Dennis Hale of the Citizens for Peace and Tolerance finds many connections between the recent Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas and our fair city. From Market Watch:
"Hale enumerated the ties:
" 'And finally,' Hale said, 'the Boston Phoenix published last week an expose, 'Menino's Mosque,' which shows that the BRA did not perform due diligence when it approved the sale to the ISB of public property at a steep discount for the construction of a mosque financed mostly by Saudi Arabia. The Mayor intended to help a group of local African American Muslims build a house of worship. Instead, he wound up giving the mosque to a group controlled and financed by the Saudis,' Hale said. 'The BRA role is further complicated,' according to Hale, 'by the role of Muhammad Ali-Salaam, an official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), who was also an ISB member and fundraiser for the mosque. The BRA recently told a judge that their records on the ISB matter have 'disappeared.' Today we call upon the FinCom's chairman, Paul Minihane, and its Executive Director, Jeff Conley, to initiate a long overdue investigation into the conduct of the BRA.' "
About time. There are way too many unanswered questions about who's running the Islamic Society of Boston and why the City actively and financially supported this mosque project. Let's hope this call for an investigation has legs. It's years overdue really.