Palestinian cleric Khaled Al-Maghrabi delivered an address at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which he said that the fire engine was invented by a Jew in order extort the owners of burning homes to sell their property on the cheap. "If you expect Satan to do something good... know that his intentions are evil," he concluded. The address was posted on a YouTube channel run by Al-Maghrabi on July 12.
Khaled Al-Maghrabi: "Do you know how the first fire engine was invented? It was invented by a Jew, who prepared a cart, pulled by 2 or 3 animals, and loaded it with water. Whenever he would hear that a house was on fire, he would hurry with his cart to the door of the burning house... Do you think that he would start to extinguish the fire? No! He would get out of the cart, and start negotiating with the owner of the property about selling it for a meager price. 'Your house is burning down. How much for it?' If it's worth 100, he would offer him 3, 4, or 5. The poor guy would look at the house. Either he takes the fiver, or it will all be gone. Eventually, he agrees. When he takes the money, the [Jew] gets back to the fire engine, and starts to extinguish the fire. Then he benefits from the property. In other words, if you expect Satan to do something good – even if you think that you see with your own eyes that he is doing something good – know that his intentions are evil."