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Saudi TV Launches Program Hosted By Anti-Semite

Salah Sul­tan on Masra Al Habeeb

Al-Risala, a Saudi-owned tele­vi­sion chan­nel with a his­tory of pro­mot­ing Islamist views, began air­ing a new weekly pro­gram last week hosted by anti-Semitic media per­son­al­ity Dr. Salah Sul­tan. The pro­gram, Masra Al Habeeb, was cre­ated to “pro­vide prac­ti­cal steps on how to lib­er­ate Al-Aqsa,” accord­ing to Sultan.

Dur­ing the first episode, which aired on May 9, Sul­tan com­mented about recent vis­its to Jerusalem by Mus­lim schol­ars. “We want to go as lib­er­a­tors and not as vis­i­tors under the shadow of occu­pa­tion.” He fur­ther explained that those who want to sup­port or visit Jerusalem should “announce that he is a sup­porter of fight­ing, Jihad and resis­tance… sup­port the case for holy Jihad to lib­er­ate the pris­on­ers, Al Aqsa and Palestine.”

The pro­gram also fea­tured live call-ins from view­ers, includ­ing sev­eral who used the plat­form to make anti-Semitic remarks. One caller from Egypt said:

“It will be impos­si­ble for the Jews, those sons of apes and pigs, no way… no way… that they can achieve their goal in build­ing their alleged tem­ple. Inshal­lah and God’s will­ing this will never hap­pen. We will raise our young chil­dren, the seven year old ones, the five year old ones, and the four years old to fight the Jews and have war with the Jews.”

Sul­tan responded, “God willing.”

Later in the pro­gram, Sul­tan, head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), tried to rein­ter­pret the Islamic texts which refer to the his­tor­i­cal exis­tence of the Jew­ish nation in Jerusalem, argu­ing that this was a short period that didn’t exceed 400 years.

In a pro­mo­tional video for the pro­gram, Sul­tan is shown recit­ing a poem that says he shall return to Jerusalem with his rocket launcher. On the program’s Face­book page, Sul­tan posted a com­ment indi­cat­ing that his­tor­i­cally when the sons of Israel invade a city they burn it and kill its inhab­i­tants, unlike the Egyp­tians who would not attack the city’s people.

Dur­ing a ses­sion of the IUMS con­fer­ence in Cairo on Feb­ru­ary 1, Sul­tan described the recent civil unrest and church bomb­ings in Egypt as the “acts of Jews.” He also said, “God exposed [the Jews’] inner wicked­ness, exposed their secrets and they were made an exam­ple of to future nations.” Prior to Sultan’s speech at Al Azhar Islamic Uni­ver­sity, where the event is tak­ing place, the crowd chanted: “To Jerusalem we are going as mar­tyrs in millions.”