It is inexplicable that a person who blamed Israel for the 9/11 attacks and advocated for terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah—which has killed more Americans than any terrorist group in the world except al Qaeda—was chosen to represent the United States
Josh Block, CEO of The Israel Project
A Muslim leader who said that Israel should have been added to the”suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was recently selected to represent the United States government at a human rights conference sponsored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Salam al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), was recently chosen by the Obama administration to represent the US at a human rights conference sponsored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). al-Marayati is to deliver remarks in Warsaw, during a 10-day gathering meant to foster the tolerance.
And that is the irony -- and the reason for the uproar, based on Salam al-Marayati's singular lack of qualifications for the job.
Adam Kredo notes about the uproar as Anti-Israel Advocate Reps U.S. at Rights Conference:
Al-Marayati drew widespread criticism from Jewish leaders and others when he said that the U.S. “should put the state of Israel on the suspect list,” according to the New York Times.Read the whole thing.
“If we’re going to look at suspects, 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,” al-Marayati told a radio host, according to the Times.
Al-Marayati has also defined attacks by the terrorist group Hezbollah as “legitimate resistance,” according to a report by the Investigate Project on Terrorism.
I suppose a pick like this fits right in with the likes of Susan Rice, but still, why would the Obama administration make such a blatantly bad choice at a time when they are fighting to maintain a large chunk of the Jewish vote?
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