Michigan imam Sheikh Ali Elahi condemned AIPAC in a Friday December 15, 2023 sermon at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights and posted on the mosque’s YouTube channel. He described AIPAC as a cancer that is destroying democracy in America. Elahi claimed that in order to be voted into Congress, one must pay money to AIPAC. He further condemned Republican representative for New York Elise Stefanik for conducting a Congressional investigation of antisemitism on elite college campuses. He claimed that three "honorable" university professors, referring to Harvard President Claudine Gay, Pennsylvania State President Liz Magill, and MIT President Sally Kornbluth, suffered "harassment" during the five-hour investigation. Elahi suggested that Congresswoman Stefanik does not care about Israel or Jews, but such people are being opportunistic, seeking personal power. Sheikh Ali Elahi has come under scrutiny in the past due to reported ties with Iran and the IRGC.
Sheikh Ali Elahi: "Where is the direction of our country? What kind of sickness is this? What kind of cancer is AIPAC, destroying anything called democracy in this country? In order to win the vote and go to Congress, you have to sell yourself with money to AIPAC. You have to vote for Israel in order to succeed. It comes to the area that those three honorable presidents of three respectful universities in this country were taken to Congress for five hours under investigation and harassment, and one of them was even forced to resign. [It] is not that that Republican representative from NY [Elise Stefanik], that much in her heart cares for Israel, but these are opportunistic people that are using this situation just for their personal power. They don’t care about Jews, they don’t care about Judaism."