South Florida Islamic Center Draws Ire from Jewish Activist

May 18, 2003

Source: Palm Beach Post

On May 18, 2003 the Palm Beach Post reported that a "freelance Jewish activist from Tamarac named Joe Kaufman is waging a vocal and Internet crusade against the Islamic Center of Boca Raton's effort to build a 27,000-square-foot mosque, school and activity center near Florida Atlantic University, where many of its members work and study... Kaufman and others are wary because the center has hosted fund-raising speakers who later were accused of promoting terrorist organizations, and its Web site has carried anti-Jewish writings and links to sites with access to terrorist groups. The writings and links were removed after protests... Islamic center officials deny allegations of anti-Semitism and any connections to terrorism. They say they want only to live in peace and practice their religion without fear or interference."