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Anti-Semitism Alive & Well at Philly Mosque

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The Al-Aqsa Islamic Society in Philadelphia hosted Egyptian-native Imam Abdelmohsen Abouhatab a number of times over the past year. Here is a particularly vile anti-Semitic sermon of his, as documented by MEMRI (Middle East Media research Institute).

Update: After this video was released, the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society apologized in a statement, saying:

“Al-Aqsa Islamic Society rejects anti-Semitism in any form. We are shocked and outraged to learn that one of our guest speakers said reprehensible anti-Jewish remarks on the floor of Al-Aqsa. This in no way represents our beliefs or policies. We condemn this action and will make sure that this never happens again. We expect that all guest speakers will respect and uphold our policy that hatred against any group of people or religion will not be tolerated.”

However, Imam Abdelmohsen Abouhatab, who was recorded delivering sermons, said the accusations of anti-Semitism being made against him are “completely false” and “taken out of context.”

The Anti-Defamation League called him “shamefully unrepentant” and his denial “brazen.

Abouhatab was recorded delivering sermons in Arabic over the course of a few months beginning in November 2018 in a series of at least three guest sermons at the Islamic Society. He has also spoken at other mosques in the area.

The imam was employed at Masjid Al-Jamia in West Philadelphia. for 10 years but was let go three years ago. Calvin Shuja Moore, director of the mosque said Abouhatab did not make “any kind of controversial statements” while he was in the mosque’s employ but was “a little political.”

Moore said that this was one of the reasons he was let go. However, he said Abouhatab was primarily dismissed because mosque officials wanted him to be engaged in more community teaching as well as other duties (besides giving sermons) and Abouhatab declined.

The Al-Aqsa Islamic Society is known for its interfaith activities. A representative of Al-Aqsa also apologized for Abouhatab at a CAIR-Philadelphia banquet.

 

 

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