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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

I didn't know about Cat Stevens

I knew Cat Stevens had converted to Islam, but I didn't know the details, nor realize the implications. Today's Denver Post has a story about Cat Stevens, or rather, Yusuf Islam, speaking at a Chicago convention organized by the Islamic Society of North America, urging American Muslims to start their own schools. He and other parents from his mosque in London opened such a school in 1983.

What I didn't know was that on a 1988 visit to Jerusalem, Yusuf Islam donated tens of thousands of dollars to Hamas, according to the Israeli government.

In 1990 and again in July 2000, he was detained upon arrival and deported from Israel.

You can read the story in Rolling Stone.