Jerusalem Mufti Muhammad Hussein 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, decided on Tuesday to ask police to open an
investigation into anti-Jewish remarks made by Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad
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On Tuesday afternoon, deputy state attorney Shai Nitzan sent a
letter to the police requesting an investigation of the mufti on suspicions of
racism and incitement to violence.
The mufti made the remarks during a
conference in Ramallah to mark 47 years since the founding of the Fatah
movement, when he cited a hadith (written recordings of sayings and deeds
attributed to the prophet Muhammad) that calls for the killing of
Known as Sahih Muslim, the hadith reads: “The Day of Judgement will
not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew
will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, O Muslims,
servants of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
hadith is incorporated into Article 7 of Hamas’s 1988 Covenant.
to the State Attorney’s Office, other harsh anti- Jewish statements have also
been attributed to the mufti.
The attorney-general’s request for a police
investigation comes after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on
Weinstein to investigate the mufti for incitement.
“These are grave words
that the world needs to condemn,” Netanyahu said.
Responding to the
allegations of incitement on Israel Radio on Sunday, Hussein denied inciting the
murder of Jews, saying he was just quoting the Islamic text. “I can’t change the
hadith,” he said.
Hussein has been the mufti of Jerusalem since July
2006, when he was appointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Three months after his appointment as mufti, Hussein said in an
interview that suicide bombing by Palestinians against Israelis was “legitimate,
of course, as long as it plays a role in the resistance.”Jerusalem Post
staff contributed to this report.