ISIS Links in Boston
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) gruesome beheadings of Westerners, and its mass shootings, rapes and crucifixions of Christians, Kurds, Yazidis, and Alawites are beginning to wake people up.
Suddenly, interest is focused on ISIS’s Boston connections.
We at APT are now acting on this unique opportunity to educate the public about the growth of radical Islam in the Boston area.
Here are some of the “dots” we can now connect:
- ABC News reported that a Boston-area man, Ahmad Abousamra, is now a leader of ISIS’s online propaganda unit, and is reportedly making the atrocity videos used as recruiting tools by the Islamic State.
- Abousamra’s father, as a senior official of Boston-area Muslim organizations, hired the spokesman for a Pakistani terrorist group as imam and teacher at several Massachusetts mosques and schools. He is still the president of an Islamic elementary school in Sharon, MA.
- ISIS has demanded the release of former Boston resident Aafia Siddiqui from federal prison in exchange for an American hostage. Siddiqui, known as Lady Al Qaeda, enjoys wide support among Boston Muslims, due to incitement by leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), some of whom were her friends and associates.
- The imam of Boston’s largest mosque, Suhaib Webb, was accused on national TV by a former convert of preaching jihad at the Oklahoma mosque — where the beheading suspect, Alton Nolan, prayed.
- Tarik Mehanna, a sometimes congregant of the Cambridge mosque, is in jail for plotting to machine gun shoppers at a New England mall.
- The Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both attended ISB’s Cambridge mosque.
- Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a trustee of the ISB’s Boston mega-mosque.
- Abdulrahman Alamoudi, the founder of the ISB’s Cambridge mosque, is now in jail for raising funds for Al Qaeda.
As many of you know, we have been warning the greater Boston community about the radical leadership of the area’s major mosques for ten years, and we have witnessed the failure of Boston’s media, civic and religious leaders to deal with this threat.
The Boston Marathon bombing brought some media attention to the problem, but much of it quickly shifted to the stories of the brave survivors of the bombing. The recent ISIS-related news stories have increased both local and national media coverage of the “Boston Connection.”
We now have a chance to share our findings in this new, powerful context. Denial can only last so long before events force the media to face reality. Our recent appearances on national TV and on local radio stations are an important beginning, but we need your support to educate our leaders and the public.
We need to invest in aggressive promotional efforts including hiring a PR firm, adding staff and producing articles and videos. We only have to look across the Atlantic at Europe to see how radical Islam has transformed the lives of many, especially the Jewish community. We are seeing similar trends in the U.S. The demonstrations during the recent war in Gaza, as well as physical assaults on Jews in New York City and Miami (click here for stunning video) are not good omens. Moreover, on college campuses, hostility toward Israel and Jewish students is increasing at an ugly pace, while teaching materials in our high schools are being transformed to demonize Israel and minimize the threat of radical Islam.
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Charles Jacobs, President
Americans for Peace and Tolerance