An imam at an Israeli mosque expressed support for the Islamic State terror group and its jihad against “heresy,” and blamed the Jews for all the problems in the Muslim world.
In a July 2 sermon in Umm al-Fahm, Muhammad Abd al-Ghani also attacked Hamas for allegedly cooperating with Israel against IS jihadists and called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “Jewish dog,” according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Israeli military officials recently claimed that Hamas is providing weaponry and other support to the Islamic State’s Sinai affiliate, Wilayat Sinai, the group thought to be behind a deadly assault that killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers earlier this month.
“Recently, that Jewish dog Netanyahu, may Allah curse him, said, following the operation of the [Islamic State] mujahideen in the Sinai, that our brothers in Hamas had participated, with the Islamic State, in this operation,” Abd al-Ghani said.
“Our brothers in Hamas were forced to issue a statement to the media saying what? Did they say: ‘True, [IS] are Muslims, and so are we?'” he asked incredulously. “Did they say: ‘Yes, they wage Jihad against the figureheads of heresy and deception, and so do we?’ Did they say: ‘Indeed, the Egyptian soldiers who were killed are the soldiers who killed our brothers in Rabea Square a few months ago?'”
“What the official spokesman for Hamas did say to Netanyahu was: “No, your honor, the prime minister of Israel. You are wrong. We did not and will not cooperate with [IS], because they are our common enemy. A common enemy?! What, have the Jews and Hamas struck an alliance?! Are they now in the same trench, fighting the mujahideen, who raise the Islamic banner of ‘there is no god but Allah?'”
Hamas’s official response was in fact far less sycophantic, with spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri simply calling the Israeli claims “silly accusations” and “propaganda.”
Abd al-Ghani also ranted about Jews being “behind each and every catastrophe” afflicting the Islamic world.
“Behind all the catastrophes, all the bloodshed, all the countries that have been invaded and their governments brought down, all the countries that have been burned down, along with their people, and all the blood that is shed in the streets…behind all these is an accursed Jew,” he said.
“You should know that. This is divine law. In His beloved Quran, Allah mentioned ‘corruption upon the land’ only in reference to the Jews,” he said.
According to MEMRI, Abd al-Ghani previously posted a sign with the IS logo at the entrance to the mosque. He took it down after being ordered to do so by the Israeli police, but reportedly continues to use it on his YouTube account.