A Syrian sheikh who defends suicide bombing against “all the Jewish people,” supports Hamas and advocates the death of homosexuals was the guest speaker at an Islamic conference on “Positive Parenting Skills” in Orlando, Florida on April 14.
Sheikh Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi was previously allowed into the country by a special visa issued by the State Department under the Obama administration in 2014 for an 11-city fundraising tour for the Syrian people.
Nabulsi has called Jews the “worst enemies of God” and “a hotbed of vices and evils.”
When asked about the legitimacy of Palestinian suicide bombings, he said, “All the Jewish people are combatants,” making all Jews acceptable targets.
Furthermore, he advocated that Muslim youth should be engaged in these acts. “They say: ‘suicide’ operation to deceive Muslims, that this is suicide, but we should call them martyrdom operations. A young man in the prime of his years sacrifices his life and shakes an entity [Israel],” he wrote.
As to homosexuality, Nabulsi expressed his opinion on the topic on Hamas TV in 2011. “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring,” he said. “Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.”
His speech in Orlando is particularly egregious due to the fact that, in 2016, extremist Muslim Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in an attack on the Pulse gay nightclub in the city. (A censored transcript of Mateen’s call to the police proved his jihaist motives.)
As the guest speaker at Saturday’s conference, Nabulsi addressed parents on how to raise their children — apparently with intolerance to others and training them to be suicide bombers.
In addition to putting a temporary halt on immigration from countries known to harbor terrorists, the Trump administration’s travel pause should have also flagged Nabulsi and prevented him from entering the United States.
It remains a questions why it didn’t.
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