The Sheik from Jersey City

Hamas may not be run from Chicago, but the U.S. does find itself offering haven to a Muslim fundamentalist agitator from Egypt. Down a quiet residential street in Jersey City, up four flights of stairs, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman sits on a well-worn couch, holding court. His right leg tucked up in a half-lotus position, he laughs and jokes with the stream of guests who flow through his spartan apartment. But when the talk turns political, his white-socked foot thumps to the floor and Sheik Omar, 54, leans forward, his blind eyes staring straight ahead, his voice rising as he preaches jihad...

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