January 5, 2007, - 9:28 am
By Debbie Schlussel
He’s finally gone.
My sources at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tell me that, yesterday, Islamic terrorist Fawaz Abu Damra was finally deported. He is now in the Palestinian Authority, where, unfortunately, he will probably live a good, free life.
I was the only member of the media at Damra’s deportation hearing, in late 2005 (read my report), which resulted in his guilty plea to being a terrorist and agreement to be deported, thanks to the masterful work of ICE Attorney Mark Jebson.
Before that, Damra was convicted by a federal jury in Cleveland, of lying about his membership in a terrorist group, Islamic Jihad, and was stripped of his U.S. citizenship. Damra was a crony and partner with fellow Islamic terrorist Sami Al-Arian, currently in prison and also ultimately to be deported.
Damra, a member of Islamic Jihad, was the head of the Cleveland Mosque. He also was the imam at Brooklyn’s Al-Farooq Mosque, just before the blind cleric–Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman–replaced him. It was the house of worship for the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, members of Al-Qaeda.
Damra and Al-Arian raised money throughout the U.S. for Islamic Jihad terrorist attacks, some of which killed Americans, including New Jersey college student, Alisa Flatow.
From my 2005 entry on Damra:
This man, Damrah, is an important story, a great parable for other “moderate”, mainstream Islamic leaders in America–and how many of them, if not themselves terrorists, are vehement terror supporters and enablers. Not friends of America, and certainly not the loyal, law-abiding citizens they claim to be.
Damrah was respected as the leader of the largest mosque in Cleveland (reportedly, the largest in Ohio), and was a nationally respected Islamic figure. To the public, he represented himself as a moderate who opposed terrorism and only wanted peace. Easily duped Jewish and Christian leaders frequently had unity dinners, lunches, and town hall forums, all for the purpose of embracing this “peaceful” Muslim man who played the role they craved, especially after 9/11.
But the real Fawaz Abu Damra was a violent, hateful man, who supported the destruction of Christians, Jews, and America. An FBI transcript of a 1991 speech shows Damra imploring Muslims in attendance to give to Islamic Jihad movement through fraudulent means, and he makes it clear that the money will go to stab and kill Jews:
Tonight, Dr. Sami Al-Arian . . . he is the president of Islamic Committee for Palestine and a short briefing about the Islamic Committee for Palestine, it is the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and we like to call it the Islamic Committee for Palestine here for security reasons.
Donate to the Islamic Jihad! Nidal Zaloum from the Islamic Jihad held a dagger and stabbed four of the Jews in the courtyard of Al-Haram Al-Qudsi . . . For the Intifadah, for the Islamic Jihad, I say it frankly for the Islamic Jihad. The Jihad is still erupting in Palestine from village to village, I tell you it is not for the organizations with respect to everyone but for the Jihad. The Jihad! One of them would leave his house with a knife to stab the Jews–twelve Jews after the events of the Gulf War. Brothers, the Intifadah calls you. Five hundred dollars! Who would add to five hundred dollars? Who would add to five hundred dollars? If you write a check, write it for the Islamic Committee for Palestine, I.C.P. Who would add to the five hundred dollars of Hajj Ahmad?
[Muslims should be] Directing all the rifles at the first and last enemy of the Islamic nation and that is the sons of monkeys and pigs, the Jews.
The money Damra helped Sami Al-Arian raise for Islamic Jihad went to fund Islamic Jihad terrorist attacks on innocent people, such as the bus bombing that murdered New Jersey college student Alisa Flatow, the daughter of my friend Stephen Flatow.
**** UPDATE: ICE Press Release announces Damra Deportation.
If only Damra could have remained in prison, forever. But our “Justice” Department failed here in not getting him convicted of serious terrorist crimes that would put him in jail for a long time (he only did a few months).
Unfortunately, he will not suffer like Alisa Flatow and the others whose murder he help finance through his fundraising efforts. He has three daughters, who remain in the U.S., where unfortunately they were born and are, therefore, citizens. Terrorist anchor babies.
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