Hate Crimes

Davis imam sparks dismay with 'filth of the Jews' remark

A Northern California mosque that was targeted in a vandalism hate crime found itself at the center of controversy this week after an imam delivered a sermon with inflammatory remarks about Jews.

“Oh Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews,” Imam Ammar Shahin said in Arabic in his July 21 sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis.

“Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one,” he said in the videotaped service.

The comments, which were translated and distributed to the media by the nonprofit Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, have...

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