanding Teaching Award, 1993, College of Engineering, USF.

3. Award for Significant Contribution, IEEE VLSI Test Technology, 1991.

4. Award for Significant Contribution, International Test Conf., 1984, 1988,1989.

5. Selected as Outstanding Young Men of America, 1987.

6. Best Scholastic Honors, Southern Illinois University, 1976, 1977,1978.

AFFILIATIONS

IEEE, IEEE Computer Society

COURSES TAUGHT

Logic Design Computer System Design

Advanced Digital Systems Computer Architecture

Testing and Fault Tolerance Built-In-Test for VLSI

VLSI System Design for Test Computer Organization

Principles of Microprocessors Microprocessor-Based-Design

Discrete Structures Advanced Computer Architecture

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http://www.intelligence.org.il/eng/finance/bank_ap6.htm

Charitable societies" whose accounts at the Arab Bank were confiscated by
Israeli security forces as part of the struggle against financing terrorism (February 25, 2004)

No.

Branch

Account No.

Name on Account

Associated Terrorist Organization

1

Jenin

581345

Jenin Charitable Society

Hamas

2

Nablus

400271

Nablus Al-Tadam u n Charitable Society

Hamas

3

Nablus

400336

Nablus Islamic Aid Committee

Hamas

4

Qalqiliya

542042

Al-Qur'an wa al-Sunnah Society Qalqiliya

Hamas

5

Tulkarm

500010

Tulkarm Charitable Society

Hamas

6

Tulkarm

503375

Tulkarm Charitable Society

Hamas

7

Nablus

445444

Al-Lod Charitable Society

Hamas

8

Nablus

400415

Social Center, Rehabilitation committee, Al-Wafaa' Building Charitable Society

Hamas

9

Qalqiliya

540939

The Qalqiliya Charitable Society

Hamas

10

Nablus

400739

Tubas Charitable Society

Hamas

11

Ramallah

666473

Jama'ah al-Islamiya

Hamas

12

Al-Manara-
Qalqiliya

610686

Ramallah Charitable Sciety

Hamas

13

Al-Bireh

649611

Al-Bireh Al-Islah Society

Hamas

14

Bethlehem

717520

Bethlehem Elehssan Society

Hamas

15

Bethlehem

709966

Bethlehem Society for Orphans

Palestinian Islamic Jihad

16

Hebron

760376

Hebron Young Muslims' Society

Hamas

17

Hebron

750049

Hebron Young Muslims' Society

Hamas

18

Hebron

751100

Hebron Young Muslims' Society

Hamas

19

Bethlehem

713392

Zakat Committee Dehaishe Refugee Camp

Hamas

20

Hebron

751542

Hebron Elehssan Society

Hamas

21

Bethlehem

711161

Al-Islah Charitable Society

Hamas

22

Al-Bireh

609509

Al-Huda Society Ramallah

Hamas

23

Gaza

124109

Central Islamic Society Gaza Strip

Hamas

24

Ramal

100208

Charitable and Children's Mercy Society Gaza Strip

Hamas

25

Gaza

10188

House of the Qur'an and Sunnah Society

Hamas

26

Ramal

100605

Trusteeship for the Care of the Aged Society

Hamas

27

Ramal

100541

Al-Ansar Society

Identified with Iran

28

Ramal

120655

Al-Ansar Society

Identified with Iran

29

Gaza

3683

The Islamic Society

Hamas

30

Gaza

365459

The Al-Nur Prisoner Society

Hamas

31

Khan Yunis

2001438

Khan Yunis Charity and Mercy Society

Hamas

32

Gaza

5858

Nusseirat Islamic Society

Hamas

33

Gaza

150/3

Khan Yunis Charitable Society

Hamas

34

Gaza

35287

Gaza Charitable Society for the Sick

Hamas

35

Gaza

3155

The Islamic University Gaza

Hamas

36

Khan Yunis

200139

Qararah Islamic Society

Hamas

37

Gaza

15115

Jabalia Islamic Society

Hamas

38

Rafah

2036

Rafah Islamic Society

Hamas

39

Azariya

302656

Azariya Society for the Fostering of Women

Hamas

40

Gaza

39435

Nur Al-Ma'rifah Society

Hamas

41

Jenin

578669

Jenin Elehssan Society

Palestinian Islamic Jihad

In addition, hundreds of private accounts were confiscated, for example:

  • Account no. 544134, belonging to Muhammad Nazih Salah Abu 'Abah (Hamas operative from Qalqiliya)

  • Account no. 582310, belonging to Muntasser Abu Ghalyon (head of Fatah/Tanzim in Jenin)

  • Account no. 431387, belonging to Na'if Abu Sharakh (head of Fatah/Tanzim in Nablus)

  • Account no. 579639, belonging to Ibrahim Mustafa Ibrahim Abu Shaduf of Jenin (father of suicide bomber member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad)

  • Account no. 36972, belonging to Tahaani Muhammad Mahmoud Manameh from the Gaza Strip (the wife of a senior Hamas operative who was killed in May 2001).

This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/594