A Muslim group’s Philadelphia chapter has apologized for posting an inflammatory video to its Facebook page, saying it was posted without vetting the content, according to the Associated Press.
Ayman Hammous, the national executive director of the Muslim American Society, condemned the video and called its content “disturbing,” according to the AP. “It does not represent our understanding of Islam, nor the understanding of the mainstream Muslim community,” Hammous said, according to the AP.
In the video, first translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute last week, two young girls from an April event are shown reading a statement in which one says “We will sacrifice our souls without hesitation, we will chop off their heads” in an effort to liberate Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
Hammous said the event was organized by a separate group that rents space rather than the Society itself, according to the AP. Hammous said the MAS has asked the school board to fire the person responsible for the event and that he is evaluating chapter leadership and investigating the "oversight" failures that led to the statements.
Hammous also vowed to review the MAS’ social media policies and improve training within the Philadelphia chapter and promised stricter oversight of any events at the Philadelphia chapter, including those organized by third parties, according to the AP.
Philadelphia’s chapters of both the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations also condemned the video, with CAIR chapter chairman Iftekhar Hussain saying Muslim teaching “categorically rejects either speech or actions that harm in any way our Jewish brothers and sisters,” according to the AP.
The Philadelphia chapter of the MAS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.