Did Radical Islamic Leadership in Boston Influence Marathon Bombers?

Boston-Marathon-bombing-suspect-What-we-know-about-Dzhokhar-and-Tamerlan-Tsarnaev-so-farReprinted from PeaceandTolerance.org.

“This is alarming, but I’d need to see a smoking gun.” That’s what a Boston Rabbi said after we’d spent an hour in his office walking him through mounds of evidence that linked the leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) to terrorism and hate speech against Jews and Christians. He wouldn’t speak publicly about the radical leadership of the ISB mosque, he explained, for fear of giving offense, for fear of breaking with a certain understanding about these things, for fear of being labeled a bigot.

For 10 years, this reluctance to speak honestly about the radicalization of the once-moderate Boston Muslim community has epitomized the thinking of many civic leaders in Boston.

We don’t know yet how the two Chechen terrorists became radical Islamists, but their uncle has said they had local “mentors.” The bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent news that the terrorist brothers attended the ISB mosque in Cambridge – which was only blocks from their apartment – should shatter this kind of thinking.

Here is some of what we know, much of which we’ve been telling Boston leaders for the past decade:

Elected officials including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (forefront) and Gov. Deval Patrick (back row, center), seen here following last week’ Boston Marathon bombings, have been largely silent as radicals took over the once- moderate Boston Muslim community.

The problem is the radicalization of Boston’s historically moderate Muslim community. The ISB mosque is operated by the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has been identified by federal prosecutors as the American front for the Muslim Brotherhood. The ISB was founded by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is currently serving a 23- year prison sentence for raising funds for al-Qaida. Alamoudi has publicly exclaimed his support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to IRS records, one of the ISB’s original trustees was Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who said in a 1995 speech that Islam would “conquer America” and “conquer Europe.” Qaradawi can be seen on YouTube urging Muslims to kill homosexuals and slaughter Jews.

The ISB mosque’s website contained instructions on how to beat one’s wife.

According to FBI surveillance documents, Suhaib Webb, the Imam of the ISB’s Roxbury campus, joined al-Qaida operative Anwar Awlaki (killed by a U.S drone strike in 2011) two days before the Sept. 11 attacks in headlining a fundraiser on behalf of Atlanta Islamic extremist H. Rap Brown, who had just murdered two police officers in Georgia. Brown had converted to Islam and taken the name Jamil al-Amin. That night, Webb and Awlaki raised $100,000 to pay for Brown’s defense. Brown was found guilty of the murders. Awlaki went on to become the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike in 2011 in Yemen. It was Awlaki who published al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine, which explained how to make the pressure-cooker bomb used by the Boston Marathon bombers to wreak their murderous mayhem. Awlaki urged American Muslims to attack soft targets and crowded sporting events.

We have obtained a Muslim Brotherhood indoctrination curriculum taught by the MAS and endorsed by Imam Suhaib Webb for indoctrination of Boston’s young Muslims. The curriculum teaches vicious hatred and calls for young Muslims to engage in Jihad against non-Muslims in order to establish a global Islamic state.

Above: President Barack Obama attends the April 18 interfaith service in Boston to remember the three spectators killed and scores wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A Boston Imam who had been scheduled to attend was disinvited by Gov. Deval Patrick. Right: According to the FBI, a local Imam joined al-Qaida operative Anwar Awlaki (pictured) two days before the Sept. 11 attacks in headlining a fundraiser on behalf of Atlanta Islamic extremist H. Rap Brown. We have presented most of our findings to the Anti-Defamation League, New England Region (ADL); to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston; to Boston Globe religion writer Lisa Wangsness, as well as that publication’s Spotlight Team; to City Councilor Mike Ross, then President of the council; and to many other religious, political, and civic leaders in Massachusetts. Until last week, all of the facts we garnered did not move those who clung to the belief that any criticism of any Muslim leader here was a sign of bigotry. In response to our concerns, we were publicly attacked as bigots by 70 Rabbis for criticizing one of their colleagues for publicly embracing a leader of the ISB.

For 10 years, Boston’s leaders went along with the politically correct flow. They kept silent as radicals took over the once-moderate Boston Muslim community. They failed to lead and failed to educate the public. They – including Mayor Thomas Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick – embraced the radical leadership of Boston’s Muslim community.

One of the positive results of our efforts: Both the JCRC and CJP broke off their dialogue with the ISB leaders. But they did it silently and never explained their reasons publicly to their constituents. They never educated Boston’s Jews – or anyone else – about the facts they had learned that convinced them that the ISB leaders were not the moderates they had pretended to be.

Now, after the April 15 bombings, there is some hope that just maybe things are starting to change. Webb was originally invited by Gov. Patrick to be part of an interfaith memorial vigil at the Holy Cross Cathedral for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack, at which President Barack Obama spoke. In a last-minute change of plans, the Imam was disinvited. Patrick should be commended.

The status quo must change and Boston’s other leaders must follow the Governor’s lead in disassociating themselves from radical Islamist institutions in the city. Political correctness has guided many of our leaders. If not abandoned, it may well become our own suicide belt.

Charles Jacobs is President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance (peaceandtolerance.org) and Ilya Feoktistov is the organization’s Director of Research.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    The biggest current threat to America is: BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The question posited herein is a RESOUNDING yes, a cause and effect which is amply demonstrated herein – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/27/bombers-cambr

    NO ifs ands or buts.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • CatK

    Great article but it Should have been reprinted WITH photos, yes? But, an important piece. Please don't give up. Americans and American Jews are walking around ignorant because few will dare speak up and others are afraid to listen. I had a "discussion" with the president of the local Jewish Federation in which I argued that Islam was an enemy to America and to Jews. He finally conceded "You are correct but I can't say that." This attitude is outrageous! If one cannot speak the truth about something that threatens the very lives of innocents, what does that make that person? An enabler, a conspirator and/or a traitor?

  • Cassandra

    " for fear of giving offense, for fear of breaking with a certain understanding about these things, for fear of being labeled a bigot."

    There it is in a nutshell the answer to terrorism. I do not care if i am called bigot or a racist I will tell the truth about Islam. My own son called me a racist and I told him perhaps I am but you are a fool.After reading the Coran he changed his mind.

  • Human

    If you people have actual proof to the comments you make then that's one thing, but all you're doing at this time is propelling chaotic thoughts of terrorism and violence, not to mention the fact that these words would be enough for any AMERICAN RADICAL to go off and start causing harm to innocent people purely based on their skin color or possible religious beliefs… When you can post a FULL document, not just pages or an excerpt, perhaps then you can banter on with all your non-sence. Until then, all you're doing is insighting paniced reactions and violent choices for a public that can't gather any of the other sided information for themselves. STOP YOUR PROPOGANDA, CAUSE THATS ALL THIS IS.

  • marios

    Human can be with common sense but can be brainwashed one or even worse, be Islamist who conceal his nature under mask of "Human". Out of Koran:
    War is ordained by Allah, and all Muslims must be willing to fight, whether they like it or not. 2:216
    “Allah’s Apostle said, The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him’” (4.52.177).
    Fight them until religion is for Allah." 2:193
    70% of Koran is alike those three above.

  • marios

    Not all Muslims terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims. 100, 000 Christians are killing by Muslims per year in the world. Where is cry out? Where is MSM outraged by that facts? Muslims are so sensitive that they use any word as excuse for innocent people killing. Useful idiots brainwashed by liberal, corrupted, biased Media support them. Any of us non-Muslims can be next victim in our own country.
    Even Muslim who not share Koran's demand on Muslims despite of their willingness be Jihadists are potential victims. Wake up till too late. With leftists in WH and their party establishment our country is doomed. It is next Holocaust but for all non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Taoists, etc).

  • Suzanne

    The authors are so right. Is this still all about oil? Why can't we do something about our currying up to the Islamic countries? Our political leadership has failed us and BIG time. They fail us by not making us energy independent. They fail us when not doing something about American textbooks and it's pandering to Islam even though there has been plenty of people sounding the alarm about this. They fail us by not trying to educate Americans about the Islamic evil we are facing so that when a Christian or Jewish clergy member finally speaks out, they are afraid of being labeled bigots. Black Americans especially need guidance about Islam as there are many black converts to Islam. But it's not just the government. The feminists have failed us for not rallying against the awful treatment of women in Islamic countries. Hollywood and entertainers fail us when they put out material that glosses over Islamic viciousness and side with America's enemies. American parents fail when they refuse to educate their children about the evils of Islam. The prisons are failing when they are not separating Muslim prisoners from the others. What about all those Muslim shooting and training grounds that sprang up in rural sections of the US? They used to be regularly reported on, did they just vanish? It's just such a gigantic problem. Of course, the presidents (both Republican and Democratic) as well as our congresses are hugely to blame for not stopping Muslim immigration after 9/11. They never ended student vivas from Islamic countries and they never secured our country's borders. The Boston bombers arrived here AFTER 9/11 – they should have NEVER been given entry into this country. I feel like I am living in a upside down nightmare.