Hernando County Commission Issues Resolution Praising Saudi Funded Muslim Group [CAIR] And Terror Linked Mosque

By Beila Rabinowitz, Director - MiltantIslamMonitor.org

November 13, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On November 14, 2006 the Hernando Board of County Commissioners plans to issue a resolution to recognize the "caring spirit" of the Islamic community and the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] for distributing "Ramadan/Thanksgiving" baskets to the needy. http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGBL059J0UE.html

This program by the Hernando Muslim community is da'wa, plain and simple, an attempt at creating the impression that the radical Muslim group - CAIR - and a masjid with ties to terrorism - Hernando's Barclay Street mosque - are benevolent organizations. This event is an exercise in Islamic proselytizing - "jihad of the tongue" - and therefore constitutes Islamism not altruism. [source - http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/212

It is also an effort to co-opt a uniquely American holiday, linking it with a Muslim holiday to which Thanksgiving bears no relationship.

Of greater concern however, is that the Hernando Board of County Commissioners' resolution will bestow undeserved legitimacy upon a sector of the Muslim community which has funded terrorism.

Illinois' [tax] records show Brooksville orthopedic surgeon Imad "Ed" Tarabishy [a founder of the Hernando mosque, who also teaches there] has been the most generous Florida benefactor of Global Relief and Benevolence International Foundation [BIF], in the past five years giving at least $786,000 dollars.

"Two Muslim charities in particular - the Global Relief Foundation and the Benevolence International Foundation - received $1.3-million from 15 local doctors…Imad Tarabishy, a local orthopedic surgeon who sometimes delivers the weekly sermon at the mosque, gave nearly $800,000 alone." [source, St. Petersburg Times, http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/18/Hernando/Muslims_find_strength.shtml]

More then a dozen other current and former physicians at Brookville's Oak Hill Hospital where Tarabishy is on staff, gave another $521,750. That included $110,000 from Tarabishy's brother, a Florida-licensed surgeon who practices in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates [source, http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/525]

BIF has been designated as a terrorist funding group by the U.S. Department of Treasury, under Executive Order 13224 and also by the United Nations.

"Benevolence International Foundation (BIF-USA), incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1992, was a U.S., tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose stated purpose was to conduct humanitarian relief projects throughout the world. BIF-USA's financial accounts were blocked pending investigation in December 2001, and the charity was fully designated by the United States on November 19, 2002, and in the United Nations on November 21, 2002 The three closely linked but separately incorporated entities of BIF-USA, Benevolence International Fund (BIF-Canada), Bosanska Idealna Futura (BIF-Bosnia), and their branch offices were all designated simultaneously. BIF operated around the world in Bosnia, Chechnya, Pakistan, China, Ingushetia, Russia, and other nations.

Enaam Arnaout, BIF's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, has been convicted in the United States for operating BIF as a racketeering enterprise. Arnaout claimed that he did not know bin Laden personally, yet substantial evidence documented the close relationship between Arnaout and Usama bin Laden." [source - http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/enforcement/key-issues/protecting/charities_execorder_13224-b.shtml]

Tarabishy is also the registered agent and vice director of Bright International Ltd. whose Canadian directors Assadullah and Mojiba Farahmand run the Afghanistan Information and Refugee Bureau /Masjid Al Ansar which appears to be a Canadian front for BIF. Imam Faisal Kutty, who frequents the mosque in Canada was denied entry to the United States when he arrived in 2003 as a "security risk". He was the lawyer and spokesman for BIF Canada and is also the vice chair of CAIR Canada. The registration address for Bright International Limited is that of Dr.Tarabishy's medical office in Brooksville, Florida.

The Hernando County Commission's planned resolution to recognize CAIR [a Saudi funded front group for Hamas, some of whose members have been convicted on terror related charges and which additionally is also a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit] and the 'Islamic community' in Hernando, i.e. the Hernando mosque whose officials are linked to terror financing, will further legitimize two radical Islamist entities who pose a threat to their community and homeland security.

As we detailed in a November 13, 2006 piece Claimed Terror Links Support Hogan In Florida Free Speech Controversy CAIR via its executive director Ahmed Bedier has been in the forefront of the "infidel bashing campaign" being waged against County Commissioner Tom Hogan and his wife. The group has been browbeating politicians including Congresswoman Ginny Waite Brown [who admirably has pushed back, refusing to carry CAIR's water in this matter] demanding they censure the Hogans who had the temerity to voice a negative opinion about Islam.

Neither Ahmed Bedier, Hernando mosque king-pin Mohammed Abdel Eldin, nor anyone associated with them should be honored by the Hernando County Board of Commissioners.

Rather than rewarding these Saudi backed Islamists for propagating their brand of bigotry under the guise of helping the poor, the Hernando County Commission's should be investigating CAIR and the Hernando mosque's connection to global terrorism.

We strongly urge the public to protest this resolution and demand an investigation of CAIR and the Hernando Mosque by emailing the board members of the Hernando County Commission .

Useful links:

Hernando County Commissioners, http://www.hernando.fl.us/bocc/district5htm.

Second Vice Chairperson, Jeff Stabins, Jstabins.@co.hernando.fl.us

Nancy Robinson, Vice Chairperson, nancyR@co.hernando.fl.us

Diane Rowden, Chairperson, drowden@co.hernando.fl.us

Christopher Kingsley, County Commissioner, ckingsley@co.hernando.fl.us

© 2006 Beila Rabinowith, all rights reserved.