May 18, 2006, - 3:42 pm

La Shish Owner Indicted: Does Your Fave Mid-East Restaurant Fund Terror?

By Debbie Schlussel
You never know where the money you pay for shawarmeh or falafel is going.
Today, Talal Khalil Chahine, and his wife, Elfat El Aouar, were indicted for income tax evasion and skimming and concealing over $16 million. Chahine is the millionaire owner of La Shish, a chain of Middle-Eastern restaurants throughout its suburbs.
If you live in Detroit and are schooled in either its Islamic community and world of federal law enforcement, this is hardly news, and you’ve known for years not to eat at La Shish.
That is, if you’re not then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, former DHS official Asa Hutchinson, Michigan/Ohio Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz,” Homeland Security “civil rights” advocate Daniel Sutherland, and assorted others. As I’ve written, they and others have supped with Muslim supporters of terror at La Shish’s Dearborn restaurant multiple times.

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Convicted Murderer Khalil Chahine (left), Indicted Tax Evader Talal Chahine (second from rt), Hezbollah/Iran Agent Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi

@ the Hezbollah Mosque

As for the rest of us, we know that La Shish owner Talal Chahine is involved with a lot of nefarious things. And we know that La Shish restaurants weren’t making that much money. Most of the $16 mill came from other “activities.” A Shia Muslim, who is a member of the Hezbollah mosque, Chahine was suspected of making his money from drug-dealing, and using his restaurants to launder the money. Relatives of his, got federal prison time for dealing and were believed to have taken the fall for him. His son, Khalil, was twice arrested for drug-related offenses.
Not long ago, that same son, Khalil, was convicted of murder. He murdered Paul Hallis, a Maronite Christian Arab, for the crime of daring to become engaged to a Muslim woman–a woman who reportedly dated the younger Chahine AND his married brother-in-law, Ali El-Ozeir. Yes, there are Islamic honor killings in America. And FYI, prior to his jail stint for murder, Khalil Chahine was the youth leader at the Hezbollah mosque.
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Muslim Khalil Chahine Honor-Murdered Arab Christian Paul Hallis

(Photos by Millard Berry/Heritage Newspapers)

Last year, the IRS raided La Shish for income tax evasion. It was known that Chahine sent a lot of his money back to Lebanon, where it was believed to fund Hezbollah terrorism. Sources say Chahine also was a loan shark to members of the Islamic community, in addition to the alleged drug dealing.
When agents raided his La Shish headquarters and two homes, reports said IRS agents found fake documents (passports, etc.) and tapes showing that Chahine tried to bribe witnesses to lie at his son’s murder trial.
Chahine’s criminal enterprises and likely funding of Hezbollah has been known for years. Yet, Abu Moskowitz refused to allow his ICE agents to investigate. His best buddy, “former” Islamic terrorist and FBI award revokee, Imad Hamad, whined about the raids when the IRS finally did them (with ICE agents standing by to watch). And maybe Abu M just didn’t want to upset Hamad buddy and benefactor/lawbreaker Chahine. Leave it to the IRS, which–as with Al Capone–always gets its money, to be less politically correct about Muslims and more focused on enforcing the law.
While the IRS has a photo of Chahine with Hezbollah spiritual leader Mohammed Fadlallah, Chahine’s contributions were not directly to Hezbollah, but to Al Mabarrat Association. It has a Dearborn, Michigan affiliate, Al Mabarat Charitable Organization (note the U.S. version uses one “r”, the Lebanese version–two “r”s). Al Mabarrat is clearly an open front for Hezbollah, and has Fadlallah’s photo on its website front and center. Despite that, U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III and the IRS refuse to prosecute the U.S. branch of the charity for apparently violating the law and apparently donating the money to Hezbollah. And the State Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Department of Treasury refuses to put either the Lebanese or American charity on the State Department terrorist list. On the contrary, the U.S. government allows it to operate and has licensed it as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization, subsidized by American taxpayers.
And, by the way, as I’ve noted, Chahine’s imam, Elahi, openly meets in Lebanon with Fadlallah all the time. Al Mabarat Charitable Organization’s Dearborn officers–Fouad T. Beydoun, Ahmad J. Bazzi, and Nazem Baydoun–are from families that all come from Bint Jbeil, the Hezbollah stronghold in the South of Lebanon. Al Mabarat Charitable Organization’s taxes show annual outlays of close to $1 million, but improperly fail to provide a separate schedule listing where the money went. Where is the money going?
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Al Mabarrat’s Website Features Hezbollah Spiritual Leader Fadlallah

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Talal Chahine with Hezbollah Spiritual Leader Fadlallah (from court records)

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Hezbollah’s Mohammed Fadlallah & Chahine Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi

It is interesting to note that Chahine was indicted now, over a year after raids on his restaurant. That gave him plenty of time to flee the country. My sources told me long ago that, just after the raids, he fled to Lebanon and wasn’t coming back.
And maybe that was the point of the raids: to alert Chahine that it was time to go. This has been typical of indictments by Detroit’s U.S. Attorney Murphy on a number of terror cases. He recently indicted several members of the Hammoud family for smuggling cigarettes and money laundering to Hezbollah. Well actually, the indictment was handed down in 2004, but Murphy sat on it for two years, while he allowed most of the Hammouds to flee the country. (Now, finally indicting Chahine, he didn’t bother to charge him with funding terrorists, which it appears Chahine did.)
This whole thing is very embarrassing to Murphy, since–as I wrote last year–he appeared at the Hezbollah mosque and joked and laughed about whether Hezbollah was a terrorist group. And he clapped enthusiastically when the mosque’s Imam, Mohammed Ali Elahi, said that “the group in the South of Lebanon [Hezbollah], that’s not terrorism. That’s legitimate resistance.” (FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Roberts, and Abu Moskowitz clapped, too.) That “group in the South of Lebanon” is where Chahine–a key financier of the Hezbollah mosque–was sending his money, according to sources.
The same machinations are present throughout the Justice Department, which, last year, indicted Tareq Hamdi–a Bin Laden associate–while he was out of the country (like he’d come back after that).
War on Terror? Only if you like the PR of indictments. With terror defendants alerted ahead of time by federal officials, they’ll never face justice.
Blame our clumsy, clueless, and weak U.S. Department of (non)Justice for terrorists and terror financiers going free. Yet again.

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38 Responses

DAMN!!!
IF i was still living in NYC i’d now have the perfect date—taking YOU on a tour of all the Arab stores making a fortune and evading taxes more than a Bush beneficiary:)
Maybe i should take Al Sharpton out on that date…HE still seems to think that there’s Jews rapaciously present in the ghettos,,WTF???
i KNOW FOR A FACT about these servants of Allah screwing the children of crack whores…and let’s just say those that i know of have seen their pederastic careers come to an end…so what you’re saying HERE comes as no surprise.
DOUBT they’re terrorists though…just some GREEDY sick mofos who DESERVE to get them 72 virgins when they pull that crap in the ‘hood

EminemsRevenge on May 18, 2006 at 4:48 pm

I think black leaders in this country must be paid off by some kind of Arab lobby if they’re not speaking out about what’s going on in our cities in America these days. Honestly if they got up and focused their whining on the injustice of that happening while the American government only cares about Arab terrorists outside the country, I wouldn’t only not have a problem with that, I would get behind it.

KnightoftheImpaler on May 18, 2006 at 8:06 pm

Target
http://www.petitiononline.com/Mekkah/petition.html

hutchrun on May 19, 2006 at 2:18 am

Debbie,
I am just shocked people like you exists in this wonderful country of Ours.
Shouldnt you be somewhere were extremists get along, Such as Afghanastan, or Jerusalem?

Collin on May 19, 2006 at 8:47 am

Collin: `I am just shocked people like you exists in this wonderful country of Ours`
Shocked? Why? Seems to me you`d rather do a trade with the devil Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR. He can teach you some about `extremists`.
And what `wonderful country` are you talking of? You are fast becoming a muslim country. You have thrown out your own ideals and replacing that with that of the 7th century.

leavingtheleft on May 19, 2006 at 9:47 am

The End of the City on the Hill
Whether the death toll was sixty million or a hundred million, the damage and destruction to the United States was complete. The United State had ceased to exist, as had sixteen major US cities. The American Age had come to an abrupt end.
Historians would look back at nation the led the world in commerce, science and the arts and wonder how a small embittered Iran could have been allowed to perpetrate its lethal death-stroke. The signs were all there: the nuclear program, the missile testing, the technology acquisition patterns and event the test firing of cruise missiles from containers.
http://neoconmadrassa.blogspot.com/
Will Durant, the famous historian summed it up like this:
“The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.”

leavingtheleft on May 19, 2006 at 9:57 am

Iran eyes badges for Jews
Law would require non-Muslim insignia Friday, May 19, 2006
Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country’s Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.
http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=11fbf4a8-282a-4d18-954f-546709b1240f&k=32073

leavingtheleft on May 19, 2006 at 10:09 am

Collin`s lovers:
Iran eyes badges for Jews
Law would require non-Muslim insignia Friday, May 19, 2006
Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country’s Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.
http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=11fbf4a8-282a-4d18-954f-546709b1240f&k=32073

leavingtheleft on May 19, 2006 at 10:17 am

Debbie some of these federal employees are probably on the take. Perhaps you could do an expose on their suprisingly affluent lifestyles. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind some old fashioned investigative journalism.

shleppy on May 19, 2006 at 11:43 am

I quite agree, Shleppy. There may be other things going on as well. Perhaps a little good old fashioned conversion to Islam…or perhaps a little good old fashioned anti-Semitism…or in the case of Abu M, a little self-hatred.

Loser on May 19, 2006 at 8:06 pm

To leavingtheleft,
Your posts are right on the money!
Keep on posting!!!
We need more of it.

Thee_Bruno on May 19, 2006 at 9:56 pm

I can’t believe The Surgeon conned me and Dr. Tony to go to La Freak.
I told him the place was a terrorist front.
That BASTARD!
BDaddy

BigDaddy on June 6, 2006 at 5:16 pm

It all sounds pretty sinister and hard to believe. Could it be possible that Hezbollah caught wind of the fortune Chahine was making and extorted from him? It seems sorta crazy for someone to build a good name for themself in their community and then throw their restaurant empire in the toilet. I think his family’s lives in lebanon could have been threatened, forcing him to give into demands of large amounts of money.
THE GUY IS IDEOLOGICALLY COMMITTEED TO HEZBOLLAH. HE NEVER THOUGHT ANYTHING WOULD HAPPEN TO HIS “GOOD NAME.” YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE COMMITTED JIHADIST IDEOLOGY. THIS WAS NOT A MATTER OF EXTORTION. IT WAS A MATTER OF EAGER, VOLUNTARY, COMMITTED DONATION.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

AM on July 30, 2006 at 5:54 pm

Beddie you must be the world most racist person of all time. I love reding your words it makes me laugh and i’m down. where do you get your information from? Please reply…
Sincerley yours.
Talal’s nephew.

theonedreamguy on December 10, 2006 at 4:16 am

Living in this great country is greater then hitting the lottory. I can speak my mind in the open, with no fear.. Even me being talal’s nephew. thank god we don’t have judges like you in the court rooms or else may god help us all.Is it against your religion to speak the truth debbie? I think it is. I think my uncle was the reason for world war one, and you have not mention that yet in your reports…
Talal’s Nephew.
Joseph

theonedreamguy on December 10, 2006 at 4:54 am

Joseph – I commend Debbie for speaking the truth about Talal Chahine, something your family is unfamiliar with. How can you be so blind to see what is going on here? If your uncle is such a stand up character why is he hiding in Lebanon? Is he still searching for Paul Hallis’ murdererer as he claimed shortly after his indictment more than six months ago? I think he is in Lebanon trying to bride more Lebanese officials and obtain bogus confessions from El-Ozeir. If you are are so truthful why aren’t you telling people that Talal Chahine was bribing witnesses in his son’s murder trial? If it wasn’t for the IRS raid during the trial that evidence would have remained buried in his vault.
Paul’s Cousin

Amira on January 4, 2007 at 8:34 am

Debbie,
I appreciate that you are keeping watch on the LaShish situation. Frankly I’m disappointed with having to stop going to one of my favorite restaurants due to the terror links. My only hope is that the chain will be sold to a reputable organization.
Cest La Vie

Shotgunblast on January 21, 2007 at 8:26 pm

This Article is so Racist/Stereotype, What kind of an introduction starts off by saying “You never know where the money you pay for shawarmeh or falafel is going” I mean Cmon can you get any more racist then that…? Its a shame how almost every article that i read from Debbie just seems to have so much hatred towards arabs..this is a disgrace how someone can degrade an ethnic/religious group.. These articles make arabs whether there muslim or not look bad all around the world including our own country here. Its Sad because people forget that arabs or even muslims are your everyday Doctors/Lawyers/Teachers/police officers/Fire fighters ETC that serve and represent you in this country. And people Forget these Qualities because of the negative propaganda that critics continue to present to the public about small groups of extremists and make it seem like every Arab or Muslim breathing is Some kind of Terrorist or belongs or funds some kind of Terror Network…… God Help The People……

Vettman86 on May 3, 2008 at 3:58 pm

This is horribly sad to me. Years back (before I moved 5 years ago) I used to love eating at the Dearborn west location. People are boggling…

CKovacs on November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm

this is very interesting but … it also very sloppy. i would appreciate more facts and less ranting (which is hypocrisy coming from me but whatever)

decora on November 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’m sorry for sticking up for the devil him self talal chahine
it is what it is.
i am only affraid he is a hired devil for the nwo that i with passion support
talal is talal the nick name for the devil

Joseph Chahine on December 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

Amira, I am so sorry from the the bottom of my soul my two cents was super prejudice and from the bottom of my physical heart being after launching my own investigation i regretfully say Khalil is the real killer and i hope he never gets out of jail and into hell……
from a human to a human and I am more christian than you ACCEPT I AM SORRY [AUL IT IS NOT HERE WITH US BECAUSE OF KHALIL. I PRAY TO JESUS THAT YOU FORGIVE ME FOR WHAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE I LEARNED THE FACTS,
AMEN ‘I PRAY YOU YOUR FAMILY AND YOU ENTIRE INTER-CIRCLE ACCEPT MY SINCERE APOLOGY
AMEN
2012
JOSEPH CHAHINE
XOXOXOXO TO YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY

Joseph Chahine on December 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

WHOEVER IS SPEAKING ON MY BEHALF CAN DARN OFF WILL YOU?..I DIDN’T WRITE ANY OF IT HOW STUPID YEARS LATER SOMEONE WANTS TO MOCK MY NAME LIKE THAT..
I DIDN’T WRITE ANY OF THE GARBAGE ABOVE SOMEONE IS BS SOMEONE…TAKE THIS GARBAGE OUT IT WASN’T ME
GO TO HELL WHOEVER YOU ARE

JC on December 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I guess Israel was funding his projects in Michigan..he’s been a mossad agent since the year 2000…and escaped the USA with the help of the mossad.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/01/31/286572/lebanese-charged-with-spying-for-israel/

Zach Freeman on February 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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