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Statement about CAIR Video

Statement about CAIR Video


de aron kodesh.jpgStatement about False Video On YouTube Placed by CAIR
From Rabbi David Eliezrie

 ICNA, the Islamic Circle of North America sponsored a fundraiser at the city owned Yorba LInda Community Center with two known terror supporters as their keynote speakers. One was  Abdel Malik Ali, a  supporter of Hamas that demands Israel be eradicated and Jews killed all over the world. Watch him Joining him was Siraj Wahaj, an unindicted co conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing.

I participated in a peaceful protest on the lawn a hundred yards away from  the Yorba Linda Community Center. The Mayor, city council members, congressman, the local reform rabbi, and others spoke.

Another demonstration started near the entrance of the Community Center. Those in the second rally spoke harshly as indicated on the video. We did not join them, in fact we told people not to go there.

This video spliced images from the two events. It does not show me or other speakers with this group near the building entrance since I did not join them.  Nor does it mention that the speakers at this event for a Muslim organization have a long history of supporting terror.

The edited video by CAIR is another incident in  long history of distorting the truth. In their press release they state two of the fundraiser’s speakers, who were to speak on the "importance of charity in Islam” failing to mention one is in supporter of Hamas and the second was an unindicted co conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing. 

Peaceful protest against those who call for the murder of Jews is not hatred. If we don't speak out then we allow these to spew hatred against Jews to do so freely.  The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. It also states that  "The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews [and kill them]; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

Read the flyer distributed at the peaceful protest

Report in the OC Register noting "That a splinter group" left the peaceful protest and gathered near the entrance.

 Congressman Ed Royce also participated in the rally his statement:

 "The Council on American-Islamic Relations this week attacked my calling attention to the two individuals keynoting a fundraiser for a New York-based Muslim group held at the Yorba Linda Community Center.  

"I have had many conversations with my Muslim constituents over the years, and I know they reject these two individuals:     

"One speaker, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, advocates replacing our democracy with sharia law and refuses to criticize Osama Bin Laden.  There is nothing peaceful about him.    

"Imam Siraj Wahhaj was linked by investigators to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.  A few years later, he stood as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abel-Rahman, and for three other terrorists convicted in the attack. The "Blind Sheik" is now serving a life sentence for conspiring to bomb a series of New York City landmarks in 1995. 

"Wahhaj warns "If Allah says cut off their hand you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death…then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger – nothing personal."   This worldview is incompatible with American democracy, to say the least. 

 "The second speaker, Amir Abdel Malik-Ali, is a vocal supporter of Hezbollah, a terrorist group once called the "A-team" of terrorists by a top U.S. government official.   

"Faced with Wahhaj's ideology, we can go one of two ways.  One, ignore expressions of extremism, essentially deem them acceptable, and undermine our values and government.   

"Or two, we can speak out about Wahhaj and Malik-Ali's extremism.  For me, looking at the growth of terrorism overseas, and in our country, silence isn't an option.  Silence leads to the tragic mistake of denying that the Fort Hood shooter was a radical, advocating terrorist acts, despite his years of known adherence to such views.   

"What's wrong with the Holocaust survivor we heard speak about not wanting to live under sharia law? I think he had a point when he argued for the lessons of the Enlightenment and his preference for the U.S. Constitution. He knows that bad ideas can have bad consequences.    

"We spoke at the park adjacent to the community center. It is regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults at Imam Wahhaj's supporters. Nothing though should deflect from the radicalism of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali.     

"As to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, my experience is that it isn't interested in bringing together Americans.  If they were, they would be calling attention to Imam Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali's radicalism, not advancing their cause."

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