Fake Ex-Terrorist Is “Keynote Speaker” At Holocaust March of Remembrance Event

A press release from March of Remembrance, Houston:

Over 200 Christian leaders, including pastors from many Christian denominations, gathered to raise awareness of the upcoming Third Annual Holocaust March of Remembrance Houston, which will be held at multiple locations across the Houston area on April 26-27, 2014.

The luncheon, sponsored by the Houston Area Pastor Council and hosted by Houston’s First Baptist Church, were honored to have Holocaust survivors Ruth and Larry Steinfeld and Al and Sarah Marks in attendance, along with National Rabbinic Advisor Rabbi Dan Gordon, from Temple Beth Torah, and Kamal Saleem, a former Muslim Brotherhood member… Mr. Saleem, the keynote speaker, shared his remarkable story of turning from hatred of Jews and Christians, to serving the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

This is utterly grotesque: Saleem’s story is indeed “remarkable”, but it’s not as surprising as the fact that groups continue to give a platform to a man whose absurd self-history has been so comprehensively exploded, and whose conspiracy theories include the claim that Obama is a secret Muslim working to create a USA in which “one day we’ll be wearing ragheads”.

Here’s a summary of his memoir, Blood of the Lambs:

He gets those emphatic rivals, the PLO and the Muslim Brotherhood, both to recruit him. He recalls the intricate details of raids he carried out at age seven. Abu Jihad himself teaches him how to use an AK-47. He is shown off by Yasser Arafat as a model warrior. In Libya at age 14 he has Muammar Qaddafi gushing in gratitude. In Iraq, he waves to Saddam Hussein… No major war of liberation in the Arab world seems to have gone off without his expertise.

The story is made worse by nonsensical details such as his claim to be related to the “Grand Wazir of Islam”. His true background – including information from an old roommate from 1981 who is dismissive of his claims – was explored by Tim Murphy for Mother Jones in 2012.

Saleem is also described as a member of the Holocaust March of Remembrance’s “Leadership”, billed in second place as “Honorary Ambassador.”

4 Responses

  1. Here’s a rather memorable Kalam Saleem moment.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ObRcZaPR9Y&feature=youtu.be

    A while back he was prophesying that churches and synagogues would be shut down in the US in 2013.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-tells-values-voter-summit-clinton-plans-shut-down-churches-college-professors-w

  2. […] Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion reports that a recent luncheon in Houston, which was held to raise awareness of the Third Annual Holocaust March of Remembrance next month and drew over 200 Christian leaders, featured as its keynote speaker none other than Kamal Saleem – who, according to the organisers, “shared his remarkable story of turning from hatred of Jews and Christians, to serving the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. […]

  3. […] Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion reports that a recent luncheon in Houston, which was held to raise awareness of the Third Annual Holocaust March of Remembrance next month and drew over 200 Christian leaders, featured as its keynote speaker none other than Kamal Saleem – who, according to the organisers, “shared his remarkable story of turning from hatred of Jews and Christians, to serving the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. […]

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