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Imam Dr. Fadi Kablawi speaks out amid allegations of anti-Semitic comments during sermon – NBC 6 South Florida

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A South Florida imam and dentist is facing criticism and calls to revoke his dental license after state lawmakers accused him of making anti-Semitic, violent and inflammatory comments during a sermon last month.

Imam Dr. Fadi Kablawi, a dentist from North Miami, told NBC6 that his comments were taken out of context.

“Suddenly they’re so offended that I say a prayer, it’s that low,” said Dr. Kablawi. “It was a prayer, I asked God not to deal with the Jews, but to deal with the atrocities of the tyrannical Jews.”

The Florida Legislative Jewish Caucus said that Dr. Kablawi called for the murder of Jews and also called the current Israeli regime worse than the Nazis.

Dr. Kablawi said his statements were political.

“I did not call for violence, I did not call on anyone to harm anyone, I said a pure prayer against tyrannical criminals who are killing my people,” said Dr. Kablawi.

The Florida Legislative Jewish Caucus is now asking the Florida Board of Dentistry to revoke the doctor’s dental license, saying they are “concerned about Dr. Kablawi and the potential danger this poses to his patients.”

In a recent audit, the Anti-Defamation League identified 8,873 anti-Semitic incidents in the US last year, compared to just 3,698 in 2022.

“This alarming and hateful speech is unacceptable and frightening,” said former state Rep. Joe Geller of North Miami. “Calling for the destruction of an ethnic group amounts to genocide. Patients deserve to be protected from this violent and dangerous individual. This cannot be tolerated in a civilized society.”

Dr. Kablawi said he will take action himself if necessary.

“To have my license in sight that I have worked hard for and maintained in good standing for 20 years is an under-the-belt shot and unethical,” said Dr. Kablawi.