NOTE: The compilation of materials used in this article are the result of a collaboration between Steve Emerson, of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Elizabeth Coker, a retired journalist and stay-at-home-mom, Jerry Gordon, former Army Intelligence officer and Editor for New English Review, and Eric Allen Bell, Filmmaker and writer.
This article was written by Eric Allen Bell who was at one time a staunch pro-mosque supporter, but later had a complete change in perspective after the Arab Spring. Bell was banned as a writer from the Daily Kos, a prominent liberal website, after he published three stories critical of Islam, which ran afoul of the mindset there. For more on that, read “The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam”.
THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF MURFREESBORO AND HAMAS
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, recently defied court orders to cease construction of a 53,000 square foot mega mosque. At the time of this article the ICM is building defiantly, as fast as they can. Once completed, this massive structure, we are expected to believe, is designed to accommodate only a couple hundred Muslim families, with millions of dollars in questionable financing. To say that something is a little fishy here would be an understatement.
On the Board of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is a man named Mosaad Rowash. The purpose of this article is to ask one question and one question only: Why is a senior leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro posting pictures which express his overwhelming allegiance, loyalty and love for Hamas, who has been named as an Islamic terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, Canada, Japan, Israel and the entire European Union and has been responsible for countless suicide bombings and missile attacks against unarmed civilians and much more?
Here are some of the images that Mosaad Rowash posted online, to his large network of friends throughout the Islamic world:
Sheik Yassin, who was also pictured separately on Rowash's site, was the dominant authority of the Hamas leadership and was directly involved in planning, orchestrating and launching terror attacks carried out by the organization. Rantisi (also pictured separately) was also a major Holocaust denier. According to Wikipedia, in August 2003, Al-Rantisi wrote in the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, “It is no longer a secret that the Zionists were behind the Nazis’ murder of many Jews, and agreed to it, with the aim of intimidating them and forcing them to immigrate to Palestine.”
The logo for the Muslim Brotherhood, the father of Hamas and Al Qaeda was also featured on Rowash's site. The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna said, "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated; to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet." In America, this organization does not go by the name “The Muslim Brotherhood.” But perhaps you may have heard of some of its front groups: Muslim Student Association (MSA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), North American Islamic Trust, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and several others. And they were all listed in this Muslim Brotherhood “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood of North America”, which states: “The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process.' The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
These guns are photos that Rowash posted online: I don’t know why this senior Mosque official posted them.
And perhaps, not surprisingly, this Mosque board member posted this image about 9/11 as well:
In 2010, Steve Emerson, Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, discovered these images on the MySpace page of ICM Board Member, Mosaad Rowash. These photos were presented in court by a concerned citizen, Elizabeth Coker, and were admitted into evidence when a local group attempted to obtain a restraining order on construction of the mosque, until such time that a full investigation could take place, as to where the money was coming from and who was really behind this.
The Board of the Islamic Center, under the leadership of Egyptian Cleric Ossama Bahloul, suspended Mosaad Rowash pending an investigation. When the media heat died down (of which there was very little) Mosaad Rowash was found innocent by the other board members and his position on the board was reinstated.
All of the images on his MySpace page were scrubbed from the web – just suddenly gone. However they exist to this day on numerous hard drives around the world, as some of us are not yet fully convinced that possession and promotion of these images of Islamic terrorists is something to be quite so easily dismissed.
For those who might say, “but Hamas is now a democratically elected political party who does not engage in any more suicide bombings” I would say two things: (1) What is wrong with the people of a region who would vote in an Islamic terrorist organization as a political party? (2) But more relevant to the subject at hand, the pictures of the former Hamas terrorist leaders above, are from a time when their stated mission was to destroy all of the Jews and their tactics were not diplomatic, but rather terrorism. So, why did Mosaad Rowash have these pictures on his MySpace page?
The images glorifying Holocaust deniers, the assertion that Islamic terrorists were not behind 9/11, the images of machine guns, the Hamas pledge in Arabic, pictures of well-known Islamic terrorists who targeted innocent Jewish civilians, the glorification of Jihad ... is this all just one big misunderstanding?
Eric Allen Bell
This article appeared in full originally in FrontPageMag.com. FrontPageMag.com is a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
by Ryan Mauro
Hamas officials are now making it clear that the terrorist group plans to stay out of any war between Israel and Iran. One unnamed official even said that the group hopes that Israel stops Iran’s nuclear ambitions. When it comes down to it, even Hamas knows that Israel isn’t its greatest threat.
A member of Hamas’ political bureau in Gaza City, Salah Bardawil, said that Hamas would not necessarily attack Israel in response to a strike on Iran. “If there is a war between two powers, Hamas will not be a part of such a war,” he said. He emphasized to the Guardian that Hamas and Iran are from two different branches of Islam and admitted that Iran cut funding to the group two years ago.
The alliance between Iran and Hamas was thought to be nearly ironclad, but the conflict in Syria has changed things. Hamas originally tried to stay neutral as the revolution in Syria escalated, but it eventually broke away from the regime. Iran is fully-backing the secularist Assad regime and Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood fully-back the opposition.
Iran stopped giving Hamas about $23 million per month, says one expert in Gaza. The terrorist group’s financial woes and poor management are making it lose support among Palestinians. Hamas increased taxes on products brought into Gaza from Israel and the West Bank. Some merchants refused to pay the tax and protested by keeping their 22 trucks at the border for three weeks.
The conflict between Sunni and Shiite Islamists has made the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a sideshow, as I explained in FrontPage Magazine in January. Turkey sees the writing on the wall and is warning that the region faces a “new Cold War.”
Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel.