Saturday, July 19, 2014
“A sheikh named Muneer Arafat came to St. Louis talking all that jihad talk prior to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks”. In St. Louis, from 1996 to 2000, Imam Muneer Arafat became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid, he then shows up at the Sarasota Mosque in March of 2000 just prior to the 9/11 hijackers showing up in Sarasota county in June of 2000. Imam Muneer Arafat quotes “I’m not opposed to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s goal of destroying Israel and replacing it with an Islamic state”. “Muslims need to stay unified, and they should support the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada”.
In 1998 to 1999 Ziyad Khaleel lived in an apartment near Orlando about a 2 hour drive to 4224 Escondito Circle Sarasota Fl. The FBI investigated Anwar al-Awlaki, later linked to three of the 9/11hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter, and the Christmas Day bomber, beginning in June 1999 through March 2000, after it learned he had been contacted by Ziyad Khaleel. The House Homeland Security Committee initiated the investigation into the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and whether he was an overlooked player in the terrorist attacks of 9/11; the 3-page letter from committee chairman Representative Peter King (R-New York) to Attorney General Eric Holder argues that a decade after the worst terrorist attack on the United States, the full story of 9/11 has not been told. The letter says the committee is also seeking “files, reports, analysis, assessments, memoranda, notes and presentation in all forms” that are related to long-closed FBI investigations of Anwar al-Awlaki in 1999. In that case, the San Diego terrorism task force was investigating an alleged link between al-Awlaki, Usama bin Laden and a “known procurement agent named Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa…(who) had previously purchased a satellite phone for (bin Laden) for use in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa.”
U.S. LOOKS FOR LOCAL TERROR TIES, SOURCES SAY; 2 MOSQUES, FUND RAISING DRAW SCRUTINY OF FEDERAL GRAND JURY.(NEWS)
Article from: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) January 20, 2003
By: Karen Branch-Brioso, Peter Shinkle Of The Post-Dispatch;
A wide-ranging federal grand jury investigation in St. Louis is looking into possible terrorist connections in the Muslim community here, according to people familiar with the inquiry. Among the subjects of the investigation are two small mosques, Muslim businessmen and fund-raising efforts for Palestinian groups. Prosecutors also have asked grand jury witnesses about Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel, a former resident of Columbia, Mo., and the St. Louis area who bought the satellite telephone that al-Qaida leaders used to plot the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Ziyad Sadaqa, who was never charged in the bombings, raised money here for Palestinian terror groups. He reportedly was killed in an auto accident in Saudi Arabia last year, but federal authorities apparently suspect he may still be alive. “The feds thought that this Ziyad Khaleel guy faked his death at hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) to get out of legal trouble,” said a source familiar with the prosecutors’ questioning.
Prosecutors have asked at least two Grand Jury witnesses about their involvement with Ziyad Sadaqa in St Louis. One of the men questioned was Muneer Arafat who formerly lived with Ziyad Sadaqa in Manchester and moved in 2000 to Sarasota Fla, where he became Imam of the Sarasota Mosque. A Kuwaiti of Palestinian descent, Muneer Arafat was arrested November 22nd 2002 in Sarasota Fla for overstaying his visa. (I photographed Muneer Arafat’s vehicle in Sarasota Fl just 6 days before he was arrested) A Federal offical from St Louis was present in Sarasota for the arrest of Muneer Arafat.
Wissam Hammoud, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub Link To Sarasota Mosque on Lockwood Ridge Rd and Al-Qaeda Linked Imam Muneer Arafat Prior to 9/11. According to Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud, Mohammed Mezroub in Sarasota Fl was one of Abdulaziz al-Hijji pals in June of 2000 to August 2001, they had talked of going to Afghanistan and fighting for the Mujahedin against US Forces. Mohammed Mezroub was arrested numerous times by Sarasota County Sheriff’s office with multiple Battery Charges, see just one at link https://cms.sarasotaclerk.com/BenchmarkwebCAPS/CourtCase.aspx/Details/944680?digest=j7Qbq7ksYYwguSe3Ns5Icg . Wissam Hammoud, (currently in prison), Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub all link to the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center on Lockwood Ridge Rd when Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat was there in March of 2000 to August 2001. See FDLE report https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/785160-wissaum-hammoud-interview-2004-about-sarasota.html
Every person linked to the Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl during the time frame of March 2000 to August 2001 needs to be thoroughly investigated by the FBI, also the source of the funds for their new multi-million dollar mega Mosque needs to be thoroughly investigated.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com