On April 14, 2015, MEMRI and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will hold the sixth annual Tom Lantos Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Archives Commemoration at the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.
At the event, MEMRI will present, and release, its annual report on antisemitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world, covering both the proponents of these hateful messages in the region and the courageous voices speaking out against this phenomenon. A video compilation of MEMRI TV research from this past year will be screened and also released.
Impact Of MEMRI TV Clips
· Italy: An imam from Morocco was expelled from Italy following the release of a MEMRI TV clip of excerpts of his sermon calling to "count [the Jews] one by one and kill them to the very last one." The clip, and the imam's expulsion, received considerable media attention, including in the Arab world.
· Spain: Spanish prosecutors investigated an imam in Spain following the release of a MEMRI TV clip in which he called for Allah to "destroy the plundering Jews." The investigation was reported on by Spanish- and English-language media.
· Australia: Just today, it was announced in Australia that videos of statements inciting to jihad against the Jews by an Australian leader of the Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in Sydney have been sent to Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions for possible charges against the leader; the move follows the release of a MEMRI TV clip of the leader's statements.
· Germany: An imam from Denmark who called for the killing of Jews, "the slayers of the Prophet," in a Berlin mosque, saying "count them and kill them to the very last one," faces criminal charges in Germany, following the release of a MEMRI TV clip.
· Denmark: Authorities are looking into legal charges against an imam at a Danish mosque who in a sermon referred to the Jews as "apes and pigs" and said "Oh Muslim, oh Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him," following the release of a MEMRI TV clip.
· Jerusalem: The Jerusalem District Attorney indicted a sheikh for his sermon at Al-Aqsa Mosque following the release of a MEMRI TV clip showing him exhorting his audience to kill Jews and adding, "We shall slaughter you without mercy."
The following are a number of the clips of antisemitic sermons in the West that led to legal actions; these clips were added to the archives in the past year and will be screened at this year's event.
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The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered at Al-Nour Mosque in Berlin on July 18, 2014 and posted on the Internet:
Abu Bilal Ismail: "...Gaza... is facing the strongest war machine, the Zionist Jews, these criminals, these slayers of prophets, those who shed blood, those who kill children, those who turn women into widows, those who destroy homes along with their inhabitants, those who strike Gaza with all the force they have.
"Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you. Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don't spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets. Disperse them. They behave tyrannically all over the world and spread corruption. Oh Lord, bring torment upon them."
MEMRI TV Clip No. 4396 Friday Sermon At Italian Mosque: Kill The Jews To The Very Last One
In a Friday sermon in northern Italy, Sheikh Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi prayed to Allah to "count [the Jews] one by one and kill them to the very last one." Al-Rawdhi, leading the prayers at Al-Rahma Mosque in San Don├á di Piave, the Province of Venice, called upon Allah to "turn their food to poison and make the air they breathe blazing hot." The sermon was posted on the Internet on July 29, 2014. Following are excerpts:
Sheikh Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi: "What can we possibly expect from [the Jews], whose hearts are harder than stone? What can we possibly expect from people whose hands are soiled with the blood of the prophets, not to mention the blood of defenseless, innocent people? What can we possibly expect from people who lost all respect for Allah, saying to Moses: 'Show us Allah outright?' What can we possibly expect from people who said: 'The hand of Allah is shackled?' 'May their own hands be shackled, and may they be cursed for what they said.'"[...]
"Oh Allah, bring upon them that which will make us happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them. Turn their food to poison, make the air they breathe blazing hot, make their slumber full of grief, and make their days black. Oh Allah, plant fear in their hearts."
MEMRI TV Clip No. 4448 Friday Sermon In Spain: 'Allah, Destroy The Plundering Jews, Do Not Spare A Single One'
In a Friday sermon at Azuqueca De Henares, near Madrid, Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui said that the "plundering Jews" were "the masters of treachery and betrayal," and prayed: "Oh Allah, the Most Merciful, count them one by one, and do not spare a single one of them." The sermon was posted on the Internet on August 25, 2014. Following are excerpts:
Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui: "... The Jews are by nature treacherous and war-mongering. There can be no peace with the Jews. What peace are you talking about?! [...]
"This is their way of life. The Jews and the Zionists have treachery and killing as their way of life. They are a people of enmity and jealousy, the masters of treachery and betrayal. As Allah described them in the Koran: They want to spread corruption in the land. The Zionists do not feel alive if they don't spread corruption. They spread corruption in the land. They cannot live without corruption, treachery, and betrayal. [...]
"[Allah] described them as killers, so their killing of our brothers in Gaza and in Palestine should come as no surprise. They killed the prophets, the best among mankind. The best people in the eyes of Allah are the prophets and messengers. Yet they killed them, showing no regard for pacts of protection. Allah said [to the Jews]: "Taste the punishment of the burning fire." This is what awaits them: the torments of the burning fire. [...]
"Oh Allah, support Islam and the Muslims everywhere, and humiliate polytheism, heresy, and the infidels everywhere. Oh Allah, destroy the plundering Jews. Oh Allah, the Most Merciful, count them one by one, and do not spare a single one of them."
MEMRI TV Clip No. 4548 Denmark Sermon: There Can Be No Dividing Palestine With The Offspring Of Apes And Pigs
In a sermon delivered in Funen (Fyn), Denmark, Sheikh Muhammad Khaled Samha asked: "How can we... accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs?" Following are excerpts from the sermon, which was posted on the Internet on September 19, 2014:
Sheikh Muhammad Khaled Samha: ...[H]ow can we - or any free Muslim with faith in his heart - accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs? [...]
"Palestine has been and will remain the land of Islam. It is the land of Islam - a sacred and blessed land. It is the land of the gathering and resurrection [on Judgment Day]. It is the land of the great battle, in which the Muslims will fight the Jews, and the trees and the stones will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.'"
Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark, rejected interfaith dialogue in a Friday sermon delivered on February 13, one day before the Copenhagen terror attacks. Imam Saeed explained that the Prophet Muhammad waged war against his Jewish neighbors in Al-Madina rather than engage in dialogue with them. The sermon was posted on the Internet by the Scandinavian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Following are excerpts:
Hajj Saeed: "...Our Prophet Muhammad had Jewish neighbors in Al-Madina. Did he call for closer relations, harmony, and dialogue with them, in the manner of the UN and of those who call to reconciliation Truth and Falsehood? Or did he call upon them to worship Allah? When they violated their pledge and did not accept this call - well, you know what he did to them. It appears in his Sira. He waged war against the Jews. [...]
"Allah has made laws that regulate our relations with them, if we live in their countries. The so-called interfaith dialogue is not part of these laws. Things are entirely different. There should be an ideological conflict to refute their argument of Falsehood, and to present Islam as alternative to their bogus culture, which has hurled them into the abyss of depravity and corruption, and which has reduced them from humanity to the level of beasts."
In a Friday sermon, Ismail Al-Wahwah, spokesman for the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, said: "The Jews are the most evil creatures of Allah. Moral corruption is linked to the Jews." He further said: "There is only one solution for that cancerous tumor: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from." Following are excerpts from the video, which was posted on the Internet on March 3 by the Hizb ut-Tahrir channel:
Ismail Wahwah: "Allah said [in the Koran]: 'Fight them until there is no fitna ["strife"], and religion belongs to Allah alone.' He said: 'Fitna is worse than killing.' Refraining from fighting and from waging jihad against the Jews constitutes fitna. This fitna is worse than killing, because it means that the Israelites will rule the Muslims until Judgment Day. Recognizing the Jews and giving them even a single inch of Palestine constitutes the epitome of evil, because this will strengthen that cancerous entity. They are the most evil creatures of Allah: 'You shall find the strongest people in enmity towards the believers to the Jews and the polytheists.' Refraining from fighting them constitutes widespread evil. It will enable them to kill Muslims and take over their countries, in order to spread corruption upon the land, and to capture and kill women and men. All forms of corruption are linked to the Israelites and their arrogance. [...]
"Past, present, and future - since their inception, the Israelites have gone hand in hand with evil and disobedience. 'They did not prevent one another from any wrongdoing.' A Jew does not prevent another from wrongdoing. If [a Jew] criticizes another in the media, it is only to pull the wool over one's eyes. The Jews are in alliance and in concert with one another. Some superficial Muslims tell you about some Jew who demonstrated against the corruption. As long he is in Palestine, that Jew is an aggressor like any criminal. His very presence in Palestine constitutes an aggression, because he is an occupier, no matter who he is. We must not be deceived by this. The Jews are the most evil creatures of Allah. Moral corruption is linked to the Jews. Prostitution in the world began with the Israelites. Usury and gambling began with the Israelites. Killing who began with the Israelites. They slayed the prophets without just cause. Prophets must not be killed, yet the Israelites killed them. [...]
"If the Jews were given the whole world, they would want the heavens. That is the nature of the Jews. [...]
"It is a delusion to think that there can be peace and coexistence with the Israelites, with the Jews. It is a delusion to think that we can share one state or two states, and that the Jews can be our neighbors, as suggested by some self-proclaimed, yet deluded, 'scholars.' One such ['scholar'] claims that fighting neighbors is forbidden. He is one of them. Therefore, coexistence with Israel and the Jews is a delusion. There is only one solution for that cancerous tumor: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from. [...]
"They have corrupted the world with their corrupt media. The Israelites have corrupted the world with so-called art, cinema, and corrupt films, and with sex trade, drug trade, and moral depravity. They have corrupted the world in every respect. These are the Israelites. [...]
"Whatever the outcome is of today's battle, it is not the final battle. There is a sea of blood between the Jews and us. They will pay with blood for blood, with tears for tears, and with destruction for destruction. They are deluding themselves if they think that this nation will ever surrender to a gang of foreigners. [...]
In a lecture posted on the Internet on September 28, British Muslim scholar Refi Shafi, known as "Abu Rumaysah," said that the Jews were corrupters by nature. He cited "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," saying: "Other people were aware of this evil doctrine and they did things to stop it. Like Adolf Hitler." Abu Rumaysah expressed his support of the Caliphate, saying that the people of Syria and Iraq had been blessed. Following are excerpts:
Abu Rumaysah: "This issue of Allah informing us that the Jews are those people He is angry with... Even if you stack it up to the facts on the ground, it is something you can understand as well. For example, the first person to get their hand cut [off] under the shari'a was a Jew. The first person to get stoned for adultery was a Jew. The founder of the Shi'a Rafidah, may Allah curse them, Abdul ibn Saba, his mother was Sauda - a Jew. The founders of the corrupt Christianity, although they don't like us to say it, was a man called Paul - or Saul... I don't know how to say it - a Jew. And he pretended to become Christian and invented all of this corruption that we see nowadays in terms of the Christianity. And even the one who tried to kill the final messenger Muhammad, Peace be upon Him, the mercy to mankind - guess what? Was a Jew... [...]
"How is it that a particular race of people - 0.2% of the world population - are going to cause so much corruption? [...]
"The Jews, or the Zionists - many people look up to them. We hear it nowadays everywhere. They say: Oh, we need to become like the Jews, we need to imitate the Jews, we need to follow the Jews. Look to Israel, look to their technology. Why are they so advanced? Why are we so non-advanced? Why are we so backwards? But if you think about it, this shouldn't be at all in the mind of any believer because number one, Allah, He will punish them in the Hereafter, and secondly, He is going to destroy them in this life. And how is He going to destroy them? Are some super Jews going to come? Are some super Zionists going to come and take authority from them? No. It is going to be the Muslims. [...]
"They, the Zionists, they don't need to live this corrupted life. They can be saved as well. Just stop your corruption, embrace Islam, and do the good deeds. That's all you have to do. But they want to be arrogant. [...]
"When you talk about Zionism, just as a brief history - the founder of it was a man called Theodor Herzl. The man, he was basically born on the 2nd of May, 1860, and he is famously known as the founder of political Zionism. Theodor Herzl. In 1897 - this is about 100 years ago, 120 years ago - he led a meeting in Switzerland and he created something with his colleagues, or with his fellow Zionists, called 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' Now, when you read about it, a lot of them try to play it down - the infidels - even if you look on Wikipedia, when you see the reality of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion - a lot of the infidels try to play it down. 'It's not true,' they will say. 'It is something that is fabricated.' But it is something that is well documented and the scholars of Islam, they speak about it. In fact, it's not just the Muslims who know about it.
"There are other people as well who were aware of this evil doctrine and they did things to stop it. Like Adolf Hitler. He was someone who read up on this thing called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and obviously you know what he did. But what is it? The Protocols of the Elders of Zion basically has 24 points and it really exposes their hatred for humanity. Their hatred, not just towards the Muslims, But towards the Christians. You know, the Christians ally with them but the Jews hate them. The Hindus, the Sikhs, the atheists, whatever other religion. They have a burning hatred for them and they don't regard them in any way as something they want to become like. And they have no qualms with wanting to subjugate them, oppress them, and exploit them... [...]
"In truth, when we look to how the rise of Zionism began - obviously it began in 1897, but it is something that should be reminded to us because Zionism - the only reason it was allowed to get so big and strong was because of us. We left and abandoned the da'wa and the jihad. Because if you think about it, 1897 - when is that? Does that ring any bells? That is near the destruction of the caliphate. Meaning when we were at the lowest point of our history, that is when Zionism began to pick up. But, thanks to Allah, that is not the case now. We are seeing a revival worldwide and the purpose of this talk is not to beat up Zionism, but rather it is to say that Zionism will be finished off by the Muslims... [...]
"Zionism in the media, for example - the head of Walt Disney is a man called Bob Iger. He's Jewish. Warner Brothers - there are four brothers called Warner - Albert Warner, Harry Warner, Sam Warner, Jack Warner - all Jews. Fox News - a man called Marvin Davis, Jew. ABC News, they are owned by Walt Disney - Bob Iger, Jew. So you can see that this is not like something that is made up. Just take that as a brief example. We are talking about 0.2% of the world is Jewish, but somehow they are in the most influential position. And if you look at all of them, they are there. And it is not because of a blessing in their character. Allah, He tested their [unintelligible] and they failed miserably because of the corruption they do, in terms of Zionism. Even in healthcare, brothers, when you look at healthcare, it shows and exposes how much hatred they have for humanity. When Sheikh Omar delivered his lecture he talked about how they have no regard for human life, and he talked about medicines. You know, there are particular medicines in the West which harm you and they cause adverse side effects, and they become addictive... [...]
"It goes to show how little regard these people have for human life - the Zionists. Because remember, the Zionists are the ones who are in charge of many of these things and it shows how they don't care about humanity, they want you to become dumber, they want you to become ill and have poor health, in order for what? To become people who are in authority and who have a lot of power... [...]
"Because Allah, He blessed mankind with people called Muslims, and this is a blessing because the Christians and the Hindus and the Sikhs and even the Jews - they don't know what a blessing we are to them, because we are going to remove all the oppression and all of that Zionism, which is controlling them. And many other Christians know it. If you go to YouTube and you type 'Zionism' - the white supremacists, they hate the Zionists. Even if you look on the forums, and some of them are saying 'maybe we should ally with the Muslims and try and take out Zionism', because they are aware of it as well. Many other people... They can't do it because Allah is not with them, but Allah is with the believers... [...]
"Many of us are struggling for the shari'a, struggling for the caliphate, but Allah blessed another set of people in Iraq and Syria who, praise Allah, are better than us, and we have no issue saying that at all. They are better than us and Allah, He blessed them, and He gave them the caliphate. And that is the beginning of the end of Zionism because Zionism - remember, the only reason it was allowed to spread was because Muslims abandoned the da'wa, they abandoned jihad, they abandoned the religion. But we have the caliphate now, and It's not just the caliphate, it's upon the path of prophethood. They are not facing the Ottoman Caliphate. They are not facing the later caliphates. They are facing a caliphate which is upon the path of prophethood and it is only a matter of time, my dear brothers and sisters, before the pirate state of Israel falls under the sword of monotheism, and Palestine is liberated, and all of mankind can live under the justice of Islam and the shari'a..."
MEMRI TV Clip No. 4657 Preacher At Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara To The Jews: 'We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy'
In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Following are excerpts:
Omar Abu Sara: "Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to whom every single vile trait has been attributed. They were the masters of these vile traits, and they taught their secrets to others. These traits were registered in the Quran, which depicted all aspects of the lives of the Jews in the most abominable images."
"These traits are the same today as they were in the days of yore. Nay, they have become even more vile and evil with the development of means of crime and corruption in this day and age. By Allah, the Jews are the most evil of Allah's creations. They are the most evil creatures to have walked this Earth.
"They are the slayers of prophets. Ibn Al-Qayyim said that they had killed 70 prophets in one day, and that they had killed a total of over 10,000 prophets. They tried to kill our Prophet Muhammad twice, as far as we know.
"It was the Jews whom Allah turned into apes and pigs, and afflicted with degradation and humiliation.
"We are living in a time when the battle with the Jews has drawn near, as our Prophet Muhammad was reported to have said: 'You fight the Jews until the trees and the stones will say: Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.'
"I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come. The time to fight you has come. The time to kill you has come. Allah willing, we are ready for the task - we and the loyal and faithful Muslims, along with the armies of the state of the Islamic Caliphate, which will come to liberate this land from your filth.
"We await the day - nay, the very moment - of your slaughter. We are ready. By Allah, we are. Do your worst. The balance of power is tipped in your favor. Go ahead and kill! Go ahead and slaughter! Stones, trees, and humans suffer at your hand. Please do not leave in our hearts a single grain of mercy towards you, oh Jews, because when the day of your slaughter arrives, we shall slaughter you without mercy. Oh Allah, make that day come faster."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of the [slaughter] of the Jews."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of their killing."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day we fight them."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of their slaughter."
Omar Abu Sara: "Allah, hasten the day when the Al-Aqsa Mosque is cleansed of their filth."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the establishment of the state of the Islamic Caliphate."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, make it a righteous caliphate in the path of the prophets."
Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the pledge of allegiance to the Muslim Caliph."
Crowd: "Amen." [...]