Hussam Ayloush, the Executive Director of CAIR-Southern California, spoke at a conference sponsored by CAIR, the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) West Zone on June 21, 2006. Ayloush criticized the closure of Hamas charities as "genocide" against the Palestinians.
Ayloush: We have a duty to speak about it in our mosques, our churches, our temples, our synagogues; we have the duty to speak about the need of humanitarian aid for Palestinians. And any attempt to close down a legitimate relief organization is an attempt to starve the Palestinian people. And we have to say that. These are strong words, but they're very, very correct. An attempt to close down relief for the Palestinians is an attempt at genocide.