Court convicts Nazareth imam who called to slaughter Jews (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ahiya Raved Published: 04.01.12, 21:00)
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Court says Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim Scapa´s fiery sermons encouraged
two terror cells to attack non-Muslims
Nazem Abu Salim Scapa, an imam from Nazareth, was convicted Sunday on
charges of incitement to violence and terror and supporting terror
The Nazareth Magistrates´ Court said Scapa´s Friday sermons at the
Shihab al-Din mosque in the city inspired two terror cells to attack
Jews and Christians. One of the gangs has also been charged with
murdering cab driver Efim Weinstein in 2009.
Scapa, 47, has served as the imam of the Shihab al-Din mosque for the
past 15 years, but he delivered sermons in other mosques as well –
including the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem´s Old City. He was arrested
in November 2010.
The prosecution said that in 1997 Skafeh established a Salafist-
Jihadist group - Ansar Allah Bayit al-Maqdas al-Nasira (Supporters of
God - Jerusalem - Nazareth´). The group has as its symbol a globe in
the shape of the Dome of the Rock topped by a black flag, a mark also
identified with the Taliban as well as with the radical Islamist
ideologies of the Salafist movement.
Over the years, the imam distributed posters, booklets and manifestos
and created a website, Muslim 48, to spread global jihad´s ideology,
the indictment said.
He also publically endorsed al-Qaeda in his articles and even issued
statements on behalf of Osama bin Laden.
In the indictment, the State said a group of worshipers who were
exposed to Scapa´s sermons adopted a radical Islamist ideology and
committed a series of violent crimes against non-Muslims. Another
group collected weapons to be used against Israeli soldiers as well
as Pope Benedict XVI, who visited Israel in 2009. Other worshippers
vowed to support global jihad.
Judge Lily Yung-Gefer mentioned that one of Scapa´s sermons called
for "violent acts of vengeance (beheadings) against those who have
dishonored the prophet (Muhammad). This was no abstract call to
annihilate the heretics, but a direct call for violence against
anyone who dishonors the prophet and Muslims."
The judge said the imam´s publications encouraged the "highest and
most dangerous level" of violence. Scapa urged his followers
to "slaughter and fight," according to Yung-Gefer. "His statements
constituted a clear call to commit murder."
In response to the verdict, Attorney Yael Kochavi of the State
Prosecutor´s Office said "the court made it clear that freedom of
expression also has its limits and convicted an imam who violated the
law with his unruly incitement." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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