The issue of FBI informants in mosques has been a hot-button topic in recent years for the Arab American and Muslim communities, and now, according to a recent report in the Washington Post, the subject of informant recruiting could take on yet another dimension in what officials of prominent civil rights groups are calling an issue of "grave concern."
Washington Post writer Jeff Stein recently alleged that "Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as operating against critics" according to information received from former CIA officer Phillip Giraldi...
While Michigan was not named in the report, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid believes it is a strong possibility.
"We don't have any proof that Israeli intelligence is here, however, it is safe to say that based upon the demographics they've targeted that they probably have been involved in similar activities in Detroit," he said.
"This is a very serious situation and according to CIA agents themselves, they're very troubled by the activities of Israeli intelligence within American cities."
Walid pointed out that the practice is illegal under international law and called the practice unacceptable for any country.
"As an example, it would be equally unacceptable for Iranian intelligence to try to recruit spies or send spies inside of synagogues in America, it's the same principle." (More)