The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns threats made by California Imams

Friday, August 11, 2017

(Sacramento) - The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns the outrageous death threats made by Imam Mahmoud Harmoush at the Islamic Center of Riverside and Imam Ammar Shahin at the Davis Islamic Center. While we appreciate that Imam Shahin apologized for his remarks, the call for the extermination of an entire group of people is morally repugnant. The Imams’ statements are harmful to the positive relationship the Muslim and Jewish communities have built in the United States. The Jewish community will not allow these disparaging remarks to harm our relationship with the Islamic community. The Imams’ sermons do not reflect California’s embrace of religious diversity, and people of all faiths should reject speech that promotes hate.