PHILADELPHIA: CAIR’s ‘Judenrat’ Executive Director, Jacob Bender, tries to silence Israeli guest speaker at Pennsylvania college

MordechaiKedarCAIR-Philly is calling on a college in that state to repudiate the alleged “extremist anti-Muslim rhetoric of a scheduled speaker.” In a letter to Mark Volk, president of Lackawanna College in Scranton, Penn., CAIR-Philly Executive Director Jacob Bender expressed “the Muslim community’s deep concern and dismay at the decision of Lackawanna College and the Jewish Discovery Center to sponsor and promote a public lecture at Lackawanna College by Mordechai Kedar this coming Sunday January 12.”

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Mordechai Kedar doesn’t look like a scary guy. But get him behind a microphone, and he can become an interviewer’s worst nightmare. The Bar-Ilan University lecturer has made a name for himself as the go to personality for Arab media types. Kedar, 60, is trotted out on a near weekly basis to interview at some of the most notoriously anti-Israel publications, with journalists looking for a scapegoat to present arguments on “the occupation” and “Zionist oppression.”

But Kedar isn’t one to back down. The Israeli scholar uses perfect Arabic to present the Jewish state’s case, and he does so in stunning detail. 

SEE: Islam vs. The West, A Community Lecture by Dr. Mordechai Kedar

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On Sunday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m., the Jewish Discovery Center will present a free community-lecture at Lackawanna College by visiting professor Dr. Mordechai Kedar from Bar-Ilan University in Jerusalem. Born and bred in Tel-Aviv, Dr. Mordechai Kedar served for 25 years as a Lt. Col. in Israeli military intelligence, studying Arab political discourse, Arab media and Islamic groups. Currently, he lectures at Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Arabic Studies and does research at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is one of Israel’s leading figures in understanding the Arab world and is the Middle East analyst for the daily newspaper “Makor Rishon” as well as other publications. Dr. Kedar speaks Hebrew, English, and Arabic, and he is a frequent guest in the Israeli, Arab, and international media. Watch him take on al-Jazeera here in Arabic:

CAIR  Bender’s letter noted that “Mr. Kedar has been known to make extremely ‘racially’ (What ‘race’ is Islam?) charged remarks about Islam and Muslims on several occasions. For instance, on a video posted on YouTube, Mr. Kedar tells a news reporter, “it is very important that European countries start making babies … or else Europe will turn into an Islamic country … He falsely stated that Muslims believe Imam Khomeini of Iran to be infallible and that Muslims believe that Christianity and Judaism are both ‘finished.’ 

“We are disappointed to see the JDC and Lackawanna College engaging in promoting hatred and bigotry against a religious minority. We urge you to distance yourself from the racist comments of your featured speaker, Mordechai Kedar, to clearly state your condemnation of his bigotry, and join with many other organizations in finding ways to bring about peace and harmony among all people.”

Bender’s letter suggested that the college provide the community with another, less biased view of Islam and Muslims. (In other words, a Hamas-linked Judeophobic propaganda spewer from CAIR)