* Dr. Kifah Wael Jayyousi, born in 1962, is a USA Citizen, married and a father of 5 children. He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1988. Dr. Kifah Jayyousi lived in San Diego, California, US, taught at Wayne State University College of Engineering, and held a number of high profile public service positions in the engineering profession. Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was formerly the chief facilities officer on the Washington DC School Board, from 07/1999 until 04/2001.
Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was also active in the USA Islamic community. He founded, in the mid 90s’ in Florida, the American Islamic Group and took over American Worldwide Relief Organization (An Islamic Charity) after the death of its former head Mohamed Zaky. Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was a supporter of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman before the sheikh was arrested in 1995.
Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was involved, in the years 1994-1996, in charity activity, with Adnan Amin Hassoun and Holy-Land Foundation, in raising money for Bosnia and Chechnya, which USA authorities claimed was used to finance terror. In those years Dr. Kifah Jayyousi published “The Islam Report,” a newsletter that, the FBI claims, promoted violent Jihad.
Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was arrested on 03/27/2005 for being associated, indirectly, to Jose Padilla, although Dr. Jayyousi has never met, known or spoken to Jose Padilla before his arrest. He was put on trial, alongside Jose Padilla and Adnan Amin Hassoun, on 11/22/2005.
After investigation and a year in solitary confinement Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was released on bail in 05/2007. On 08/16/2007 Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was convicted and on 01/22/2008 he was sentenced to 12.5 years in jail.
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