Protest Google Partnering With Anti-Semitic Imams Online

Write to Google Founder Larry Page

On January 31, 2018 Google is partnering with the London-based group Imams Online in a day-long “Digital Summit.” Speakers include people who are on record having made anti-Semitic comments, supporters of radical Islamism including Hamas, a supporter of Sharia-sanctioned “death by stoning,” and an advocate for removing women from the workplace.

While it is legitimate for Google as a global citizen to actively oppose anti-Muslim prejudices, more due diligence on Google’s part to ensure that bigotry against others is not endorsed by Google or any of its partners. See the CALL TO ACTION BELOW

A “google” search of each of the speakers would have given Google the information needed to make a clear decision to exclude those who promote violence, bigotry and hate. The problematic speakers include:

Mahmood Chandia: the London Times reported that Chandia “claims in one sermon that music is a way in which Jews spread ‘the Satanic web’ to corrupt young Muslims.” (London Times, September 7, 2007 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hardline-takeover-of-british-mosques-khdjz2cjpnc)

He also endorsed Sharia-sanctioned “death by stoning” as reported by the Lancashire Telegraph: “Death by stoning for both men and women exists to provide a social balance in a way that other people will see adultery as a deterrent. So while the Western observer might see it as abhorrent, it exists to preserve the family lineage. It is dictated by prophetic practice which is part of the Islamic religion, the Koran.”

Haaris Abdul Samad: Posted on his Facebook page his support for Aafia Siddiqui Jannah, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for her attack with a firearm on US soldiers during an interrogation. The FBI described her as “an al Qaeda operative and facilitator.” Abdul Samad wrote: “May Allah grant. Dr.aafia siddiqui jannah thru her hardships, mke this is sentence a means of gettin (sic) close to Allah, and may she be freed n united with family!”

Yasir Qadhi: An ultra-conservative imam, Qadhi is seen on YouTube as promoting the removal of women from the workplace: “The general rule is (Muslim) sisters should not work because their role is as wives and mothers… men have been assigned a role and women have been assigned a role… men are physically, mentally, intellectually different than women. Women are emotionally, physically different than men… therefore Allah has given men his role and he is suited for that role. And Allah has given women their role and they are suited for that role.”

Myriam Francois: Denies Israel the right to self-defense against Hamas terror rockets fired from Gaza. During the 2014 Gaza conflict, she wrote, “The current international unwillingness to protect Palestinian civilians on the grounds that Israel has a right to respond to rocket attacks, also represents a form of collective punishment.” She also tweeted, “Israel accusing Hamas of war crimes? Oh the irony.”

Please join us in writing to Google and protest this anti-semitic event, and encourage them to implement stronger screening procedures for their events.

Protest Google Partnering With Anti-Semitic Imams Online

  

To Larry Page, Google founder

It has come to my attention that on January 31, 2018 Google is partnering with the London-based group Imams Online in a day-long “Digital Summit.” Speakers include people who are on record having made anti-Semitic comments, supporters of radical Islamism including Hamas, a supporter of Sharia-sanctioned “death by stoning,” and an advocate for removing women from the workplace.

While it is legitimate for Google as a global citizen to actively oppose anti-Muslim prejudices, more due diligence on Google’s part to ensure that bigotry against others is not endorsed by Google or any of its partners.

A Google search of each of the speakers would have given Google the information needed to make a clear decision to exclude those who promote violence, bigotry and hate. The problematic speakers include:

Mahmood Chandia: the London Times reported that Chandia “claims in one sermon that music is a way in which Jews spread ‘the Satanic web’ to corrupt young Muslims.” (London Times, September 7, 2007 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hardline-takeover-of-british-mosques-khdjz2cjpnc)

He also endorsed Sharia-sanctioned “death by stoning” as reported by the Lancashire Telegraph: “Death by stoning for both men and women exists to provide a social balance in a way that other people will see adultery as a deterrent. So while the Western observer might see it as abhorrent, it exists to preserve the family lineage. It is dictated by prophetic practice which is part of the Islamic religion, the Koran.”

Haaris Abdul Samad: Posted on his Facebook page his support for Aafia Siddiqui Jannah, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for her attack with a firearm on US soldiers during an interrogation. The FBI described her as “an al Qaeda operative and facilitator.” Abdul Samad wrote: “May Allah grant. Dr.aafia siddiqui jannah thru her hardships, mke this is sentence a means of gettin (sic) close to Allah, and may she be freed n united with family!”

Yasir Qadhi: An ultra-conservative imam, Qadhi is seen on YouTube as promoting the removal of women from the workplace: “The general rule is (Muslim) sisters should not work because their role is as wives and mothers… men have been assigned a role and women have been assigned a role… men are physically, mentally, intellectually different than women. Women are emotionally, physically different than men… therefore Allah has given men his role and he is suited for that role. And Allah has given women their role and they are suited for that role.”

Myriam Francois: Denies Israel the right to self-defense against Hamas terror rockets fired from Gaza. During the 2014 Gaza conflict, she wrote, “The current international unwillingness to protect Palestinian civilians on the grounds that Israel has a right to respond to rocket attacks, also represents a form of collective punishment.” She also tweeted, “Israel accusing Hamas of war crimes? Oh the irony.”

I strongly protest the inclusion of these hateful and violence-supporting speakers in this program.

I also Google to undertake a serious effort in due diligence to screen their partners and any invited speakers that appear under Google’s logo. Without such screening, by default Google is endorsing violence and bigotry, which violates Google’s own stated opposition to the exclusion of people “based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or citizenship status.”

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