Imam At NJ Islamic Center Workshop: Palestinian Cause Is ‘Islamic’ But Must Be Marketed As ‘Humanitarian’ To Garner Everybody’s Support


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Imam At NJ Islamic Center Workshop: Palestinian Cause Is ‘Islamic’ But Must Be Marketed As ‘Humanitarian’ To Garner Everybody’s Support; Speakers Praise BDS, Say Israel Likely To Cease Existing Within 50 Years

MEMRI, November 2018:

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At a “Workshop for Palestine” held by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) at the Islamic Center of Union County, NJ (ICUCNJ) on November 17, 2018, New Jersey-based AMP activist Muhammad Habba said that he believes Israel will cease to exist in the next 50 years, and went on to praise members of the Democratic Party for supporting boycotts and sanctions against Israel (for more on Habba, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 7396, Muslim Center Of Middlesex County, NJ Hosts Pro-BDS Event, Speakers Encourage Boycotting J Street, American Companies: ‘If You Look At The Whole History, They Did Not Spend More Than… 200 Years [In Palestine],’ ‘Most Of The Jews Today Are Not The Children Of Israel… They Are Not Even Jews’). Waseem Qana’a, another AMP activist, said that AMP’s focus is cutting U.S. funding for Israeli state-sponsored terrorism. One of the audience members said that peaceful measures are not enough and that the” military option” should not be taken off the table. Qana’a answered that BDS is “the biggest threat to Zionist supremacy.” Another audience member said that the Palestinian issue should be fought for by all possible means, and that the Palestinian cause is “100% Islamic and 0% humanitarian.” ICUCNJ imam Sa’id Elkasaby responded that even though he agreed that the Palestinian cause is an Islamic cause, it must be marketed as humanitarian so that Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims will support it as well.

An unedited video of the presentation was uploaded to ICUCNJ’s YouTube channel on November 17, and was taken down a short time later. The following day, an edited version of the video was uploaded to the channel; it does not include the Q&A session and the content that is included in the MEMRI TV clip of the workshop.

The ICUC building formerly housed a synagogue, Temple Israel. It was sold to the ICUC in 2010.

To view Imam Sai’d Elkasaby’s November 17, 2018 sermon, click here or below


The following is the transcript of the MEMRI TV clip of Elkasaby’s sermon:

Imam Sa’id Elkasaby: Israel “Will Cease To Exist… Within The Next 50 Years; Right Now Palestine Advocacy In America Is At An All-Time High”

Imam Sa’id Elkasaby: “As I said in yesterday’s sermon, Palestine is not limited to today’s borders. Palestine is not limited to the borders of 1948, of 1976, or of Sykes-Picot. Palestine is greater than that. Palestine is in the heart of every Muslim. Palestine is a land of all Arabs and all Muslims. Before being an Islamic cause, Palestine is a cause for humanity.”



Muhammad Habba: “There’s this idea that Israel is something that’s going to last forever, which, unfortunately from what we’ve been seeing recently, isn’t true. Israel, at the way it’s going right now, will cease to exist, I would say, maybe within the next 50 years.


“Right now, Palestine advocacy in America is at an all-time high. The majority of Democrats support boycotts and sanctions on Israel because of their treatment of Palestine.


“One thing that, surprisingly, has happened, is that through the election of Trump, many people are beginning to see the problems with Israel.”


Waseem Qana’a: “The connections.”


Waseem Qana’a: “Our Goal Is To Build Our Community As A Force In The State Of New Jersey And In The United States… To Work Towards Ending U.S. Support For Israeli State-Sponsored Terrorism”

Muhammad Habba: “Just last week, we had the first American congresswoman endorse boycott, divestment, and sanctions on the State of Israel until the end of the occupation.”


Waseem Qana’a: “Where you are is the largest sponsor and funder of the State of Israel, and that is just reality. So why don’t you, not you specifically, but us… Why don’t you take the angle of working to tell our government to stop funding the State of Israel? We can get into a discussion about whether or not that’s possible or feasible, but again this is a strategic long-term plan.


“As an organization, we work on Palestine within the context of American society and American policy, and our goal is to build our community as a force in the state of New Jersey and in the United States that’s going to work towards ending U.S. support for Israeli state-sponsored terrorism.”



Muhammad Habba: “We live in a country that is the biggest supporter of Israel in the world. We, as American citizens, have the right to voice our opinions through our congresspeople and through our senators. We have the ability to literally cut paychecks that are going to Israel to fund what is going on right now in Palestine.”


Audience Member 1: “I think most people are not convinced that peaceful resistance is the right way to confront the enemy.


“We are a minority in America, and I think that the boycott is not an effective way to defeat the Zionist claims. So why do you take the military option off the table? The world understands only the powerful people. They don’t understand peaceful protest or peaceful resistance.”


Waseem Qana’a: BDS “Is The Biggest Threat To Zionist Supremacy; Money Is Where It Hurts”

Waseem Qana’a: “BDS, and I mean this with every fiber of my being because I believe this, is the biggest threat to Zionist supremacy. Money is where it hurts.


“BDS is an effective tool that everybody here should dedicate themselves to, because your money should not be spent on the oppression of Palestinian children, and all of our money does, because we’re all taxpayers.”


Wa’el (Audience Member 2): “When we talk to the Jewish people, to the Zionists, one on one… When they give up their arguments, they say: ‘Well, I’m a Jew, it is my land.’ I always like to say to everyone… The Jewish [people]… They always confuse you between a nationality and a religion. An American Muslim cannot say: ‘I’m a Muslim, so Saudi Arabia is my country,’ and then he has to go there. That’s religion, and that’s nationality. As a nationality, there is no Jewish country. There is no Muslim country. There is no Christian country. In Palestine, there are a lot of Christians, there are Jews, and there are Muslims. But it’s their own country. No Jewish German can come in, kick me out, and say: ‘This is only my country.’


“I can say it loudly and clearly. The only problem is to fight with all possible means. Put 20 red lines under that. Fight [using] all possible means that you have.


“If you have the will, they will be out in a minute. That state is a lot weaker than anyone thinks, and just a few days ago the Gazans proved that.


“When it comes to Palestine, Palestinians will never, ever free their own country. Arabs and Muslims will free it. All the Palestinians have to do now is keep their affair loud and clear so that it doesn’t die with time.


“It bothers me that the Palestinian cause is seen as a humanitarian issue. I have rights. It is a humanitarian issue when I come here as a refugee, and the Americans give me citizenship, and they take care of me… That is a humanitarian issue, because they can tell me: ‘No, we don’t want you here. You’re not an American. You’re an Arab. Go to Jordan. Go wherever.’ You can view this as a humanitarian cause for the Palestinian refugees, who went to Syria or to Jordan, where they put up tents for them, and the United Nations came and brought them a little bit of bread, butter, oil, and olives… That is a humanitarian issue. But returning to my land is an issue of rights. We don’t view it as a [humanitarian] cause. If I’m saying that it is a humanitarian cause rather than an Islamic cause, I am losing my rights. It makes me look like a human being who is begging. We are not begging. This is our right. This cause is 100% Islamic and 0% humanitarian. Thank you.”


Imam Sai’d Elkasaby: “Although Our Cause Is Islamic, When We Market And Present It… It Should Be Presented As A ‘Humanitarian Cause'”

Imam Sa’id Elkasaby: “May Allah reward our brother Wa’el. You talked about ‘humanitarian’ and ‘Islamic.’ Although our cause is Islamic, when we market and present it to people, I believe that it should be presented as a ‘humanitarian cause.’


“If I talk to Jews and tell them that my cause is Islamic – they’re out. It’s over. They won’t support me because they’re Jews and I’m a Muslim.”


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