Three weeks after being released from hospital after being shot by a Palestinian terrorist, Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick on Tuesday submitted a police complaint against an Aksa Mosque cleric for inciting violence against Jews.
The complaint, filed on Glick’s behalf by attorney Uriel Nizri, cites a YouTube video posted last week showing Omar Abu Sara, known as the “Aksa Preacher,” denigrating Jews and calling for their collective slaughter in a sermon.
In the video, Sara describes Jews as “the most evil creatures ever on the Earth.”
“We live in days when we are in close proximity with the Jews,” he says in the YouTube diatribe. “I say to the Jews clearly: It’s time to slaughter you. It’s time to fight you. It’s time to kill you.”
“God willing, we are ready,” Sara says. “We... will release this land from your filth. We are waiting for the day – for the moment – to slaughter you.”
Noting that Glick, 49, was gravely wounded in a hail of bullets fired by Islamic Jihad member Moataz Hejazi following a lecture at the capital’s Menachem Begin Heritage Center on October 29, Nizri said such incitement must be severely punished.
“Glick personally experienced that [such rhetoric] can lead to incitement and attempted murder,” said Nizri in the complaint, adding that the activist is now confined to a wheelchair.
“As someone who has experienced firsthand the results of incitement against Jews in general, and with regard to the Temple Mount in particular, he cannot stand by and watch [Sara’s] incitement.”
Noting the historic corollary between incitement and murder, Nizri invoked the Holocaust and demanded that police promptly open an investigation into Sara and his involvement in the terrorist attacks and rioting that have blighted the country since June.
“Threats and incitement against Jews because they are Jews are the basis and cause of the Holocaust,” the complaint stated. “We must not allow anyone, or any cause, to incite and threaten Jews only because they are Jews. Therefore, we call on the Israel Police to prevent the rhetoric of violence against Jews.”
The complaint comes one day after eight Arab men were arrested in east Jerusalem for using their Facebook accounts to glorify terrorism and incite attacks against Israelis.
As of Tuesday, Sara’s incendiary YouTube video had been viewed more than 45,000 times.