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MEMRI Publishes Report On Antisemitism In Sermons In U.S. Mosques

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / November 9, 2021 / The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has published a report by Dr. Mohammed Al-Azdee, faculty of Mass Communication at Paier College in Connecticut, on Antisemitism In Sermons In U.S. Mosques. In his report, Dr. Al-Azdee analyzed sermons from the extensive archives of the MEMRI Sermons by Imams in the West project, writing: "To explore the views preached by imams in the United States, I used the rich archives of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) - which contain over 300 sermons and speeches made by imams and Islamic figures in the West - to collect a sample of statements made by Islamic scholars and imams in America. As it turns out, these imams' statements make it evident that antisemitism - often in the form of anti-Zionism or anti-Israel sentiment - is very present in some of America's mosques, and this might reflect a worrying reality about the presence of antisemitism in some of America's Muslim communities."

Through his research, Dr. Al-Azdee uncovered several antisemitic themes in sermons, and provided examples of each from the MEMRI archives - for example, "The Evil and Violent Jews," "'Zionist' Equals 'Jew,'" "AIPAC and the Zionist Lobby," "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions," "Expansionism And Religious War," "Israel, the Jewish State," and "Palestine As An Islamic Waqf."

Dr. Al-Azdee concludes by encouraging readers to review the MEMRI archives of Sermons by Imams in the West: "Many in the United States want to believe that Islam is a religion of peace only, and that sermons and speeches by imams reflect that perspective in their comments about Jews and Israel, but Congressional hearings show that the imams analyzed in this article are not just isolated cases. In 2021, MEMRI published an archive of around 450 pages recording the hatred, antisemitism, and incitement in sermons by imams of mosques throughout the U.S., including California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. But if any audience is still doubtful regarding these findings, I encourage them to search for a khutbah or any statement of any imam in the U.S. in which the imam states that the Jews are NOT pigs, apes, filthy, evil, or any other antisemitic trope."

Please consider donating to the MEMRI Sermons by Imams in the West project, so that we can continue our vitally important work. No one else is doing the work that MEMRI does, and we rely on donations from dedicated supporters like you to fund our research.


Exploring the Middle East and South Asia through their media, MEMRI bridges the language gap between the West and the Middle East and South Asia, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, Dari, Turkish, Russian, and Chinese media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends.

Founded in February 1998 to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East, MEMRI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. MEMRI's main office is located in Washington, DC, with branch offices in various world capitals. MEMRI research is translated into English, French, Polish, Japanese, Spanish, and Hebrew.

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