The Islamic Center of Davis, California has rushed to the defense of controversial Imam Ammar Shahin after he seemingly prayed for the annihilation of Jews “down to the very last one” on Friday.
How are they defending him? They claim that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) mis-translated his prayer and he never called for the annihilation of the Jews, but rather the destruction of them.
Here is the mosque’s statement, courtesy of Breitbart:
On July 21st, 2017, Imam Ammar Shahin gave a sermon at the ICD. The sermon was about the horrific events that had recently taken place, and continue to take place, in East Jerusalem. In this sermon, Imam Shahin exercised his first amendment right to protest the illegal closure, occupation, and attacks against Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site for all Muslims. This illegal closure of the Mosque is in addition to the killing of Muslim worshipers, the injury of many more, including the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the prevention of worship, and the prevention of the call to prayer at the Mosque. The International community has expressed outrage over the incidents, with the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People stating at the recent International Conference on Jerusalem that what is happening is against international law.