A Muslim preacher in Gaza waved a knife during his sermon Friday to encourage Palestinians to step up stabbing attacks on Israelis, declaring they should “cut them into body parts.”
The Middle East Media Research Institute translated excerpts of the sermon by Sheikh Muhammad Sallah “Abu Rajab” at the Al-Abrar Mosque in Rafah.
“Oh men of the West Bank, next time, attack in a group of three, four, or five. Attack them in groups. Cut them into body parts,” the preacher said.
During parts of the sermon, the religious leader wildly flailed his knife, screaming angrily at the top of his lungs.
Addressing Palestinians in the West Bank, he explained how aspiring terrorists could reach a higher death toll.
“Form stabbing squads. We don’t want just a single stabber. Oh young men of the West Bank: Attack in threes and fours. Some should restrain the victim, while others attack him with axes and butcher knives,” the preacher instructed.
The Muslim leader framed the Arab-Israeli conflict in stark religious terms, with attackers described as “soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad.”
“Much can be told about Jerusalem,” Sallah said. “This is where the soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad are. This is the grace of Allah. The soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad are here.”
He made clear that it’s Jews and their heritage that Palestinians should target.
“My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother is the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!,” he said.
He described a blanket death sentence for Jews as a divine ruling.
“The Islamic military court has made the divined [sic] ruling: You will get nothing in our land except for slaughtering or stabbing,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blamed the dramatic increase in terrorist attacks on incitement from the Palestinian leadership in Gaza and the West Bank as well as Islamic Movement leaders among Israel’s Muslim citizens.