Mr. Abdul-Jalil declared in a speech that the White House is run by terrorists and that Muslims were tortured in Manhattan prisons after the World Trade Center attacks.
He also reportedly urged Muslims in America to stop letting “the Zionists of the media to dictate what Islam is to us.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism obtained a recording of his speech, a senior researcher with the organization, Tamar Tesler, confirmed yesterday.
The imam, who has been with the department since 1993 and has been overseeing all clergy members at the agency since 2004.
[…] The director of Simon Wiesenthal’s New York Tolerance Center, Mark Weitzman, said, if true, the statements are cause for worry about possible recruitment of Islamic fundamentalists in city jails.
The move by Michael Bloomberg regarding Umar Abdul-Jalil came after the New York Post reported that the imam made several anti-American and anti-Israel comments in an April 2005 speech, including saying that Muslims in America should stop letting “the Zionists of the media to dictate what Islam is to us.” Abdul-Jalil has said the remarks were taken out of context. He also reportedly said that his mother converted to Judaism in 1959.
UPDATE: He is suspended, yes. But Bloomberg will not fire him. (Thanks to The Growler.)