More than One Anti-Semitic Imam in California

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An anti-Semitic Imam who called for the annihilation of Jews is now the center of a campaign to have him fired. Imam Ammar Shahin, who uttered the words, works at the Islamic Center of Davis, California.

But he is not the only Californian cleric to deliver anti-Semitic sermons last month.

Allah wants us to have jihad in our lives no matter what and where we are and what is happening,” Imam Mahmoud Harmoush declared to the Islamic Congregation of Riverside on July 21. “When you happen to be in Jerusalem, for example, around the holy mosque and people are shooting you, putting you in the hospital, or killing you, you have to resist and fight back as much as you can.”

This was a clear call to wage holy war against the Israeli state. But he did not stop there.

“Dear Brothers and sisters,” he added, “The conflict is not only in Palestine. It is for Mecca and Medina. They [the Jews] are going there and they will be demanding that next.” He accused Jews of plotting to take revenge against Muslims for the battle of Khaybar, an event during Mohammed’s life where Muslims slaughtered a tribe of Jews.

“They will make every Muslim pay one way or another,” he said. “Wake up, it is time to be a Muslim. Prayer is not the only thing.”

Harmoush also engaged in a bit of historical revisionism, telling his congregation that while Muslims welcomed Jews fleeing the Holocaust into their homes “not knowing there was a plan… to take over that beautiful land.”

Harmoush neglected to mention the activities of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a close ally of Hitler, who plotted to extend the Holocaust to the Middle East and who very much did not welcome Jewish refugees.



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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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