The Enemy Within
Maybe it's because I once lived in Brooklyn. Maybe it's because I used to go back there to shop at an Arab-owned store, belonging to a recent immigrant, when I couldn't find the things I needed in the suburb I lived in. Or maybe it's because these shop owners weren't like the ones who came before them, the ones who boasted about the fact that a lot of their customers were Israelis who came to buy the Middle Eastern foods of their childhoods. Maybe that's the reason why this story didn't surprise me.
NY 1 News:
"The owner of a Brooklyn ice cream shop was convicted of illegally funneling millions of dollars overseas in connection with a major terrorism investigation.
A jury has found Abad Elfgeeh guilty of transferring more than $21 million without a license, using bank accounts linked to his Brooklyn storefront.
Prosecutors say a Yemeni cleric used Elfgeeh's store to funnel money to the Al-Qaeda terror network and the Hamas militant group.
The cleric was convicted of suporting terrorism. Elfgeeh was not charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
Defense lawyers say Elfgeeh ran a non-profit community service. He faces up to 15 years in prison."
By now it should have become apparent that there are people living in this country who are using the freedoms afforded them as a means to undermine our society. In some cases they're terrorist sympathizers, in some cases they're active supporters, and they pose a serious threat to our way of life.
I don't know the reason why the shop owner wasn't charged with any terrorist-related crimes. Was he unaware that the money was being funneled to terrorist organizations? Apparently so, although one can't help but think that the Yemini cleric chose his shop for a reason. After all, if he really wanted to fool the authorities, maybe he should have found a way to channel the funds through a kosher deli. But, after the subway bombings in Britain, it's become painfully apparent that there are people living among us, taking advantage of everything a democratic, western society has to offer...and trying their damndest to destroy it.