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Islamic Center of Boca Raton

Address: Boca Raton, FL 33431

Year Founded: 1998

Website: http://www.assahaba.org/icbr.org/

The Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) says it “educate[s] Muslims of the proper Islamic theology and methodology which serve as bulwark against terrorism, extremism, and antipathy.”

The ICBR denies any links to extremism:

“ICBR is not associated with any political, industrial, humanitarian, militant, or governmental entities, neither domestically nor internationally. ICBR systematically and categorically distances itself from any individuals, groups or organizations shall they be officially considered anti-American by the US government. ICBR does not endorse any political directions or views.”[1]

In 2000, the website promoted a website named “Jihad in Chechnya” that raised support for terrorists.[2] The mosque donated money and received grants from the Global Relief Foundation before it was shut down by the U.S. government in 2002 because of its links to Al-Qaeda.[3]

In October 2000, the ICBR imam and co-founder, Ibrahim Dremali, took part in a pro-jihad rally against Israel that featured young children in military fatigues and Hezbollah flags. There were chants of, “with jihad we’ll claim our land, Zionist blood will wet the sand.” Dremali encouraged the Muslims to honor martyrs and to be unafraid of sacrificing their lives for their beliefs.[4]

Dremali was a character witness for Adham Amin Hassoun, a convicted terrorist who once attended ICBR. Hassoun was arrested in 2002 for trying to facilitate the travel of an Islamic extremist to Kosovo to engage in terrorism. It was concluded that Hassoun belonged to the al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya terrorist group.[5]

Dremali is a founder of the Health Resource Center Palestine that was linked to the Islamic Association of Palestine, a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front. The Health Resource Center Palestine’s vice president praised suicide bombers.[6]

He was also a representative of the southeastern division of the Islamic Circle of North America and was arrested in October 2010 for immigration violations. He was placed on the no-fly list.[7]

The imam who followed Dremali, Muneer Arafat, was arrested in 2003 for overstaying his visa.[8] He met Sami al-Arian at an Islamic Association for Palestine event in 1988 and admits that he supported Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but a different faction than the one al-Arian belonged to.[9]

Bassem Al-Halabi, a co-founder who served as a manager on the mosque’s board, worked under convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian as a research assistant. Al-Arian was later convicted of being a secret leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Halabi has been accused of voicing support for Hamas and suicide bombers.[10]

In June 2003, Al-Halabi was found guilty of illegally shipping a $13,000 thermal imaging device to Syria in 1998.[11] Such technological transfers are prohibited because of their negative effect on national security.

Another ICBR attendee was Rafiq Sabir, who was arrested in 2005 and convicted two years later. He sought to provide medical treatment to terrorists in Iraq. His friend pled guilty to conspiring to train terrorists in Iraq. Both swore their loyalty to Al-Qaeda.[12] Sabir was also a friend of the ICBR spokesperson.[13]


[1] “About Us,” ICBR website, http://www.assahaba.org/icbr.org/about_us.html

[2] Kaufman, Joe. “Bowing to Radical Islam,” FrontPage Magazine, March 3, 2010. http://www.frontpagemag.com/2010/joe-kaufman/bowing-to-radical-islam/

[3] Travis, Scott. “Muslim Professor is Subject of Protests at FAU,” Sun Sentinel, April 15, 2011. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-04-15/news/fl-fau-islamic-professor-20110414_1_bassem-al-halabi-muslim-professor-fau

[4] Ahmad, Um. “South Florida Protest Calls for Jihad,” Islam Online, October 18, 2000. As documented by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/case/388#_ftn2

[5] “Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR),” Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/case/388#_ftn2

[6] “Islamic Center of Boca Raton Member Arrested in Al-Qaeda Plot,” Militant Islam Monitor, May 30, 2005. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/656

[7] Ward, Kenric. “Christian Group Targets FAU Prof for Dismissal,” Sunshine State News, April 14, 2011. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/christian-groups-target-florida-atlantic-university-professor-dismissal

[8] Ward, Kenric. “Christian Group Targets FAU Prof for Dismissal,” Sunshine State News, April 14, 2011. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/christian-groups-target-florida-atlantic-university-professor-dismissal

[9] Laughlin, Meg. “Witness Has Harsh Words for Al-Arian,” St. Petersburg Times, June 10, 2005. http://www.sptimes.com/2005/06/10/news_pf/Tampabay/Witness_has_harsh_wor.shtml

[10] Travis, Scott. “Muslim Professor is Subject of Protests at FAU,” Sun Sentinel, April 15, 2011. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-04-15/news/fl-fau-islamic-professor-20110414_1_bassem-al-halabi-muslim-professor-fau

[11] Kaufman, Joe. “Florida Professor and Mosque Leader Pleads Guilty to Tallahassee Attacks,” Americans Against Hate, January 28, 2011. http://www.americansagainsthate.org/press_releases/PR-Bassem_Alhalabi_4.php

[12] Locy, Toni. “N.Y. Man, Fla. Man Denied Bail After Arrests in Al-Qaeda Sting,” USA Today, May 31, 2005. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-05-31-terror_x.htm

[13] “Islamic Center of Boca Raton Member Arrested in Al-Qaeda Plot,” Militant Islam Monitor, May 30, 2005. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/656

 

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