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Israel condemns Palestinian cleric over sermon

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Speaking at a rally celebrating the 47th anniversary of Fatah’s founding, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, read a traditional text attributed to Mohammed: “The hour of judgment will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind the stone and behind the tree. The stone and the tree will cry, ‘Oh Muslim, Oh Servant of God, this is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’.”

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has called on the international community to condemn the remarks, and has asked Israel’s attorney-general to launch a criminal investigation into the matter. The Palestinian Authority, along with the Mufti, denied that the remarks were a call to violence. Palestinian religious affairs minister Mahmoud al-Habash maintained that the Palestinian Authority’s position remains unchanged; they believe in peace.

Reuters, United States

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