January 12, 2010
Detroit Hezbollah cleric "denounces terrorism", met with Hezbollah spiritual leader last May
Detroit imam Mohammad Elahi spoke at a press conference in Detroit last Friday along with other area Muslim leaders to "denounce terrorism". Their press conference coincided with the arraignment in the Detroit federal court of Flight 253 Undie-bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. As I noted over the weekend, a "Muslims Against Terrorism" rally outside the courthouse (in the largest Muslim community in America) only drew 50 attendees.
But who is Mohammad Elahi, and is he really committed to "denouncing terrorism"? Not so much, as the picture below demonstrates. This is the same imam who met with Hezbollah spiritual leader Ayatollah Fadlallah in Lebanon last May.
And as terrorism reporter Erick Stakelbeck revealed in the following news segment back in 2006, Elahi not only defends Hezbollah as "freedom fighters", but is himself a former Iranian government employee who has been repeatedly photographed with the top leadership of the terrorism-sponsoring Iranian government, including Ayatollah Khomenei.
Stakelbeck cites a report by the US government-funded Institute for Peace, which said regarding the cleric:
"In 1991, Mohammad Ali Elahi received a four-month visa which enabled him to inspect American branches of Hizbullah (Tehran's network of agents) and to reinforce Tehran's influence on Shi'ite communities (in Dearborn)."
That's right, Elahi was commissioned by the Iranian government to come to the US to inspect the Hezbollah terrorist network here (he's now a US citizen). So when you hear these US imams and sheiks "denouncing terrorism", I have one word of advice: caveat emptor.