Islamist firebrand convicted of incitement for intifada sermon

The Al-Aqsa mosque. Sheikh Raed Salah in a 2007 speech calling on every Muslim to “start the Arab Islamist intifada, from ocean to ocean, to support the holy city of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.” Credit: MathKnight via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court judge on Thursday convicted Islamic Movement northern branch leader Sheikh Raed Salah of incitement for giving a sermon calling for a third intifada, leading to public disorder and violence, Israel Hayom reported. Salah was acquitted of incitement to racism charges.

Salah was indicted in 2008. The indictment stated that on Feb. 16, 2007, Salah appealed to hundreds of his supporters in the north, where he leads the local branch of the Islamic Movement, calling on every Muslim to “start the Arab Islamist intifada, from ocean to ocean, to support the holy city of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.”
 
“We never allowed ourselves to knead the bread of the holy Ramadan breakfast with the blood of children. If someone wants a more detailed explanation then all they need to do is ask what happens to some of the children in Europe, if their blood is used to knead holy bread,” Salah said.

“On that same day all the streets of holy Jerusalem will be purged of the blood of innocents, who let their own blood exacting the souls of Israeli occupation soldiers occupying the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque... I say clearly and without hesitation, you who incite against us, do not be tempted by the ranks on your shoulders. These ranks and stars on your shoulders are made from the skulls of our martyrs,” he said.

Posted on November 7, 2013 .