Radical Muslim Leader Tied to Roxbury Mosque

March 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Herald


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." .