Palestinian Islamic scholar Sheikh Yousef Abu Islam said in an address at a mosque in Silat Al-Harithiya in the Jenin Governorate that in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews outline a plot to engross people in sports such as soccer. He explained that the end goal is for people to "annihilate" one another until only the Jews are left, and he gave the example of how sports fans from the same nation often support opposing teams. He said that this is one of the Jews' goals, and that they want to transform sports from a means to train men, women, and children for Jihad into an "organized means of distracting entertainment." He also said that the Jews do not want Muslims to think about liberating "occupied" Muslims lands such as Spain and Palestine. He added: "As sons of the Islamic nation, we must not follow them like they want us to." Sheikh Abu Islam's address was posted to the Aqsa Call YouTube channel on December 21, 2022. For more information about Sheikh Yousef Abu Islam, see MEMRITV Clip no 9661.
Sheikh Yousef Abu Islam: "Ever since the Jews' early beginnings, when they wrote the so-called Protocols of the Elders of Zion, they said, as part of their Protocols: 'We must get people engrossed in sports, especially soccer, until they annihilate one another, and all that is left is the so-called 'J'.' What does 'J' stand for? The Jewish race.
"This is why you can see, in some sports, that people from the same nation cheer for the two opposing teams. When there is a game between Zamalek and whoever...In Jordan, when there is a game between Al-Faisaly and Al-Abdali...The altercations between the two teams are exactly what the [Jews] want.
"They want to transform sports from a means to train men, children – and even women so they can support the soldiers in the battlefield...They want to transform sports from a way to serve the country and Jihad into an organized means of distracting entertainment.
"However, brothers, they can plan and plot, but as sons of the Islamic nation, we must not follow them like they want us to. They want our sons to become a generation of spineless people, who care about nothing except soccer, and who do not know how to draw up a foreign policy.
"They do not want our sons to think about how to liberate, say, the land of the Muslims in Spain – the land of Andalus. They want them to think about how a sports team from Morocco can beat a sports team from the occupying country, Spain. Spain is occupying [Al-Andalus], the land of the Muslims there, just like the Jewish state is occupying the land of the Muslims here."