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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing backlash for allowing a controversial anti-Israel imam– Omar Suleiman– to deliver a House prayer.
Suleiman supports the BDS movement and has compared Israelis to Nazis.
Additionally, he’s expressed support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2017, the Algemeiner reported that Suleiman had posted an image on social media supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 and had posted on Facebook and Twitter during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas: “God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs.”
“On Thursday, the noon prayer was given by an imam from Texas who has a long history of, not just supporting BDS, but comparing Israel to the Nazis, accusing Israel of being a terror regime, calling for a Palestinian intifada in the past and inciting violence, supporting the Muslim brotherhood and the list goes on,” Zeldin said on “The Cats Roundtable” Sunday.
“I think it is outrageous that Speaker Pelosi on this day, on Thursday, chose that radical imam to be speaking before Congress with that prayer,” he continued.
Zeldin also spoke to Fox News about the decision to allow such a controversial imam to lead a prayer.
“Either the speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been OK for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway,” Zeldin told “Fox & Friends.” “It’s a bad call to have this person. It’s horrible judgment, and after the 2019 that we’ve had so far, where members of their own caucus are pushing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, it was a bad judgment.”
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson originally invited Suleiman to speak to the chamber.
Zeldin wondered why his colleagues didn’t take steps to find a less controversial imam– one who, preferably, did NOT compare Israelis to Nazis.
“Let’s just say all you found was that he compares Israel to Nazis,” Zeldin said. “That would be enough to maybe tell that member or other members of the caucus, ‘How about you find another imam if you want to have an imam give an opening prayer?’ But … comparing Israel to terrorists, calling for — and inciting violence, calling for a third Palestinian intifada or the posts on social media that are supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood — as that list goes further on, it’s a bad call to have this person.”
A bad call indeed.
h/t Fox News