In a Friday sermon delivered in 2009 at the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, California, Imam Moustafa Al-Qazwini talked about the nature of the "Zionists." "If you read their history in the Quran, and the Old Testament," he said, "You will find that their nature is offensive, aggressive, and hostile," adding that their ideology is that "we are the masters, and the rest of the Earth's population are our servants." Imam Al-Qazwini further talked about Hamas being labeled "terrorist," and said that "the one who wants to free his country is not a terrorist. If he is a terrorist, then George Washington was the first terrorist. Abraham Lincoln was the first terrorist." The sermon was delivered on January 16, 2009, and posted on the YouTube channel of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County.
Imam Moustafa Al-Qazwini: "1.5 million of our brothers and sisters in Gaza are under siege for almost three weeks. The Israeli army, which is called the 'defense' force, is attacking them – there is a wholesale military attack, a disproportionate brutal attack, on mostly civilians. Up to this morning, the number of martyrs in Gaza reached 1,200. Almost 400 of them were children, 400 of those.
"These things are happening for two reasons, brothers and sisters. There are two reasons for this. One is the nature of the Zionist. The nature of those Zionists, if you read their history in the Quran, and the Old Testament – not only the Quran – you will find that their nature is offensive, aggressive, and hostile. Israel today survives on hostility. The reason why Israel is there is to survive on killing others, hostility, and war, not only against its own people, but against anyone, any country, any entity, any group that disagrees with them. Either you have to acknowledge them – that they are right and what they do is justified... If you disagree with them, you don't deserve to live. Their ideology is that God created all the nations on Earth, each and everybody to serve us – to be our servant and our slave. We are the masters, and the rest of the Earth's population are our servants.
"Therefore, you cannot have peace with such an entity. You can't. This is an illusion. Some people say: Yes, we can have... No. This is a trap. Peace based on what? Peace based on injustice and aggression? That is not peace. That is a recipe for further aggression, further bloodshed. So this is one part of the story. The second part of the story is the indifference and the failure of the Arab and Muslim regimes.
"Allah says about the believers: 'tough against the unbelievers.' When it comes to the infidels, the enemies of God, the enemies of humanity, we have to be tough and aggressive with them. Among ourselves, we have to help each other, we have to be merciful to each other, but our Arab governments are doing exactly the opposite. Exactly.
"There is one border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, and Egypt has shut that border, so they cannot take even the wounded people inside Egypt. No food, no drink, no supplies, no medicine, no ambulances – they don't. Because Hamas has to be crushed and has to be killed. Hamas is a terrorist organization. The real terrorist is Hosni Mubarak. This is the real terrorist, who sold his country. The one who wants to free his country is not a terrorist.
"If he is a terrorist, then George Washington was the first terrorist. Abraham Lincoln was the first terrorist. They freed America from the British occupation. What does America say about George Washington? Do they salute him, or do they curse him? They salute him. If you want to free your territory, your land, and your country, you are not – not only in the language of the Quran, but in the language and logic of any divine book... You are not a terrorist. You are defending your home, yourself, your honor, your kids, your land, and your rights."