July 15, 2010

Tennessee mosque board member suspended after terror support revealed

The battle over the expansion of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN has claimed one victim, namely one of the mosque board members, Mosaad Rawash, who was suspended from his position earlier this week after congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik publicly aired evidence about his open support for Islamic terrorism.

The Rutherford Daily News reports:

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro suspended board member Mosaad Rawash late Monday in response to accusations about him from Republican congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik, according to the center’s website.

Prior to the suspension, Zelenik’s campaign on Monday accused center board member “Mossad Rowash” of being a supporter of Hamas and “violent Jihad and martyrdom of Palestinians fighting against Israel.”

The center later that day issued the following statement:

“The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was made aware of the allegations against Mr. Mosaad Rawash, a current board member at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Mr. Rowash is being suspended pending further investigation about these allegations, a proper action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro as a religious, non political organization does not support any radical views of any kind by any individual or group.
Sincerely,
Islamic Center Of Murfreesboro”

The Investigative Project had discovered a number of items and statements by Mosaad Rawash on his MySpace site supporting Hamas:

Another radical connection we have found for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro comes from the MySpace page of one of the board members, Mosaad Rawash. Rawash is listed simply as a member of the organization, without official title.

- Rawash’s MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/sobhan_allh) contains a pledge for members to support violent jihad and martyrdom of Palestinians fighting the Israelis.

- It also contains lines from a radical poem stating that those who stand up for their defense in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq are called terrorists.

- Rawash also links to several personal pictures on his MySpace page, which are largely irrelevant. However, one of the pictures identifies Rawash as being present as a MAS (Muslim American Society) summer camp in 2006. See slide show, here.

- His page also has a picture honoring Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin, a founder of Hamas, and a co-founder Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi over a crowd of armed Hamas militants.

Both Sheik Yassin and Dr. Rantissi were assassinated in separate IDF helicopter attacks in April, 2004.

Good thing they're moderates!

By Barbarossa at 01:40 AM | Comments |