A Danish imam said Jews were the offspring of apes and pigs who should not share land with Palestinians, in a sermon uploaded to the Internet last month.
Mohamad al-Khaled Samha, a controversial cleric who claimed in the past to have links to convicted terrorists, told congregants that Muslims should not accept a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.
“So how can we – or any free Muslim with faith in his heart – accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs?” he asked in the sermon, according to a translation by the the Middle East Media Research Institute, an Israel-based watchdog.
Muslim clerics and leaders have in the past come under fire for referring to Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs,” which some claim is based on imagery used in the Koran.
According to MEMRI, Samha’s sermon was delivered in the town of Funen (Fyn), Denmark and was uploaded to the Internet on September 19.
“Palestine has been and will remain the land of Islam. It is the land of Islam – a sacred and blessed land. It is the land of the gathering and resurrection [on Judgment Day],'” Samha said in his sermon, referring to the infamous Judgement Day hadith from the Koran.
The passage foretells of a time when Muslims will kill all Jews.
This is not the first time Samha has been linked to controversial statements.
The imam told reporters in 2009 that he knew several members of the so-called Vollsmose gang, a group of Muslims arrested on terror charges. Samha said he knew them from his neighborhood, and was confident that all charges against them would be dropped.
Three of nine arrested were convicted of terrorism.
In 2006, Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet accused Samha of being linked to Youssef Mohamad El Hajdib, one of the architects of a plot to blow up trains in Germany.
The newspaper alleged that El Hajdib was on his way to see Samha at the time of his arrest and had his phone number in his pocket. Samha denied knowing El Hajdib and the accusation was never investigated by German or Danish authorities, the newspaper reported.