ICSC Statement and Town Hall Meeting on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

ICSC Statement and Town Hall Meeting on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Yesterday’s announcement by President Trump to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem reverses nearly seventy years of national policy. It is yet another example of how our country has never been fair arbiter of peace and justice between the Palestinians and Israelis. Although President Trump’s announcement was more symbolic in nature than anything...

ICSC Responds to Hateful Tweet by President Trump

ICSC Responds to Hateful Tweet by President Trump

This morning, President Trump lowered the bar on his presidency once again, when he used his Twitter account to peddle fear and distrust toward millions of American Muslims, and 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. Trump shared multiple anti-Muslim videos from Britain First, an ultranationalist far right, neofascist group whose leader was convicted last year of attacking a...

Terror, Justice and a Burden for U.S. Muslims

Terror, Justice and a Burden for U.S. Muslims

Two events have happened in the past 48 hours on the global scene that bear comment by the Islamic Center of Southern California.  The news overnight out of Egypt, of at least 235 Muslims being massacred by terrorists at a mosque in the Sinai region of that country marks yet another level of evil, a...

ICSC Condemns Anti-Jewish Rhetoric

ICSC Condemns Anti-Jewish Rhetoric

Recent news reports of two Imams in California (one in Davis, the other in Riverside) using anti-Jewish rhetoric in their weekly sermons is roundly condemned by the Islamic Center of Southern California.  There is no space – either in the spirit of Islam or in general human relations – for such language targeting another faith...

ICSC Continues To Employ Additional Security During Ramadan

ICSC Continues To Employ Additional Security During Ramadan

In light of the news over the past 24 hours from London and Virginia, the Islamic Center of Southern California, in coordination with the LAPD and Pasadena Police Department, is taking steps to increase security for the remaining taraweeh prayers, Lailat al-Qadr and Eid al-Fitr, keeping the safety of our community of paramount importance. The...

Palm Sunday Attacks Condemned

Palm Sunday Attacks Condemned

The barbaric attacks on Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday in Egypt claimed by the so-called “Islamic State” are utterly condemned by the Islamic Center of Southern California. We pray these innocent victims, our Christian brothers and sisters (and all innocent victims of terrorism no matter their faith) are accepted into the highest levels of paradise,...

Taking a Stand Against Anti-Semitism

Taking a Stand Against Anti-Semitism

The Islamic Center of Southern California expresses solidarity with our Jewish brethren in light of increased acts of vandalism and bomb threats made against Jewish community centers, cemeteries and synagogues here in Southern California and around the nation. Since January, more than 70 synagogues and Jewish community centers around the country have been targeted with...

Islamic Center Responds to Hate Crime

Islamic Center Responds to Hate Crime

Last month, the front desk staff of the Islamic Center of Southern California received phone calls from a Mark (Milosz) Feigin of Agoura Hills, who made threats against the ICSC. He called two days in a row, and also posted hateful messages on our Facebook page (which we immediately took down). ICSC staff reported the...

Hate Crime – Press Conference Video

Hate Crime – Press Conference Video

Press conference responding to arrest of Mark Feigin, LA man who made criminal threats against ICSC. Led by ICSC chair Hedab Tarifi and board member Omar Ricci and joined by City Hall and interfaith leaders.