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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Israeli Muslim Sheikh: Jerusalem soon to become capital of new Caliphate

I have talked a lot lately about our fifth column and the problems that it causes. As you read this article, please keep in mind that Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the 'northern faction' of Israel's 'Islamic movement,' is an Israeli citizen and enjoys all the rights and advantages (and does not have most of the obligations) that come with being an Israeli citizen.
Head of the northern faction of the Israel's Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, said Friday that "soon Jerusalem will be the capital of the new Muslim caliphate, and the caliph's seat will be there."

Salah, an Israeli citizen, addressed an audience of 50,000 attending the Islamic Movement's 11th annual rally in Umm al-Fahm. "Caliph" refers to a leader of the Muslim nation and in Arabic means the "heir" or "substitute" of the prophet Muhammad.

Salah noted that history tells of many occasions in which the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was occupied by foreign conquerors, but the occupiers left after a short time, and thus will also be the fate of the Israeli occupation.


The sheikh added that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav were "punished by Allah" after they plotted to bring harm to the mosque.

Sharon was punished because he planned to break into the mosque, and Katsav's punishment came in the shape of the sexual harassment charges plaguing him after he supported the notion of dividing the mosque area between Jews and Muslims. The site is also holy to Jews as the site of the Temple Mount.

Former United States President Bill Clinton suffered a similar fate to Katsav's, and after backing the idea of dividing the site he became embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Salah declared that ideas to divide the site still exist, but he reassured his audience: "There are all sorts of plans to divide the al-Aqsa mosque but they will not succeed."

During his speech the sheikh called on Arab nations to provide financial support, whether with cash or with gold, to help save the mosque and Jerusalem. He called for the establishment of a fund for that purpose.

"The Israeli occupation will leave Jerusalem soon. It will happen sooner than is thought," Salah said at the rally, which was held under the slogan "Al-Aqsa endangered." The rally has become an annual event, and an occasion for Israel's Muslim citizens to disparage their country and call for its destruction.


The former mufti of Jerusalem Ekrima Sabri and the archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox church who is considered close to the Palestinian Authority also spoke at the rally. Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Musa also sent his blessings to the assembly.
And you wonder why more and more Israelis are supporting 'transferring' hostile Arabs out of the country?


At 6:15 PM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

There is something quite disturbing about citizens taking advantage of their freedom in this manner.

Having grown up with all the benefits of the the First Amendment it is hard to reconcile this. That is, in theory I believe that people should be able to say virtually anything, kind of a "Marketplace of Ideas" theory.

But in regards to Israel the circumstances are quite different.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Jack's Shack,

I grew up the same place you did. Let me put it to you differently: what do you think the reaction in the US would be if a Congressman or Senator visited Iran, North Korea or Cuba?

What would the reaction be if a Congressman or Senator praised the 9/11 attacks and called for more of the same?

The difference between the US and Israel is that I have no doubt that - at the least - any US Congressman or Senator who behaves in the manner I described would be out in the next election. Here, there is no individual accountability among MK's and the proportional representation system in Knesset elections allows the recidivist Arab minority to continue to elect the likes of Azmi Bishara to the Knesset.

And that's without even considering that our danger is much more immediate than yours. So yes, in Israel things are different.


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