The ever-diligent people at MEMRI have assembled an overview of three years of PA-funded and PA-broadcast Friday sermons.
Under-reported by the media, these highly disturbing sermons regularly foment and incite terror against Israeli civilians and other Western targets. One example:
Palestinian Mufti Sheikh Ikrimeh Sabri also praises martyrdom in his sermons: “We tell them: in as much as you love life – the Muslim loves death and martyrdom. There is a great difference between he who loves the hereafter and he who loves this world. The Muslim loves death and [strives for] martyrdom. He does not fear the oppression of the arrogant or the weapons of the blood-letters. The blessed and sacred soil of Palestine has vomited all the invaders and all the colonialists throughout history and it will soon vomit, with Allah’s help, the [present] occupiers.”
The MEMRI report finds the following ‘common themes’ in the speeches:
- Calls for the Destruction of the U.S.
- 2003: The Year the American Crusader War Against Islam Began
- Shahids & the Rewards of Martyrdom
- Educating Children to Martyrdom
- Antisemitism and Calls to Kill Jews
- Re-conquering Palestine
Read the full report, and please encourage your local editor to write an editorial on this topic. This is one of the root causes of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Diplomats should therefore be placing far greater pressure on the PA to end this weekly incitement to murder.