Representative of the Jewish faith at Muhammad Ali’s memorial service, Rabbi Michael Lerner received a standing ovation as he delved on the mistreatment of Muslims in America, during the ceremony.
“Send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to those who mourn for him and the millions around the planet,” Lerner began.
The crowd cheered when Lerner, editor of the Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun, made a rousing reference to Hillary Clinton, Bill’s wife and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Lerner also took a swipe at Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has called for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country.
“We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” said Lerner.
“I want to say how do we honour Muhammad Ali? And the answer is the way to honour Muhammad Ali is to be Muhammad Ali today, the representative said as the crowd applauded.
Lerner further showed love to Palestinians by calling on the government of United States to take action against the oppression Palestinians face from the Israel government.
Muhammad Ali was extolled on Friday as a boxer of incomparable grace, a magnetic entertainer and a man of conviction who gave a voice to the oppressed, as a two-day celebration of “The Greatest” came to a rousing end in his Kentucky hometown.