Barely six months ago — at the supposedly mainstream Islamic Center of Davis in Davis, California, an imam gave a sermon during which he plainly appeared (on video, no less) to exhort his congregants to pray for the mass murder of all Jews — and to even actively participate in genocide.
During imam Ammar Shahin's sermon on 7/21/2017 - where he was addressing his congregation about the controversy regarding Israel placing metal detectors at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (shortly after two Arab terrorists murdered two Israeli policemen there) - he said:
Allah does not change the situation of people ‘until they change their own situation.’ The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews hide behind stones and trees, and the stones and the trees say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah …’ They will not say: ‘Oh Egyptian, oh Palestinian, oh Jordanian, oh Syrian, oh Afghan, oh Pakistani.’ The Prophet Muhammad says that the time will come, the Last Hour will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews.
As if that wasn’t enough hate and incitement to murder for one sermon, Shahin added:
Liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. … Annihilate them down to the very last one. … Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands. Let us play a part in this.
The response to this incitement by a purportedly mainstream imam — across the street from the very liberal University of California at Davis — was remarkably muted. With the exception of the local press, as well as some conservative and Jewish publications, it received almost no media attention.
Perhaps because of this impuissant response, the Islamic Center of Davis’s initial reaction was typical of many guilty parties after they are caught on tape saying something heinous — namely, claiming that the imam was “taken out of context.”
After the few local media outlets and Jewish publications even paying attention to the issue responded with the requisite incredulity to the duplicitous “out of context” claim, the center then issued a quasi-apology, saying in part:
If the sermon was misconstrued, we sincerely apologize to anyone offended. We will continue our commitment to interfaith and community harmony.
Misconstrued? Their imam was caught “red-handed” on tape referring to “filthy Jews” and repeatedly encouraging his own congregants to mass-murder Jews. The overt racism, xenophobia and calls for genocide by the imam was clear; yet the Islamic Center of Davis chose to try and claim that his words were “taken out of context” and only when that didn’t work, they chose to hide behind the most weaselly of apologies.
Sadly, this faux-apology worked; and within a few short weeks, no one in the media or even in Davis appeared to care that a genocidal demagogue - masking himself as clergy for a supposedly mainstream mosque - was continuing to lecture at that mosque.
If this kind of behavior was ignored once, that would be horrific — considering how many times over the last few centuries that sermons by demagogic imams have led to the actual slaughter of Jews. But sadly, this story has repeated itself, at least five times.
That’s right. At least five times in the last six months, five different imams in five different supposedly run-of-the-mill mosques throughout the US (in California, Texas, New Jersey, and Virginia) have been caught on tape preaching about the alleged moral infirmity and evil of Jews, the filth of the Jews, and have called for the murder of Jews.
The most recent of these incidents happened on December 8, 2017 — and the video of the event was released to the public on January 8, 2018, by the website MEMRI:
On Dec. 8, imam Abdullah Khadra, a Syrian imam who now lives in the US after he was granted political asylum in 2011, delivered a sermon (after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital), with a full-on genocidal rant.
First, Khadra claimed that all of Israel is “stolen Muslim land,” which in time will all be “returned” to Muslims. Regarding how it would be returned, Khadra turned to the same antisemitic Hadith that imam Shahin touted in Davis, saying: “The Prophet Muhammed gave us the glad tidings … we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me.” The continuation of this sadly well-known Hadith is that the rocks and the trees will then say: “come and kill him.”
Further inciting violence, Khadra said: “We should teach our children that it is our land and will remain our land, and will return to us sooner or later. But the question is: Will you be among those who will contribute to regaining it or not?”
Perhaps concerned that he had not done enough to motivate his flock to kill Jews, Khadra said:
These occupiers, aggressors, and murderers
can never take our holy city — only if we are dead. … May Allah make
us of those who are alive, who are aware of their holy places, who are
defending their religion, and who move by all possible means to defend their
While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still nominally allied with the Palestinian Authority, a long-time client of the oil-rich custodian of Islam’s holiest cities, recent reports suggest ties between the two have been cooling in recent years.
Covert cooperation with Israel against the common foe of Iran ... has encouraged the Saudi leadership to push the PA to accept a negotiated peace with Israel, even on terms less favorable than previous offers.
According to a bombshell report in December, Saudi Arabia is even weighing its own peace agreement with the Jewish state without the establishment of a Palestinian state or final status agreement between Israel and the PA – a fundamental shift in the kingdom’s position.
The cooling ties between the Saudis and the PA may also reflect a broader frustration within the kingdom for its erstwhile client. While public polling is far less common in the kingdom than in the West, and domestic media outlets constrained by state regulators, one Saudi blogger’s recent viral video reflected the changing relationship between the PA and Saudi Arabia.
In the video, a two-minute rant, the blogger slams the PA as a “pigs” and “dogs” who have lived off of Saudi petrodollars without showing even the slightest appreciation. "This message is for the Palestinian pigs who only know how to curse and defame the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its citizens. "With all due respect to the Palestinian Arab minority, you've been milking our economy for decades. We've given you billions upon billions of dollars. Our citizens needed that money, but it went to you.
"That's right, we gave preference you over ourselves. We gave to you, instead of to our citizens. And what have we gotten in return? You're a bunch of dogs, rabid dogs, who only bark at those that feed them. You've turned your [political] issues into a source of income. You've turned our shared religion [Islam] into a way of making money. You've turned our shared language into a way of making money.
"You're more hostile towards us than the Israelis are. You wish more for our destruction than you do Israel's. You wish upon us the most horrible curses a person can conceive of.
"You are the ugliest page in our history - like a bad memory that we'd like to forget. We want to tear this page out of [our history] and get rid of it completely, now and forever.
"We've had to sacrifice having ties with Israel - the most advanced country in the Middle East - because of you and your problems and your use of our religion, language, and the fact that you're Arabs [to demand our support].
"You've made a mockery of your own plight - that's why the world doesn't take you seriously. You were homeless, so we built you houses. You were sick, so we built you hospitals. You were hungry so we gave you billions of dollars. And what did we get in return for our support? In return for all that, you support our enemy [Iran], who didn't give you even one percent of what we've given you.
"Go to hell, you and your whole 'crisis'. Your situation doesn't interest us anymore at all. We're the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we have nothing to do with you." www.israelnationalnews.com
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