Imam: Weapons Only Means to Establish Caliphate

In a Friday sermon, a Gazan cleric brandishes a gun and declares that weapons are the only means "to establish a caliphate."

Ben Ariel,

Hamas rally in Ramallah (file)
Hamas rally in Ramallah (file)
Flash 90

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has released a video of an imam in Gaza who was filmed during a Friday sermon while brandishing a gun and saying that weapons were the Palestinian Arabs' only means to establish a caliphate.

MEMRI noted that the cleric, Sheik Iyad Abu Funun, was released to the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria as part of the Shalit prisoner swap deal in 2011. He was arrested again, and was sentenced to complete his 10-year term in prison.

In July 2013, after threatening to go on a hunger strike, he was released and deported to Gaza.

“The (Israelis) came to conquer the Gaza Strip. Did they succeed in doing so? No, they did not. They came to take these weapons from us,” Abu Funun said.

He then picked up his weapon and declared, “Do I still hold this weapon, or not? They came to take these weapons from us. Did they succeed?”

“They came to take our guns, but the guns remain in our hands...This war has proven that these weapons are our only means to liberate our land. These weapons are our only means to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque. These weapons are our only means to establish the Islamic State,” said Abu Funun.

The video is just the latest example of incitement against Israel, both by Hamas as well as by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.

Such incitement ranges from the glorification of Nazism and the lionization of Adolf Hitler, to programs on official PA television featuring heavily-stereotyped Jews as villains (and encouraging violence against them), and various TV and radio shows which literally wipe the Jewish state off the map.




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