Jewish-American kids who join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are equivalent to members of the Islamic State terrorist group, a top official from the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a speech last month.
Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of the Los Angeles branch of CAIR, made the comments at the Islamic Institute of Orange County last month, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
In the speech, Ayloush complained that the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism programs devote too many resources to tackling Islamic extremism.
“Do you know how many hundreds of Jewish American kids are recruited to join the Israeli occupation army?” Ayloush asked. “No one has ever established a [Countering Violent Extremism] program to see why normal American kids leave their homes to become part of an army committing war crimes… They go to the American Muslim community, although the number of Muslims who join ISIS and Al-Qaeda is… tiny.”
The CAIR director has an Islamic supremacist worldview, and he has often made extremist statements in support of radical groups and individuals.
In 2016, he applauded the crashing of a Russian passenger jet that resulted in the deaths of 92 people.
After the 2015 Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, Ayloush said that the blame belongs with American foreign policy.
In 2004, he claimed that U.S. presence in the Middle East is a “war on Muslims.”