PA Accusation: US forcing Christianity on Muslims (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) By Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook 04/21/05)
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Palestinian Authority leaders and the official PA media have long
presented America as an enemy of Islam and the US war on terror as a
war against Islam. This promotion continues unabated today, in spite
of the American political and financial support of new PA Chairman
This week, a religious leader whose salary is paid by the PA added a
new accusation to the standard attacks on American policy by
preaching that the US war effort in Iraq and elsewhere,
including "Palestine," attempts to force Muslims to convert to
Christianity. He said US actions today were crueler than those of a
Christian Caesar who, according to Islamic tradition, dipped a
Muslim into boiling oil in order to force his conversion to
In addition, an old accusation was repeated in an article in the
official PA daily this week. The writer states that the true enemy
of the Arabs is not Israel but the US, and that Israel is merely an
arm of the US in its imperialist wars. In this article the US is
accused of "grinding the bones" of Palestinian children, "devouring
It is important to note that the inflammatory sermon comes only a
few weeks after the PA leadership announced it would review the
Friday sermons to remove incitement and hateful content.
The following are the two items from this week´s PA media:
Friday sermon on PA TV
"Our prisoners are subjected to most criminal kinds of physical
torture. They are tied with chains and trussed up with iron chains,
and hung by their feet from the ceiling, like animals are hung after
slaughter for days. Many of them lose consciousness. Our prisoners
are exposed to beating, electricity and fire tortures.
"The prisoners are exposed to conversion to Christianity, to
abandoning religion, [as it was] in the distant past and recently.
Yes, our prisoners are forced to curse Muhammad; our prisoners are
forced to curse the religion of Allah, our prisoners are forced to
curse the essence of divinity.
"Haven´t you heard of our prisoners [of war] in Palestine, have you
not heard of our prisoners in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and all over the
world, who are exploited and imprisoned, and are offered conversion
"This is an old - new infidel policy. Allah´s servant, Ibn Al-
Hudhafa Al-Sahmi, totally refused this. The [Christian] Caesar told
him: ´We shall dip you in boiling oil´. He answered: ´Do as you
wish´. He arrived with two Muslims and was dipped in boiling oil
until his flesh separated from his bone. But what the Caesar did was
not as bad as what his followers do, the missionaries of freedom and
democracy of today. In the name of Allah, what Caesar did, dipping
Muslims in boiling oil, was one hundred thousand times lighter than
what their soldiers are doing today to our wives and daughters in
Iraq, in Palestine, in Guantanamo and in Abu Gharib.
"What Caesar did is not as bad as five American soldiers who meet to
rape one of our daughters, a girl who has the honor of a Muslim
woman, in order to desecrate her honor at the Abu-Gharib prison."
[Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV, April 15, 2005]
Article from official PA daily newspaper
"Seventeen years (since the assassination of the fighter Abu Jihad)
that the murderous millstones of America have been turning, grinding
the bones of our children and devouring their eyes. Not Israel!
There is no such thing called Israel! It is America repeating upon
us, the Arabs, the tragedy of the Indians [sic] from the dawn of her
[American] history that began with this first crime of genocide."
[Article by Said "Abu Ajima," Al Hayat Al Jadida, April 16, 2005]
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