Rabbi Who Denounced Temecula Mosque Runs for Senate

Nachum Shifren – also known as the “Surfing Rabbi” – spoke out at a hearing on a planned mosque in Temecula, and drew a heated reaction.

A rabbi who denounced a in Temecula will run for the U.S. Senate.

Nachum Shifren, of Los Angeles, will run to replace Diane Feinstein, he recently announced.

The rabbi, who described himself as “a staunchly conservative Republican,” lambasted the mosque plan and Mahmoud Harmoush, the imam of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, during a meeting at the in January.

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He accused the imam of refusing to repudiate Hamas, the government of the Gaza strip which the U.S. labeled a terrorist organization.

He referred to a televised interview Harmoush did on MSNBC when a conservative commentator asked him to renounce Hamas, and he replied commenting on politics was not his place as a religious leader.

Read more about the imam and the Temecula Muslim community by .

“Do you want a mosque leader in your community that supports what the United States of America has determined to be a terrorist organization?” he asked the crowd.

Somebody in the crowd yelled, “That’s not the issue.”

“That’s exactly the issue. It has nothing to do with parking, it has nothing to do with flood plains,” the rabbi shouted over Mayor Ron Roberts, who told him several times his time to talk was over.

During the meeting before Shifren stepped to the podium, numerous Jews announced their support for the mosque, saying Muslims should have as much religious freedom as everybody else.

Shifren verbally attacked those speakers. “I’m a biblical scholar, and I’m ashamed of the Jewish people you heard here tonight.”

One person in the crowd who said she was a member of a Jewish group, shouted, “We’re ashamed of you,” to which he replied, “Oh, I feel so bad about it.”

Omar May 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM
the jewish community is out of line my there be more like this individual who is willing to speak out against those who react based off pure ignorance and superiority complex may this country find those in the muslim community that are not bad apples regaudless of the back ground of the sects reputation.
TVOR May 19, 2011 at 02:15 AM
As much as I would like to see Feinstein replaced, I'm not sure this is the person to vote for.
Popeye May 19, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Who finds these nut jobs?
Paul Jacobs May 19, 2011 at 05:39 AM
This Rabbi helps turn people away from religion and turns my stomach at the same time.
Popeye May 21, 2011 at 05:01 PM
The Rabbi peer group denounced Jesus, just like hate he is spitting from his mouth.


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