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Rep. Zeldin Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Invite for Omar Suleiman to Give Opening Prayer Yesterday on House Floor

May 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus and one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, issued the following statement after Omar Suleiman, at Speaker Pelosi's invitation, gave the opening prayer yesterday on the House Floor:

"It is totally unacceptable that Speaker Pelosi had Omar Suleiman give the opening prayer yesterday in the House of Representatives. He has a long, documented history of comparing Israel to the Nazis and calling them terrorists, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, inciting violence calling for a Palestinian intifada and the end of zionism, and far more. This was a terribly bad call.

“As just one of too many examples, Suleiman once said, ‘God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs. ameen.”

Rep. Zeldin also issued the following tweet here.