The Global War On You Know Who

"The West is facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy the West and bring it forcibly into the Islamic world -- and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad."
-- Robert Spencer

Saturday, January 07, 2006

US to Deport Cleveland Imam

Well, not exactly deport. Fawaz Damra, a convict and the leader of Ohio's biggest mosque, has kindly agreed to leave the country.
Lawyers for Imam Fawaz Damra, who was to face deportation hearings in U.S. immigration court, reached an agreement with the government that will see Damra end up in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Egypt or the Palestinian territories, said Greg Gagne, a spokesman for the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

A judge has approved the agreement between Damra's lawyers and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which will make the final determination on where Damra ends up. Damra, who is the imam, or spiritual leader, at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, immigrated to the United States [from Nablus] in the mid-1980s.

Robert Birach, a Detroit lawyer who negotiated for Damra, said his client is still in federal custody and does not want details of his private life made public. "They reached an agreement. He'll be leaving the country. That's all I can say," Birach said.

A terrorist sheds crocodile tears for a dhimmi. Damra on Sept. 13, 2001, hugging Cleveland Catholic Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, who both called for racial, ethnic tolerance at an interfaith prayer service at St. John Cathedral, Cleveland.

Damra, 44, was convicted in June 2004 of concealing ties to alleged terrorist groups when he applied for U.S. citizenship in 1994. Damra's conviction for naturalization fraud wasn't enough to warrant deportation because he has legally lived in the United States for five years.

In Damra's 2004 trial, prosecutors showed video footage of him and other Islamic leaders raising money for an arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which since 1989 has been listed by the State Department as a terrorist group.

Jurors were also shown footage in which Damra called Jews "the sons of monkeys and pigs" during a 1991 speech and said "terrorism and terrorism alone is the path to liberation" in a 1989 speech.
Sounds like a buddy of Sami al-Arian. And until we start prosecuting these thugs under RICO as we do with the mafia, haggling with terrorist's lawyers and footing the bill for the trip back home is the best we'll be able to do.


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