President Barack Obama has sent Muslim Public Affairs Council director Salam Al Marayati, who has said that Israel is a "suspect" in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to represent the United States at a human rights conference in Warsaw.

The Obama administration chose him to attend the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) annual 10-day human rights conference. He told the OSCE participants in Warsaw, "Hate speech that intends to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence against someone based on religion is harmful."

However, Al Marayati once told a radio host, "If we're going to look at suspects [behind the 9/11 attacks], we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies." His comments were reported by The New York Times.

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