Another California imam has drawn criticism after delivering a sermon laced with inflammatory remarks about Jews, calling them “unjust tyrants” and praying to Allah to “destroy them.”
Imam Mahmoud Harmoush’s comments came during a July 21 sermon delivered at the Islamic Center of Riverside, video of which was translated and published by the nonprofit Middle East Media Research Institute.
The Islamic Center of Riverside also posted a 31-minute video of the sermon on YouTube.
In his sermon, Harmoush accuses Jews of plotting to take over Palestinian territory, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and “most of the Middle East.” He also referenced the recent turmoil surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of the city’s holiest sites revered by both Muslims and Jews.
“Oh, Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers,”
In English, the imam also urged those gathered at the mosque: “Wake up, it is time to be a Muslim. Prayer is not the only thing.”
The comments came the same day as an imam in Davis delivered his own controversial sermon, praying for the Al Aqsa Mosque to be freed “from the filth of Jews.”
“Oh, Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one,” Imam Ammar Shahin said at the Davis Islamic Center.
The remarks from Shahin and Harmoush prompted a firestorm of criticism and were quickly condemned by Jewish organizations.
Dan Schnur, executive director of the American Jewish Committee in the Los Angeles region, described Harmoush’s comments as “a hate crime, pure and simple.”
Source: LA Times