Sermon on Palestinian Authority TV
The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi (a Palestinian Authority employee) at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza City, broadcast live on April 12, 2002 by Palestinian Authority television:
"…Oh, beloved of Allah. [In the Friday sermon] two weeks ago, I bore in your name a blessing of love to the crowns upon our heads, [that is] to the Arab and Muslim rulers. Among other things, I said: 'Oh crowns upon our heads: If Sharon spat in your faces, what would you do?' Today I apologize for these words, because Sharon has not only spat on the heads of the nation, but also trampled us underfoot."
"We are convinced of the [future] victory of Allah; we believe that one of these days, we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, enter Jaffa as conquerors, enter Haifa as conquerors, enter Ramle and Lod as conquerors, the [villages of] Hirbiya and Dir Jerjis and all of Palestine as conquerors, as Allah has decreed… 'They will enter Al-Aqsa Mosque as they have entered it the first time…'"
"Anyone who does not attain martyrdom in these days should wake in the middle of the night and say: 'My God, why have you deprived me of martyrdom for your sake? For the martyr lives next to Allah'…"
"Our enemies suffer now more than we do. Why? Because we are convinced that our dead go to Paradise, while the dead of the Jews go to Hell, to a cruel fate. So we stand firm and steadfast, in obedience to Allah…"
"The Jews await the false Jewish messiah, while we await, with Allah's help… the Mahdi and Jesus, peace be upon him.
Jesus's pure hands will murder the false Jewish messiah. Where? In the city of Lod, in Palestine. Palestine will be, as it was in the past, a graveyard for the invaders – just as it was a graveyard for the Tatars and to the Crusader invaders, [and for the invaders] of the old and new colonialism…"
"A reliable Hadith [tradition] says: 'The Jews will fight you, but you will be set to rule over them.' What could be more beautiful than this tradition? 'The Jews will fight you' – that is, the Jews have begun to fight us. 'You will be set to rule over them' – Who will set the Muslim to rule over the Jew? Allah… Until the Jew hides behind the rock and the tree."
"But the rock and tree will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, a Jew hides behind me, come and kill him.' Except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews."
"We believe in this Hadith. We are convinced also that this Hadith heralds the spread of Islam and its rule over all the land…"
"Oh beloved, look to the East of the earth, find Japan and the ocean; look to the West of the earth, find [some] country and the ocean. Be assured that these will be owned by the Muslim nation, as the Hadith says… 'from the ocean to the ocean'…"
"Oh Allah, accept our martyrs in the highest heavens…""Oh Allah, show the Jews a black day…"
"Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters…""Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land…"
"Oh Allah, forgive our sins…"
'The Jews Have Lost Their Humanity; They Do Not Raise Their Children to be Weak'
In an article published in the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat on April 4, 2002 titled "The Wild Beast that Zionism Created: Self-Destruction," Georgetown University professor of Palestinian origin, Halim Barakat, criticizes Jewish and Zionist approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The following are excerpts from the article:
Since the Mid-20th Century the Arabs Have Suffered Double Humiliation - Domestic and External
"The Israeli military machine has passed the point of no return by choosing the path of war up to the very end against the Palestinians in direct reaction to the peace initiative adopted by the Arab summit in Beirut..."
"Unlike their rulers, the Arab people have realized that confrontation is inevitable; thus, a chasm has opened between the Arabs and their rulers."
"Since the Arabs won independence, the [Arab] state… has become a means of oppression. The people serve the state, but the state does not serve the people. The rulers, who were meant to represent the people and to work to achieve their goals and aspirations, have become a force of repression, stripping their life from them. Since the mid-20th century, the Arabs have suffered double humiliation, both domestic and external…"
The (Sleeping) Giant, the Arab People, Is Awakening
"But what we have seen during the Israeli army's invasion of the West Bank has proven very clearly that the [sleeping] giant - the [Arab] people - is beginning to awaken from his slumber, and regain consciousness and dignity, after catastrophic sights that the mind cannot believe could happen with such barbarity…"
The More Technologically Advanced the People, the Less Moral and More Barbaric It Becomes
"One of the important lessons we are learning from this time and from the Palestinian experience is that the more technologically advanced the people, the less moral and more barbaric it becomes. They have been stripped of their humanity and have become an instrument. This is how I see the inverse relationship between technological progress and civilization."
The Jews and Zionism Symbolize the Legendary "Golem" of Prague
"How have Judaism, the Jews, and the international forces all permitted Zionism to become a wild, destructive beast capable of perpetrating atrocities, all the time certain that it is using the right of self-defense by turning the hunter into [a] victim and the prey into a terrorist entity?…"
"A group of [American Jews] is planning to put on a play taken from a legend called 'The Golem,' which spread among the Jews of Europe several centuries ago."
"The legend of the Golem, from 16th-century Prague, tells of a rabbi who breathed life into a clay statue in an attempt to create a savior for the Jews so that this savior would take revenge on their enemies. According to the legend, the statue became a giant creature, a Golem, who did take revenge on the enemies of the Jews. But because of the atrocities it committed, it became afflicted with pride and great vengefulness, which caused bloodshed to those it had originally sought to protect."
"From that time, this legend expresses man's alienation from himself and the things he creates. What man creates becomes, without his will and without him being aware of it, a force acting against him. He establishes a state that rules him, instead of him ruling it. Thus it happens that man establishes a political party, a union, a movement, an organization with the aim of serving man. But over time they develop needs of their own that contradict the needs of society and of the man who created them."
"Zionism arose as a result of the persecution of the Jews in Europe. But it quickly became a means for serving its leaders, who acted with the help of the British and then American colonialists for the establishment of their own private state on the ruins of Palestinian society, [and] to uproot and exile the Palestinian people."
"The rabbis of Judaism breathed life into the clay statue, and Zionism arose, an arrogant power that destroyed Palestinian society and the Palestinian people that was completely unconnected to the Jews' original tragedy - and all in the name of saving the Jews."
Both Sharon and Peres are Zionist Criminal Creations
"Then, Zionism breathed life into the clay statue and it turned into a military state, armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction. In time, it became a means of destruction acting outside the will of man, who can no longer control it. The Israeli Jews are no longer strong in and of themselves; [they are strong] with the strength of their airplanes, missiles, tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, and tractors that uproot trees and destroy homes."
"[The Israeli Jews] have turned into an instrument; their humanity has shriveled. In battle, the Palestinians are not confronting brave soldiers, but instruments that obliterate everything in their path. The more Israel's technological capability increases, the less civilized it becomes…"
"The rabbis breathed life into a clay statue; they huffed and they puffed until they created a giant round man named Ariel Sharon. He too is an instrument, subject to and an integral part of the other armament instruments. Another man who became an instrument is Foreign Minister Peres, who won the Nobel Peace Prize but turned from a man of peace into a criminal who carried out the Qana massacre, and then into Sharon's partner in the current crimes."
The Zionists Do Not Raise Their Children to be Weak and Human
"Like the Golem, so are the leaders of Zionism in this time: Their goals justify their means; they do not serve God, but an avenging God. They do not raise the younger generations [to be] human and weak Jews who respect the rights of others and are partners in human civilization. [They raise them to be] the strong Jew who avenges by destroying himself as he destroys others…"
"But the Palestinian people knows what it wants for itself, and it will not relinquish its natural rights. It pays the price as it is motivated by the power of faith, and by confidence in its ability to find its destiny despite the crises. It rises up from within it, creating a legend of its own that will become a fountainhead of valor…"
"With its wounds and dead bodies, Nablus has proven that it is indeed a 'mountain of fire.' Bethlehem has proven its spiritual unity. And in all pride, I say that Jenin is the city of the Arab future."