Southern California blogger Gary Fouse caught the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) off guard, turning the tables on them in a live interview (see below).
Last weekend, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar attended a series of fundraisers and spoke at a CAIR banquet in Southern California. She was met by a crowd outside that venue who were vocal about Omar’s anti-Semitism. Among the protesters was Gary Fouse, a former adjunct teacher at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Fouse is also a veteran blogger who has tracked anti-Semitism at UCI. After stumping the CAIR representative about what classifies as Jew-hatred, Fouse shared about his personal experience with CAIR-Los Angeles and why he, as a non-Jew, was out protesting with other Jews.
GARY FOUSE: I came out here to speak about Jew-hatred and I’m not a Jew. With all due respect, you’re a nice guy, but you represent a despicable organization. You are not a civil rights organization. You’re a radical organization. You have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. You have ties to Hamas.
The guy who runs your Southern California chapter [Hussam Ayloush], I consider to be an anti-Semite. I’ve heard him make anti-Semitic statements. I think it’s wrong. I was present when Hussam Ayloush in January 2015 — this was at the Garden Grove Mosque Open House — he said, “Why are people investigating the mosque when 20 or so Muslims have gone off to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS?
Why doesn’t anybody investigate the synagogues, all the thousands of American Jewish men who have gone off to Israel to join the IDF, killing people in Gaza.”
I’m sorry, that’s an anti-Semitic statement.
CAIR REPRESENTATIVE: So is it more about the statements than a Muslim running for office?
GARY FOUSE: A Muslim has every right to run for office in America. We don’t have a religious test.
Watch below for the full exchange.
At UCI, Fouse witnessed anti-Semitism during the annual May anti-Israel events cloaked in Palestinian human rights. In 2007, Fouse became an activist on campus and has publicly criticized UCI for their unwillingness to confront the problem.