And the thing they like about him most seems to be his antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
Both Islam21C and Middle East Monitor lovingly quote Ali from a 1980 interview:
You know the entire power structure is Zionist. They control America; they control the world. They are really against the Islam religion.That's pretty much pure antisemitism there, under the guise of "anti-Zionism."
The sites also quote when Ali visited a Lebanese UNRWA camp in 1974, where he said he wanted the state of Israel to be destroyed:
“In my name and the name of all Muslims in America, I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland and oust the Zionist invaders,” he said during his visit.
Over 1700 people shared this photo of Ali in the Lebanese camp on Twitter. Not one of them asked why Lebanon keeps its Palestinian Arab brethren stuck in those ghettos without basic human rights over four decades later.
Because they are so "pro-Palestinian."
Ironically, Ali's grandson identifies as a Jew.
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