Abdul Rahman Mayet listens to a summon during Friday afternoon prayers at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Los Angeles-based Muslim civil rights organization, wants to introduce an intervention program to divert young American Muslims away from violent extremism.
“The propensity for [the program] is higher now than before,” said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He cited the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, new bloodshed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “U.S. policies that lead to the suffering of Muslims" as reasons for why some youth would be drawn to extremism.