In her presentation at the April 29, 2006 America's Truth Forum Symposium, Brigitte Gabriel mentioned that Hamas has cells right here in the United States, in forty of our fifty states. She rattled off a list so rapidly that I couldn't take down every U.S. city mentioned.
The very next day, an article about some of Hamas's members having received higher education here in our universities appeared in the Washington Post. The article is reproduced below in its entirety (emphases mine):
Distance Learning: Hamas's U.S. EducationThe following provides additional specifics, from the same Washington Post article:
"In an effort to pressure the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel, the United States has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority. But fortunately for the new Hamas-led government, its cabinet boasts well-trained economists, engineers and planners ready to tackle the fiscal straits. Where did they get that training? Start with Iowa.
"Of the 24 cabinet members, four attended college or graduate school — or both — at U.S. institutions, and a fifth had a postgraduate fellowship here. Two other senior Hamas political leaders also earned advanced degrees in the United States.
"They were among the hundreds of Arab students drawn to U.S. campuses in the late 1970s and 1980s, a time when the United States was trying to prevent the spread of the Iranian revolution in the Middle East. Some received subsidies through the U.S. Agency for International Development, and others won scholarships through the largely Saudi-funded Arab Student Aid International.
"Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razek spent eight years in Iowa, first at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where he graduated magna cum laude, and then at Iowa State University. Despite his continued opposition to the Bush administration's policies, Razek has fond memories of Iowa and of his Jewish first-year roommate. 'They were the best four years in my life, actually,' he said."
-- Mark Matthews
Former Middle East correspondent,
Abdul Rahman ZeidanAt least some of the outreach to Arab students didn't quite work out as the United States planned. Are we still making that same mistake — training the enemy in strategies to use against us?
Minister of Transportation
BA, civil engineering
University of Alabama at Birmingham (1985)
Sameer Abu Eisheh
Minister of Planning
MS (1984) and PhD (1987)
Pennsylvania State University
Speaker, Palestinian Legislative Council (parliament)
State University of New York at Binghamton (1983)
PhD, regional science
University of Pennsylvania (1988)
Minister of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs
BS, civil engineering
University of Detroit (now University of Detroit at Mercy) (1984)
Omar Abdel Razek
Minister of Finance
BA, with majors in mathematics, economics and computer science
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1982)
Iowa State University (1986)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education
Institute Fellow, Multinational Institute of American Studies
New York University
Studied religion in American history (1998)
Mousa Abu Marzook
Deputy chief of Hamas political bureau (Damascus, Syria)
MA, industrial science
Colorado State University (1984)
Louisiana Tech University
NOTE: Omar Abdel Razek and Sameer Abu Eisheh do not identify themselves as members of Hamas.