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Jihadists Making Themselves at Home in Philadelphia
The state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia in particular), the home of the Liberty Bell, is attracting Islamists peddling a softer, slicker form of jihad. These Islamists are careful not to raise alarm lest they jeopardize their long-term goals. It's not clear what is attracting the groups, but staying true to the Keystone State nickname, Pennsylvania is becoming a common congregating point for Islamists.
An article I recently wrote, "Muslim Enclaves U.S.A.," went viral and brought enormous reaction. One of the stories contained in the piece was about a music producer, Kenny Gamble, who converted to Islam and is now going by the name of Luqman Abdul Haqq. He has been accused of trying to create a "black Muslim enclave" in Philadelphia. Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, investigated Gamble further and discovered that he owned the United Muslim Movement's (UMM) first mosque in Philadelphia in 1994.
Interestingly, he found that the Jawala Scouts, a group that teaches young Muslim children combat techniques and firearms use while dressed in military fatigue, was registered in 2005 under the same address as the UMM. Kaufman found that the email contact for the Jawala Scouts appears to be that of Gamble. However, the Jawala Scouts is reported to be the creation of another organization called the Sankore Institute of Islamic-African Studies International (SIIASI), which consists largely of former felons who are seen on the SIIASI website showing off swords and guns. The group was founded in Sudan and had its offices raided in 2006 by the FBI. Its director is virulently anti-American and condemns "pacifist imams" who oppose waging jihad against democracy.
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