Radical cleric threatens to 'eliminate Jews'

Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, deputy leader of the radical Islamic Movement's northern branch, warns Israel against outlawing his group.

Dalit Halevi,

Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib
Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib
Matanya Tausig/Flash 90

Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, the deputy leader of the radical Islamic Movement's northern branch, has warned Israel against outlawing his group, vowing that if it does so, the Muslims will “eliminate the Jews from history”.

In an article published Monday in the Hamas-affiliated Palestine newspaper, Khatib declared that even if Israel implements what he called its "satanic ideas" about the Islamic Movement, it will not solve the problem it has with the Arab residents of Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza.

"This will be the final nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords, because the Palestinian people are tired of all the false promises and visions and its volcano is exploding," warned Khatib, who emphasized that Israel's problem is not only with the Islamic Movement but with all Muslims around the world.

He noted that the leadership of the Islamic Movement does not fear imprisonment, death or being outlawed, because it is going the way of the “Muslim heroes” who withstood the hardest of all tests.

"If you do what you please, who can ensure you that Allah will not soon train and send the members of this generation to eliminate you from history and out of the geographical area?" Khatib said.

Khatib is the deputy to Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement who was recently sentenced to jail for incitement.

Like Salah, Khatib was recently slapped with a travel ban by Israeli authorities, as law enforcement agencies mull criminal charges over the role the pair and their organization have played in stoking ongoing Arab violence against Jews.

Also like Salah, Khatib is no stranger to incitement against Israel. Shortly after Salah was sentenced to jail, his deputy continued to urge Muslims to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, calling for Israeli Arabs to take part in the "intifada" against Israel.

The Islamic Movement is essentially the Muslim Brotherhood's arm in Israel, and has close links to Hamas. Raed Salah has previously been convicted for fundraising for Hamas.




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