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Jews4Jihad: Head Of LA Jewish Federation Spoke At MPAC Kumbaya Presser With Other Interfaith Useful Idiots

Noah Farkas Helps Legitimize Salam al- Marayati Who Blamed Israel For 9/11 & Supports Hamas & Hezbollah
January 25, 2022

Speaking on a radio show in Los Angeles a few hours after the 9/11 attacks, al- Marayati accused Israel of complicity in the attacks:

"If we're going to look at suspects [for 9/11], we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies."


Following an Aug. 8, 2001 suicide bombing at a Jerusalem pizzeria, MPAC issued a statement calling the attack "the expected bitter result of the reckless policy of Israeli assassination that did not spare children and political figures."10 The bombing killed 15 people, including 7 children, and wounded 130 others.


In April 1997, al-Marayati gave a chilling, anticipatory justification for anti- American terrorism along with an indirect criticism of the U.S.-Israel relationship. "Where Israel goes, our government follows... What is important is whether the American people are aware of and ready for the consequences... America is much more vulnerable than Israel and has much more to lose."



Salam al-Marayati is a one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)1 and the current president of the organization.2 In 1999, then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt nominated al-Marayati to serve on the National Commission on Terrorism. Gephardt later withdrew the nomination after a public backlash highlighted al-Marayati's defense of terrorist acts and the groups who carry them out.

As the following examples show, al-Marayati tries to affect a moderate tone, but he rarely, if ever, criticizes violence committed by Palestinian terrorists or other violence targeting Israel. That includes years of rationalizing violence by Hizballah, the terrorist group second only to al-Qaida in killing Americans. But he never hesitates to blame the Jewish state for the ongoing conflict, including in cases involving attacks on Israel.



MIM: An MPAC report on and video of the interfaith press conference highlights the cluelessness of the non Muslim participants and their ad nauseum PC virtue signaling.

Washington, D.C. | www.mpac.org | January 23, 2022 — Multi faith leaders gathered on Friday to deliver a joint press conference following the hostage crisis at Beth Israel Temple in Colleyville, TX. Joining together in solidarity, faith leaders condemned the attack, warned against the perils of anti-Semitism, and reiterated the importance of maintaining strong bridges between faith communities, especially in times of increasing polarization. The faith leaders expressed concern since the hostage crisis reignited the tendency to defame a whole community for the acts of a single individual, thus making it crucial to counter hate and violence with messages of peace and solidarity.

During the joint press conference, faith leaders reiterated the common idea that the solidarity of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other faith communities, is fundamental in preventing hate-based violence. Rabbi Jonathan Aaron and Rabbi Sarah Bassin from Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills, who hosted the press conference on Friday, highlighted the importance of condemning the attack, while warning against the "negative sentiments about Muslims which have started to creep into social media and mainstream conversations," thus calling on all of us to "resist the impulse to stigmatize an entire faith community." Salam Al-Marayati, speaking from Temple Emanuel which he calls "my sacred space," reminded the audience that "it is our responsibility as Muslims, especially American Muslims, to speak out against anti-Semitism," and shared how "justice is not determined by making sure that I have rights. Justice is determined by making sure that the 'other' has rights, however we define the 'other'. True religion is when we see that there is no other." Rabbi Sharon Brous from IKAR, lamented the initial reluctance of authorities to label the attack as an act of anti-Semitism, an ideology that, she explains, is a "poison in our system," calling it "the same ideology that stands at the heart of white nationalism." To eradicate it, she continued, we need to be "honest about what we are and where the problems are," while acknowledging the risks associated with doing so when the act is perpetrated by a member of another discriminated against group. To prevent the Islamophobic backlash that might result, Rabbi Sharon Brous stated that "we are not going to allow the actions of a single individual to define the relationship with the collective," adding that we must "dream together of a world in all of our beautiful diversity and differences to live in."

Among the speakers there was also the recently elected President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Farkas who quoted Martin Luther King Jr., inviting everyone to establish "a nation of love and not hate" because "as MLK said, "hate is too much of a burden to bear, it corrodes our souls and disintegrates ourselves." Similarly, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of Bnai David-Judea Congregation, quoted the Torah, calling for the community to "stand as one person with one heart" because "when we stand together, when faith communities stand together, when human communities stand together and feel together as with one heart, then we can hear the voice of God."

"We do not want the narrative of hate to override our faith. We are all in the pursuit of health, security, and protection," stated Umar Hakim, Chairman of MPAC's African American Muslim Insight Council and President of Intellect Love and Mercy (ILM) , sharing a strong message of solidarity from the podium. He also called the attacks in Texas a "violation of our human security," reiterating how for Muslims "saving one life is like saving all of humanity."

Fr. Alexei Smith, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, showed unwavering support from the Catholic community, recalling how the nearby Catholic church in Colleyville, TX, offered refuge to the families of the hostages during the crisis, "providing the wonderful example of shared humanity for all of us" and adding that he couldn't "think of any better response than to publicly reject all forms of hatred, Islamophobia among them." Pastor William Smart, President and CEO of Southern Christian Leadership Conference passionately shared that "We need to embark on that holistic, beloved community that Dr. King long talked about. We need to overcome the war, to overcome white supremacy, we need to overcome capitalism, we need to, as a religious community, come together."

All interfaith leaders pointed to the importance of choosing love over hate, looking out not only for members of one's community, but first and foremost for others, welcoming "the stranger," to build strong bonds of solidarity that alone can prevent attacks like Colleyville from happening again. United in a common prayer of solidarity with the Jewish community, all interfaith leaders present made an active commitment to eradicate hate and hate-based violence from their communities and from the nation as a whole.

If you missed the press conference, watch the full recording here.

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