Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Sherman Reacts to Davis-based Imam’s Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Remarks

  

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – On July 21 during Friday prayers, Imam Ammar Shahin, delivered a sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis, CA where he prayed to Allah to "liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews" and to "annihilate them down to the very last one."  Congressman Sherman released the following statement in response:

It is unacceptable for anyone, anywhere, and at any time to call to annihilate Jews or any other religious or ethnic group.  Imam Shahin’s rhetoric was nothing short of a call for genocide.

“I call upon the Islamic Center of Davis to terminate the employment of Mr. Ammar Shahin, to declare that he is ineligible for any future employment, and to permanently bar him from attendance at the mosque or at any of its facilities.  I further call upon every organization to permanently bar Mr. Shahin from all of their activities and disassociate itself from the Islamic Center of Davis until it permanently disassociates itself from Mr. Shahin.

“In particular, I have contacted the following organizations and urged them to inform me when Mr. Shahin would be barred from participation in their activities and whether the Islamic Center of Davis would be likewise barred until it completely severs its relationship with Mr. Shahin.  The organizations contacted are as follows: the University of California, Davis (the Islamic Center is located across the street from its campus), the Council on American Relations (CAIR), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), The Islamic Society of North America, The American Muslim Council, and all interfaith organizations in the greater Sacramento area including Celebration of Abraham (A local Yolo County interfaith organization, of which the Islamic Center of Davis is a member).

I commend Mrs. Shireen Qudosi, the Director of Muslim Matters at America Matters for starting a petition urging the Islamic Center of Davis to terminate Mr. Shahin’s employment.”

Note: the website of the Islamic Center of Davis lists Mr. Ammar Shahin as the sole Imam of said mosque.