Americans Against Hate

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2003

AMERICANS AGAINST HATE TO ISRAELI GOVT. ADVISOR: DON'T MODERATE JADA EVENT

Americans Against Hate is urging Eliezer "Lazie" Rivlin, who according to the Miami Herald (Sept. 18, 2003) is senior advisor to Israel's Minister of Communications and the brother of Israel's Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin, not to moderate an event that includes individuals representing groups that promote hatred and terrorism. The event, sponsored by JADA (Jewish-Arab Dialogue Association), is taking place Thursday, October 2nd, at Temple Israel in Miami and features Sofian Abdelaziz-Zakkout, Director of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), and S.E. Elias, Public Affairs Chairman of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

Articles on AMANA's website state, "The Christians and Jews want the Muslims to be like them. That is why they support this deceptive call for 'unity'" and "Whenever you find in a society the act of homosexuality you will find disease and death."

In addition, on the AMANA website there is a link to www.islamonline.net, a site that features religious/legal opinions in support of suicide bombings; a link to Radio Islam, which publishes the antisemitic fraud 'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion;' and a link to www.islam-qa.com, which contains an article stating that Jews "are known for their treachery and corruption throughout the world, historically and in the present age."

One of AMANA's advisors, Ibrahim Dremali, told a crowd at a rally "not to be sad for those who were martyred and to not be afraid to die for what they believe in"… clear references to suicide bombers. In addition, Dremali was an expert witness at the trial for accused terrorist Adham Hassoun, the founder of the Florida chapter of the Chicago-based charity, Benevolence International Foundation. Abdelaziz-Zakkout was also there.

The ADC defended Sami Al Arian, the Tampa professor that was arrested for being a leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), arguing that there was no evidence against him. And Al Arian's vicious statement of "Death to Israel," according to ADC Communications Director Hussein Ibish, "doesn't necessarily advocate violence."

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, stated, "It is improper for anyone holding a title within the Israeli government to partake in an event with groups, such as AMANA and the ADC, which promote hate and terror. We urge Lazie Rivlin to cancel."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe@joe4rep.com.

 
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