January 26, 2010, - 3:56 am
Abu Ratib: Thousands More Like Him in Our Midst; UPDATED: Indictment – Ran HAMAS Charity Out Detroit Home
**** UPDATE: Read the Masfaka/Abu Ratib indictment, which, at this point, is a DebbieSchlussel.com web exclusive. Note that he ran the Holy Land Foundation HAMAS fundraising out of his Farmington Hills, Michigan home. ****
I’ve long known about Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka a/k/a Abu Ratib. That’s because a lot of Christian and Druze Arab singers, whom I know, lost out on gigs to him because they weren’t Islamic extremists like he is. I’ve always wondered about his immigration status and how he got citizenship, given his extremist views.
Now, I know why. He lied on his immigration forms to cover up his ties to the HAMAS-finance arm in the U.S., the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The scary thing is that this terrorist singer has been traveling North America (and Australia) spreading his jihadist singing baloney, to places like Kansas and throughout Canada for the anti-Israel, extremist Muslim Sabeel group. He’s known as a “Munshid,” a singer of Islamic religious songs, all of them extremist and many of them anti-Semitic. Ironically, in his bio, Masfaka brags about being in a play called, “Prophetic Immigration,” and about his presence at a conference where Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was the keynote speaker.
Abu Ratib, HAMAS/HLF Employee, Sings His Extremist Muslim Crap . . . .
And now he’s being prosecuted, fortunately, by the skilled ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) litigator, Mark Jebson, the same prosecutor who got terrorism convictions against both top Al-Qaeda official, Mohammed Al-Churbaji (whose son was an Obama fundraiser) and Islamic terrorist Ibrahim Parlak.
There are many, many Mohamad Masfakas in our midst–Muslims who lied on immigration forms to get green cards and citizenship and who are involved with financing Islamic terrorism. Just a few are like Masfaka in that they get caught and the government actually wants to pursue them. That’s not the case with, for example, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, who lied about his ties to Hezbollah, the Government of Iran, and Ayatollah Khomeini on federal immigration forms, and yet he’s still a citizen, spreading his hate everywhere.
And Masfaka/Abu Ratib is an example of yet another thing we see a ton of: to the non-Muslim world he preached the false message of “Islam’s tolerance,” while at the same time he was fund-raising for Islamic mass murder. They are almost always as two-faced as he is when it comes to “peace” and “tolerance.”
Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, a 47-year-old native of Syria, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he attempted to enter the United States from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Masfaka made his initial appearance in federal court in Detroit on an Indictment charging him with Attempted Naturalization Fraud, False Statements, and Perjury. . . .
The Indictment charges Mohamad Masfaka with lying to federal officials about his involvement with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an organization that was designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury on December 4, 2001, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. HLF was created in 1988 as a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization purportedly to assist needy individuals in the West Bank and Gaza. In addition to its main office in Richardson, Texas, HLF maintained offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and in other cities throughout the United States, including Detroit, Michigan. On November 24, 2008, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas convicted the HLF and five of its employees of 21 charges, including providing millions of dollars in material support to the designated terrorist organization, Hamas.
Masfaka’s Indictment alleges that he was employed by HLF in 1997 and 1998 and ran the HLF operations in the Detroit area to include organizing and participating in fund raising events for the HLF. The Indictment charges Masfaka with lying to both the FBI and U.S. immigration officials about his involvement with the HLF while the FBI was investigating that organization on criminal terrorism charges and in an attempt to gain U.S. citizenship. If convicted, Masfaka faces up to 23 years’ imprisonment and $750,000 in fines.
Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, 47, often known as Abu Ratib, sings frequently to Muslim and Arab audiences in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, his attorney Doraid Elder said today. Local Muslims say that Ratib is well known for his singing, especially for Islamic religious songs known as nasheed. . . .
Born in Syria, Ratib was arrested by federal agents last week. An indictment was unsealed Friday that charges him with attempted naturalization fraud, making false statements to FBI investigators and immigration officials, and perjury. Federal officials say he misled investigators who were probing the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity based in Texas that was convicted in 2008 of helping to fund Hamas.
The U.S. government contends that Ratib sang at Holy Land events and received a check from the charity for his help. They also say he referenced Hamas in some of his performances.
Yes, that’s what I heard, too. But isn’t the the kind of meaningful “diversity” we’re supposed to celebrate (like you’d celebrate the diversity of pedophilia and multi-colored toe fungus)?
According to federal investigators, Masfaka was employed by Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in 1997 and 1998 and ran the group’s operations in the Detroit area including organizing and participating in fund-raising events.
The group gave money to the Islamic Resistance Movement, known as Hamas, investigators said. The U.S. government considers it a terrorist group.
But American Muslims, including Niraj Warikoo–the resident Detroit Free Press extremist Muslim who wrote this article–don’t.
In 2002, Masfaka failed to mention his employment with the Holy Land Foundation in an application for naturalization with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
In 2003, he told FBI agents he only worked for the group as a singer for fund-raising events but never received compensation.
However, investigators uncovered cashed checks showing that Masfaka’s role was more extensive than he admitted and that he had been paid for his work. . . .
Ratib has been written about in Muslim publications. In an April 2006 article in IslamOnline.net, Ratib is described as a Muslim singer who uses his “talent to promote the tolerant message of Islam and tune down the noise of misconceptions and stereotypes.” . . . .
The negative image of Islam after the Sept. 11 attacks, he said, “makes it incumbent upon us Muslims to craft out new ideas and tools to introduce the merciful, tolerant teachings of our religion.”
Yeah, tell a girl who lost her father to a HAMAS homicide bomb or a man who lost his legs about the “merciful, tolerant teachings of [his] religion.”
The article said Ratib was a member of the Canton-based Crescent Academy International, a school.
Canton is fast becoming the next city to be completely overtaken by Muslims, with a fast-growing Islamic population.
Elder said the government’s case against Ratib “is a stretch.”
He said that Ratib never worked for the Holy Land Foundation, and was not aware of any terrorist support.
“If I thought he was a terrorist, or a terrorist supporter, I would in no way be representing him,” Elder said.
Ha! That’s hilarious. Elder is an extremist Palestinian Muslim, whose sister-in-law, Judge Charlene Elder, now wears a hijab, as do most women in his radical family. He would jump at the chance to represent an Islamic terrorist, especially a Palestinian one. He just doesn’t believe anyone Muslim is a terrorist. They are, in his mind, legitimate resistance.
Kinda like the murderer football players Elder represented.
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