The Palestinian cause is an Islamic struggle that should be "marketed" as a humanitarian concern to non-Muslims, a prominent imam told a recent "Workshop for Palestine" held at the Islamic Center of Union County, NJ.
"Although our cause is Islamic, when we market and present it to people, I believe that it should be presented as a 'humanitarian cause,'" Imam Said Elkasaby told the audience at the November 17 meeting.
In comments that were exposed on Wednesday in a special dispatch by the Washington, DC-based Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI), Elkasaby explained: "If I talk to Jews and tell them that my cause is Islamic, they're out. It's over. They won't support me because they're Jews and I'm a Muslim. The same is true when I tell a Christian that my cause is Islamic. When I tell him that my cause is humanitarian, it means that every human being must acknowledge that truth."