This looks like a job for that amiable stomach-stapled beekeeper, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper, whose unflagging commitment to the truth has earned him the affectionate and richly deserved nickname, “Honest Ibe.” Honest Ibe, call your office! It’s Islamophobia! It’s racism! It’s bigotry! Just imagine the outcry is counterterror officials in this country monitored Arabic schools! Watch for the indignant CAIR press release that must surely be forthcoming!
“Yemen arrests 50 foreigners,” by Mohamed Sudam for Reuters, June 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):
SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen has detained around 50 foreigners accused of links to al Qaeda after intensifying monitoring of Arabic language schools, the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper said on Monday.
Al-Hayat said that U.S., British, French and Malaysian nationals were among the foreigners detained since a failed December attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound plane. The Nigerian suspect in that case had studied Arabic in the country’s capital Sanaa….
Citing Yemeni security sources, al-Hayat said one of those arrested was a 24-year-old French man who traveled to Yemen in October from Egypt to study Arabic, even though he was fluent in the language.
Prized for the purity of its dialect and inexpensive living costs, Yemen was long a popular destination for students of Arabic. But over the years, foreign Islamists have occasionally arrived in Yemen in the guise of studying Arabic only to join up with militants….