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The Saudi Agenda in Our Education System Threatens Our Country

Written by Andrea Lafferty

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June 18, 2008
Andrea S. Lafferty
TVC News
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A school operated by the Saudi government, using materials from the Saudi Ministry of Education, sits clandestinely on a hill in Alexandria, Virginia without any markings but with a security force with the intensity of the one at Fort Knox. Called the Islamic Saudi Academy, even its sign out in front of the school and the Academy’s buses bear only the innocuous initials "ISA."

A number of criminal activities have led federal and local law enforcement authorities to visit the academy which is in a former high school building leased since 1989 from Fairfax County by the Saudi Arabian Washington embassy—the lease signed by the Saudi Ambassador.

Sometimes they come with search warrants as the Fairfax County police did earlier this month when they seized computers and other files and arrested Mr. Abdullah Al-Shabnan Director General of the Islamic Saudi Academy, who was charged with failing to report a child abuse allegation and obstruction of justice, according to a police report about the June 9 arrest.

 Mr. Abdullah Al-Shabnan Director General
 of the Islamic Saudi Academy

abdullah_al-shabnan.jpgOne of the most famous ISA graduates is Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, an ISA valedictorian. Abu Ali, 27, grew up in the Washington suburb of Falls Church. He joined al-Qaida after traveling to Saudi Arabia to attend college in 2002.courtroom-cartoon.jpg






As a member of a Medina-based al-Qaida cell, Abu Ali discussed numerous potential terrorist attacks, including a plan to assassinate President Bush and a plan to establish a sleeper cell in the United States. He is presently serving a 30 year sentence in a federal prison after a federal appeals court rejected his challenge to the conviction. The court also ordered his re-sentencing because it deemed the 30 year term insufficient for the seriousness of his crime.
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islam-1.jpgThen there is the infamous ISA’s former finance officer whose favorite past time was photographing the support system under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Most Americans are familiar with this story although almost no one knew the connection to the Islamic Academy.

Ismail Elbarasse was taken into custody after police spotted his wife videotaping the Bay Bridge. He was a long term employee and an accountant at ISA. He was terminated by the Academy in 1998 -- the same year he was jailed for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the finances of the radical Muslim group Hamas.

Federal investigators say they believed the footage of the Bay Bridge was "reconnaissance and surveillance" for a possible terrorist attack, The Baltimore Sun reported. The images included close-ups of cables and support features "integral to the structural integrity of the bridge," according to court papers. According to an affidavit filed for a search warrant of the couple's Annandale, Va., home, investigators said they believe six other videotapes discovered in the car contained footage or images of the Bay Bridge and other structures or potential targets. During the investigation of Hamas financing and its relationship to Middle East terrorism, Elbarasse was jailed for refusing to testify in the case.

All Americans need to be concerned about home grown terrorism. This is not just an issue facing the citizens of Northern Virginia.

In May, a Minnesota television news crew was assaulted by officials at a Muslim school.

Officials at the charter school attacked a TV news crew yesterday that came to investigate whether the publicly funded institution complied with a state order to stop accommodating Islamic prayers and religious programs.

KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St.Paul reported police are probing the incident at the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., which is housed in the same building as a mosque and the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society. The station said a photographer was injured while wrestling with two school officials over a camera.

In California, federal attorneys and agents, mounting a counterterrorism offensive in Lodi, saw a dark future for the Farooqia Islamic Center. They have alleged in court that the facility's secret mission may have been to recruit and groom American Muslims for the jihad - the holy war against enemies of Islam.

In testimony at an immigration court hearing Aug. 9,2005, FBI agent Gary Schaaf compared the Lodi school to militant madrassahs - Muslim seminaries - in Pakistan: "Our investigation has come across information that the (planned Lodi) madrassah is part of a long-term plan ... during which students would be spotted and assessed and maybe eventually be ready to commit acts of violence in the U.S."

The Traditional Values Coalition is responding to the concerns of our member-churches by confronting this growing national crisis.

andrea_testify.jpgOn May 19, 2008, Traditional Values Coalition testified against the lease renewal of the Islamic Saudi Academy and was berated by Gerry Connolly, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. As a TVC spokesman quoted from one of the textbook passages, Connolly attempted to shout him down and repeatedly yelled “Slander!” The board of supervisors voted unanimously to renew the lease with the Saudi Embassy. Most of the members of the Board of Supervisors have been endorsed by the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee where Connolly has also been endorsed in his campaign for a seat in Congress.

On June 11, 2008, The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released a report that the Saudi government’s academy, the Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia continues to use textbooks which “do not conform to international human rights norms” by exhorting the reader to violence. The USCIRF is a bi-partisan federal commission tasked with exposing severe violations of religious freedom around the world—established under the Clinton Administration.

Some material in the textbooks examined by the federal commission also promoted intolerance toward Jewish and other faiths. 242.jpg


The authors of a 12th-grade text on Koranic interpretation state that apostates (those who convert from Islam), adulterers and people who murder Muslims can be permissibly killed.


Some material in the textbooks examined by the federal commission also promoted intolerance toward Jewish and other faiths. 
 
The authors of a 12th-grade text on monotheism write that "(m)ajor polytheism makes blood and wealth permissible," meaning that a Muslim can take with impunity the life and property of someone believed guilty of polytheism. According to the panel, the strict Saudi interpretation of polytheism includes Shiite and Sufi Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists.
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Then on June 17, 2008, Traditional Values Coalition led a protest demonstration in front of the Islamic Saudi Academy where Islamic school personnel attempted to intimidate us by videotaping the faces of each demonstrator as well as taking pictures of people from local churches who attended the demonstration.

This school is operated by the Saudi government. Just as an American school overseas teaches “American” curriculum such as the Revolutionary War, our Presidents and major holidays, this Saudi school teaches from the Saudi Wahabbist texts provided by the Saudi Ministry of Education.

Most of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi nationals, educated in schools just like this one.

An earlier report stated that these Saudi texts have taught children that peaceful coexistence with so-called “infidels” is unattainable and that violence to spread Islam is not only permissible, but an obligation. It encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the other.

From coast to coast, these Islamic schools all share a common bent toward the Wahabbi brand of Islam. Jihad and violence against “infidels” are matters of Islamic “faith” and its Shariah law. Denying that this material is taught at these schools is denying the whole basis for their creation by the Saudi government and for the millions of dollars the Saudis pour into their operation each year.

America must remain vigilant even as spokespeople for the school say they omitted these teachings years ago or federal agents are not good translators. American education is always intended to uplift the minds of the young and offer a hopeful approach to the future. This is not the intent or the result of the poisonous “education” being promoted in the Saudi madrassahs across America.
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 **The USCIRF has listed Saudi Arabia is one of the Countries of particular concern (CPCs) because Saudi Arabia engages in particularly severe violations of religious freedom. The term "particularly severe violations of religious freedom" means systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom, including violations such as a) torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; b) prolonged detention without charges; c) causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those persons; or d) other flagrant denials of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons. The CPC designation makes these countries subject to U.S. diplomatic and economic actions.

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