'Cartoon' Imam Ahmed Abu Laban's History of Protest
This is not the first time that the Danish Imam who sparked belated Middle East outrage over cartoons has led in demonstration. The Counterterrorism Blog's Evan Kohlmann reminds of Another Protest Led by Danish Imam Ahmed Abu Laban, back in 1995 when 'one of the most senior leaders of the notorious Egyptian terrorist organization Al-Gama`at al-Islamiyya', Talaat Fouad Qassem, was captured, much to the 'moderate' Abu Laban's displeasure.
The protest occurred as Al-Gama`at's spiritual leader Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman was nearing a conviction in the U.S. for his role in conspiring to wage a campaign of terrorism against civilian targets in the New York metropolitan area. For further information, see my book Al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe, pages 26-27, 149-154.
Having forgotten those passages is a source of frustration. If you have not already read Kohlmann's book, it is highly recommended and should be considered required reading.