Salah: Caliph will sit in Jerusalem (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roee Nahmias Published: 09.15.06, 23:20
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Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Raed Salah tells rally of
50,000 in Umm
al-Fahm: Jerusalem will be the capital of the new Muslim
sooner than is thought; says Sharon, Katsav, Clinton
punished by Allah
for wanting to divide al-Aqsa mosque site
Head of the northern faction of the Islamic Movement Sheikh
said Friday that “soon Jerusalem will be the capital of the
caliphate, and the caliph’s seat will be there.”
Salah addressed an audience of 50,000 attending the Islamic
11th annual rally in Umm al-Fahm. “Caliph” refers to a
leader of the
Muslim nation and in Arabic means the “heir” or “substitute”
Salah noted that history tells of many occasions in which
mosque in Jerusalem was occupied by foreign conquerors, but
occupiers left after a short time, and thus will also be the
the Israeli occupation.
“The Israeli occupation will leave Jerusalem soon. It will
sooner than is thought,” Salah said at the rally, which was
the slogan “Al-Aqsa endangered”.
´Punishment from Allah´
The sheikh added that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and
Moshe Katsav were “punished by Allah” after they plotted to
to the mosque.
Sharon was punished because he planned to break into the
Katsav’s punishment came in the shape of the sexual
plaguing him after he supported the notion of dividing the
between Jews and Muslims. The site is also holy to Jews as
the site of
the Temple Mount.
Former United States President Bill Clinton suffered a
similar fate to
Katsav’s, and after backing the idea of dividing the site he
embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Salah declared that ideas to divide the site still exist,
reassured his audience: “There are all sorts of plans to
divide the al-
Aqsa mosque but they will not succeed.”
During his speech the sheikh called on Arab nations to
financial support, whether with cash or with gold, to help
mosque and Jerusalem. He even called for the establishment
of a fund
for the purpose.
Salah responds to pope´s comment
Salah also responded to the statements attributed to Pope
XVI which were interpreted by many as being offensive to
Benedict quoted from a book recounting a conversation
century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and
scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy
pope said. "He said, I quote, ´Show me just what Muhammad
was new, and there you will find things only evil and
inhuman, such as
his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.´"
did not explicitly agree with the statement nor repudiate
The sheikh expressed hope that the comment did not portray
stance of the Catholic leadership. “I hope it was a slip of
because if it is not, his words are a direct call to the
Europe to stand behind President (George) Bush and Israel in
against Islam,” he said.
The former mufti of Jerusalem Ekrima Sabri and the
archbishop of the
Greek-Orthodox church who is considered close to the
Authority also spoke at the rally. Secretary General of the
Amr Musa also sent his blessings to the assembly.
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