The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement demanding that a rabbi apologize for “extremist” remarks he made last week.
Teaneck-based Rabbi Steven Pruzansky wrote in his blog: “the Arab-Muslim animals that span the globe chopping, hacking, merrily decapitating… At a certain point, the unrestrained behavior of unruly animals becomes the fault of the zookeeper, not the animals.” Pruzansky clarified his statements on Tuesday, stating that he was not issuing his statements at all Muslims, but rather, those who were supporting terrorism and carrying out acts of Jihad.
CAIR-NJ Executive Director Mohamed El Filali released a statement on Monday, demanding: “Our state’s mainstream Jewish leadership should speak out strongly against extremists in their midst, just as American Muslim leaders have spoken out against religious extremism.”
However, the man in charge of the CAIR-NJ chapter: Mohamed El-Filali, has delivered a laundry list of extremist remarks and has documented ties to Islamic extremism.
Prior to working for CAIR, El-Filali was employed at a radical Hamas-associated mosque in Passaic County, New Jersey, Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project reported.
El Filali worked at The Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), which was founded by Mohammed El Mezain, a man who was found to be fundraising for jihadist terror group Hamas. Another one of the mosque’s Imams, Muhammed al-Hanooti, served as president of Islamic Association for Palestine, a group that the Clarion Project describes as a “pro-Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front organization.” The current ICPC Imam, Mohammed Qatanani, was arrested in Israel in 1993 and charged with having extensive links to Hamas. He had previously been a member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood terror group, he revealed. Following his release, Qatani moved to New Jersey to become Imam of the ICPC, where he immediately began to raise six million dollars to support terror group Hamas, the FBI documented.
In 2002, El-Filali led a chant comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Adolf Hitler. “Sharon, Hitler are the same. Only difference is the name,” said El-Filali’s pro-Palestinian crowd, The New York Times reported.