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Like Cassandra, New Trend cried out but the Muslims would not listen. Now we know from the Israeli Intelligence chief himself that Saddam Hussain was a "strategic" threat to the existence of Israel. If you missed that quote, now here is Colin Powell: "Saddam was a strategic threat to Israel...." Fox News. June 30, 2003.

When will Muslims learn? It was not the oil, stupid! It was Israel.

"Strategic" means that Saddam was not against Israel for any tactical or propaganda or local consumption or temporary purposes. He could see that if Israel survives, the Muslim world would be enslaved.

A bail hearing for Hammad Abdur-Raheem and other Muslims recently arrested for connections with Lashkare Taiba will be held:
July 2, Wednesday.
9.30 AM
U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia.
Directions: Take Telegraph Road from Washington DC Beltway, 495 South.
[look up Alexandria map on the Internet for exact street address.]

Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges the large local Muslim community to turn up and show support.
SHOW SUPPORT FOR The Virginia 11

By Umar ben-Ivan

A crime has been committed. A crime that has rocked the very foundation of the nation that we live in. Eleven law-abiding Muslims (nine of them citizens) have been snatched away from there families for the crime of being Muslim and caring for their fellow Muslims.

Nine of the Muslims, who are ages 23 to 35, are U.S. citizens, and the others are a Yemeni and a non-resident alien from Pakistan.

Five men born in this country where arrested Friday morning:
Randall Todd Royer (who goes by the name of Ismail), 30;
Masoud Ahmad Khan, 31;
Hammad Abdur-Raheem, 35;
Donald Thomas Surratt (Idris) 30;
and Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur-Raheem, 29.

A sixth Muslim, Mohammed Aatique, 30, the Pakistani national and H-1 visa holder, was arrested in the Philadelphia area.

The indictment also charges two Muslims who were already in custody: Ibrahim Ahmed al-Hamdi, the Yemeni national and non-resident alien who was being held on a weapons charge; and Yong Ki Kwon, 27, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in South Korea who was being held on immigration charges.

The remaining three Muslims are said to be in Saudi Arabia U.S. citizens Sabri Benkhala, 28, and Seifullah Chapman, 30, and Khwaja Mahmood Hasan, 27, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan.

The thirty-eight page federal indictment includes forty-eight counts alleging that the brothers where training for jihad during paintball exercises in Northern Virginia. The government alleges that the brothers where planning to fight with the Laskar et-Tayaba Mujahudeen who are defending the oppressed Muslims of Kashmir against the brutal Indian occupation.

Count after count in the indictment illustrates how the federal government has spent much time and money in this witch hunt that has lead to nothing. A witch hunt that has the FBI and other department serving the interests of India and not the US.

Apparently it is now a crime for Muslims do visit graveyards! As one of the counts on the indictment was against Ismail Royer for visiting a Mujahudeen graveyard in Pakistan. Other counts include the brothers buying guns and ammo from licensed gun dealers (none of the men are convicted felons).

It is clear that this has become a calculated and targeted attack against high-profile and activist Muslims. Hammad Abdur-Raheem has been an activist for years and most recently delivered a rousing speech on civil liberties issues at the Jamat al-Muslumeen conference in Greensboro, NC on June 21st of this year.

Ismail Royer, who is charged as the ringleader in this indictment, has worked for several organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American Muslim Council and the Muslim American Society. He has also worked as a journalist for Muslim web magazines such as and Ismail, who is married to a Bosnian woman with four children, traveled to Bosnia and Kashmir in defense of Muslims in those lands.

The press has played particular attention to the racial diversity of this group in general, and the fact that Ismail is white in particular.

Others indicted include students at the Islamic University of Medinah in Saudi Arabia, such as Sabri Benkhala.

The media coverage of this incident has been full of misconceptions and flat out lies. An NBC affiliate reported that the men had been arrested for planning to attack America, which has not even been alleged by the government. Various media outlets have reported that there is a connection between this case and an individual being held in custody in Saudi Arabia in connection with the suicide bombing attacks in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, which is also false.

What is important now is for all Muslims to stand strong in defense of our Muslim brethren who are now in custody. Let us remember that several of these brothers; Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Ismail Royer, Sayfullah Chapman and Caliph Basha have children. It is time for us to accept our responsibility for helping to feed and care for the wives and children of these Muslims while they are incarcerated. Individuals wishing to do so can contact myself at or at 314-452-6832. An organization has been set-up entitles the American Muslim Political Prisoner Defense Fund in order to deal with this situation. Or you can contact Brother Kaukab, Amir of JAM who has a strong connection to Brother Hammad in particular.

Umar ben-Ivan

2003-07-02 Wed 18:43ct