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ILYA L. FEOKTISTOV is the Executive Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a Boston-based national security non-profit organization that investigates and confronts threats to civil society in America. Mr. Feoktistov co-founded APT in 2008 with veteran activists Charles Jacobs and Avi Goldwasser. Mr. Feoktistov is an expert on the history, goals, and methods of the Islamist networks in New England and other areas of the country. Mr. Feoktistov has produced, co-directed, and co-written two feature length documentaries, Losing Our Sons, and The J Street Challenge, as well as several online mini-documentaries. Losing Our Sons investigated the first Al Qaeda murder on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks, and was featured in a cover story for Politico Magazine. Mr. Feoktistov has been published in the Washington Times, the Federalist, the Times of Israel, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, American Thinker, and Front Page Magazine. He was featured in two episodes of the Blaze TV’s For the Record with Laurie Dhue, which focused on the Boston Marathon bombings. Mr. Feoktistov holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he concentrated in international law with a focus on national security and the laws of war. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in molecular biology and biochemistry.
In April of 2002, a mosque in Cambridge, MA run by the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) posted an appeal on its website: “Chechen refugee family needs temporary place to live until they complete their permanent refugee status in the US. Husband has good business knowledge, auto-mechanic experience and construction.”