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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 8, 2008 03:38 PM

Jennifer Kutner e-mails a report about a Los Angeles vigil for the murdered Israeli seminary students marred by jihadi apologists:

This statement was released by the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles and StandWithUs:

One day after the brutal terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary and opened fire on a crowded library and study hall, killing eight students and wounding 11 others. Among those killed or injured were students who held dual Israeli-American citizenship. A candlelight vigil in memory of the innocent victims was held outside the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, organized by StandWithUs, an international education organization.

As Jewish and Israeli mourners, joined by passersby, came to pay their respects by lighting candles and reciting the tradition Jewish prayers of mourning, a virulent anti-Semitic demonstration, featuring radical speaker Amir Abdel Malik Ali, Imam of Masjid Al-Islam in Oakland, was held outside the Consulate and in front of those paying respect to the eight students killed in Jerusalem. Malik Ali is a frequent invited speaker to UC Irvine, where he has openly advocated for Muslim “martyrdom” against Israelis and favors the solution of a single Muslim state in place of Israel…

…Consul General of Israel, Jacob Dayan: “Israel is at the forefront of the struggle against terrorism and will continue to defend its citizens, who suffer under this threat on a daily basis. Israel expects the nations of the world to support its war against those who murder students, fathers, mothers, and children.

Israel will never allow terrorism to achieve its goals. Such vicious terrorist attacks expose the true nature of the terrorist threat. A clear, decisive and uncompromising stand is necessary against such terrorism.”

Los Angeles Council Member, Jack Weiss: “Today Los Angeles grieves with Israel especially because ten years ago, a white supremacist shot up a school full of Jewish children. We know the pain of losing children to senseless gunfire, and it is unfortunate that this day of mourning was defiled by the hate and anti-Semitism of Imam Al-Islam.”

Pastor Billy Ingram of Maranatha Community Church: “I have come to stand up – in support of Israel – as a pastor and as a friend. If the United Nations Security Council does not stand up-we must be a committee of one and do it ourselves.”

Rabbi Bouskila: “To enter a house of spirituality, to desecrate it, if that happened in our community, if one of ours did that to another Christian or Muslim place of worship, we would be the first to condemn our own. But they do not condemn; they celebrate.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs – “The horrific violence that caused this massacre is a direct result of hate training connected to radical ideology. In order for there to be any hopes for peace, the ideology of Radical Islam which drives Hamas must change, and peace must be taught.”

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