Muslim Leader Quits Panel over 'Jihad'

October 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

A Muslim activist resigned from a Virginia state board because of remarks he made about Israel.

Esam Omeish, a surgeon and the president of the Muslim American Society, last week quit a governor-appointed commission set up to examine immigration issues.

Republicans in the state Legislature pressed Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, to oust Omeish after videos surfaced on YouTube of Omeish referring to Israel's actions in Lebanon last summer as "the barbaric and disproportionate Israeli war machine."

In another YouTube video from 2000, Omeish said: "We, Muslims of the Washington metropolitan area, are here today in subfreezing temperatures to tell our brothers and sisters that you have learned the way, that you have known the jihad way is the way to liberate your land."