Sheikh Raed Salah
Photo: Haim Zach

Chief Rabbi Metzger says Salah’s speech anti-Semitic

Muslim cleric delivers speech against construction at Mugrabi Gate, provokes Israeli political figures; Chief rabbi calls speech ‘anti-Semitic’, MK Eitam calls Sheikh ‘ticking time bomb’

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, gave a speech outside Jerusalem’s Old City Friday, in which he spoke against the works at Mugrabi hill.


"The Israeli history is contaminated with blood. They want to build their temple while our blood is on their clothes, on their doors, in their food and drinks. Our blood goes from one terrorist general to another terrorist general," he said.


Salah’s speech provoked comments by several political figures, who called for legal action against the Sheikh.


"Shiekh Raed Salah is a ticking bomb under the fabric of the relations between Israeli Arabs and the State of Israel," said MK Effie Eitam (National Union-National Religious Party).


"The State should deal with him as it does with Israel's dangerous enemies, and cut the dangerous alliance between the Islamic Movement and Israel's enemies who seek its destruction," he added.

Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger urged authorities to prosecute Salah to the full extent of the law.


"His protests are based on lies, illusions, and anti-Semitic preachings," Metzger said, following Salah's speech.


National Religious Party Chairman MK Zevulun Orlev urged Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to revoke Sheikh Raed Salah's citizenship and to prosecute him.


"Salah's incitement is clear anti-Semitism that proves he is one of Israel's enemies," he added.


MK David Rotem (Israel Our Home) requested that Mazuz and Police Chief Moshe Karadi arrest Salah immediately.


He further stated that Salah is "causing security, political and public damage to the State of Israel."

The movement for the Temple Mount said that Salah's statements were not surprising considering how Israel has been conducting itself.


"A country that invites its enemies to enter and contaminate the holy place should not be surprised by Salah's slurs, since he feels like master and ruler of the Temple Mount and all of Jerusalem, instead of feeling prison walls," said the movement's announcement.


Amnon Meranda, Neta Sela, Lilach Shoval, Roee Nahmias, and Efrat Weiss contributed to this article


פרסום ראשון: 02.16.07, 16:41
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