Nativism Watch

Leader of anti-Muslim grassroots group to speak at UN today

Imagine2050 Staff • Apr 17, 2015

The founder and president of the anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT! for America is scheduled to speak today at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Read: Brigitte Gabriel, not a random racist

Brigitte Gabriel often claims her organization is a “defender of Western Civilization,” but there is a reason the New York Times suggested she is a “radical Islamophobe.” In Gabriel’s efforts to push policy and rhetoric that marginalizes Muslims, she has said “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim” and that “Arabs have no soul.”

Gabriel is expected to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in Middle East, specifically Christians. However, her history of egregious rhetoric directed toward Muslims raises serious questions about her fitness to speak on a UN platform.

Her speech is titled: “Not Peace But A Sword: The Persecution Of Christians In The Middle East: A Threat to International Peace and Security.”

An email sent to ACT! members said the purpose of Gabriel’s speech is to get “the UN and its member states to recognize the horrors being inflicted on Christians throughout the Middle East by the Islamic State and other radical Islamic groups.”

Gabriel’s event will take place in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) chamber from 3:00p.m.– 7:00p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Palau’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Last year, Palau participated in an anti-Semitism hearing at the UN alongside Gabriel. During her allotted time, Gabriel used anti-Semitism to further denigrate Islam and Palestinians.

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