EMAILS SHOW PRO-ISRAEL ANTI-MOSQUE CAMPAIGN IN BOSTON
Summary: The David Project conspired with real estate agents, lawyers and politicians to organize a campaign to deny the Boston Muslim community their 1st amendment rights to worship freely.
Read the original emails at: http://tinyurl.com/23adhf
This week, Jessica Masse, interfaith coordinator of the Islamic Society of Boston, publicly released recent discovery materials obtained as part of the ISB’s conspiracy lawsuit, which reveal that an Israel advocacy organization met with real estate investors, attorneys, and Republican activists at their office at 210 South Street in Boston to discuss an action plan “to present a legal challenge” to the Roxbury Mosque project.
On May 28, 2004, Anna Kolodner, executive director of the David Project, sent an email congratulating the group for their successful meeting.
“Discussion of issues and individuals involved in the Mosque led to some preliminary steps as we continue to gather information and develop an action plan.”
Three days later, Kolodner circulated an idea.
“Given that they may not have parking, Josh [Katzen] suggested we might thwart them through the building permit process for the intended parking.”
Joshua Katzen is a member of the team of aggressive real estate developers that wanted to unravel the land deal between the City of Boston and the ISB. Another anti-ISB activist, Jonathan Leffell, who is a principal of Rosemont Trust Real Estate Development Corporation, is chairman of the New England “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces” while William Sapers, who instigated the anti-Mosque campaign and who owns an insurance agency in Cambridge, has invested in real estate under the corporate name Hemisphere Inc. Sapers is a director of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, which is an umbrella organization for mainstream Jewish communal organizations in Greater Boston. Steve Cohen, owner of CEA Group, another Boston area real estate agency, took the operational lead in the conspiracy against the ISB.
Steve Cohen suggested to Anna Kolodner that the group recruit a “Jewish” law student from Harvard to assist their attorneys, Evan Slavitt, who is also a Massachusetts Republican Party leader, and Jack Fainberg, who is a business litigator.