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May 16, 2012 0

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.”

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February 3, 2012 1

Salah Sultan Blames Jews For Egyptian Violence at Cairo Conference

Dur­ing a ses­sion of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars con­fer­ence in Cairo on Feb­ru­ary 1, Dr. Salah 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.”

Sul­tan, who lived in the U.S. for a time and served as pres­i­dent of the Michigan-based Islamic Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity (IAU), a sub­sidiary of the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, also made ref­er­ence to a Jan­u­ary 16 fire at his son’s home on Ohio. “The Zion­ist gangs burned my house in Hilliard in Amer­ica with my son inside it.” (Media reports indi­cate that the fire is being inves­ti­gated as a pos­si­ble hate crime, but no infor­ma­tion has yet come out regard­ing any sus­pects or motives.)

Accord­ing to Egypt­ian media, more than 2000 schol­ars, includ­ing senior mem­bers in the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, are attend­ing the con­fer­ence, which is billed as focus­ing on the role cler­ics and schol­ars have in build­ing social peace.

While Sul­tan does not hold any offi­cial posi­tion in the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood polit­i­cal lead­er­ship, he ded­i­cates the major­ity of his ser­mons and media appear­ances to explain the Brotherhood’s ide­ol­ogy and responds to crit­i­cism of the Islamist move­ment.

Sul­tan is the head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, which is chaired by rad­i­cal cleric Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The group, which has issued sev­eral anti-Zionist fat­was, describes itself as a “pan-Muslim body,” work­ing on “safe­guard­ing the Mus­lim iden­tity and bridg­ing the gap between the peo­ples and their rulers in the Islamic countries.”

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