January 5, 2006, - 3:26 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Islamic terrorist Fawaz Abu Damra will soon be deported and will NOT be having a deportation trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday.
Late yesterday, Immigration Judge Marsha Nettles of the Executive Office of Immigration Review issued a final order of deportation for Damra, partner in crime with Islamic Jihad chief and founder Sami Al-Arian. The order will not be appealed by Damra, and he will be deported shortly.
We attended a preliminary hearing, last Friday, and wrote about it here. (Oddly, we were the only media source in attendance.) We note that Mr. Damra’s attorney concurred in the final order of deportation, and we see that as a sign that he did not want disclosed to the public the extensive record of Damra’s involvement with fundraising and support for Islamic terrorism and mass murder from within our own country. We noted Mr. Damra’s involvement with Al-Qaeda’s 1993 World Trade Center bombing and with Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad.
We also note that this deportation order would not have been possible were it not for the excellent work of star ICE attorney and Assistant Chief Counsel in Michigan, Mark Jebson (one of our HEROES of 2005). We note the 2-foot high stack of exhibits he served on the defense at the hearing we attended. It was clear that Damra had a losing case.
We also note that, at that hearing, Mr. Jebson, requested subpoenas for copies of the passports and for the testimony of Mr. Damra’s wife, Nesreen Mahmoud, and two of his daughters, Tasmeen and Maram. We wonder which countries were stamped on those passports, and why they traveled there. Were they involved in money laundering and terrorist operations for their father? Only they can answer that. Without the trial, we will not know–for now. We hope an eye is kept on them and their activities when they go to visit their deported father in the Palestinian Authority, Terror Central.
We also commend the ICE Detention and Removal Operations for Michigan and Ohio, who detained Mr. Damra. Keeping him in custody to rot in jail was at least some punishment, since Mr. Damra had no regard for the lives of innocent lives, for whose murder he openly solicited funds at his Cleveland mosque, reportedly the largest in Ohio. We only wish he could rot much more.
Finally, we hope the evil saga of Mr. Damra is a lesson to foolish misguided clerics and politicians everywhere. As we noted, Damra was feted, ad absurdum, by kowtowing Jewish and Christian leaders and clerics, as well as Ohio politicians–all hailing him as a moderate Muslim . . . when he was anything but, and uttered the most vile of statements wishing death upon Jews and Christians. Damra was an Islamic terrorist in our midst parading as something else. But he isn’t the first, and he won’t be the last.
We hope that in the future, self-anointed religious leaders and elected political ones will hone their critical thinking skills instead of their Rodney King-esque skills of “Can’t we all just get along?” at all cost. The lives of innocent people and the vanquishing of the fifth column within our country depend on it. And those are far more important than a few Islamic votes or campaign contributions.
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