Imam at NJ Islamic Center: Palestinian Cause Is "Islamic" but Must Be Marketed as "Humanitarian"




Published on Nov 28, 2018

American Muslims for Palestine held a "Workshop for Palestine" at the Islamic Center of Union County, NJ (ICUCNJ) on November 17, 2018. Muhammad Habba, a New Jersey-based AMP activist (see MEMRITV clip 6483), said that he believes Israel will cease to exist in the next 50 years, and praised members of the Democratic Party for supporting boycotts and sanctions against Israel. Waseem Qana'a, another AMP activist, said that AMP's focus is cutting US funding for Israeli state-sponsored terrorism. During the Q&A session, one of the audience members said that peaceful measures are not enough and that the "military option" should not be taken off the table, and Qana'a answered that BDS is the biggest threat to Zionist supremacy. A statement by another audience member that the Palestinian cause is "100% Islamic and 0% humanitarian" developed into a debate. ICUCNJ's imam Sa'id Elkasaby said that even though he agreed that the Palestinian cause is an Islamic cause, it must be marketed to the West as humanitarian so that Jews, Christians, and others will support it as well. An unedited video of the presentation was uploaded to ICUCNJ's YouTube channel on November 17, 2018, and it was taken down soon after being uploaded. The following day, a shortened version of the video was re-uploaded to the channel. The re-uploaded version excludes the Q&A session and the excerpts that can be seen in this clip. The ICUC building had formerly housed Temple Israel, a Jewish Synagogue, it was sold to the Islamic Center in 2010.