Baseball Crank
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May 6, 2003
POP CULTURE: "Peace Train" Has More Than One Meaning

Seems like everyone's favorite peace activist, Cat Stevens, is unable to issue a strong denial to the allegation that some of his contributions to "Islamic charities" ultimately got routed to Hamas. If "no one ever knows where the money goes," wouldn't that be a sufficient reason not to contribute to a particular "charity"? Read more about it here.

The '70s folkie formerly known as Cat Stevens has become a voice of moderate Islam since the the Sept. 11 attacks. But Israeli officials are charging that thousands of dollars donated by the "Peace Train" songwriter for humanitarian causes in 1988 were rerouted to the terrorist group Hamas, GQ magazine reports.

The article by Jake Tapper claims that Stevens, who changed his name to Yusef Islam in 1977, gave the money to Mouhammad Abdel- Rahman, a son of the notorious blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

"We don't think this - we know it," Israeli government spokesman Daniel Seaman tells the magazine.

Islam also helped radical cleric Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad get a lawyer after he was jailed for saying Britain's then-Prime Minister John Major was "a legitimate target" for assassination, the mag reports.

His brother, David Gordon, says Islam has distanced himself from radicals and argues "no one ever knows where the money goes" with such charities.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:00 PM | Pop Culture | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Stevens/Islam has been in hot water before for failing to distance himself from the fatwa by Iran pronouncing a death sentence for Salaman Rushdie.

Needless to say, his views are quite a bit out of step with much of the musical community these days...

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at May 7, 2003 9:55 AM
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