1991 Islamic Committee for Palestine Conference in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

Imam Fawaz Damra fundraised for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Sami Al-Arian's organization, the Islamic Committee for Palestine on April 7, 1991 in Cleveland, Ohio. Damra called the ICP "the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine" while introducing Sami Al-Arian.[1] Click here for the full transcript.


Damra:person can come forward and donate. We are offering the opportunity. Anyone who has the wish can come forward and donate. We put then on the floor, God willing. Would anyone like to donate for the Intifada? For Islamic Jihad, I say it frankly: for Islamic Jihad.

This Jihad, which is still blazing in Palestine, from village to village. I am telling you: not for the organizations or anything else, with due respect for everyone. But only for Jihad.

One of them goes out of his house with a knife to stab the Jews. Twelve Jews, after the Gulf events. O brothers, the Intifada is calling upon you. $500.00. Who is going to top the $500.00? Who is going to top the $500.00 for this medal?

And whoever wants to write a check, he can write it in the name if the Islamic Committee for Palestine, "ICP" for short. ICP, whoever likes to write a check. Is anyone going to top the $500.00 Haj Ahmad?

At the same event, Al-Arian cursed the United States of America, Israel, and calling for the death of their allies.


"...protests during the oppressive war why did we stop? Let us continue to protests. Let us damn America. Let us damn Israel. Let us damn their allies until death. Why do we stop?"[2]

[1] USA v. Al-Arian, et al., 03-CR-77, GX T-565—Video Recording of a Roundtable Discussion in Cleveland, Ohio, on 4/7/91, with Sami al-Arian and Fawaz Damra, http://www.investigativeproject.org/224/fawaz-damra-fundraising-for-jihad

[2] http://www.investigativeproject.org/473/al-arian-let-us-damn-america