Radical Cleric: Netanyahu Responsible for Terror

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, predicts the recent violence will turn into a full intifada.

Dalit Halevi,

Sheikh Raed Salah prays in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square
Sheikh Raed Salah prays in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square
Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the radical Islamic Movement in Israel who is known for his continuous incitement against Israel, on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the unrest in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Speaking to the Turkish Anadolu news agency, Salah said, "The Prime Minister of the Israeli occupation, Netanyahu, is fully responsible for the escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem because of his attempt to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the basis of an assessment that Arab weakness will allow him to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews."

"In my view,” continued the radical sheikh, “the present events will not stop, but rather will turn into an all-out intifada, unless Netanyahu realizes the mistake he made when he hurt the feelings of Muslims with the police attack on the women who are clinging to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Salah has been in a legal battle over his incitement to use violence to block Jews from visiting the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism - calls to racism and violence that have led MKs to launch a bill to outlaw Salah's movement.

The sheikh has labeled Israeli leaders “terrorists” and “enemies of Allah” in a speech to Muslims in Be’er Sheva, and was also jailed for five months in 2010 for spitting at an Israeli police officer. 

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, on Thursday for continued acts of terrorism against Jews.

"Turn the roads into roads of dread for the occupation and the settlers ... open fire at their heads ... and continue to throw firebombs and rocks, so that the occupation will be under pressure and attrition until it will have to give us our rights," the PFLP said.




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