Change, it’s absolutely in the air.
Salam al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), was selected by the Obama administration to participate in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) annual 10-day human rights conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM).
Al-Marayati has been a vociferous critic of Israel, once suggesting that Israel should be put “on the suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His organization, MPAC, has requested that militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah be removed from the list of United States-designated terrorist groups.
Naturally Obama and the State Department quickly distanced themselves from such extremism. And by distanced themselves, I mean they embraced Al-Marayati.
The State Department stood by al-Marayati Thursday, telling the Free Beacon that the Israel critic is “valued and highly credible.”
“Mr. al-Marayati has been involved in U.S. government initiatives for almost 10 years and has been a valued and highly credible interlocutor on issues affecting Muslim communities,” a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the OSCE told the Free Beacon in a statement. “He was invited to participate in this year’s HDIM as a reflection of the wide diversity of backgrounds of the American people.”
Diversity means that we include some people who aren’t racist bigots and terrorist supporters.. and some who are.
The U.S. Embassy in Brussels tweeted Wednesday, including a link to the speech al-Marayati delivered to delegates.
The US ambassador there is Howard Gutman who claimed that Muslim Anti-Semitism is justified.