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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Just a few extremists

"dealing with the problem of Jewish existence" since the 7th century

Palestinian Hamas supporters shout anti-Israeli slogans during a
Hamas rally on the last day of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz
al-Rantissi's mourning, in Gaza April 20, 2004. Tensions in the
Gaza Strip have risen since Israel's assassination on Saturday
of al-Rantissi, leader of the militant Hamas group. Hamas v
owed to carry out '100 retaliations' for the killing. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

ZOA: NEW YORK - The Palestinian Authority's official television station has broadcast a religious sermon by one of its spiritual leaders declaring that "Jews deserve death." The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), in response, is urging the Bush administration to suspend U.S. aid to the Palestinian Arabs.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: "It is no mystery what inspires young Arabs to murder Jews. Their television station broadcasts sermons by their religious leaders declaring that Jews deserve death. The question is: why does the Bush administration continue to indirectly help sponsor this hatred, by giving the Palestinian Arabs $215-million each year?"

In a sermon broadcast on Gaza Palestine Satellite TV on March 12, 2004, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris, speaking at the Zayid Bin-Sultan Mosque in Gaza . . . recalled with pride how Mohammed, founder of [Islam], "dealt with the problem of Jewish existence before establishing the State of Islam in Medina" a reference to the slaughter of Jews in the 7th century CE Arabian peninsula.

The sheikh continued: "Here are the Jews today taking revenge for their grandfathers and ancestors, the sons of apes and pigs. Here are the extremist Jews demanding their rights. Some extremists even demand their rights in Medina. This is the extremist tendency of Jews. They are extremists and terrorists who deserve death, while we deserve life, since we have a just cause." (Translation courtesy of the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service.)