PA sermon: take revenge against the United States and Israel
[FBIS (US Government service) Translated Excerpt]
[With thanks to www.mideastweb.org/mewnews1.htm ]
Gaza Palestine Satellite Channel Television in Arabic, official television
station of the Palestinian Authority, and Gaza Voice of Palestine in
Arabic -- Second Program -- official radio station of the Palestinian
Authority broadcasting from Gaza -- at 0950 GMT on 16 April 2004 carry a
25-minute live sermon from Shaykh Zayid Mosque in Gaza.
Shaykh Ibrahim al-Mudayris delivers the sermon. After praising God and
His messenger, he says suffering leads to victory, citing relevant Koranic
verses. Addressing Palestinians, he says 30 March is a national day for us
"to declare loyalty to our land, our rights, and our brothers inside the
Green Line, who have watered the land of Palestine with their blood."
Tomorrow, 17 April, he says, is also another national day for Palestinians
"to declare loyalty to Palestinian prisoners in the jails of the tyrannical
occupation authorities." The imam says Palestinians "adhere to the refugees'
right of return, regardless of statements or decisions here and there,"
urging the Palestinian people "to expose the Israeli practices against
Palestinian prisoners." He says: "Our battle with our enemy is bigger than
some politicians and media men think. Our battle is not with a Zionist
prime minister, a government, or a jailer. The battle is between Islam and
unbelief in this land. It is a battle in which crusaders and World Zionism
have united. Zionism and crusaders are two sides of one coin. We are
waging a big battle against Zionism, which rules the world and influences
international decisions and economies. This alleged state will soon
vanish, God willing. We are waging a big battle with crusaders and World
Zionism, which dominates US decision-making."
The imam then denounces the US President for urging Palestinians to
relinquish their repatriation right in order to "please his Zionist masters
and to keep his post." Addressing President Bush, the imam says: "You are
mistaken, Bush. Your decisions and statements will dump you into the
dustbin of history. We stand firm on this land, and we defy all these
decisions and statements though our belief in our rights."
In conclusion, the imam asks God to support Palestinian prisoners,
destroy Jews, "take revenge against the United States and Israel," and help
our kinfolk in Iraq and Palestine.