BROOKLYN (PIX11) – When Dr. Ahmed Jaber discovered that his Arab American Association of New York was labeled a terrorist organization by the NYPD, he said “it was the straw which broke the camel’s back.”
Dr. Jaber–a Palestinian-born obstetrician who settled in Bay Ridge in 1974–was composing a letter to New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly Thursday, announcing his resignation from the NYPD’s Muslim Advisory Board.
The group was formed several years ago, amid concerns about department surveillance programs and a film called “Third Jihad” that was playing on a loop in an NYPD training center.
Jaber talked to PIX 11 about the recent Associated Press report that revealed his association was included in “terror enterprise” investigations.
“They were trying to infiltrate the Board by asking an informant to be a board member,” Jaber said. “Very offensive. And it makes me feel like I was betrayed by the Commissioner.”
Commissioner Kelly addressed the AP report on Wednesday.
“We don’t investigate places,” Kelly said, “We investigate people. We will follow leads wherever they take us.”
Jaber’s association was formed in May 2001, several months before the 9/11 terror attacks, which were orchestrated by radical Islamists.
Bay Ridge has been a focal point for NYPD terror investigations since the early 90’s, when a cigarette smuggling ring in the community was linked to funding for the first, truck bombing attack at the Twin Towers in February 1993.
Dr. Jaber told PIX his association is a social services group that helps community residents with language skills and health care needs.