An attempt is made to share the truth regarding issues concerning Israel and her right to exist as a Jewish nation. This blog has expanded to present information about radical Islam and its potential impact upon Israel and the West. Yes, I do mix in a bit of opinion from time to time.
Over $100,000 in farm subsidies between 2008 and 2011 went [to] a charity arm of the Nation of Islam, according to a new report from a watchdog group.
The group, Open the Books, traces the
money to the Three Year Economic Savings Program, a NOI charity whose
headquarters are listed at Louis Farrakhan’s home address. According to
the NOI website,
contributions from the charity were used to purchase farmland in Georgia
now known as Muhammad Farms. “In 1995 we planted and harvested 76.3
acres of land, including watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, snap
beans, okra, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, peas and
greens,” the site says.
The Three Year Economic Savings Program is listed as “Not in Good Standing” on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website. Over
the three-year period, it received $103,529 in 19 payments ranging from
about $3,000 to nearly $28,000. The Three Year Economic Savings Program
was also granted a $26,367 commodity loan in the final months of George
W. Bush’s presidency.
The report, “Farm Subsidies and the Big
Dogs,” is based on data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
as well as information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Sheik Osama al-Rifai, who raised the money for the Franklin, Mich.-based Syrian Sunrise Foundation, endorsed the creation of the Islamic Front in a Nov. 22 YouTube video. The front represents a merger of seven jihadist groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Many of them have ties to al-Qaida.
“The unification of these great Islamist
and jihadist groups is not a normal piece of news, but is a great event
that brings the happiness and thrill to every Muslim, not only in Syria
but in the whole Islamic world,” al-Rifai said in remarks translated by
the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “I congratulate this brilliant
news; I congratulate the brothers who formed it. I cannot say that we
bless this group because it is they who should be blessed by them.”
In Dallas, he said that anyone who works to raise awareness about what is happening in Syria was “a jihadist for Allah.”
“Those who are subjecting themselves to
martyrdom for the sake of god and who defend themselves and their
families, not only them who are performing the jihad, but every single
Muslim, Arab, and Syrian who has sympathy toward what happens in Syria,”
Al-Rifai said. “Every single one of you who give any kind of effort to
help his brothers in Syria is a jihadist for Allah, every single one of
you who spread the word to raise the awareness among the others about
what’s happening in Syria is a jihadist for Allah.
“I would love to address my brothers who are in charge of the organizations here like Shaam Relief, and Syrian Sunrise Foundation, you must be very aware that you are too performing jihad just like your brothers in Syria.”
Calls seeking comment from the
Investigative Project to the Syrian Sunrise Foundation and its President
Ahmad Alabas were not returned.
The Syrian Sunrise Foundation’s Facebook page states that al-Rifai helped raise $1.5 million in Tampa, $280,000 in Miami, $320,000 in Indiana, and $1.5 million in the Detroit area.