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Khader El-Yateem Should Denounce Sarsour’s Call for ‘Jihad’ Capano for Council

Capano: Sarsour’s words are truly shocking and repugnant

If El-Yateem won’t denounce Sarsour, he needs to explain why!

Bob Capano, the leading Republican City Council Candidate for the 43rd District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) today called upon Khader El-Yateem, a Democratic opponent in the City Council race, to denounce a speech by radical Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who recently called for a “Jihad” against President Trump while speaking to the Islamic Society of North America’s convention in Chicago. Sarsour is a long time friend and supporter of El-Yateem and the two have served together as officers of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.

During her speech Linda Sarsour said, “I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

“Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community, it is not to assimilate and please any other people and authority,” she said. “Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community.”

“Our top priority and even higher than all those other priorities is to please Allah and only Allah,” Sarsour declared.

City Council candidate Bob Capano said, “The words uttered by radical Muslim activist Linda Sarsour are truly shocking and repugnant and have no place in a secular society. Today, I call on Khader El-Yateem to denounce her words as hate speech, because that’s what it is.

“Khader El- Yateem has never hidden the fact that he is a cleric. If he is a man of god, he needs to speak out against Linda Sarsour hate-filled rant. If he won’t denounce Sarsour, then he should explain to the voters why not. He already has refused to disavow the endorsement of the radical New York City Demoractic Socialist of America who oppose ‘an economy organized for private profit’ in a city that was built on capitalism.

“There is absolutely no excuse for a speech like that to be delivered in the first place. Linda Sarsour has used words that have inspired terror attacks around the world; that is shocking and wrong. I await Khader El Yateem’s response to my question.”

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