By Chana Ya’ar
An Islamic cleric warned the United States government last Friday in a sermon at the Temple Mount’s Al Aqsa Mosque to “take its hands off Muslims.”
The service was led by Imam Al Hammouri, a member of the Jerusalem-based pan-Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir (party of Liberation) organization, founded in 1953. The group, which boasts a worldwide membership of approximately one million across 40 countries, is dedicated to establishing a worldwide Islamic Caliphate (Muslim Empire) that will force Islamic law upon all of its subjects.
The gathering was allowed by Israeli and Jerusalem authorities as part of the regular Friday weekly Islamic prayers (Friday being the Islamic Sabbath), especially within the context of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.
Promoted as a demonstration of support for the deposed Islamist Muslim Brotherhood-backed former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, participants in the gathering brought posters bearing Morsi’s photo to the mosque. They yelled “Down with peaceful solutions!” and Whoever negotiates with America… is a collaborator and a coward.”
A four-minute video of the threat was translated and posted on the Internet this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), showing Imam Al Hammouri whipping the worshipers into a frenzy of hate during prayers marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
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