'I said things that were hurtful to Jews. This was unacceptable'
California imam apologizes for sermon attacking Jews for ‘desecrating’ Al Aqsa.
You would think that after an imam apologized for saying things hurtful to Jews as well as saying “I understand that speech like this can encourage others to do hateful and violent acts' that the hateful speech would be taken off YouTube.
YouTube, as of now, still has Imam Shahin's speech of July 21 over here and July 14 over here.
I must admit I was quite upset in watching the translation of the July 21 speech at MEMRI but didn't realize that there was another translated speech from July 14 at MEMRI which sounds even worse.
The Washington Post, in an article which describes the Imam's apology, makes no mention of the July 14 video and quotes Nazir Harb Michel, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
Personally, I take issue with the spiritualizing of political conflicts on both sides of the situation,” said Michel, who also expressed concern that MEMRI was hoping to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when Muslim Americans feel under siege.
An article titled Jewish Students React to Imam’s Serman contains the following opinion,
We stand with all Jewish students who have been impacted by Imam Shahin’s statements in this way and here to denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms. However, we also are here to recognize that the edited of Imam Shahin’s sermon was done with Islamophobic intent."
MEMRI Responds To Islamic Center Of Davis's Statement Following Exposure Of Imam Shahin's July 21 Antisemitic Sermon