UPDATE: From the Investor's Business Daily article, "Mosque's Saudi Patron" - surprise, surprise!
Islamofascism: New dots are emerging from the probe into who's behind the Ground Zero mosque, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood is coming into view.
Naturally, the Saudi patron is billionaire and Forbe's 19th richest person in the world, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns 7% of FOXNews. I wonder what he thinks about this story...
From waiter to millionaire mogul in record speed...
In July 2009, Sharif El-Gamal and his brother Sammy bought the Burlington Coat Factory for $4.8 million in cash, prompting PI Bill Warner to ask:
How can Sammy and Sharif El-Gamal buy million dollar properties for cash in Manhattan but can’t pay back a few thousand dollars on apartment deposits to clients that were supposed to be in escrow ? Sammy and Sharif El-Gamal of SOHO Properties have been throwing around $$$ Millions of dollars in cash buying apartments for themselves and expensive Manhattan Commercial buildings. ...where did the $4.8 million in cash come from to buy 45 Park Place?
El-Gamal's guarantor on a $39 million mortgage, Hisham Elzanaty, is evidently the same person listed as having contributed $1,000 to Obama's campaign, as well as numerous other donations to other politicians, including recently to Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a mosque supporter.
Concerning the Egyptian-born Elzanaty, FOXNews relates:
But el-Gamal's biggest boost came from Egyptian-born Hisham Elzanaty.
We tried to ask Elzanaty some questions, but he said he didn't have the time.
Mortgage documents confirm Elzanaty is the guarantor on the $39 million loan el-Gamal's company assumed in buying the building.
It seems el-Gamal's money man couldn't get away from us fast enough either. He darted out of a nearly $2 million Roslyn Heights home and made a bee-line to his car, again refusing to answer our questions. We asked him how he knows Sharif el-Gamal.
But we've been able to find out a bit about Elzanaty without his help. He is the owner of several medical companies run out of a building in the Bronx. East Tremont medical center is a clinic. In the reception area, there is a picture of Elzanaty proudly posing with his staff.
But as state records show, Hisham Elzanaty was ordered to repay more than $331,000. An audit showed that one of his companies was overpaid by Medicaid.
We tried again to talk to Elzanaty, but once again he took off without answering any of our questions.
Much the way his associate, mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal, did.
El-Gamal remains stubbornly silent. And we've now learned he's also involved in developing another Islamic center in Harlem....
Elzanaty's parents were killed in the 1999 crash off Natucket Island of EgyptAir flight 990, in which some 33 "top Egyptian military officers" also perished. The crashed plane was flown by an alleged Muslim Brotherhood member who shouted, "Tawakkalt Ala Allah!," meaning, "I rely on Allah!" Perhaps Elzanaty views his parents as shahids or martyrs in a holy cause?
Muslim Brotherhood connection?
Where is all the money for these buildings and the Ground Zero mosque coming from? Is there a Muslim Brotherhood connection here, as there allegedly is with the imam of this proposed project, Feisal Rauf, although Rauf denies his involvement with the Ikhwan (Brotherhood)? The organization 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America asks the same question:
Why be concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood? According to a document purportedly seized by the FBI, the MB has as one of its tenets the destruction of the West's "miserable house" from within:
...The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions....
(Original image from Hudson Institute report, "The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States," p. 52)
Note the prominent position in the Muslim Brotherhood of Jamal Barzinji, who allegedly is a partner in the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind Rauf and the Ground Zero mosque. On its website, Barzinji's organization the International Institute of Islamic Thought lauds Imam Rauf's Sharia Index Project, of which critics claim the Ground Zero mosque is clearly an outreach, based on remarks in Rauf's book, titled in Malaysia, A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11. Moreover, Northeast Intelligence Network reports that Rauf's wife, Daisy Khan, is the niece of Faroque A. Khan, "a trustee at the Muslim Brotherhood's Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)."
This contention of a Muslim Brotherhood connection to the Cordoba Initiative and the Ground Zero mosque is given further weight with the statements of a former FBI special agent, who states that every major Islamic organization in the U.S. is MB-controlled:
A former FBI special agent told law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel that a network of Islamic organizations are working to incrementally implement Islamic law in the United States.
Every major Muslim organization is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, the former FBI agent said, which he said was formed to overthrow America and establish Islamic law.
"They're having great success of implementing Shariah law, I could give you a thousand examples," Guandolo said.
He said small concessions like installing foot baths, and colleges forced to have separate swimming times for Islamic men and women so not to offend Muslims, are other parts of the strategy.
But Guandolo said that federal leadership is reluctant to act against these Islamic organizations due to political correctness and the threats of lawsuits.
He said that Muslim groups will demand concessions on matters by saying, "You have to do this; you have to do this or I will be offended."...
Sources & Further Reading
No Answers from Developer of Ground Zero Mosque
Mosque Developer and Financial Backer
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Accurate Medical, Hisham Elzanaty
EgyptAir 990 Passenger List
Flying the unfriendly skies: An extensive analysis of passenger air incidents
The Crash of EgyptAir 990
EgyptAir Probe Uncovers Anti-Americanism
Imam terror error: Ground Zero mosque leader hedges on Hamas
Rauf's Dawa from the World Trade Center Rubble: Meet the Ground Zero Mosque imam's Muslim Brotherhood friends
Hamas/European Muslim Brotherhood Support Ground Zero Mosque
An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America
Is the Muslim Brotherhood behind the planned mosques at Ground Zero, Sheepshead Bay, and Staten Island?
Is stealth jihad behind ground zero mosque?
June: GZM mosque developer, Sharif el-Gamal: mosque to hold 1,000!
GZM developer El-Gamal allegedly threatens Muslim mosque opponent
Northeast Intelligence Network Report of Investigation of Park51
More on Sharif El-Gamal from PI Bill Warner
Rauf teamed with Libya's Khadaffi in Gaza 'flotilla' fiasco
The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States
Former FBI special agent: Every major Muslim organization in the U.S. is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood
Mosque's Saudi Patron