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July 1, 2013 0

New Black Panthers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Fol­low­ing the arrest of New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz for allegedly car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and ille­gally wear­ing body armor, the NBPP is claim­ing that Shabazz’s arrest is part of an “onslaught of attacks against the New Black Pan­ther Party…to derail the upcom­ing Mil­lion Youth March 15 year Anniversary.”

The “mas­sive rally,” planned for Sep­tem­ber 7 in Harlem, is part of a larger event (Sep­tem­ber 5–8), which the NBPP is call­ing the “National Black Fam­ily Convention.”

On July 1, the group plans to hold the “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s restau­rant in Harlem. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the event will fea­ture New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

In a recent online radio broad­cast, National Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz told Jerry Jack­son, Chief of Staff of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chap­ter, to refrain from rhetoric call­ing for vio­lence after Jack­son, in a dis­cus­sion about King Samir’s arrest, stated, “it’s a good day to slap a cracker. It’s a good day to put a cracker in your trunk!”

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Despite Malik Zulu’s Shabazz’s attempt to have NBPP lead­ers “say less than what you think,” he has not made any effort to curb their egre­giously racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. In the very next NBPP online broad­cast, National Chief of Staff Hashim Nzinga claimed that Jews con­spire to pro­mote a neg­a­tive image of Black youth through their sup­posed con­trol of the media.

Nzinga stated, “We don’t own the Jews’ news, and the Jews are not the friends of the African in Amer­ica.” He con­tin­ued, “the Jews’ news…shows us before the world look­ing like damn fools.” Nzinga explained that this will be a theme for the rally in Sep­tem­ber, dur­ing which the NBPP will call on its sup­port­ers to boy­cott the com­pa­nies that “con­tinue to help the Jews’ news make our youth look like buf­foons before the world.”

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June 25, 2013 2

King Samir Shabazz, NBPP National Field Marshal, Arrested On Weapons Charge

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King Samir Shabazz

Update: New Black Pan­thers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz was arrested on June 20 in New York City for car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and the ille­gal wear­ing of body armor.

Shabazz, who has a tat­too on his face that reads “Kill Whitey,” is cur­rently being held on $75,000 bail and will appear in Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court on June 26. The NYPD stopped Shabazz on his way out of a NBPP meet­ing about the group’s planned “Mil­lion Youth March” 15th anniver­sary rally, which is sched­uled take place in Harlem on Sep­tem­ber 7.

Two days after Shabazz was arrested, the NBPP held a “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s Restau­rant. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the rally included New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

Known for his rants that call for vio­lence, Shabazz has pub­licly stated that NBPP mem­bers should press their uni­forms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.” In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broad­cast, he went on a vicious tirade describ­ing white nurs­eries and churches as legit­i­mate tar­gets for bombing.

The NBPP describes Shabazz’s arrest as an “attempt to stop the major orga­niz­ing efforts of the Mil­lion Youth March 15 year anniver­sary and slow down the progress of the pro­duc­tion of Black nation­al­ism.” They call on all “oppressed dark peo­ple of the planet” to “fight the efforts of the white dev­ils and Black Sam­bos by any means.”

Shabazz, whose real name is Maruse Heath, was pre­vi­ously arrested and released in 2008 for dis­or­derly con­duct after he and oth­ers inter­rupted a rally in Atlantic City. In 2009, Shabazz was impli­cated in a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice suit after a voter intim­i­da­tion inci­dent  while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chapter.

Shabazz is not the first NBPP leader to be arrested for weapons charges in recent years. In March 2012, Hashim Nzinga, NBPP Chief of Staff, was arrested and charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon after try­ing to pawn a semi-automatic handgun.

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May 17, 2013 0

Cigarette Smuggling Case Linked To Hamas

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New York Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Schnei­der­man announc­ing the indictment

Ear­lier this week, author­i­ties in New York announced the indict­ment of 16 men accused of smug­gling more than $55 mil­lion worth of cig­a­rettes from Vir­ginia to New York.  Fif­teen of the men are in cus­tody while one is at large, believed to be in Jor­dan.  One of the accused is also believed to have sold the gun used in the 1994 mur­der of Ari Hal­ber­stam in Brooklyn.

Sev­eral of the men in the smug­gling ring are report­edly sus­pected of hav­ing ties to Hamas and other mil­i­tant groups.  Although author­i­ties do not yet know where the rev­enue was directed, they noted that, in the past such oper­a­tions have been used to finance Hamas and Hezbol­lah.

While fundrais­ing for ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions is not lim­ited to cig­a­rette smug­gling, there have been sev­eral cases within the United States in recent years, including:

  • A group of approx­i­mately 20 men ran a crim­i­nal enter­prise in Dear­born, Michi­gan, traf­fick­ing in con­tra­band cig­a­rettes, cig­a­rette papers and Via­gra, as well as stolen infant for­mula and toi­let paper.  Pros­e­cu­tors con­tend that the ring diverted some of the funds to Hezbol­lah.  Nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zen Karim Has­san Nasser pleaded guilty to rack­e­teer­ing charges in Sep­tem­ber 2006, as did Theodore Schenk of Miami Beach, Florida and Imad Hamadeh of Dear­born Heights.
  • Dear­born res­i­dent Elias Mohamad Akhdar was sen­tenced in Jan­u­ary 2004 to nearly six years in prison for his role in a cigarette-smuggling ring designed to finance Hezbol­lah. Another Dear­born res­i­dent, Has­san M. Makki, received a sen­tence of nearly five years in prison in con­nec­tion with the scheme.
  • Car­ole Gor­don and her grand­daugh­ter Brandy Jo Bow­man were among eleven peo­ple charged in Jan­u­ary 2003 for their involve­ment in a cig­a­rette smug­gling ring that fun­neled its pro­ceeds to Hezbol­lah.   Both Gor­don and Bow­man pleaded guilty to rack­e­teer­ing charges.
  • Mohamad Ham­moud was charged in March 2001 for rais­ing funds and con­spir­ing to pro­vide “a vari­ety of items that Hizbal­lah [sic] would use to engage in vio­lent attacks and to film such attacks for use in Hizbal­lah [sic] pro­pa­ganda efforts,” accord­ing to court doc­u­ments.  Ham­moud allegedly pro­cured dual-use tech­nolo­gies for Hezbol­lah, includ­ing gog­gles, global posi­tion­ing sys­tems, stun guns, naval equip­ment, nitro­gen cut­ters and laser range find­ers.  Ham­moud and his brother, Chawki, were con­victed the fol­low­ing year of pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to Hezbol­lah through their cigarette-smuggling ring that know­ingly directed money to the ter­ror­ist organization.
  • At least three nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zens – Said Mohamad Harb, Bassem Youssef Ham­moud and Hus­sein Chahrour – and U.S. cit­i­zen Angela Geor­gia Tsioumas are among a group of nine indi­vid­u­als who bought cig­a­rettes in North Car­olina, shipped them to Michi­gan and sold them at a price lower than the tax-inflated Michi­gan price.  From 1995 to 2000, the scheme gen­er­ated over $7 mil­lion used to pro­cure dual-use tech­nolo­gies for Hezbol­lah.  Items were report­edly pur­chased for Hezbol­lah in both the U.S. and Canada, includ­ing gog­gles, global posi­tion­ing sys­tems, stun guns, naval equip­ment, nitro­gen cut­ters and laser range find­ers.  Harb pleaded guilty to pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port for ter­ror­ists and rack­e­teer­ing charges.  Tisoumas  pleaded guilty to rack­e­teer­ing and money laun­der­ing charges.   Chahrour pleaded guilty to rack­e­teer­ing charges.  Bas­sam Youssef Ham­moud pleaded guilty to traf­fick­ing in con­tra­band cigarettes.

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