Dr Mohammad Abu-Salha calmly described the pain of reviewing the autopsy reports formembers of the House Judiciary Committee clasped their hands over the mouths, wiping away their tears.
However, not too soon after, the bereaving father was made to defend his faith in the hearing. One can only imagine how traumatic and hurtful the entire experience must have been.
“I must be one of a few physicians, if not the only one, who read his own children’s murder autopsy reports and details” – Dr Mohammad Abu-Salha said at a congressional hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism”.
In 2016, his two daughters were killed in an execution-style – a tragedy that will haunt him forever. However, the fighting father was repeatedly asked to explain and defend his Muslim faith. At one point, a fellow witness even directly challenged him on his claim that Islam does not instruct its followers to hate Jews.
“I’m really confused when the good doctor says that Islam does not teach hatred of Jews” – said Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America.
He said this three hours into the hearing, followed by his claim that several imams in the United States had “publicly made sermons calling to murder Jews.”
“There has to be a reformation and a rethinking of the aspects of the Quran that promote hatred against Jews,” – Klein added, who himself defended President Donald Trump’s claim that there were “good people” at the 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville once.
“We fight this, actually” – Abu-Salha answered.
Next was Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). After offering condolences, he pursued with his question.
“Does Islam teach Muslims to hate Jewish people?” – he asked.
“Actually, in the Quran, it says that killing any human being is akin to killing humanity, and reviving a soul is akin to reviving humanity,” – said Salha, defending his faith.
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