For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BOCA ISLAMIC CENTER HOSTS
AHMAD NABHAN CALLS ISRAEL "THE FIRST ENEMY"
(Coral Springs, FL) Last night, December 31st, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) played host to the former religious leader of the Colorado Muslim Society (CMS), Dr. Ahmad Nabhan. This, after Nabhan had been quoted as calling Israel an "enemy." ICBR touted the program as a "Special Family Night Event."
According to www.denvermosque.org, Nabhan has just recently resigned from his position with CMS. In a statement issued on the website, CMS states that Nabhan had been serving as religious leader of the group and as the imam of the Colorado Islamic Center (Masjid Abu Bakr) "for more than twelve years." This jibes with the fact that, in 1993, he was sent by the Egyptian government as a missionary to the United States.
In September of 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, in a piece put out by the Scripps Howard News Service, Nabhan is quoted as making a couple of very disconcerting statements. He said that he "grew up hating America." Adhan was raised in Egypt and, like a former ICBR imam, Ibrahim Dremali, Adhan was schooled at the radical Al Azhar University in Cairo, where hatred of America is common.
While, later in the Scripps article, he said he had backtracked from his original feelings towards America, he was adamant about his opinion towards that of Israel. About the tiny country he states, "The first enemy is Israel."
Nabhan's sentiments did not fall short of later statements made by two of his congregants, who are quoted as saying, "9/11 was planned by America" and "If the U.S. stopped supporting Israel, terrorism would stop right there. Otherwise it will continue."
Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, said, "The fact that the Islamic Center of Boca Raton would have this individual (Ahmad Nabhan) speak at its religious institution is yet more evidence that this center cannot be trusted to exist peacefully within this community. This is especially the case, given that Boca Raton has a very large Jewish population. How are people supposed to get along, when time and time again, ICBR has shown ambivalence towards the Jewish community?"
Previously, ICBR was cited as having an anti-Semitic essay on its website,
can't the Jews and Muslims live together in peace?' The essay stated,
"There cannot be harmony between Jews - who are usurpers and aggressors,
who have oppressed and persecuted others, and who are known for their
treachery and corruption throughout the world, historically and in the
" and "
the Jews are people of treachery
and betrayal; it is not possible to trust them at all." And it repeats
the infamous Hadith, "You will fight the Jews and will prevail over
them, so that a rock will say, 'O Muslim! There is Jew behind me, kill
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