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Ahmad  Abu Laban, a Palestinian, was born in Jaffa in 1946, under British mandate – today in Israel.

In the 1948 war Ahmad  Abu Laban’s family immigrated to Egypt. He was raised in Egypt and graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1969. In 1974 Ahmad  Abu Laban married a relative and had 7 children.

As a mechanical engineer Ahmad  Abu Laban was employed in the Arab Emirates in the Gulf after his graduation up to 1982. After the assassination of the Egyptian President Anwar Saadat, on 10/06/1981, Ahmad  Abu Laban was announced ‘persona non grata’ in Egypt and the UAE – United Arab Emirates, because of his radical Islamic views.

Ahmad Abu Laban moved with his family to Nigeria where he worked up to 1984 and contributed to Islamic projects in Nigeria’s education system. In 1984 Ahmad  Abu Laban immigrated to Denmark where he lived with his family the rest of his life.

In Denmark Ahmad  Abu Laban worked as a religious advisor with Islamic Society in Denmark. He used to pray and to preach in the Mosque in Noebbro suburb, in West Copenhagen. With time Ahmad  Abu Laban became a leading imam in Denmark.

Already in 08/21/1994 Ahmad  Abu Laban was interviewed in Jyllands-Posten, following a massacre committed by GIA in Algeria, that led to the murder, among others, of seven Christian Monks and a number of foreign tourists. He was asked if he could condemn the massacre. He replied: “Perhaps the tourists are spreading AIDS in Algeria just like the Jews are spreading AIDS in Egypt”.  Ahmad  Abu Laban repeatedly made a full analogy between Judaism and German Nazism.

When the Muhammad Cartoons affair breached out in Denmark Ahmad  Abu Laban was the most provocative and extreme figure in leading the protests and demonstrations aginst the Jyllands-Posten news paper.

On 02/01/2007 Ahmad  Abu Laban died in Denmark from cancer. 

 

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