Islamic Center of Davis: Fire Your Antisemitic Imam

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On Friday, July 21st, 2017, Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis California delivered an anti-Semitic sermon in which he said, in English, “the last hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.”

He also prayed saying, “O Allah liberate the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews.”

If a synagogue or church has a member of the clergy use the pulpit to declare “the last hour will not come until the Christians/Jews fight the Muslims” and “O God liberate the Temple Mount from the filth of the Muslims,” there would rightly be uproar.

Yet instead of apologizing, the Islamic Center of Davis issued a statement supporting Imam Ammar Shahin and accusing those who called out his bigotry as “Islamomophobia.” This is unacceptable.

Whether we are Muslims, Americans, or part of a larger interfaith community and as people interested in the global drive toward peace and compassion for our neighbors, the alienating and hostile rhetoric coming from the Islamic Center of Davis betrays American values and it betrays a world of people in our striving to honor human dignity.

We call on the Islamic Center of Davis to immediately fire Imam Ammar Shahin and publicly apologize for the shameless prostitution of faith to attack the Jewish community, the gross abuse of power and manipulation of innocent worshippers attending the Friday sermon, and for further alienating and endangering American Muslims who will suffer backlash and suspicion for the Imam’s sermon. 

Signed,
Shireen Qudosi
Director of Muslim Matters at America Matters

We urge petitioners to contact the Islamic Center of Davis and local Congressman John Garamendi to have their voices heard. 

Rep. John Garamendi’s office
Phone: 530-753-5301

Islamic Center of Davis
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95616-3528 Davis, California
Phone: 530-756-5216

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Canada police issue warrant for imam for ‘anti-Semitic hate speech’

BBC News

July 17, 2017

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr speaks at the Dar al-Arkam Mosque in Montreal

A Palestinian-Jordanian imam accused of giving an anti-Semitic sermon is wanted by Canadian police for hate crimes.

A Montreal judge issued an arrest warrant for Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr on Sunday for promoting hate.

Jewish organisation B’nai Brith said Mr Al Nasr preached Jews were the “worst of mankind” and should be slaughtered, in a sermon in Montreal in December.

Mr Al Nasr’s whereabouts are unknown and B’nai Brith is calling for his extradition to Canada.

“Today, the Jewish community of Montreal can sleep safer, knowing that there is a price to pay for inciting violence against our community,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada in a statement.

Mr Al Nasr is charged with the wilful promotion of hatred under Canada’s anti-hate crime laws.

During his sermon in Arabic at the Dar al-Arkam Mosque in Montreal last December, Mr Al Nasr reportedly said Jews were the “worst of mankind” and that Muslims should slaughter them on Judgement Day.

The sermon is still posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel, and B’nai Brith says the mosque has not apologised for Mr Al Nasr’s statements.

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King Abdullah II Not Amused by Jordan is Palestine Conference

The Jerusalem Hearald

King Abdullah II of Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas are opposed to a conference focusing on addressing a wide range of issues, from how to foster or implement peace to how Jordan can be recognized as “Palestine.”  The International Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Center (IJMDC) reports that the king has not responded to an invitation to participate in The Jordan Option: The Ultimate Alternate Solution Conference.

The IJMDC extended an invitation to the king of Jordan to debate Jordan’s future at the international/interdenominational peace conference, scheduled for October 17th in Jerusalem; however, the king has yet to accept.

According to Michael Ross, the IJMDC’s Director,  “The International Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Center was created to bring people together and tackle problems peacefully, in a way that governments can’t, won’t or don’t.”

“The king of Jordan, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas have already taken positions against this conference and plan without listening to the details,” Ross said. “We want everyone to participate, but we will not invite groups that do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, as well as terrorist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas who call for the death of Israel and Jews.”

“Jordan has diplomatic relations with Israel, and I would like Jordanian leaders and citizens to come and express their views,” Ross added. “The IJMDC is taking a different approach to peace in putting together this conference and wants people from all four corners of the world to participate, roll up their sleeves, and focus on helping people and businesses work together to help formulate and discuss ideas, options and solutions and then bring them to fruition”.

Citizens from over 35 countries have been invited to participate, including China, France, Russia, the UK, and the USA. The list of speakers include a variety of internationally known people, including Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for Hebron’s Community, Jordanian Palestinian politician and academic Dr. Mudar Zahran, and Knesset Member Yehuda Glick (Likud).

Presented as a round table, the speakers’ presentations fall into three categories, as detailed in the following early schedule of confirmed speakers.

Keynote Presentations: Michael Ross, IJMDC Executive Director, Ted Belman, Mudar Zahran, MK Yehuda Glick, and Mordechai Nissan.

  1. Stating Facts: Mordechai Kedar, Martin Sherman, Edy Cohen, and Rachel Avraham

  2. The Solution: Mudar  Zahran, David Ha’Ivri, David Bedein and Arieh Eldad

  3. The Pathway To Peace: How to Materialize a True Solution: Raphi Israeli, Michael Ross, Samer Libdeh, and Abed Al Maala  

Ross described the effort, saying, “We are an NGO, and can do things governments can’t – and the first step in achieving a lasting peace is if people – not governments – talk to each other, respect each other, and work together. This is just the beginning of inter-denominational communications. There are millions of people around the world who understand that Middle East peace can only be achieved if everyone rolls up their sleeves, puts ideas on the table, and then gets down to business and creates a viable plan.”

Further information on the conference can be found on the IJMDC Facebook page.

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Netanyahu to Congressmen: Kurds should have a state

Jpost Middle East

By Herb Keinon / August 13, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of 33 Republican congressmen on Thursday that he is in favor of an independent Kurdish state in parts of Iraq, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

According to a source who took part in the discussion, Netanyahu expressed his “positive attitude” toward a Kurdish state in the Kurdish areas of Iraq, saying that the Kurds are a “brave, pro-Western people who share our values.”

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Netanyahu does not frequently address the Kurdish issue, which is a politically highly sensitive one since the traditional US position – at least until US President Donald Trump took office in January – was that Iraq should remain a united state and not be broken up into separate parts.

In addition, a Kurdish state is a red flag for Turkey, who is concerned that this would stir up independence yearnings among its own Kurdish population.

Netanyahu has not spoken publicly about the issue since 2014, when he said during a speech in Tel Aviv that Israel should “support the Kurdish aspiration for independence.”

Netanyahu’s comments to the congressmen came during a survey of regional issues,  and amid increasing concerns in Jerusalem that Iran is making tremendous inroads in the region, especially in Syria, but also in Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

Mossad head Yossi Cohen addressed Israel’s concerns over Iran during a briefing he gave the cabinet on Sunday. Netanyahu, during a speech later in the evening in Ashdod, said he could briefly summarize what Cohen said: “Islamic State is leaving, and Iran is moving in. Simple. We are speaking primarily about Syria.”

Netanyahu said that Israel “strongly opposes the military buildup of Iran and its satellites, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria, and we will do everything necessary to preserve Israel’s security.”

In a meeting last Monday with a delegation of 19 Democratic congressmen, Netanyahu said that Iran has moved some 20,000 Shi’ite militiamen into Syria. According to government officials, the ratio of Iranian soldiers among these militias is about 12:1. These soldiers are part of the Quds Force, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s external arm that is deployed to battlefields in Syria and Iraq.

On Sunday, these forces got a shot in the arm from Tehran when Iran’s parliament – reacting to the recent US move to clamp sanctions on certain entities and individuals in the country for development of ballistic missiles – voted to allocate $260 million to the Quds Force, and another $260 million to the the country’s ballistic missile program.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the allocation to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions” as some chanted “Death to America”, the state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Cohen told the cabinet that Iran’s expansion in the region through its proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen is currently the central development in the Middle East.

In addition, Cohen said that Iran has not given up on its ambitions to become a “nuclear threshold” state, and that the Iranian nuclear deal only increased this tendency and “’strengthened Iran’s aggressiveness in the region.”

Cohen said that since the deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) –  was adopted in 2015, Iran has entered a period of economic growth, and that Tehran’s recent agreements with international firms are strengthening the Islamic Republic’s economy.

Netanyahu, who was an ardent opponent of the JCPOA,  said that the recent developments were additional proof that the premises that underlined the deal were mistaken. One of those premises was that the deal would moderate Iran’s behavior in the region.

Netanyahu stressed that Israel was not obligated to any international agreement with Iran. “Israel will continue to work with determination and in a variety of ways to protect itself from these threats,” he said.

The cabinet discussion on Iran came  just three days after Trump said that Iran was not “living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal, adding again that he believed the deal to be a “horrible agreement.”

“I don’t think they’re living up to the spirit of the agreement,” Trump told reporters.”I personally don’t think they’re in compliance. But we have time, and we’re going to see.”

He warned that there would  be some “very strong things taking pace” if the Iranians “don’t get themselves in compliance.”

After considerable internal debate, the State Department on July 17 certified that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal. The administration, according to law, must notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is abiding by the terms of the agreement.

This was the second time since Trump came into office in January that the administration certified Iran’s as in compliance, though on July 18 it slapped the  new sanctions on the country against entities and people  involved in actions that the administration considers against the spirit of the agreement, such as missile development and weapons acquisition.

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UN Syria investigator: Enough evidence to convict Assad of war crimes

Jpost Middle East

By REUTERS / August 13, 2017

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has gathered enough evidence for President Bashar al-Assad to be convicted of war crimes, a prominent member of the commission, Carla del Ponte, said in remarks published on Sunday.

Del Ponte, 70, who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, announced last week that she was stepping down from her role in frustration at the UN Security Council’s failure to continue the commission’s work by setting up a special tribunal for Syria that could try alleged war criminals.

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She has not said when she will leave her post.

Asked in an interview with Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung whether there was enough evidence for Assad to be convicted of war crimes, she said: “Yes, I am convinced that is the case. That is why the situation is so frustrating. The preparatory work has been done. Despite that, there is no prosecutor and no court.”

The Syrian government led by Assad denies reports by the commission documenting widespread war crimes committed by government-backed forces and Syria’s security services.

Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney general, joined the three-member Syria inquiry in September 2012, chronicling incidents such as chemical weapons attacks, a genocide against Iraq’s Yazidi population, siege tactics, and the bombing of aid convoys.

The commission was set up in August 2011 and has regularly reported on human rights violations, but its pleas to observe international law have largely fallen on deaf ears.

Although the United Nations is setting up a new body to prepare prosecutions, there is no sign of any court being established to try war crimes committed in the six-and-a-half year-old war. Nor is there any intention by the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

“For six years, the commission has investigated. Now a prosecutor should continue our work and bring the war criminals before a special court. But that is exactly what Russia is blocking with its veto in the UN Security Council,” del Ponte was quoted as saying.

Russia, a close ally of Assad’s government, has a veto on the Security Council as one of its five permanent members.

Asked which of the parties to the conflict the commission had primarily investigated, she said: “They all committed war crimes. Therefore we investigated all of them.”

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After these words – Isaac and Ishmael

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After these words – Isaac and Ishmael

“And it happened after these words [הַדְּבָרִים] that HaShem tested Avraham and said to him, Avraham, … take now your only son – Yitzchaq – whom you love ….” Genesis 22.1, 2;

these words – directs us to 21.10 because the subject matter of 22.2 is Avraham’s only son, Yitzchaq: “Wherefore she said unto Abraham: ‘Cast out (geresh) this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.'”

First, Sarah saw, a) that she was despised by Hagar, and second, b) Ishmael mocking Yitzchaq (Isaac), so she said [these ha’devarim – prophetic words] cast out the bondwoman and her son ….” Then HaShem tells Avraham, “Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad.”

Genesis 21:12 –

And God said unto Abraham: ‘Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her [prophetic] voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee.

Manumission and the Prophetic Word of Sarah

Here (Genesis 20.18), the Torah emphasizes that Sarah was a prophetess. [from Gen. Rabbah 52:13]

“For the L-RD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.” On account of Sarah literally, because of the “prophetic” word(s) of Sarah –

עַלדְּבַר שָׂרָה

21.9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne unto Abraham, making sport.

21.10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham: ‘Cast out (גרש ) this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.’

21.14 And Abraham arose up early in the morning, and took bread and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away; and she departed, and strayed in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. וַיְשַׁלְּחֶהָ

Sarah’s use of the term geresh גרש (“[to forcefully] drive away”) and the Torah’s use of the root shalach שלח (“to send”) imply that the purpose behind Sarah’s demand was concerning Isaac’s inheritance and Avraham’s sending was to effect Hagar’s Divorce (“and sent her away) and Ishmael’s t’shuvah (repentance) for he mocked the covenant of circumcision!

Sanhedrin 89b

R. Levi said [in explanation of ‘after these words’]; After Ishmael’s words to Isaac. Ishmael said to Isaac: ‘I am more virtuous than thee in good deeds, for thou wast circumcised at eight days, [and so couldst not prevent it], but I at thirteen years’. ‘On account of one limb wouldst thou incense me!’ he replied: ‘Were the Holy One, blessed be He, to say unto me, Sacrifice thyself before Me, I would obey’, Straightway, G-D did tempt Abraham. Sanhedrin 89b (Midrash Tanhuma-Yelammedenu)

21.9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne unto Abraham, making sport.

21.10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham: ‘Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac [laughter].’

Because Ishmael has been disinherited, “middah keneged middah” for “making sport” before the Akeida (“after these words HaShem tested Avraham”); Avraham has only one son whom he loves [enough to give his inheritance over to], Yitzchaq, the son of promise! 17.19

Making sportמְצַחֵֽק

The Talmud Sanhedrin 89b relates that Ishmael mocked Isaac concerning his circumcision; and thus, by extension, made a mockery of HaShem’s halacha, the covenant of circumcision with Avraham and his seed, Isaac. 17.12 (eight days old) “21.4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. ”

“Birthright” (bekhorah בְּכוֹרָה)

The earliest account of primogeniture to be widely known in modern times involved Isaac’s son Jacob being born second (Genesis 25:26) and Isaac’s son, Esau being born first (Genesis 25:25) and entitled to the “birthright”, but eventually selling it to Isaac’s second son, Jacob, for a small amount of food (Genesis 25:31-34) A similar transfer is shown by the writer of 1 Chronicles 5:1-2 where, although the tribe of Judah prevailed above their brethren, nevertheless the “birthright”, the double portion of two tribal allotments, was Joseph’s.

According to the Law of Moses, the firstborn may be either the firstborn of his father, who is entitled to receive a double portion of his father’s inheritance (compared to the other siblings), (Deuteronomy 21:17) or the firstborn of his mother. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 provides inheritance rules preventing the husband with more than one wife from leaving property to the son of the favoured wife.

We find a pattern in the Torah of primogeniture or the right of the first-born to inherit the estate of the father being given over to the second born. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob and Esau.

The closest Biblical analogy to the disinheritance of the first-born son to our case of Ishmael and Isaac is that of Cain and Abel where Cain is banished for murder of Abel.

The Midrash relates that Ishmael would take his bow and arrows and shoot them at Yitzchaq and say, “I was only pretending” while really intending on murdering Yitzchaq to eliminate any potential rivalry for the inheritence.

From Sarah’s response, “The son of this handmaid [is not worthy] to share an inheritance with [anyone who is] my son” (v. 10), we see that [Yishma’el] used to argue with Yitzchaq about their inheritance. He would say, “I am the firstborn, so I should take a double portion!” They would go out to the field, and Yishma’el would take his bow and shoot arrows at Yitzchaq, “like one who wearies himself shooting firebrands etc., and says: I’m only joking!” (Prov. 26:18).

Some Examples of Laughter in the Tanak:

(18:12) “Sarah laughed within herself saying….” 18:13 “And HaShem said to Avraham, Why did Sarah laugh?” 18.15 “But she denied it and said I did not laugh!” “No, but you did laugh!”

“21.6 And Sarah said: ‘G-D hath made laughter for me; every one that heareth will laugh on account of me.’ ” “He makes the barren woman into a glad mother of children.”

B’rashith – Genesis 17.17

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”

B’rashith 18:2 it says “So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought….”

B’rashith 26.8

And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

Tehillim – Psalms 126.2

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The L-RD has done great things for them.”

Job 8.21

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

Tehillim 2.4

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the L-RD holds them in derision.

Tehillim 37.13

But the L-RD laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

Tehillim 59.8

But you, O L-RD, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

Proverbs 29.9

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Job 12.4

I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to G-D and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

Ecclesiastes 7.6

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.

Tehillim 59.8

But you, O L-RD, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

Ecclesiastes 10.19

Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.

Habakkuk 1.10

At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it.

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Naftali Bennett addresses ‘Iranian threat’ in new video

Jpost Israel News – Politics and Diplomacy

By Becky Brothman / August 10, 2017

Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett released a video Thursday detailing the danger that Iran poses to Israel, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Speaking in English, Bennett urged viewers to take notice of the Iranian threat.

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“Sometimes there are big things that happen to the world that we don’t really notice them (sic) until it’s almost too late.” The minister used global warming as a prime example of this.

He went on to say that another problem that is currently going unnoticed is that the “radical Islamic Republic of Iran is becoming a global superpower.”

Bennett said that becoming a superpower is Iran’s “one goal.”

The minister addressed why the Iranian regime should not become a superpower for three reasons.

Bennett first listed how how Iran violates human rights including those of its own citizens: executing LGBT people, restricting the rights of women, and arresting journalists and other members of the media. He also called Iran “a leading source of antisemitism.”

He then went on to address how Iran is “a major supporter of terror and murders innocent people around the world.” From Argentina to Yemen, Iran has had a hand in terror attacks, Bennett stated.

The minister also addressed the Hezbollah threat, calling the terror group an “Iranian military force based in Lebanon.”

Bennett’s third and final point regarded Iran’s military escalation. “Iran is growing in military strength and breaking international treaties to do so,” he said.

Discussing the nuclear deal, Bennett suggested that Iran was violating the tenets of that deal by continuing to develop a weapons program and testing long-range missiles.

Bennett further warned of a “Shi’ite corridor” that Iran was trying to establish from Tehran to the Mediterranean coast.

Referring to the corridor as an “Iranian dream,” Bennett said it would be used to transfer weapons and extremism and bring Europe into “striking range.”

“While we fight ISIS, the real danger is growing,” Bennett concluded. “For our children’s sake, we have to get together and stop Iran before it’s too late.”

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