• Florida Atlantic University
    Florida Atlantic University
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    Muslim Brotherhood / Affiliates
    Muslim Brotherhood / Affiliates
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Prof. Al Halabi has long been accused of harboring and promoting radical Islamist ideologies and anti-Semitism. The Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) which he co-founded has, for example, been exposed for its connection to extremist entities, “including having a website that featured links to terrorist charities and an essay that stated Jews are ‘known for their treachery and corruption throughout the world.”[1]

Al Halabi was at one time the research assistant for former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, who was the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.[2] In 2003, the U.S. Department of Commerce found Al Halabi guilty of illegally shipping a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria “in violation of the EAR [Export Administration Regulations].” Al Halabi has also been associated to many known extremists, such as one of his ICBR co-incorporators Syed Khawer Ahmad, who is known for his connections to Hamas. Another ICBR member was Rafiq Sabir who, in 2007, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda.[3]

At a Muslim Students Association-sponsored “Islamophobia” conference at FAU in 2016, Al Halabi justified the Sharia Law practice of cutting off a thief’s hands as a means of reducing crime.[4] Qualifying his point, Al Halabi argued that “where there is no Sharia, Islamic Sharia, they die in dozens and hundreds every day because of organized crime.”[5]

[1] Kaufman, J. (Feb. 19, 2004). Florida Atlantic Terror University. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=14109

[2] Bassem al Halabi. Discover the Networks. Retrieved from http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1115

[3] Kaufman, J. (Feb 10, 2011). Islamist Professor Teaches Lesson in Violence. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/84703/islamist-professor-teaches-lesson-violence-joe-kaufman

[4] (May 26, 2016). Florida Atlantic University Muslim Professor: Chopping off hands a ‘better solution’ to crime. The College Fix. Retrieved from https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/27609/

[5] Hicap, J. (Jun. 16, 2016). U.S. Muslim professor unpunished, still teaches at public university despite blatant endorsement of Shariah law. Christian Today. Retrieved from https://www.christiantoday.com/article/u.s.muslim.professor.unpunished.still.teaches.at.public.university.despite.blatant.endorsement.of.shariah.law/88254.htm

Associated Organizations:

Muslim Student Organization at FAU (co-founder); Islamic Center of Boca Raton (co-founder); United Voices for America

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Nurgun Erdol, Chair of the Computer & Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department

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