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Thursday, July 27, 2006
MEMRI: Syria Deputy Religious Endowment Min. Calls for Jihad, Jews are Apes & Pigs

Special Dispatch-Syria/Antisemitism Documentation Project
July 28, 2006
No. 1217

Syrian Deputy Minister of Religious Endowment Muhammad 'Abd Al-Sattar Calls
for Jihad and States Jews "are the Descendants of Apes and Pigs"

The following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian Deputy Minister of
Religious Endowment Dr. Muhammad 'Abd Al-Sattar, which aired on Syrian TV on
July 21, 2006. It is followed by an appearance on Syrian TV from November in
which he again calls Jews "the descendents of apes and pigs," as well as
another interview from last August during which he calls for the stoning of
AIDS patients.

Syrian TV, July 21, 2006

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1206

Muhammad 'Abd Al-Sattar: "Jihad is now incumbent upon each and every Muslim,
Arab, and Christian. The time has come for the duty of Jihad."

[...]

"Who occupied the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Who attacked the prophets? Who killed the
prophets? Even the Koran depicts the people of Israel in a very sinister and
dark way. Allah did not curse any people, not even the polytheists, not even
the idol worshippers. The Koran did not curse any of these. The only ones
who were cursed are those murderous criminals."

[...]

"The Koran used terms that are closer to animals than to humans only with
regard to those people. Look at the bestiality they demonstrate in the
destruction of the Arab, Lebanese, and Palestinian people. This is why the
people who were given the Torah were likened to a donkey carrying books.
They were also likened to apes and pigs, and they are, indeed, the
descendants of apes and pigs, as the Koran teaches us."

Syrian TV, November 8, 2005

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=914

Muhammad 'Abd Al-Sattar: "Syria now represents the opposition to the Greater
Middle East plan. We've discussed this in the past. Syria represents the
opposition, the last line of defense. All the forces of the Arab and Islamic
nations everywhere must be mobilized to defend this last line of defense.
The last line of defense is what guarantees that the values of this nation
will endure."

[...]

"We must know that opposing the Zionist plots, which aim to put on the
throne of the Middle East the descendants of... those whom the Koran called
the descendents of apes and pigs, who raise... They are the ones who will
sit on the throne of the Greater Middle East. There is no doubt about this.
The Koran said this, not me."

Interviewer: "Yes."

'Abd Al-Sattar: "No one can say... This is a Koranic text. We don't want an
American Koran or Islam. Islam is Islam, and the Koran is the Koran. One
cannot change even a single letter in it."

Syrian TV, August 30, 2005

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=846

Muhammad Abd Al-Sattar: "All the diseases that have to do with sexual
organs, mainly AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, and so on... When these diseases
appeared, they killed millions. More people were killed by these diseases
than by wars. The only reason for this is the straying from the divine way
regarding fornication, and when I say fornication - 'Do not even approach
abomination' - this means fornication, homosexuality, and all the sexual
deviation it entails."

Host: "Everything that has to do with abominations."

'Abd Al-Sattar: "'Do not even approach abomination, surely it is a foul
thing and an evil way.' When Islam set the punishment [for fornication]...
Let's see now... What do they do now with people with AIDS? They put the
AIDS patient in isolation. This patient... If you go to the dentist, you are
afraid of the toothbrush.

"This is why there's a hidden desire in one's heart... If only we had stoned
everyone who had committed this abomination - wouldn't it have been better
than letting these diseases infect others, spreading to millions around the
world?"

Host: "Most certainly."

'Abd Al-Sattar: "Most certainly. The entire world, from the U.S. to the most
distant country, acknowledges that if they had stoned the fornicators, and
prevented abomination, things would have been much better."

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