Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein is calling for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to fire Los Angeles chapter director Hussam Ayloush after he advocated for the "termination" of Israel.
"Iran's regime calling Israel a 'cancerous tumor' is like the pot calling the kettle black. All the people of that region will be better off once both murderous regimes are terminated," Ayloush tweeted Sunday.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism first reported on Ayloush's statement. The ZOA statement cites Monday's IPT article, which also details Ayloush's record of incitement. Klein also called for the Democratic Party to revoke Ayloush's delegate credentials.
Based on his tweet, one might assume Ayloush has an equal disdain for the Islamic Republic of Iran and Israel. However, Counter-Islamist Grid Director Kyle Shideler points out that CAIR previously organized a dinner for ex-Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. While Ayloush may now like to see regime change in Iran, he has a long history of describing Israel in ways that echo Iranian rhetoric calling for its destruction.
Ayloush's call for Israel's destruction is anti-Semitic, according to the U.S. State Department's definition established in 2010. Demonizing Israel by "[d]rawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis" and "denying Israel the right to exist" are among the behaviors which constitute anti-Semitism.
Now Ayloush is trying to equate Israel with the Islamic Republic of Iran – the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism worldwide which continues to actively plot attacks throughout the West.
In light of this sentiment, the ZOA is urging "every Jewish and civil rights organization and Rabbis, priests, Imams, politicians and Democratic party officials to join ZOA in demanding Ayloush's termination from his CAIR and Democratic Party posts."
"We specifically call on Minority leader Chuck Schumer, Cong. Nancy Pelosi, Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and Cong. Paul Ryan to speak out strongly and clearly. No more incitement to murdering Jews!", Klein said in the ZOA statement.