Islamic critics of the 9/11 Museum keep that it refuses to lie about the Al Qaeda hijackers and their Islamic motives which were rooted in the Koran.
Mustafa Elazabawy, an imam at Masjid Manhattan who wrote one of the first letters of protest to the museum, cast Jews as controlling money and the world during a 2008 sermon still available on the mosque’s website. He called them a “cancer … in every generation as they get in power.” And, like Hamdani, he said Jews “killed the Prophets and the messengers.”
Elazabawy claimed that the film, as it exists, “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum.” It might leave “[u]nsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims … with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”
Then CAIR held a press conference at the New York Interchurch Center and kept it going.
“Who crucified Jesus?” Talat Hamdani said. “Do we ever question that? Bring in the fact that not only the Romans but there were Jews who crucified Jesus?”
What a bracingly new idea. Islamophobia is wrong. Let’s pivot to anti-Semitism.
Speakers included New York City Councilman Robert Jackson, Rev. Chloe Breyer, daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Zead Ramadan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New York chapter.
None of them condemned Talat Hamadani’s hate.
After hosting and promoting CAIR’s latest spectacle of hate, the Jewish Community Relations Council and New York Board of Rabbis should end its relationship with the New York Interchurch Center.