UK minister condemns 'inflammatory' words of J'lem mufti

January 23, 2012 18:02

The UK's Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt condemned on Monday the Jerusalem mufti for reciting a passage from Muslim scripture calling for the death of Jews.

“I condemn the inflammatory words used by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and others at a recent event marking the 47th anniversary of the Fatah movement," Burt said in the UK Foreign Office. "To refer to the Jewish people in such a way and to talk of killing Jews is anti-Semitism, pure and simple."

He said the UK opposed comments that could "stir up hatred and prejudice in a region that needs a culture of peace and mutual respect."

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a watchdog group that monitors Palestinian media and textbooks, distributed a video last week of a January 9 Fatah rally during which Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein, read out a well-known text (Hadith) attributed to Muhammad saying that the killing of Jews will speed up the redemption.

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