Saying he "let my emotions get the best of me and cloud my better judgment," the imam of the Islamic Center of Davis apologized today for his fiery sermon last week that's been widely condemned as an anti-Semitic attack.
"I said things that were hurtful to Jews. This was unacceptable," Imam Ammar Shahin, flanked by more than three dozen religious and community leaders, said during a press conference at Davis Community Church.
"To the Jewish community here in Davis and beyond, I say this deeply: I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused," Shahin said. "The last thing that I would do is intentionally hurt anyone — Muslim, Jewish or otherwise. It's not in my heart. I do understand now how words were hurtful, and I'm sorry."