Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California gave the duty of reciting opening prayers to Imam Omar Suleiman on Thursday.
It didn’t come as much of a shock when anti-semitic leftist Linda Sarsour applauded Pelosi’s decision to delegate the responsibility to Suleiman.
Sarsour tweeted, “A beautiful, moving, and timely prayer by Imam Omar Suleiman on the House floor today at the US Capitol. Born and raised in Louisiana, currently lives and preaches in Dallas, TX.”
A beautiful, moving, and timely prayer by Imam Omar Suleiman on the House floor today at the US Capitol. Born and raised in Louisiana, currently lives and preaches in Dallas, TX. #Ramadan #faith #solidarity #Islam pic.twitter.com/Irccf9JP0Z
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) May 9, 2019
The Gateway Pundit describes Imam Omar Suleiman as “an anti-Semite who compared Israel to Nazis and refers to Israelis as terrorists. Suleiman also supports the Muslim Brotherhood terror group and called for the Palestinian antifada or attacks on Jews.”
Representative Lee Zeldin tweeted, “Totally unacceptable that @SpeakerPelosi had Omar Suleiman give the opening prayer yesterday in the House. He compares Israel to the Nazis & calls them terrorists, supports Muslim Brotherhood, incites violence calling for a Palestinian atifada & the end of zionism, etc. Bad call.”
Totally unacceptable that @SpeakerPelosi had Omar Suleiman give the opening prayer yesterday in the House. He compares Israel to the Nazis & calls them terrorists, supports Muslim Brotherhood, incites violence calling for a Palestinian antifada & the end of zionism, etc. Bad call pic.twitter.com/bZakjQVwsJ
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 10, 2019
Algemeiner released a report about Imam Suleiman in July of 2017:
On July, 25, 2014, Suleiman declared on Twitter and Facebook: “How befitting that the 3rd Intifada starts on the 27th night of Ramadan as worshippers are denied prayer in Masjid Al Aqsa.” He ended his post with a prayer of sorts: “God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs. ameen.”
The Facebook post garnered 1.9K comments, more than 4,200 shares, 17K “Likes,” and was even published on a Malaysian website. Suleiman’s call for a “3rd Intifada” and his explicit effort to cast it in religious terms came in the middle of the war between Gaza’s Hamas regime and Israel. That conflict, of course, followed the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas members in June, and the firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel.
Just three months after declaring the imminent outbreak of a “3rd Intifada,” Suleiman posted on Twitter on October 30, 2014: “For the first time since 1967, Masjid Al Aqsa is closed. A third intifada is near insha’Allah. #FreePalestine.”
The Gateway Pundit reports that “the holy imam also compared Jews to Nazis.”