Jerusalem – Salah wants it to be governed by caliph
Photo: Ron Peled
Salah: Save Jerusalem from hands of Jews
More than 30,000 Arab-Israeli Muslims participated in a massive protest Saturday night at the Kfar Kana soccer stadium marking the anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s birth.
The event was organized by the Islamic Movement, headed by Sheikh Sheikh Raed Salah. A huge stage in the shape of a heart was set up at the center of the site, and the words “Prophet Muhammad” were written across the center of it, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
The event was broadcast live on television throughout the Middle East and elsewhere by Al-Jazeera, and Sheikh Salah addressed the Arab world, calling on them to "save Jerusalem from the hands of the Jews," who, he said, were collecting millions of dollars to reinforce their grip on the city.
“Jerusalem will soon be the capital of the world Islamic nation, and it will be governed by a caliph,” Salah said. “The Six Days War hasn’t ended since 1967, and it continues in Jerusalem,” he added.
'They want to starve our people'
According to the Muslim leader, the millions of dollars invested by Israel in Jerusalem will be for naught.
“They want to build a temple instead of the al-Aqsa mosque, and that will never happen,” he said, and appealed to the Arab world to establish a fund to “save Jerusalem” from the Jews and restore it as an exclusively Arab, Palestinian and Muslim city.
Regarding the Palestinian situation, Salah expounded at length about the Israeli siege of the Palestinian territories, especially since Hamas’ victory in the parliamentary elections.
“They want to starve our people. Will you let them?” Salah demanded of his audience.