October 5, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As noted in a September 5 piece [see, Testimony By FBI And Elected Officials Allow Hamas Supporting Imam To Be Given Permanent Residency In U.S., https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=qatananiid=9.5.08%2Ehtm] Mohammad Qatanani, the controversial imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, seemed to be home free in his legal battle to remain in the United States, despite his ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, but now the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency [ICE] has indicated that it will appeal the decision that allowed him permanent residency.
In the above referenced article we wrote:
According to the Investigative Project's expose "The Latest "Interfaith" Imam With Terror Ties."
"Qatanani was a speaker at an Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) conference in Chicago on November 27, 1999, introduced as the new imam of the Patterson Islamic Center in New Jersey. IAP conferences are not good venues to participate or attend if one is trying to disprove an association with Hamas. IAP is no longer an active organization, but for years it was a central player in Hamas' U.S. support network. Mousa Abu Marzook, currently the Deputy Political Bureau Chief for Hamas in Damascus, gave IAP $490,000 and is a former IAP board member." [source, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/669]
Of additional concern, Qatanani endorses the practice of financial assistance to the children of suicide bombers.
Mohammad Qatanani, spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, posed a hypothetical question: What if the charity did support the children of suicide bombers? What would be wrong with that, he wondered?"There is a big issue between supporting them before, not after," suicide attacks," he said. He compared the support of orphans of suicide bombers to supporting the children of terrorists like Timothy McVeigh for instance, or the children of the man who killed former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin." [source, ibid]
Federal prosecutors however, take exception to Qatanani's veiled endorsement of suicide bombing, "the government makes the case that by supporting dead terrorists' families [the] Holy Land [Foundation] "effectively rewarded past, and encouraged future, suicide bombings and terrorist activities on behalf of Hamas." [source, ibid]
DHS' legal action, attempting to reverse immigration judge Alberto J. Riefkohl's obviously defective decision in this case might well be a sign that DHS has come to grips with the MO of radical Muslim immigrants posing as moderates and is now taking the appropriate action.
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