July 21, 2005
Palestinian clerics preach hate of the US and Israel — can we really make peace with them?
Hatred of the US and other Western Christian countries is a common theme in the Islamic world and especially among Palestinian clergy, some of whom, like imam Ibrahim Madiras, are actually employed by the Palestinian Authority. Verbal attacks against the US and racist hate speech are frighteningly commonplace. It’s often difficult for those of us who live in an open democracy to understand how deep and pervasive this hatred is, so we tend to discount it. After all, we think, everyone wants peace, everyone is fundamentally reasonable, and therefore we should be able to come to an agreement. But what if the radical Islamists flatly do not want peace with Christians and Jews? What if they are not reasonable . . . and in fact are unalterably irrational and racist?
We at FLAME have monitored Islamist rhetoric (and the actions that back it up) for years. I can tell you that vicious hatred of Western nations and Jews is a part of the social and religious fabric of Islamic culture in many parts of the world, especially among the Palestinians. Below, we offer a selection of excerpts from Palestinian clergy that give you a small taste of this hatred, including one that was delivered just following the subway and bus bombings in London. If you’d like to see and hear video clips of these rants (providing you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer), you can click on the "Play Video" links. They are truly scary. These links are provided through Palestinian Media Watch, an excellent organization that monitors speech in the territories (www.pmw.org.il).
of this raises the question of how Western nations can possibly make
peace with fanatical, murderous Islamic radicals.
is an important question for Americans, it is a life-and-death question
for Israel. When Osama bin Laden says he wants to destroy the US,
we are concerned perhaps, but few of us actually feel our lives are
threatened. But when Palestinian clerics and Hamas operatives spew
their hatred, Israelis know that these enemies have the wherewithal
to wreak havoc and death immediately---and they do so almost daily.
How can average Palestinians be expected to embrace peace with Israel
when their religious leaders, quoting from the Koran, call Jews “apes
and pigs?” How can Israel be expected to form peace with such
a people, most of whom cry for their death and destruction.
day after the London bombings, a Palestinian Authority imam prays
for extermination of Infidels:
"Annihilate the Infidels and the Polytheists, Your
[God's] enemies and the enemies of the religion. God, disperse
their gathering and break up their unity, and turn on them the
evil adversities. God, count them and kill them to the last one,
and don't leave even one."
"Praise [Allah] who united America, Britain and
Spain, reaching a decision against our people in Iraq. This is
the Infidel's way, oh, Muslims. The United Nations, to our regret,
has become a "House of Assembly" because that is where the Infidels
"The infidel countries under the leadership of
the US made up an excuse and justification to wage their dirty
war against Islam and the Moslems and against the Islamic movements
PA religious leaders have regularly prayed for the destruction of the USA, Britain, and Israel. This one was just weeks before the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Oh, Allah, defend al Aqsa mosque from any evil.
Oh, Allah, destroy the occupation and its supporters and collaborators.
Oh, Allah, destroy America and its supporters and collaborators.
Oh Allah, destroy Britain and its supporters and collaborators.
. . . You'll find that Jews are behind
every conflict on Earth. The suffering of nations—the Jews
are behind it! Ask Britain! What did it do to the Jews at the beginning
of the sixth century? What did they do to the Jews? They persecuted
them, tortured them, and prevented them from entering for more
than 300 years. . . . Ask France! They tortured them, persecuted
them and burned their Talmud, for the conflicts that they [i.e.
Jews] tried to ignite in France in the period of Louis XIX. Ask
Portugal what it did to the Jews! Ask Czarist Russia—who
invited the Jews and they plotted to murder the Czar! And he massacred
them repeatedly. Don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews, since
the Jews are the ones who provoked Nazism to fight the entire world.
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