Hebron-Past, Present and Forever

(The Jewish Community of Hebron July 18, 1997 )


By David Wilder

The following are excerpts from the weekly Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority [PA] appointed "Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine" Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on July 11, 1997. The sermon was broadcast on the PA's official radio station, Voice of Palestine.

"Oh Allah, destroy America, for she is ruled by Zionist Jews...

"Allah will paint the White House black! Clinton is fulfilling his father's will to identify with Israel...

"The Muslims say to Britain, to France and to all the infidel nations that Jerusalem is Arab. We shall not respect anyone else's wishes regarding her. The only relevant party is the Islamic nation, which will not allow infidel nations to interfere...

"The homes the Jews are building will become Arab property, with Allah's help...

"Allah shall take revenge on behalf of his prophet against the colonialist settlers who are sons of monkeys and pigs....Forgive us, Muhamad, for the acts of these sons of monkeys and pigs, who sought to harm your sanctity."

A few weeks ago a 26 year old Russian immigrant named Tatiana Susskin came into Hebron from Jerusalem and started pasting small self-drawn pictures of a pig, labeled in Arabic `Muhammad' on Arab storefronts in the Arab part of the city. This resulted in an international outcry against Hebron's `militant inciting settlers.' There were those, including Israeli politicians, who again called for the forced expulsion of Hebron's Jewish population. The international `peace-keeping' observer force, TIPH, issued a report blaming Israel for the `escalation of violence' in Hebron, resulting from the pig posters. This, in spite of the fact that the violence was renewed for the who knows how many times, two days prior to the pig poster incident.

Ms Susskin has been indicted for inciting for racism, insulting Islam, supporting a terrorist group (Kach) and endangering lives by throwing a stone at an Arab driver. The Israeli prosecution has demanded that she be held in prison through the end of her trial because she is `dangerous to the public.'

Palestinian Authority [PA] appointed "Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine" Sheikh Ekrima Sabri is still broadcasting his poison to whoever wishes to listen.

I could continue in the same vein, speaking about the Palestinian police officer stationed in Shechem who, it was discovered this week, organized other PA police and other terrorists to commit terrorist attacks against Israelis. Israel has demanded his extradition following the shooting at and attempted killing of an entire family near Shechem last week. Arafat is ignoring the incident. Or I could write about the armed uniformed PA police who were arrested last night by Israeli security forces not far from Gush Etzion, under total Israeli control.

However, this is irrelevant. What I would like to know is why we haven't heard any reaction from the American powers-that-be, or by the same Israeli leaders, including the Prime Minister, the President of the State and the Chief Rabbi, condemning the Arab Mufti of Jerusalem. Why hasn't Arafat called up both the American president, as well as American Jewish leaders and Israeli Rabbi's apologizing for the insults against the United States, Israel and Jews? Why isn't the world media, including CNN, who today reported that Ms. Susskin shows no remorse for her deed, screaming about Islamic incitement. Perhaps they don't believe, or accept the verdict blaming Islamic fundamental terrorists for blowing up the World Trade Center and planning other acts of violence against Americans in the United States. Or perhaps they have forgotten. Or just don't want to remember. It is easier to always blame the Jews, rather than upset the Arabs.

In a feature story about Hebron on page 9 of today's Jerusalem Post, correspondent Jay Bushinsky writes, "In their (Palestinian observers) opinion, it would not have mattered whether the Jewish settlers were militant Orthodox nationalists or apolitical haredim. `The Arabs reject the presence of the Jews in any case.'"

The time has come, once and for all, that Americans, as well as Israelis realize that the rejection of Jews is not limited to a presence in Hebron - it includes any Jewish presence everywhere in Israel. And the time has come for the Western world to realize that fundamental Islam rejects any and all organized religions which do not accept Muhammad. In other words, all Jews and Christians fall into the category of infidels. The `sons of monkeys and pigs' spoken about by the Mufti includes not only Jewish settlers - it includes all who read, and all those who refuse to read these words.

The hypocrisy expressed by Americans, so blatantly apparent, is eventually going to boomerang and fly back into the face of America. Fundamental Islam is making unbelievable headway in the religious freedom of the United States. But Americans should all know that fundamentalists look to the Jerusalem Mufti as their leader too - the fact is that no one is refuting his words.

The Mufti of Jerusalem, in 1929, was Amin el-Hussania - Fiesel el-Hussaini's uncle. His incitement led to the massacre of 67 Jews in Hebron, and the expulsion of the survivors from the city. Dozens of Jews throughout Israel were killed and wounded that same August day, as a result of the Mufti's incitement, of his call to murder.

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, today's Mufti, is widening his borders. He is inciting against the President of the United States and the American population. He wants to paint the White House black.

"Oh Allah, destroy America, for she is ruled by Zionist Jews..."

Oh America - Beware of Uncle Muhammad!


David Wilder is the spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron, POB 105 Kiryat Arba, Israel 90100, Tel:972-2-9965333, Fax:972-2-9965304


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