A recent rally organized by a far-reaching pan-Islamic organization outside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem called for Pakistani military intervention to defeat the “hostile” Jews and liberate the city from Jewish “filth.”
“This is the call of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Advance with your mighty army to Jerusalem. You are worthy of the honor of liberating it,” a speaker cried at the demonstration, which took place last Thursday.
The movement maintains that “thousands” were present at the rally.
“O the army of Pakistan! Come for the sake of the rule of the Koran! O nation of millions! Awaken to support your religion! O our imprisoned Al-Aqsa Mosque! We bear the glad tidings of liberation!” another speaker chanted, and was echoed by the protesters in attendance, according to a translation by MEMRI.
“Where is the Caliph Omar? Where is Saladin? Where is the Caliph of the Muslims?” he cried. “Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers. They conquered Jerusalem.”
The Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstration also appealed to Moroccan and Algerian Muslims, as well as to the Islamic world in general, to defeat Israel.
A representative addressing the crowd also issued a cry against America. “O Pakistani army! America is using you to kill your brothers. America wants to destroy you. America is your enemy. Free yourselves from subordination to it,” he said.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international organization, active in 40 countries and banned in many of them, that promotes the establishment of a unitary global Islamic state, or caliphate. The group, founded in 1953, has an estimated one million followers worldwide, according to The New Statesman. The organization has condoned the use of jihad to reach its pan-Arabic aim.