Mohammad al-Asi, a Muslim activist based in Washington DC, has made numerous anti-Semitic speeches around the country for several years.
Al-Asi is most often invited to speak to Muslim student groups in California and has made some of his more radical speeches at anti-Israel events organized by the Muslim Student Union at the University of California – Irvine. These events often feature a handful of radical anti-Semitic speakers, including Imam Amir Abdul Malik Ali and Imam Abdul Alim Musa.
In the early 1980s Al-Asi served as the imam of the in Islamic Center in Washington DC, and although he was barred from holding a position in the center, he still presents himself as the legitimate elected leader of the mosque. He has led protest services on the sidewalk in front of the center every Friday afternoon since he was fired in 1983.
Al-Asi, who publicly swore allegiance to the Iranian Supreme Leader in 1994, is a research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), a pro-Iranian, pro-Hezbollah Islamist think tank that distributes anti-Semitic propaganda in its magazine, Crescent International.
Al-Asi is also affiliated with the UK-based pro-Iranian Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). He coauthored the IHRC's "Charter for Muslim Unity" (or, Charter 3:103), which was presented as a manifesto against sectarian violence and extremism. The charter was in fact designed to attract Sunni support for the Iranian theocratic Shiah regime. In London IHRC organizes the annual commemoration of Jerusalem Day, which was established as part of the Muslim calendar by the Iranian regime and serves to call for the destruction of Israel.
Among al-Asi's associates is Ahmed Huber, a Swiss Nazi sympathizer who was implicated in laundering money for Al Qaeda, and Yaqub Zaki, a Holocaust denier associated with the Muslim Institute in London. Al-Asi has also joined with the leader of the anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz, for several events in the Washington DC area.
Al-Asi's speeches and articles portray Israel and Zionism as the final stage in a long process of corruption of the Jewish people. Al-Asi's articles in Crescent International often refer to Jews, Zionists and Israel in the collective name Yahud, which is Arabic for "Jews." Al-Asi also justifies violence, writing in one of his articles: "The Israeli Zionist are [sic] the true and legitimate object of liquidation." He has also expressed his support for the Iranian religious edict calling for the death of British author Salman Rushdie.
September 18, 2011: Mohammad al-Asi and Imam Abdul Alim Musa of the Sabiqun movement were interviewed on Press TV, a state-funded Iranian TV news channel, to discuss the latest developments in the Arab Spring. During the interview, al-Asi warned that popular uprisings and revolutions sweeping across Egypt and Tunisia are susceptible to being hijacked by foreign forces, most notably by the United States and Israel. "There has to be a leadership that gives direction to this movement [the Arab Spring], otherwise… the forces of imperialism and even Zionism will hijack these uprisings," al-Asi said.
August 26, 2011: Al-Asi gave a public sermon in front of the Washington DC Islamic Center to mark the occasion of Al Quds Day, an annual anti-Israel day of protests generally held on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. Throughout his speech, al-Asi made several anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments, claiming Zionist control of the U.S. government and that Jews and Zionists have manipulated books and history to reflect pro-Israel narratives. Al-Asi also said that the Zionists only "understand the languages of explosions bombs," and spoke of the need for the community to take up arms against Zionists and Israel. Throughout al-Asi's 46-minute sermon, he also added:
February 7, 2008: Al-Asi gave a presentation at an event organized by the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine entitled, "From Auschwitz to Gaza: The Politics of Genocide." During the presentation, al-Asi claimed that "Zionists or what some people call the Jewish lobby" have made the U.S. a "second fiddle to the Israeli government." He further claimed that the war in Iraq was fought for Israeli interests "lurking behind the scenes," and that "the pro-Zionist, Israeli crowd" is pushing the U.S. into a war with Iran. "It is the Israelis who are benefiting from the American blood that is shed in those lands," al-Asi added. Al-Asi also said:
May 14, 2007: Al-Asi gave the opening speech at a three-day event organized by the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine, "Israel: apartheid resurrected," during which he argued that the U.S. is fighting the war in Iraq on behalf of Israel, stating: "You can't differentiate between Washington and Tel Aviv any longer." He also alleged that the U.S. knew about the plan to attack the World Trade Center before September 11. He said his positions were not anti-Semitic; adding that Jews should take the stand that "Zionism is one thing and Judaism is another thing." Later in the day, al-Asi spoke about Hamas.
February 2007: In an article al-Asi published in the Crescent, he described Jews as being on a slow process of breaking away from God and morality, what he calls "gradual kufr." He wrote: "Considering the sort of behavior and attitude coming from Jewish religious figures, it is rather less surprising to see the actions of a secular Jewish state. It is precisely what qualifies Yahud [Jews, in Arabic] for displacement, dispossession and depression. That is why they have been stamped with shame, mortification and the wrath of the Almighty."
February 2006: Al-Asi joined with the leader of the anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz, and Imam Abdul Alim Musa for a rally outside the embassy of Denmark in DC to protest the publication of cartoons of the Islamic Prophet in European newspapers.
May 25, 2004: Al-Asi gave a speech at an event organized by the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine in which he blamed Israel for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, stating that : "the U.S. — lock, stock and barrel — is doing what Israelis want you to do." He urged the students to "tip the balance and recreate [America's] image-not in the image of Zionist Israel." Al-Asi also argued "Many of our [Muslims] innocents have been killed when we all believe 'an eye for an eye' and 'a soul for a soul.' We're lagging behind, but we have plenty of time to catch up."
November 2003: In an article posted one Muslim Student Association at the University of Missouri Web site, al-Asi justified murdering British author Salman Rushdie. He also wrote:
"The Israeli Zionist are [sic] the true and legitimate object of liquidation. A new generation of death-defying youth are motivated by Islam, and Islam alone, to challenge and destroy the racism and nationalism of Tel Aviv's politicians. Israel is running out of time and all the politicians know it."
October 31, 2001: Al-Asi joined Malik Zulu Shabazz and Imam Abdul Alim Musa, for a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC, where he stated:
February 21, 2001: During a speech at UC-Irvine, al-Asi said: "You have the Jews who are blind and deaf and dumb [for whom] discrimination, if it is against a gentile, is not objectionable; but anything that happens against a Jew becomes a Holocaust…Where is the courageous Jew who can come out and say Israel is as fascist as the most fascist of Europe? Israel is a racist as Apartheid could ever be…We have a psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human beings."
1998: In an essay titled "The Koran Says: Zionist Israel Will Be Shattered," published on an ICIT affiliated Web site, al-Asi wrote about a final battle between Muslims and Jews in which "Muslims will deal the deathblow to Yahud."
March 9, 1989: Talking to the Muslim Student Association at Portland State University about the fatwa calling for the death of British author Salman Rushdie, which was issued by the Iranian supreme leader Khomeini, al-Asi said: "As far as Muslims are concerned, we have no choice but to apply God's law…Rushdie has renounced Islam and has insulted and lampooned the person of the prophet. Both carry the death penalty."