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Florida Marriott said to lay out welcome mat to those with ‘alarming’ terror ties

The South Florida Muslim Federation’s conference “stands to tarnish the Marriott's image as a global hospitality leader,” charges the Middle East Forum.

Coral Springs, Fla. Credit: Rexi Video/Shutterstock.
Coral Springs, Fla. Credit: Rexi Video/Shutterstock.

By allowing itself to be the venue for the South Florida Muslim Federation’s annual conference for the second year in a row, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center “stands to tarnish the Marriott’s image as a global hospitality leader.”

That’s according to the Middle East Forum, which charges that the hotel plans to host the “region’s most extreme alliance of Islamist organizations” on Jan. 12-13.

Per Middle East Forum, the event organizer is “a collection of mosques, charities and civic action groups representing the faith’s most radical Islamist sects and movements.” The event “promises to feature hateful speeches from some of the region’s most controversial Islamist voices,” it adds, including those “who regularly traffic in bigotry and possess alarming ties to foreign terrorists.”

Several of the slated speakers have posted or made anti-Israel comments publicly, according to the Middle East Forum. One even praised the Hamas terror organization for its treatment of the prisoners whom it kidnapped.

It further claimed that the hotel’s general manager, who was informed about the group last month, said: “It’s beyond my ability to make a judgment on.” Middle East Forum stated that the hotel has ways to get out of the contract for “justified reasons.”

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