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UK media silent about Pope’s meeting with Mufti who claimed that Muslims’ destiny is to kill Jews


A report at the Independent by Ben Lynfield focuses on Palestinian activists who are “scathing about the Pope’s plans to make the first visit by a pontiff to the tomb of Theodor Herzl”, the founder of Zionism – the political movement, Lynfield explains, “that established Israel and displaced the Palestinians.”

Lynfield continues:

Omar Barghouti, a Ramallah-based member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, termed the planned visit to the grave “nauseating”.

“Laying a wreath on the grave of the founder of Zionism, a patently racist ideology that has served to enable and justify the ethnic cleansing of most of the indigenous people of Palestine, is a nauseating, offensive act of complicity that Palestinian civil society cannot but condemn,” Mr Barghouti wrote in an emailed statement. He added that the gesture would “serve to whitewash Israel’s occupation and apartheid”.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s central council, also questioned the Pope’s choice. He said that if the Pope is to visit Herzl’s tomb, he should make a visit to the Yasser Arafat mausoleum in Ramallah for “balance”

Of course, neither Lynfield nor any of his colleagues within the UK media have yet noted that, though the Pope will not be visiting the grave of the ‘father of modern terrorism‘, he will be meeting with the Grand Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein. The Grand Mufti is the most senior religious figure in the Palestinian Authority (the Palestinian equivalent of the Israeli Chief Rabbi), and has an appalling record of extreme antisemitic hate speech and support for suicide bombings.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported the following:

What Pope Francis may not be aware of is that the Mufti has an ongoing record of vicious Antisemitic hate speech, which has been condemned internationally. In 2012, the Mufti preached that it is Muslim destiny to kill the Jews. On a different occasion, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he taught that Jews were “enemies of Allah,” and in another speech he said that the souls of suicide bombers “tell us to follow in their path.”

PMW recently cited a speech, broadcast on PA television in January 2012, from a Fatah celebration in East Jerusalem, where the Mufti endorsed the murder of Jews.

Here’s the transcript:

Moderator at Fatah ceremony: “Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith.

Long Live Fatah! [I invite you,] our honorable Sheikh.”  

Palestinian Authority Mufti Muhammad Hussein: 
“47 years ago the [Fatah] revolution started. Which revolution? The modern revolution
of the Palestinian people’s history.
In fact, Palestine in its entirety is a revolution,
since [Caliph] Umar came [to conquer Jerusalem, 637 CE],
and continuing today, and until the End of Days.
The reliableHadith (tradition attributed to Muhammad),
in the two reliable collections, Bukhari and Muslim, says:
‘The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. 
The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. 
Then the stones or trees will call: 
“Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” 
Except the Gharqad tree [which will keep silent].’ 
Therefore, it is no wonder that you see Gharqad [trees] 
surrounding the [Israeli] settlements and colonies.
[Gharqad trees] surrounding, surrounding and surrounding.
That’s the Palestine we are talking about,
with the beginning of the Jihad and the continuation of the Jihad,
with the struggle and the procession of the Martyrs.”

[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 9, 2012] 

As PMW explained, not only didn’t the Grand Mufti retract or condemn these statements by the moderator, but instead cited the Hadith to buttress the narrative that Palestinians are indeed destined to murder the Jews. 

Though the UK media often characterize mainstream Israeli politicians who are on the right side of the political spectrum as “ultra-nationalist”, “far-right”, or even “extreme”, it seems certain that journalists working for the Independent, Guardian, Economist, Telegraph, or other newspapers covering Pope Francis’s visit to Israel, will fail to use similar pejoratives when reporting on his meeting with the PA Mufti who incites Palestinians to kill Jews.

As was demonstrated recently by a Guardian op-ed’s shameful justification for unparalleled antisemitism within Palestinian society, such egregious double-standards in moral accountability (the bigotry of low expectations) continue to skew media’s coverage of the region, and deny news consumers the opportunity to fairly assess those dynamics which truly represent the ‘root cause’ of the conflict. 

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  1. Lynfield: Today, Palestinian activists were scathing about the Pope’s plans to make the first visit by a pontiff to the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, the political movement that established Israel and displaced the Palestinians.

    So no politically charged and biased intro to your report then, eh, Ben? All Herzl was after was a much needed refuge and place to call home where Jews would finally be free of the persecution they had suffered (and still were suffering) for centuries.

    And as for Barghouti’s statement: visiting the grave of Kahane or Goldstein would be “nauseating”. But Herzl? Bollock off.

  2. What’s really nauseating to Barghouti is the galling fact that the Arab armies in 1948 failed to wipe Israel off the map. But hey, that had nothing to do with “racism” did it, Mr Barghouti?

  3. How is this possible? I am sure I left Solly in charge of controlling the media in the UK. Thats it he’s gone!

  4. Palestinians can fight many wars and lose. But Israel has to lose only one battle to be wiped out.
    I find nothing wrong in Israel taking preemptive steps to protect its people from the barbarians at its gates!

  5. We all have our religious freaks –
    Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף‎; Arabic: عبد الله يوسف‎ ‘Abdullah Youssef)[2] (September 24, 1920 – October 7, 2013)[3] was a Talmudic scholar, an authority on Jewish religious law (halakha), and the longtime spiritual leader of Israel’s ultra-orthodox Shas party. Born in Iraq, he was the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983. Yosef’s responsa (religious law rulings) were highly regarded within Haredi circles, particularly among Mizrahi communities, among whom he was regarded as “the most important living halakhic authority.”
    n an October 2010 sermon, Yosef stated that “The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews”. He said that Gentiles served a divine purpose: “Why are Gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why Gentiles were created.”[73]

    In the same article in The Jerusalem Post, according to the journalist who interviewed him, Yosef compared Gentiles to donkeys whose life has the sole purpose to serve the master: “In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew. Gentiles were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel.”[13]

    The American Jewish Committee condemned Yosef’s remarks, stating that “Rabbi Yosef’s remarks – suggesting outrageously that Jewish scripture asserts non-Jews exist to serve Jews – are abhorrent and an offense to human dignity and human equality […] Judaism first taught the world that all individuals are created in the divine image, which helped form the basis of our moral code. A rabbi should be the first, not the last, to reflect that bedrock teaching of our tradition.” [74] The remark was also condemned by the Anti-Defamation League.

      • Some obscure Islamists, Qadarawi, Bin Laden, maybe Boko, who knows whom of these nuts Islamistjane adores.

    • The American Jewish Committee condemned Yosef’s remarks

      Please tell us which Muslim organisations condemn remarks made by leaders of Fatah, Hamas and various Imans calling for the death of Jews and the destruction of the State of Israel.

      Just one or two will do…

      • Jews for Justice for Palestine condemned his remarks – But the zionist state of Israel has not condemned and ahve you condemned it? Do you condemn the murder of two Palestinian children on the Nakba day?

        • I wouldn’t place too much store with ashamed Jews such as Jews for Justice etc . They call for the dismantlement of the Jewish state of Israel . In that respect these quislings are worse than the Arabs .

          • Harvey you are bein anti-Simitic in the real sense. You think Arabs are bad because they are semites and you think the Jews are even worse because they are also semites.

            • This a typical trope of undereducated antisemites. Hmm, the Jane Mardell, relative of the BBC Mark, can`t be so dumb, it still is Natzie, I suppose.

          • In fact, one could say that these Jews for Jihad can be said to be active combatants against Israel. They and Janie Mukdill should be dealt with expeditiously, Bitunia-style, by Israel just like any other Hamasnik baby-murderer

        • Jews for Justice for Palestine – what a bogus name. A broken clock – right twice a day, but in their case not quite as often. Couldn’t find north with giant magnets glued to their heads.

        • LyingJane, you were caught lying a lot of times. On which morale base do you continue to post? Or is it plain stupidity of a fanatic for whom all means are legtimate to reach his goal? Which indicates that you are a fantical antismeite close in the heels of the NS.

        • Many sraelies condemned him . I condemn him. His old age shamed all the good thing he has done
          The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned comments made by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as hateful and divisive, saying they “contribute to an atmosphere of hatred and a global trend of intolerance.”

          Still he was not in any official duty.
          Did anyone condemn these? Do you?

          Ibrahim Mudayris, PA religious official, Ministry of Religious Affairs: The “cursed apes and pigs” [Jews] undoubtedly poisoned Arafat

          The Prophet said: The Resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. Rejoice in Allah’s victory… Everything wants vengeance on the Jews… these pigs on the face of the earth. And the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come.”

          Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Najem, PA religious figure: Allah turned Jews into apes and pigs

          and so it goes on and on and on.

  6. Gerald not until I get your condemnation of the murders of Palestinian children. I know you have no problem with the condemnation but you rather not condemn the murders committed by your friends. Lying hypcrite.

    • So far it wasn;t proven that they were shot by Israel. lets wait until it will be proven. We had our lesson in the Al dura case.

    • murder? no one decided that morning to kill arabs they were rioting. Not like your friends who decdie it is a good day to kill Jews

      • I second the notion that the Right, Honourable Gerald puts forth for Janie Mukpill. With no objections, the motion passes, and Jane the Ignorant must comply, forthwith. *bangs gavel*

  7. Gerald I could have waited till the heavens open up – Are you still walking let me know when you reach Cyrpus – I am not going to hold my breath if you do not mind. Zionists do work out clever ways of getting rid of those they do not like but hey this 21st century those tricks are not going to work
    alexa how manh children did your friends kill today?

  8. Simon B so confess to be a child killer. You seem to be proud of yourself? DIspicable zionist

    • “Simon B so confess to be a Hamasnik child killer.”

      FIFY, Janie Mudkill!

      How many Israeli babies’ throats have you slit today for the LIE of “Palestine”, Janie? Don’t you have a quota to fill?

  9. CIF
    Block this insufferable Jane troll once and for all . She appears to have taken a wrong turn while looking for Storm Front , Mondosheiss etc

  10. I wonder if His Holiness will meet this poor woman;
    “Maha Abu Dayyeh, a Palestinian Christian, said she came back from visiting her daughter in Sweden last year to find a Muslim family had taken over her mother’s old house and thrown out the furniture. She said men threatened her son if she did anything to fight it.

    ‘It will cost us only one bullet,’ she said they told her son.”

    • Would be allowed to meet the bereaved families of the two Palestinian children murdered by the IDF on Nakba day? I know many families in Palestine wgo have been thrown out of their homes by theiving bastards there should be a law against it.

      • Why are you and the filthy “Palestinian” piglets not happy, Janie? These daughters of dogs and monkeys are in love with death, and they have receieved it! Personally, I am extraordinarily thrilled for them……..especially when they made it cheaper, fiscally, for Israel, insetad of having to house and feed these piglets in Ofer Jail. Kudos! Allahu-Akbar!

      • I know many families in Palestine wgo have been thrown out of their homes by theiving bastards there should be a law against it.

        YOu mean people who stole Jewish private prolerties when jews were expelled form old Jerusalem in 1948

    • Free Gaza with your next purchase of two or more JihadJane dolls (civilized behavior not included. All free Gazas subject to accepting 7th century Islam as 21st century progressivism while supply lasts).

      • Interesting point. Just as Israel is responsible for everything that happened to it when it elected expansionist Likud governments. Right? I suspect not but in this wild and wonderful world I might have encountered a dyed in the wool racist zionist (a lot of repetition I agree given the racist basis of modern zionism) who actually has principles. I bet I haven’t.

        I will check back in a day. I am willing to bet I will be taken to task but not a soul will suggest Israel “chose their fate when they elected expansionist leaders. If I am wrong I will make 5 pro zionist posts. Not worried. You have more in common with David Duke than you do with normal or decent humans. Grunt grunt.. go steal some more land.

        • You and Janie Mudkill are awfully cranky that two filthy Jihadi piglets got the Shahid status they’ve craved since the day they were born. Why?

          You’re just upset they weren’t able to murder any Israeli-Jewish babies in their cribs, right?

        • Cynical,
          No one, and I mean no one, gives a rats ass what you think or what your opinion is.
          Thanks, but no thanks, for trying to ingratiate yourself with us by comparing us to your personal hero David Duke. We don’t like him, you, or the bigotry of post modern anti-Semitism you rode in on.

        • An antisemite always knows what happened.
          LyingJane aka Natzie is a shameless liar and forger.

        • NOt at all, Janie! In the first place, “teenagers” can’t be applied to filthy Jihadi piglets. In the second place, they appear to have been properly granted special Shahid status for the LIE of “Palestine” by the IDF, and their families should send thank-you notes to the Israeli Gov’t for doing so.

          I’m actually mystified by you, Janie, shouldn’t you be happy for these Shahids, instead of reacting as if you’re at the peak of your menstrual cycle?

  11. Gerald where is the condemnation – Here is the UNWRA reporting on the killings by the IDF

    Unfortunately UNRWA has observed a continuation of these trends into 2014. To date there have been seven Palestine refugees killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, two of whom were children, with the most recent being on 15 May 2014 (Nakba Day). The numbers of refugees injured in camps has continued to increase with 275 refugees injured in camps in the first four months of 2014, almost a 20 per cent increase over the same period of 2013.
    Similarly, this year UNRWA has also observed a sharp increase in refugees injured by live ammunition with at least 43 refugees being injured to date, all but one occurring in or around camps, compared to ten over the same period of 2013.
    – See more at: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/11616-latest-un-figues-on-the-increase-in-fatalities-and-injuries-caused-by-israeli-security-force#sthash.Er8MWNXT.FbdhEX2R.dpuf

    • Tehran Jane if you could read and understand English you would quickly realise that on more than one occasion, on this and other threads. I condemned ALL murders.

      So the answer to your question, “Gerald where is the condemnation” is you will see my condemnation of ALL murders in various places.
      Your inability to read and comprehend English is getting increasingly embarrassing
      it must be time for you to re-appear using one of your other false identities.

      But one request, keep on making the same stupid errors in your posts. It makes it so much easier to play ‘Spot the illiterate anti-Semitic twat’.

      • So why not condemn the murder of two Palestinian teenagers on the Nakba day by the IDF – If you condemn it why not put it down in writing and stop hiding behind I condemn all murders – so does the rest of the world. If you do why not just say you condemn the murder of the two Palestinian teenagers on the Nakba day. You obviously have some problem doing so. Nothing wrong with my English.

        • Why a lying scoundrel like IslamistJane asks for anything? Because she is shameless, as every terror supporter.

        • “Nothing wrong with my English.”
          Tehran Jane that is one of the funniest things you have written.

          When you are not appearing here in one of your many guises, are you a regular comedian in your own country?

            • “..so who’s the twat”
              Why Noam/noam/whatever you really don’t need to ask. Just read the bilge that you and your pathetic kind post on this site and, even with your very limited intellect, you will soon notice that you are one.

              Is that clear enough for you Noam/noam/Dopey/Sleepy and the rest of the boys in the band?

        • When it will be proven that they were killed by the idf. Unraw is not the best source. Like I said the Al durah indcident taught us a lot about your poeple lies.

      • Fritz you got this wrong UNRWA stands for United Nations Relif and Works Agency – Where do you get information from Fritz – it is always out of this world.It must be the Zionist education you got that denies facts as the rest of the world knows them.

    • Unrwa? A un organization run by Palestinians? lol
      Fear can lead victims and witnesses to withhold evidence or give deliberately erroneous accounts of incidents. In Gaza, I received partial or inaccurate information by relatives of civilians accidentally killed in accidental explosions or by rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups towards Israel that had malfunctioned and of civilians killed by Israeli strikes on nearby Palestinian armed groups’ positions. When confronted with other evidence obtained separately, some said they feared reprisals by the armed groups

      • alexa you went on a fact finding mission to Gaza – and found out that the UN is run by Palestinians. Why did they gave you 52% of Palestine moronic or what ?

  12. Unfortunately UNRWA has observed a continuation of these trends into 2014. To date there have been seven Palestine refugees killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, two of whom were children, with the most recent being on 15 May 2014 (Nakba Day). The numbers of refugees injured in camps has continued to increase with 275 refugees injured in camps in the first four months of 2014, almost a 20 per cent increase over the same period of 2013.
    Similarly, this year UNRWA has also observed a sharp increase in refugees injured by live ammunition with at least 43 refugees being injured to date, all but one occurring in or around camps, compared to ten over the same period of 2013.
    – See more at: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/11616-latest-un-figues-on-the-increase-in-fatalities-and-injuries-caused-by-israeli-security-force#sthash.Er8MWNXT.FbdhEX2R.dpuf

    • Unrwa? A un organization run by Palestinians? lol
      Fear can lead victims and witnesses to withhold evidence or give deliberately erroneous accounts of incidents. In Gaza, I received partial or inaccurate information by relatives of civilians accidentally killed in accidental explosions or by rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups towards Israel that had malfunctioned and of civilians killed by Israeli strikes on nearby Palestinian armed groups’ positions. When confronted with other evidence obtained separately, some said they feared reprisals by the armed groups

  13. Now Hezbollah want to say who the Pope can meet and where.

    “In past days, what was surprising was Maronite Patriarch Rai’s decision to be present in Bethlehem and Jerusalem on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis. So far no Maronite Patriarch had gone to Jerusalem after the creation of the State of Israel. Criticism regarding Patriarch Rai’s choice had been expressed in particular by members of the Shiite party of Hezbollah, that saw in the patriarchal visit a gesture of recognition of a State considered an enemy. The Patriarch responded to criticism pointing out that his visit will be spiritual and not political. Approximately 10 thousand Maronite Christians live in the Holy Land. After the end of the papal pilgrimage, Patriarch Rai will also travel to Haifa to meet the faithful of the local Maronite community (GV) (Agenzia Fides 23/05/2014)”

  14. Maimonides was spot on all those years ago about the madman mohamed and the offspring of ishmael……

    “Let Ye understand, my brothers, the Holy One Blessed HE through the trap created by our iniquities cast us amongst this nation, the people of Ishmael whose oppressiveness is firmly upon us and they connive to do us wrong and despicably downgrade us as the Almighty decreed against us (Deuteronomy 32:31, “Your enemies shall judge you”).

    There never came against Israel a more antagonistic nation. They oppress us with the most oppressive measures to lessen our number, reduce us, and make us as despicable as they themselves are. King David, may he rest in peace, saw through Divine Inspiration all the calamities that were destined to come upon Israel. Nevertheless, he still began to shout out and lament in the name of the whole nation against the oppression that would be occasioned by the Ishmaelites. David said, “Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!” [Psalms 120:5].”