In a Friday sermon, delivered at the Old Tila' Al-A'li Mosque in Amman, Imam Dr. Ahmad Al-Rawashdeh cited Hungarian-British author Arthur Koestler as saying that the Jews were the descendants of the Khazars, concluding that "in terms of religion, history, and genealogy, Jews do not own a single inch of the land of Palestine." Al-Rawashdeh further said: "What was taken by the sword will be regained only by the sword - not by peace." The sermon was posted on the Internet on March 31.
Ahmad Al-Rawashdeh: "Dear ones, dialogue between religions is inconceivable, because there is only one religion - Islam. It is inconceivable to hold a dialogue about who owns Palestine. What was taken by force will be regained only by force. What was taken by the sword will be regained only by the sword - not by peace.
"What was taken by force will only be regained by force. Throughout history, whenever Palestine was captured by invaders, it was liberated only by force.
"The extremist fanatic Zionist Jew Arthur Koestler says: 'After a thorough and careful study of the Jews who live in Palestine, I have found that 92 percent of the Jews originate from the Khazar Jews.' Who are the Khazar Jews? They were Jews who converted to Judaism in the Caucasus, which is now southern Russia. They are Turkish-Tatar tribes that converted to Judaism, and then came to Palestine, claiming that they originate from Israel, from Jacob. They call themselves 'Israelites ' but if we check their line of descent, we see that they are not connected to Jacob or Abraham at all. Therefore, oh Jews, if you want a land that you can call your own, you should go to southern Russia, where your origins are. Koestler was killed in Europe in 1983. His house was blown up. They killed him. Therefore, in terms of religion, history and genealogy, Jews do not own a single inch of the land of Palestine."