January 15, 2012
Israel's peace partner still unwilling to stop incitement to murder of Jews
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling on the US and other members of the Middle East Quartet to demand that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Abbas immediately fire the PA's highest religious figure — Mufti Muhammad Hussein after he told a recent Fatah event that "the Hour of Resurrection will not come until" Jews are killed by Muslims.
In a speech broadcast by PA TV on January 9th, (As reported by Palestnian Media Watch) the Mufti invoked a Hadith (tradition attributed to the prophet Mohammed) which states in part:
||"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.'
(Translation provided by Palestinian Media Watch)
In addition, the Mufti was introduced by a moderator who charged, "Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith."
"The US State Department and its counterparts in the Middle East Quartet should demand that PA president Abbas immediately fire Mufti Hussein for giving religious sanction to the murder of Jews," said Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.
"Even as Israel and Palestinian Authority representatives sat down to try to re-boot their negotiations, PA television broadcast calls to kill Jews under the banner of Islam. The stark truth is that in 2012, even with the upheavals of the Arab Spring sweeping the region, the hatred of Jews continues to be validated by religious and political elite.
Simply put, Israelis are still seeking a peace partner that will stop incitement to murder Jews. To date, the Palestinians have been unwilling to live up to their minimal obligations dating back to the Oslo Accords and other agreements to stop incitement against their Jewish neighbors. Unless and until they do, there is no hope for any real peace in the Holy Land," they concluded.
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