The Palm Beach Post covered the event clearing up some of the exchange drowned out by Rep. Wests supporters in the audience.
CAIR South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze. Hamze held a copy of the Koran and asked West to “show me one verse in this Koran where it says to attack America, attack Americans, or attack innocent people.”
West replied, “You do have the Verse of the Sword that is in there and there is talk about killing infidels,” referring to verse 9:5 of the Koran, “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them: seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).”
West listed off several episodes in history where radical Muslims have attacked leading up to the Ft. Hood massacre and September 11, 2001 and reminding Hamze that all attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as they commenced their attack.
West, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and Iraq War Veteran continued, “I’ve been on the battlefield, my friend. OK? Don’t try to blow sunshine up my butt.”
As Hamze retorted “I am ashamed to be here with all of these people, when you attack Islam, you attack –” West cut him off stating, “You attacked us. You attacked us. I went to Muslim countries to try to defend the freedom of Muslim people. Don’t come up here to try to criticize me. Put the microphone down and go home,” drawing loud approval from the audience.