This sounds like a headline that could have been written back in the 1930s, when the Mufti of Jerusalem not only incited against the Jews living in then-Mandate Palestine, but actively conspired against them and the British by supporting the Nazis.
Plus ça change, plus ç’est la même chose it seems, for yesterday the Israeli Attorney General ordered an investigation into the current-day Mufti for incitement to violence:
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday asked Israel Police to launch an investigation against the top Muslim cleric of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority over comments he made during a recent rally in Ramallah.
Deputy Attorney General Shai Nitzan sent Israel Police a letter asking that it launch a criminal investigation against Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein on suspicion of incitement to violence and racism.
During an event celebrating the 47th anniversary of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement last week, Mufti Mohammed Hussein cited a hadith (saying attributed to the Prophet Muhammad) claiming that the Earth’s end of days will not happen until Muslims kill Jews in a religious battle: “The Hour (of Resurrection) will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ‘Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'”
The lack of shame, and indeed arrogance about the Mufti’s behaviour ought to be shocking but unfortunately is not:
Ahmad Rwaidy, an advisor on Jerusalem affairs in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office, told the Ramallah-based The Voice of Palestine radio station that Netanyahu’s call for an investigation against Sheikh Hussein constitutes an attack on the Palestinian nation’s religious and national symbols.
Credit for bringing this miserable issue to the Prime Minister’s attention goes to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW – recommended daily reading) who tirelessly monitor the Palestinian Media and regularly report on its incitement against Jews and Israel. When the Mufti denied his words or the malicious intent behind his words, PMW clearly disproved him:
The PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein repeatedly denied yesterday that he intended to teach Palestinians that their destiny is to kill Jews when he spoke at a Fatah celebration that was broadcast on PA TV earlier this month. His denial follows Palestinian Media Watch’s exposure of the PA Mufti’s speech in which he cited the Islamic tradition attributed to Muhammad, saying:“The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ‘Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
However, the Mufti explained to AP, Reuters and Israeli radio and TV that he simply quoted Islamic tradition and therefore he is not responsible for its content.
The statements of the two highest religious authorities in the Palestinian Authority are misrepresentations of what the Mufti said. In fact, the words he chose to provide a context for the Hadith show that he quoted this Hadith that anticipates Muslims killing Jews, to make it relevant for the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
AP, Reuters, and Israeli radio and TV all cited the Mufti’s quote and his denial that he did not present the Hadith as relevant today. However, none of the media quoted the context in which the Mufti cited the Hadith, which shows his denial to be a misrepresentation and that he did relate it to today’s conflict.
In addition, the Mufti claimed to MENA [Middle East News Agency] that “possibly some sentences or phrases were cut from his speech, which were interpreted incorrectly.” PMW affirms that we have the entire 5-minute speech as was broadcast on PA TV and that this is the authentic context.
PMW has the video of the Mufti’s giving his vile speech. Judge for yourselves (if you have the stomach to watch such blatant anti-Semitism).