A number of people from the Jewish community gathered at Farmer’s Market on Wednesday to hold what they called a “peaceful” protest regarding the Iman from the Islamic Center of Davis.
The group believes that the apology by the Imam was insincere, arguing that “he didn’t repudiate his words in any way.”
The Imam stated, “To the Jewish community here in Davis and beyond, I say this deeply: I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”
“Essentially he said: Sorry you were hurt. But I still believe every word I said,” the group stated.
The group sent out the following announcement via email that the Vanguard received:
As most of you know by now, Imam Ammar Shahin of the Davis Islamic Center preached a hate-filled sermon on Friday July 14 and also on July 21, in which he (quoting a Hadith) called for the annihilation of Jews. “Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands,” asking for his followers to participate in the slaughter. “Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them”… and referred to “the filth of the Jews.”
Shahin’s supporters initially doubled-down and made excuses for the translated sermon, an “apology” was later issued, and some elected officials and Muslim and Jewish leaders held a closed joint press conference in which speeches were made, including an “apology” by Imam Shahin for the “pain” he caused. At no time was there any retraction or denunciation of the words quoted from the Hadith (the same words that are in the Hamas Charter which call for the murder of our Jewish friends, families and children). Neither was there any call for the Imam to be fired. Equally disturbing is the fact that no member of the DIC’s board of directors, nor its congregants, have come out asking for his resignation.
No Christian, Jewish, or Muslim clergy who preaches murder of any minority group should be tolerated. Such speech leads to violence and murder. It simply has no place in a civilized society.
We need to do more to bring awareness to our community of this despicable and dangerous man. Imam Shahin has NOT said he was wrong to have made his statements (just that he was sorry for causing “pain”—as if he did not know beforehand). Nor has he said he will stop preaching such vile ideas!
THEREFORE WE ARE HAVING A PEACEFUL VIGIL WITH SIGNS. NO SPEAKERS. NO MEGAPHONES. MAKING A STRONG STATEMENT WITH OUR PRESENCE AND SIGNS.
The Vanguard has learned that the rally was organized by a Bet Haverim congregant.