By Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
According to Sajid Sayed, a reform synagogue known as Congregation Beth Chaim is one of the “biggest supporters” of the mosque his group is having constructed after recently breaking ground. The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS), which is building the West Windsor mosque, is connected to al-Qaeda and Chechen terrorists through one of its most prominent lecturers and has raised approximately 60 percent of the funds necessary to pay for the $5 million structure. IIS continues to raise funds after having an official groundbreaking ceremony on July 12th.
As for the al-Qaeda connection, it has to do with a very prominent lecturer for IIS named Mazen Mokhtar, who also serves as the Executive Director of Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Muslim American Society (MAS), which holds 501(c)(3) tax exempt status despite its previous Executive Director – Mahdi Bray – being caught on video raising money for Hamas, as Shoebat.com reported. Hamas seeks the elimination of Israel. That would be the same Israel that is supposedly being represented by Congregation Beth Chaim and its Rabbi Eric B. Wisnia.
IIS also has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
In 2004, the Washington Post reported the following about current MAS Executive Director and IIS lecturer Mokhtar:
Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam and political activist, operated a Web site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.
The affidavit said the New Jersey home of the mirror Web site operator, identified on a Web site as Mokhtar, was searched in the recent past and that copies of Azzam Publications sites, operated by Ahmad, were found on Mokhtar’s computer’s hard drive and files.
It appears that Mokhtar also had a connection to the mastermind of the 2004 Beslan school massacre that left 186 children dead through www.minna.com (a mirror site to azzam.com). Materials being sold on the site were essentially being used for PR purposes to help Shamil Basayev:
On Mokhtar’s Minna site, in the page titled ‘Jihad in Chechnya,’ a video CD depicting terrorist operations was being sold through the website. On the bottom of the page, it states, “Any enquiries regarding the content of this CD should be directed to the Islamic Army of the Caucasus, to Field Commander Shamil Basayev, Field Commander Khattab or their spokesman Movladi Udogov.” In September of 2004, Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the Beslan school massacre in Russia, which left over 300 dead, mostly children.
The Beslan massacre was one of the most barbaric and savage terrorist attacks in modern history. Basayev was also responsible for taking a hospital hostage after which 129 civilians were killed and more than 400 wounded. In 2002, Basayev was behind the Moscow theater hostage crisis in which nearly 200 people were killed.
Mokhtar’s facebook page is laden with Muslim Brotherhood friends and symbols. The four finger salute that has come to represent Muslim Brotherhood solidarity in Egypt, known as R4BIA is quite prevalent on the page. Mokhtar was born in Egypt according to his bio. People who Mokhtar counts as his friends include Esam Omeish, once a prominent figure at the notorious Dar al-Hijrah mosque who hired Anwar al-Awlaki as an imam there, as Shoebat.com reported, and Mahdi Bray, mentioned above.
Another figure who reared his head at an IIS fundraiser was Omar Shahin. Some may remember him from 2006, when he was at the center of the ‘flying imams’ controversy in which a handful of imams went out of their way to raise suspicions among passengers and then later cried discrimination. As Shoebat.com has reported in the past, being a rabble rousing imam may be the least to be concerned about when it comes to Shahin. As is the case with Mokhtar, Shahin is also connected to al-Qaeda. One of Shahin’s predecessors at the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT) was Wael Hamza Julaidan, an al-Qaeda founder along with Azzam.
Here is the video of the 2013 IIS fundraiser for the mosque that was attended by Shahin; he can be seen in the last minute of the video:
At a 2010 speech given by then U.S. Homeland Security Advisor and current CIA Director John Brennan, Shahin was a member of an audience that included members belonging to Muslim Brotherhood front groups ISNA and MPAC. After Brennan’s speech, Shahin stood up and asked a question based on a premise that since 9/11, Muslims have been discriminated against; it was an obvious attempt to further play the victim card that failed to work in 2006.
Based on what is known and verifiable, the absurdity of Beth Chaim being a major supporter of the IIS mosque is comparable to Jews funding Nazi concentration camps during WWII.