CAIR-LA and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-LA) Condemn Local ADL Leader for Anti-Muslim Smear Tactics

(LOS ANGELES, CA - 12/19/2018) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles (JVP-LA) today condemned the attempts of the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an Israel apologist group, to smear CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, a nationally recognized civil rights and human rights leader, in retaliation for protected political expression critical of Israel’s human rights abuses.

During separate public and private presentations with the Orange County Human Relations Commission and Orange County Human Relations Council earlier this month, Rabbi Peter Levi, director of the ADL’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Office, attacked as anti-Semitic Mr. Ayloush’s social media and public comments condemning and calling for an end to Israel’s repressive apartheid system.

“As a human rights activist who consistently speaks against all tyrannical and repressive regimes and policies around the world, especially in the Middle East, I reject the bullying tactics and defamation attempts of apologists of the State of Israel who wish to shield Israel from legitimate criticism,” said Hussam Ayloush. “Demanding an end to the apartheid regime in Israel is not anti-Semitic any more than demanding an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa or to segregation in the United States was anti-Christian.”

CAIR-LA Managing Civil Rights Attorney Marwa Rifahie noted “anti-Semitism is a very real issue that Jews in America continue to face today. This is evidenced by the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh and more recently, hate speech spray-painted on synagogues throughout Orange County. Rather than focusing on the hate in our backyard, Rabbi Levi abused the platform afforded to him to attack CAIR-LA in a move intended to discredit the important civil rights work we do through falsely conflating support for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism.”

“Mr. Levi is purposefully putting the American Muslim community at harm by pushing Islamophobic stereotypes about Muslims and anyone who criticizes Israel,” said Estee Chandler, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of JVP. “This very harmful depiction of the largest Muslim rights organization in California and a well-known Muslim leader as anti-Semitic plays into false stereotypes of Jews versus Muslims. These attacks undermine the work that respected partners - like Hussam Ayloush - and our organizations are committed to, namely combating hate, discrimination and fostering understanding.”

This is the latest occurrence of the ADL attempting to smear human rights activists and supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as Anti-Semites:

Through the years, many civil rights organizations have criticized ADL’s troubling history of undermining anti-racist groups in the United States.  CAIR-LA and JVP-LA call for Mr. Levi and the ADL to cease the vitriolic attacks.

Earlier this week, CAIR filed a major First Amendment lawsuit to a  “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law in Texas enacted last year. The lawsuit is challenging the state’s restrictions on citizens using their First Amendment right to oppose Israeli occupation and human rights abuses.

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-776-1847 or efields@cair.com

Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles Founding Director Estee Chandler, 213-400-9201 or LosAngeles@JewishVoiceforPeace.org

 


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  • Sababu
    commented 2018-12-19 19:28:07 -0500
    PEACE IN…
    This is certainly an unjust, disgraceful, and useless attempt to tarnish Al-Islam and Muslims.

    But what else can be expected from the Talmudist zionazist mindset of satanic treachery???

    What we, humanity, have in apartheid occupied Palestine is wicked and evil descendent mindset of the original blasphemously rebellious, habitually sinful, and WAR CRIMINAL mindset, returned to original crime scene as murderous, thieving, destructive devils – unrepentant, irredeemable, fit for pure hell in Armageddon Judgement for persistent deeds, for once, honestly earned.

    And, Satan committed to attack human life from all angles to prove human beings morally unworthy of being devotional servants of The One G-D Almighty. Satan found the weakest link in the willing rebellious mindset of evil, treacherous Hebrew/Israeli/Talmudist Jews, who cursed themselves to become the human embodiment of Satan – devil earth agents – missioned to spread rebellion, corruption, sin, indecency, color racism, death and destruction, and homosexual preference wherever they wander around the globe, always positioning to have primary influence on behavior outcome of unaware, innocent, and unsuspecting human beings who are brainwashed to serve Satan’s “CHOSEN” devil community rather than serve The One G-D Almighty. Babylonian Talmud Jewry is Satan’s “chosen” earth agent. It’s time for believers to end the devils rule – NOW!!! http://www.

    They know an awakened public will hold them fully accountable, and THAT, WE SHALL.

    NO NEGOTIATION, NO COMPROMISE WITH THE DEVILPERIOD!!!

    Living by Divine Moral Guidance is human Salvation, in the here and now, is only way to defeat and eliminate Satan’s devil community from continuing to harm our precious lives and common destiny ever, ever, ever again – PERIOD.

    ALL TRIBES IN A UNITED ONE HUMAN FAMILY MUST TRUTHFULLY KNOW, FULLY EXPOSE, DIRECTLY CONFRONT, AND FIGHT UNCOMPROMISINGLY TO DEFEAT AND ELIMINATE THE DEVILS RULE. WE MUST DO THIS NOW, AND IT’S NOW OR NEVER AS THE GRAND FINALE OF ARMAGEDDON IS UPON US.

    PEACE IN…PEACE OUT
  • Naaz Modan
    published this page in Press Releases 2018-12-19 16:25:03 -0500