February 2, 2010, - 6:38 pm
On Thursday, I attended the detention hearing of Abu Ratib a/k/a Mohammed Mustapha Ali Masfaka, the terrorist Islamic singer I recently told you about. It took place in the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit. Although the hearing was quick, I learned much about Masfaka in the documents proffer put forth by excellent federal prosecutor Mark J. Jebson. Masfaka worked with the brother of HAMAS’ leader, he raised money for HAMAS from his home just miles from where I live, and he traveled all over America and the rest of the world teaching kids to sing the praises of HAMAS on video. And he hung out with the worldwide chief of HAMAS’ bro. More on that later, below.
Extremist Makeover: Abu Ratib w/ Rug and Without
(Note: “the disabled Sheikh” refers to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the HAMAS spiritual leader who was wheelchair bound, ordered many terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians, and was finally assassinated by the Israelis, with only a wheel from his wheelchair remaining.)
The courtroom was packed, completely by Muslims wearing hijabs and kufis (few of them dressing like Americans and none of them wanting to be a part of American culture), including the “Who’s Who” of the Detroit-area Islamic community, all of the so-called “moderate” leaders the feds repeatedly hang out with. When they saw me, it was as if “Darth Schlussel” walked in. Oooh, Debbie Schlussel’s here. They were sorry to see me there. Tough. I smiled the biggest smile possible and looked them in the eyes.
Among those in attendance were Haaris J. Ahmad, a board member of Michigan CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), an unindicted co-conspirator in many terrorism trials. Mr. Ahmad once called in to my Detroit-area CBS radio show and supported Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian’s funding of Islamic Jihad homicide bombings as “free speech.” A lawyer, he once called his law offices, “Andalusia Legal Services,” in praise and remembrance of Al-Andalus, when Spain was under Islamic control. Many Muslims, like Ahmad, still refer to Spain as “Al-Andalus,” because they believe that once a country is Muslim, it must remain Muslim. Mr. Ahmad took great pleasure in outing me at a 2004 CAIR event and sending my picture (in a hijab) around to the Michigan media (but I achieved my purpose: seeing which Michigan politicians, Dems and Republicans, pandered to CAIR). Also in attendance: FBI award revokee, “former” Islamic terrorist, and marriage and immigration fraud perpetrator Imad Hamad.
CAIR Board Member Haaris Ahmad Outed Me @ CAIR Event (Yup, That’s Me)
The hearing was short because Abu Ratib was not going to be set free. Even if the Justice Department set him free, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a detainer for him to be detained and deported, so he’d remain locked up and in their custody, since he ignored his “Notice to Appear” (which my ICE friends call a “Notice to Disappear”) at his deportation hearing.
Abu Ratib looked different from his picture because they don’t allow you to wear a toupee in lock-up. Now he was bald and in chains and shackles. Their jangling, as this HAMAS terrorist was led in, was music to my ears, one of the sweeter sounds I heard that day. Not sweet was the sound of his Arabic translator. The dude doesn’t speak English, and yet, he wanted U.S. citizenship. Sadly, there are many like him, as we all know.
The case against Abu Ratib, a Syrian national, is this: he repeatedly lied on immigration applications about his employment with HAMAS front-group Holy Land Foundation (HLF). He lied about the fact that he was an employee of the organization, that he repeatedly collected and cashed checks from the organization, that he performed and associated with HAMAS leader Khaled Meshaal’s brother, Mufid Abdelqader (who was convicted and sentenced two 20 years in prison in the HLF trial in Dallas). He used his Farmington Hills, Michigan home as the Detroit branch of HLF, and he traveled the world to sing pro-HAMAS songs on video with kids (see lyrics above). Among his frequent travel destinations: Saudi Arabia, where he spent weeks on end doing who knows what. Why is Abu Ratib even here in the first place? Well, he came here in 1995 on an R-1 religious worker visa, and conveniently converted that to lawful permanent resident status.
And then there is the issue of the terrorist anchor babies he and his U.S. citizen wife have created. Abu Ratib fathered five kids, all of whom have U.S. citizenship. This is the same issue I’ve complained about in the cases of Islamic Jihadi founder Sami Al-Arian, his partner and imam of the 1993 WTC bombers’ mosque Fawaz Abu Damrah, and top Al-Qaeda mastermind Mohammed Al-Churbaji. They’ve fathered lots of kids here and those kids are, sadly, U.S. citizens by birthright. No matter how many of their fathers we deport, they’ve already sowed the seeds of terrorism and hate on our shores multiple-fold. And unless we change the birthright citizenship laws, this will continue to remain a festering problem, a growing cancer.
When Abu Ratib learned that his immigration application was turned down because he lied and got caught, he immediately fled to Windsor, Canada, just over the border from Detroit. He took a job there, teaching in an Islamic school. Since June, his wife and kids, who still live at his Farmington Hills, Michigan home, have visited Abu Ratib at least 16 times, lying about it to U.S. and Canadian border authorities. Finally, on December 9th, Mrs. Masfaka, who goes by the name, Batoul Qaweqji, was asked by Canadian immigrationi officials about her husband and his whereabouts. She lied, claiming he was in the U.S., and the Canadians turned her back to the U.S. She told the same lie again on December 19.
Fortunately, Abu Ratib/Masfaka’s case is before federal Judge Paul D. Borman, about whom I’ve previously told you. He sees the light on jihadists, and doesn’t buy into their BS. As I noted previously, he stood up for American Airlines and its removal of suspicously-acting Arabs and Muslims from a flight. I am confident he’ll be consistent in that no-nonsense approach, here.
A quick word about Mark Jebson, the prosecutor in this case. He’s a Special U.S. Attorney so he can prosecute this case for the Justice Department, but his full-time gig is as one of the top attorneys for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). I’ve seen him at work, and he is masterful, as when he tried top Al-Qaeda official Mohammed Al-Churbaji in Immigration Court and I was the only journalist covering it. The guy is brilliant, does his homework, and is not only an excellent researcher, but a great speaker, court performer, and legal pleadings writer. Plus, he has tremendous passion for what he’s doing–putting Islamic terrorists and illegal aliens behind bars or outside of our borders. If all of our federal prosecutors were like Mark, we’d be batting 1,000.
Sadly, they aren’t, and we aren’t.
Tags: Abu Rateb, Abu Rateeb, Abu Ratib, Ahmed Yassin, Batoul Qaweqji, CAIR, disabled Sheikh, Haaris Ahmad, Haaris J. Ahmad, Hamas, Holy Land Foundation, ICE, Imad Hamad, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Islam, Islamic Terrorism, Islamic terrorist, Khaled Mishal, Khalid Meshaal, lawful permanent resident, legal permanent resident, Mark J. Jebson, Mark Jebson, Mohamad Rateb, Mohammad Masfaka, Mohammed Mustapha Ali Masfaka, Mufid Abdelqader, Muslims, R-1 Religious Worker Visa, religious worker visa, religious worker's visa, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Sheikh Yassin, singer, Syria, Syrian National, terrorist, terrorist anchor babies, wedding singer