Last month I reported that Mohammed al-Hanooti was scheduled to appear at Masjid al-Noor — a mosque operated by the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis — from July 13-15 based on an "upcoming events" announcement posted on the mosque's own website ("Blue Suede Jihad: Major Hamas Fundraiser Welcomed in the Land of Elvis"). Al-Hanooti is an imam from the Washington, D.C., area who has been repeatedly identified by the FBI as a top fundraiser for the Hamas terrorist organization.
No sooner had my article appeared than the mosque scrubbed its website.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal waded into the issue the following week, with an article by reporter Michael Lollar characterizing my initial report as "inaccurate" ("Hamas fundraiser not speaking at mosque"). Lollar quickly brushed aside the fact that the mosque itself had advertised al-Hanooti's appearance on their own website, quoting a denial by the Islamic Association's chairman that the event was ever scheduled and expressing bewilderment at how the notice appeared on their website. An accompanying statement from an official from an affiliated mosque, saying that they would have known if a Hamas fundraiser was coming to town, was thrown in as additional proof that the event was never scheduled.