“But the wicked are tossed like the sea; for it is not able to keep still, and its waters toss up mire and mud.” (Isaiah 57:20)
Last Wednesday, Jerusalem police arrested the well-known preacher of hate, Sheikh Khaled al-Mughrabi at his Jerusalem residence on charges of incitement to hatred during sermons in the Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.
Al-Mughrabi’s arrest came after video clips from his twice-weekly sermons were published on Palestinian social media and reposted after being translated by Palestinian Media Watch. Honenu, an Israeli Zionist legal aid organization, is one group that filed a complaint against him, claiming that he was inciting Muslims to attack Jews.
“We will pursue the Jews everywhere. They won’t escape us. The sons of Israel will all be killed,” al-Mughrabi said in one recorded sermon. (Times of Israel)
“Allah can erase every memory of the Jews from every place on the planet, but he wants us to act in order to fulfill his commandment,” he has said.
“The most important thing that it’s possible to do is to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and every one of its guardians will receive 70 virgins,” al-Mughrabi said in the midst of a climate already rife with terror against Jews by angry or alarmed Muslims.
Furthering the incitement, especially with his sermon posted on the Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, al-Mughrabi said, “The Children of Israel will be forced — they will not concede — they will be forced to change their plans to build the Temple inside the structure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and will have to build it outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque… A Temple of heresy to worship the Devil.”
He also reiterated the Hadith (tradition) of Muhammad that “the tree and the rock will speak and say: ‘O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ The Children of Israel will all be exterminated, the Anti-Christ will be killed and the Muslims will live in comfort for a long time.”
In a third incident, in June, al-Mughrabi publicized blood libels against the Jews, stating that Jewish people “would look for a small child, kidnap and steal him, bring a barrel called the barrel of nails … They would put the small child in the barrel and his body would be pierced by these nails. In the bottom of the barrel they would put a faucet and pour the blood.” (JPost)
Right-wing legal aid group Honenu filed an indictment against Al-Mughrabi in August, over a month before the spate of killings by rock-throwing, stabbing, car-ramming and shooting accelerated on October 1.
“We are happy that the inciting sheikh was finally arrested and hope that a serious indictment will be filed immediately,” Honenu said in a public statement. “It cannot be that a young Jewish man is arrested and immediately banned from the Temple Mount for praying, while Islamic leaders incite against the Jews uninterrupted.” (YNet)
Meanwhile in Jordan, Sheikh Ali Halabi backpedaled on a fatwa (Islamic religious decree) in which he declared earlier this year that killing Jews was permissible only during a declared war.
When asked about the issue of Jews in Palestine, the Sheikh answered, “Someone who provides you with electricity and water, transfers you money and you work for him and take his money — would you kill him, even if he’s a Jew? No. … If you both pledge for the safety of one another, you are not allowed to betray him.”
Following Muslim backlash for his declaration, Habib now calls Jews “the brothers of apes and pigs,” “occupiers and plunderers [prone to] betrayal, fraud, cunning and deceit.”
In further clarification, he declared last week that “Jihad against the Jews, fighting them and liberating the land from them is a binding and mandatory duty, incumbent upon the Islamic countries and upon the Muslim individuals, but it depends on capabilities, because everybody knows that America has Israel’s back.”
Halabi further states that holy war against the Jews is mandatory for “any Muslim who accepts allah as the lord and Islam as his religion.”