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Al-Arian, doctor had contact

Hernando physician Ayman Osman was on the board of a Muslim school founded by Sami Al-Arian, who is accused of leading a terrorist organization. Dr. Ayman Osman has described his relationship with Sami Al-Arian, accused last week of being the North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as only casual — not really friends. But Osman is one of 10 people who serve on the board of directors for the Islamic Academy of Florida, a school for Muslim children in Tampa that was founded by Al-Arian. Osman has raised cash for the school. He has two children who go there. Osman and Al-Arian saw each other at least once a month for school business that included meetings outside of the board room, said Samar Shakfeh of Spring Hill, thepresident of the Islamic Academy’s PTA as well as a member of the board. “They were friends,” said Shakfeh, whose husband, Samir Shakfeh, is a doctor in Hernando County too. “How close I don’t know.” Full Story

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