PA's Temple Mount sheikh arrested for incitement

Sheikh arrested after being exposed in videos claiming Jews worship satan and created disease in weekly Temple Mount lessons.

Ido Ben-Porat,

Muslim leaders (illustration)
Muslim leaders (illustration)
Flash 90

Jerusalem district police on Wednesday morning arrested a Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctioned Muslim sheikh, who was caught on film inciting terrorism against Jews in his weekly lessons at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi was exposed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) in his various anti-Semitic rants, in which he claimed Jews created disease, that Jews control the world's wealth, and likewise spouted blood libels and accused Jews of paganism and devil worship.

Recently, Al-Mughrabi went on record saying, "the sons of Israel will be forced to change their plans to build the Temple in the Al-Aqsa Mosque structure, and will be forced to build it outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

"A Temple of heresy where they will worship Iblis (satan - ed.). Why? Because the false messiah won't appear, unless the Temple will be built and they worship satan in it...(in the end of days) we will go after the Jews in every place. They won't escape us. They won't be able to escape us. And the stone and the tree will speak, in accordance with the hadith of the prophet (oral teachings ascribed to Mohammed - ed.)."

"This is a reliable promise from the prophet, according to which the tree and the stone will speak and say: 'O Muslim, there's a Jew behind me, come kill him.' All the sons of Israel will be destroyed, the false messiah will be killed, and the Muslims will live well for a long period," said the terror sheikh.

Members of the Honenu legal aid organization issued a complaint to the police over the sheikh's incitement.

"We are happy that finally the inciting sheikh was arrested and we hope that this time a serious indictment will be submitted against him immediately, and he will be put behind bars for a long period," Honenu said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

"It is unacceptable that there be a situation in which every Jewish youth who dares to pray is arrested immediately and distanced from the Temple Mount, while Muslim leaders incite at the Temple Mount to attack Jews without intervention."

PMW revealed that according to the PA, religious lessons in all mosques are supervised by the PA and require prior approval.

In 2010, then-PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash was quoted by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida as he explained that "the mosques and everything related to them belong to the Ministry of Religious Affairs...the religious lessons, Koran study and other activities going on in the mosques require prior approval by the Ministry."




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