After a gang of Muslims attacked white “non-Muslims” in Liverpool, England, police jailed the three Muslim men held responsible — once they were turned in by another Muslim.
The men were allegedly drunk as they terrorized strangers in Liverpool’s city center on March 20, 2017. They’ve now been charged by a judge, who called the attack “a disgraceful and sustained campaign of violence carried out on the streets of this city.”
One witness feared the men were terrorists, as reported by Liverpool’s Echo. Considering the number of terrorist incidents that have plagued the U.K. in recent months, that fear was more than understandable.
Now, bringing this alarming issue home to the United States, in California last week an imam allegedly delivered an anti-Semitic message during a sermon — and critics say the message called for Allah to annihilate Jews.
“Allah does not change the situation of people ‘until they change their own situation.’ The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews hide behind stones and trees,'” said Imam Ammar Shahin in a sermon last Friday at the Islamic Center of Davis, according to reports.
The center counters that it is all just a mistranslation.
“The excerpts don’t explain the full context of the Friday sermon itself. Those words were directed at oppressors … Israeli regimes that are oppressing Palestinians — not at Jews generally,” said Amar Zedan of the Islamic Center.
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“Our community is known to have strong ties to the Jewish community, and to have that be tested and that be questioned is very stressful. It’s been a really rough couple of days. We want to stress we do not have this animosity,” said Zedan.
However, experts with the Middle East Media Research Institute maintain the translation is correct.
“There’s nothing we translated that was mistranslated or put out of context,” the research center’s director, Steven Stalinsky, told Fox40. “That’s a common thing when people are caught saying something in Arabic that they did not want to be caught saying.”
In Jerusalem, there have been ongoing clashes between Jews and Palestinians. After a terrorist attack July 14 at the Temple Mount, the government of Israel installed metal detectors at the historic religious site.
“Israel said the security measures were necessary to prevent more attacks, while Palestinians claimed Israel was trying to expand its control over the site,” according to a Fox News account Wednesday. “The issue has sparked some of the worst street clashes in years.”
Ultimately, the detectors and other measures came down, and “Palestinians were given the all-clear by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jerusalem’s Muslim religious authorities on Thursday to end their 12-day boycott of the holy site,” as The Times of Israel reported July 27.
Even so, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human-rights organization based in Los Angeles, asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to launch an investigation of the imam for “inciting to murder Jews,” Fox News reported.
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