Michigan man Accused of Terrorist Ties is Popular Muslim Singer

The beat goes on is the proper term for the arrest of this Muslim singer. The continued beat is that of the threat of Islam in America getting stronger and stronger.

Farmington Hills man accused of terrorist ties is popular Muslim singer

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO AND CECIL ANGEL

A Farmington Hills man arrested last week for alleged ties to a Hamas-linked charity is a well-known singer in the Muslim world.

Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, 47, often known as Abu Ratib, sings frequently to Muslim and Arab audiences in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, his attorney Doraid Elder said today. Local Muslims say that Ratib is well known for his singing, especially for Islamic religious songs known as nasheed. He is to be arraigned today in Detroit.

Born in Syria, Ratib was arrested by federal agents last week. An indictment was unsealed Friday that charges him with attempted naturalization fraud, making false statements to FBI investigators and immigration officials, and perjury. Federal officials say he misled investigators who were probing the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity based in Texas that was convicted in 2008 of helping to fund Hamas.

The U.S. government contends that Ratib sang at Holy Land events and received a check from the charity for his help. They also say he referenced Hamas in some of his performances.

According to federal investigators, Masfaka was employed by Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in 1997 and 1998 and ran the group’s operations in the Detroit area including organizing and participating in fund-raising events.

The group gave money to the Islamic Resistance Movement, known as Hamas, investigators said. The U.S. government considers it a terrorist group.

In 2002, Masfaka failed to mention his employment with the Holy Land Foundation in an application for naturalization with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

In 2003, he told FBI agents he only worked for the group as a singer for fund-raising events but never received compensation.

However, investigators uncovered cashed checks showing that Masfaka’s role was more extensive than he admitted and that he had been paid for his work.

Masfaka was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he attempted to reenter the United States from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge.

But his attorney, Elder, said that Ratib did not lie to investigators and was open with them about his singing at Holy Land fund-raisers.

“He was as cooperative as he could be,” Elder said.

Elder said he doesn’t know what Ratib sang about exactly, but regardless, he said that Ratib’s singing is free speech and protected under the First Amendment.

Ratib has been written about in Muslim publications. In an April 2006 article in IslamOnline.net, Ratib is described as a Muslim singer who uses his “talent to promote the tolerant message of Islam and tune down the noise of misconceptions and stereotypes.”

Ratib is quoted as saying, “Religious songs have become the best tool to serve our faith.”

The negative image of Islam after the Sept. 11 attacks, he said, “makes it incumbent upon us Muslims to craft out new ideas and tools to introduce the merciful, tolerant teachings of our religion.”

Ratib, lets take a look at the Hamas Charter and see just how tolerant Islam is.

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ”

“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

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Clueless McChrystal Focuses on Peace with Taliban

Clueless McChrystal is at it again. He has now shown a sign of weakness and ignorance to the enemy. Islam calls for perpetual war, and the Taliban will say anything to get the US to back off. Thankfully McChrystal was not calling the shots during WWII. We not only need to clean house of our government, but the Pentagon as well. We need strong leaders, not appeasers.

McChrystal focuses on peace with Taliban: report
LONDON — The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war.

US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday’s meeting in London with a “renewed commitment” to the increasingly bloody conflict.

By using the 30,000-strong surge in US troops to secure territory stretching from the Taliban’s southern heartlands to Kabul, the general said he aims to weaken the insurgency so much its leaders would accept a political settlement.

“As a soldier, my personal feeling is that there’s been enough fighting,” said McChrystal.

“I believe that a political solution to all conflicts is the inevitable outcome. And it’s the right outcome,” he added.

Asked is he would be content to see Taliban leaders in a future government in the country, the general said: “I think any Afghans can play a role if they focus on the future, and not the past.”

The US troop surge, announced by President Barack Obama in December, is pouring tens of thousands of extra troops into Afghanistan this year on top of 70,000 already there.

More than 113,000 international soldiers are fighting the Taliban under US and NATO command and losing soldiers almost daily, in the conflict which started with the US-led invasion of 2001.

As major powers prepare to map the way forward in Afghanistan at the London conference, McChrystal urged: “I’d like everybody to walk out of London with a renewed commitment, and that commitment is to the right outcome for the Afghan people.”

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Germany: Political Party to Open Anti-Islam Center!

Recently we have seen some very encouraging signs against Islam in Europe. The Swiss banned minarets, and non-Muslim Brits pressured Muslims from marching through a pro-military town. This anti-Islam center should only encourage more non-Muslims across Europe to fight the Sharia push. Islam has not won yet!

Extremist Swede gives anti-Islam party millions

Published: 24 Jan
Swedish far-right businessman Patrik Brinkmann has announced he will pour €5 million into the coffers of Pro NRW, an anti-Islam populist party based in Cologne.

In a report to air Sunday night on Germany’s public broadcaster WDR, Brinkmann says he fears Germany is becoming “too foreign” and that Sharia law will be introduced in the country.

“However, there are no, or very few, politicians who take this seriously,” Brinkmann said.

“That’s why I believe that a new right wing (in Germany) can not only succeed, but in five or ten years be as large as the FPÖ in Austria or the SVP in Switzerland,” he added, referring to Austria’s Freedom Party and the Swiss People’s Party, two far-right groups which have enjoyed a certain amount of electoral success.

The millionaire, who reportedly already has ties to Germany’s extreme-right NPD and DVU parties, will finance a building for Pro NRW to be used as an anti-Islam centre.

Burkhard Freier, the deputy head of the North Rhine-Westphalian branch of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz, considers Pro NRW and a related group, Pro Köln (Pro Cologne), dangerous organisations.

However, he added that Pro NRW’s membership roll is so small, around 300, that it does not have much of an influence in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.

“That’s why they play up every new member, every property purchase and every event as big as they can on the internet so they can give their own adherents the feeling that ‘we are somebody’,” Freier said.
DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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US Terror Blacklist Whitewashes Hamas, Enables Funding

Earlier this week, our Hamas loving government had lifted a ban on Tariq Ramadan, which has opened the door for him to enter America. He was originally banned because he had donated to Hamas-linked organizations. Today we learn that our Treasury Department has opened the door for the EU to fund Gaza without interference. Are the EU and our Treasury Department full of Israel haters, or are they just clueless?

US Terror Blacklist Whitewashes Hamas, Enables Funding
by Shimon Cohen and Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) The United States Treasury has taken all but one member of Hamas off the international list of terrorists, thus enabling funds from the European Union to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza.

It is an open secret that large sums of money from the EU flow into Gaza in the guise of humanitarian aid and salaries for officials, but are actually funneled into the coffers of Hamas, which controls Gaza with an iron grip. This method of transferring funds into terrorists’ hands could have been blocked by an international lawsuit, but according to journalist Avi Tarango, the United States Treasury has made this impossible by removing all but one Hamas man – Deputy Chairman of the Political Bureau, Musa Abu Marzouk – from the list of international terrorists.

The updated terrorist list, published last week, takes up 443 pages. However, according to Tarango, who went over the list, none of the tens of thousands of people who form Hamas is mentioned – other than Abu Marzuk, who resides in Damascus. The terrorist list is meant for distribution in the world banking system, where the transfer of funds to anyone on the list is prohibited.

Cleared for Funding

Abu Marzouk is listed as having been born in Gaza on February 9, 1951, and as bearing an Egyptian passport with the number 92/664. “While branches of Hamas appear in the list under different names, such as ‘The Students of Ayash,’ ‘The Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza,’ ‘The Iz A-Din El-Kassam Battalions,’ the rest of Hamas’s men do not appear on the list at all,” Tarango said.

“Musa Abu-Marzouk’s presence on the list means that whoever tries to transfer money to him personally will be rejected by the world banking system and be accused of funding terrorism, but the transfer of funds to any other Hamas man will not arouse suspicion,” he explained.

According to published reports and other sources, the journalist said, the EU sends millions of Euros every month to cover the salaries of 77,000 employees of the Palestinian Authority and about 70,000 recipients of welfare aid in Gaza.

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