Sofian Zakkout, the founder and President of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), is known for using social media to promote white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke and the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, but recently he has moved in a more extreme direction – with support for al-Qaeda.
In March 2016, South Florida Muslim leader Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout posted onto his Facebook page a graphic containing the images of several deceased terrorist leaders. It included different well-known Hamas figures, such as Hamas co-founders Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, former head of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades Saleh Shahade, Hamas commander Nizar Rayan, and Hamas bomb maker Yahya Ayyash.
For Zakkout to post such a graphic was not out of the ordinary. Indeed, Zakkout has posted innumerable images depicting operatives from Hamas, whether they be leaders from the group or masked Hamas militants brandishing rocket launchers. However, this particular graphic didn't just have individuals from Hamas on it. It also had numerous people associated with al-Qaeda, including Osama bin Laden, bin Laden's mentor Abdullah Azzam, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Chechen terror leaders Shamil Basayev and Ibn al-Khattab.