A couple in Toledo gets arrested for aiding Hizballah, and it’s Hooper’s job on behalf of Hamas-linked CAIR to remind the media who the real victims are here. “Arrests ‘frustrate’ area Muslims,” by Claudia Boyd-Barrett for the Toledo Blade, June 4:
Local Muslim leaders reacted cautiously Thursday to news of yet another terrorism-related case in the Toledo area.
The Muslim representatives said they had not heard about the arrests of Hor and Amera Akl and did not know the couple.
Imam Farooq Abo-Elzahab, of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, said the name “Hor” is very unusual and he had not come across it before. He denounced the Akls’ alleged attempts to funnel money to a terrorist group.
“This kind of illegal activity should be condemned, and it is condemned by all Muslims,” he said.
Imam Farooq said he feared the arrests would reflect negatively on the area’s Muslim community, which has had to deal with bad publicity from two other terrorism-related cases in Toledo in the past few years.
“I do not know what to say. It’s very frustrating to hear about these kinds of things,” Imam Farooq said. “Muslims are good people, and this kind of thing is showing only the ugly side.”
Dr. S. Zaheer Hasan, spokesman for the United Muslim Association of Toledo, said he couldn’t yet comment on the case because he didn’t have enough facts.
“I really don’t know what’s going on,” Dr. Hasan said.
Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has several offices in Ohio but not in Toledo, said it was too soon to jump to conclusions about yesterday’s arrests. However, he said the fact that an FBI informant was involved in building a case against the Akls raises questions about the strength of the charges.
“Whenever you have a case where the government is initiating the action, it raises red flags in terms of possible concerns about who really was the initiator of the alleged violation,” Mr. Hooper said. “We will have to wait and see how the case develops and we’ll obviously monitor it to make sure everybody’s due process rights are maintained.”
Mr. Hooper cited other terrorism cases in which he believes FBI informants helped encourage marginal individuals to commit illegal acts.
“Marginal.” Just like all those mysteriously “mentally ill” jihadists.
Yesterday’s arrests were just the latest to put Toledo in the terrorism spotlight. In 2006, federal authorities arrested three Toledo men – Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum – and charged them with plotting to build bombs and help assist insurgent attacks in Iraq. The men, two Jordanians and one Lebanese, were all living legally in the Toledo area and one is a naturalized American citizen….