Religious Diversity News

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Islamic Society of Boston Pressed to Denounce Possible Anti-Semitism

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 7, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, “the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish leaders yesterday asked the Islamic Society of Boston to renounce one of its board members, whose writings they say are ‘virulently anti-Semitic.’ As Boston officials planned to re-examine details of its sale of land to the Islamic Society amid questions about the group’s connections to extremists, the ADL and Temple Israel, the largest synagogue in Boston, made public for the first time a seven-month-long dispute with Islamic Society’s leaders over articles written in Arabic-language newspapers by Dr. Walid Fitaihi. The ADL said Fitaihi is the Islamic Society of Boston’s treasurer, though it is unclear what role, if any, Fitaihi plays in the Society. On the Islamic Society’s 2000 tax return he is listed as a board member. On its 2001 return, he is listed as the treasurer. Islamic Society officials did not return phone calls yesterday.”

Website Challenges New Boston Mosque

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 5, 2004 The Boston Globe reported that, “a group opposing the Islamic Society of Boston’s proposed $22 million mosque in Roxbury yesterday launched a website citing published allegations that the society is linked to terrorists and accusing it of teaching a radical Islamic message. Organizers of the website, sponsored by a group calling itself Citizens for Peace and Tolerance, planned to hold a news conference today to announce efforts to ‘break the silence’ surrounding the Islamic Society’s Cultural Center project under construction on Malcolm X Boulevard. ‘We are concerned that the founders of the Islamic center in Boston may be part of a national and global effort by extremists to control and radicalize mosque communities,’ the group says on its website, hatefreeamerica.org.”

Opponents to Boston Mosque Launch Website in Support of Cause

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/10/05/groups_website_challenges_mosque/

On October 5, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, “a group opposing the Islamic Society of Boston’s proposed $22 million mosque in Roxbury yesterday launched a website citing published allegations that the society is linked to terrorists and accusing it of teaching a radical Islamic message. Organizers of the website, sponsored by a group calling itself Citizens for Peace and Tolerance, planned to hold a news conference today to announce efforts to ‘break the silence’ surrounding the Islamic Society’s Cultural Center project under construction on Malcolm X Boulevard… Leaders of the group say they want to know whether certain mosque leaders and founders have links to terrorist organizations, as the Boston Herald and Fox News have reported.”

Radical Muslim Leader Tied to Roxbury Mosque

Source: The Boston Herald

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=2500

On March 8, 2004 The Boston Herald reported in the second of a two part series, that “one of the Muslim leaders behind the new mosque planned for Roxbury has written a series of anti-Jewish articles in Arabic, including one in which he condemns Jews as the people who ‘killed prophets.’
Dr. Walid Ahmad Fitaihi, a longtime director of the Islamic Society of Boston who recently moved back to his native Saudi Arabia, also wrote that Jews are in the midst of committing a ‘second transgression’ and will soon suffer a major defeat at the hands of Muslims.
Armed with the support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Islamic Society of Boston is set to begin building the largest mosque in the Northeast on land it obtained from the city on Malcolm X Boulevard… Seth Gitell, a spokesman for Menino, said the mayor does not believe the Islamic Society of Boston ‘should be tainted by one or two individuals.”
‘We don’t have independent confirmation of those comments, but he (Menino) doesn’t find those comments representative of that community,” Gitell said.”

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Boston Mosque Tied to Extremist Muslim Cleric

Source: Boston Herald

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=2466&format

On March 7, 2004 Boston Herald reported in the first of a two part series that “a towering new mosque soon to join the Boston skyline has the secret endorsement of a radical, anti-Western cleric who preaches Muslims will one day ‘conquer’ the United States.
The endorsement of the $22 million mosque and cultural center project in Roxbury by the cleric, Dr. Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, appears prominently in an Arabic-language brochure published last year by the Islamic Society of Boston, which is the group Mayor Thomas M. Menino has approved to construct the mosque.
Al-Qaradawi’s enthusiastic backing of the project is nowhere to be found in the group’s English-language brochure…      
The influential Qatar-based cleric is best known for his public support of the terrorist group Hamas and his religious rulings applauding suicide bombings, positions which caused the U.S. State Department in 1999 to bar him from entering the United States.
Beyond that, however, al-Qaradawi also promises that eventually Islam will prevail over all other religions and a single Islamic state will rule the world.”

Hate Crimes Soar in Massachusetts

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that “the number of hate crimes in Massachusetts rose dramatically in the year of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, largely as a result of a backlash against Muslims and Arabs, according to a new state report. A total of 576 incidents were reported in 2001, up 24 percent from the 463 reported in 2000, according to the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes. Among them were 133 crimes motivated by religious bias, a 43 percent increase over the previous year’s 93, mostly due to a 10-fold increase in anti-Islamic incidents. Those attacks soared from three in 2000 to 30 last year, causing crimes based on religious affiliation to surpass those based on sexual orientation to become the second most common type of bias, behind only race, ethnicity or national origin, the task force found.”