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September 29, 2004
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The former Cat Stevens addressed a Canadian organization in 1998 that is a front for Hamas, a Toronto newspaper reported. The ex-pop singer, now known as Yusuf Islam, was the keynote speaker at a fund-raising dinner for the Jerusalem Fund for Human Services in Toronto, according to the National Post, which viewed a videotape of his talk. A British citizen and Muslim convert, the former singer described Judaism as a “so-called religion” and called for Muslims to “raise the banner of jihad” and to return to Jerusalem, the paper reported. He was bounced from the United States last week for national security reasons, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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