Jews are behind all bad in the world, says preacher on PA TV

Palestinian Authority TV host and Muslim preacher:

“If a fish in the sea fights with another fish… the Jews are behind it”

“Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land. Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land.”

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Palestinian Media Watch (March 30) — The Jews are behind all that is wrong in the world, according to the host of a weekly Palestinian Authority TV program on  Islam. Even when fish fight in the sea, “the Jews are behind it,” said the Muslim preacher and professor of Quranic Studies, Imad Hamato. To back up this Antisemitic hate speech, Hamato went on to say that the Quran teaches that  humanity will never “live in comfort… peace or fortune or tranquility” as long as “the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land.” The solution for Muslims, according to the professor, is to fight  Jews: “Our real Jihad is to take revenge.”

“Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land. Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land. An old man told me: If a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it. As Allah says: ”Every time they kindled the fire of war [against you], Allah extinguished it. They strive throughout the land [causing] corruption, and Allah does not like corrupters” (Sura 5:64).”

[Official PA TV, Feb. 27, 2015]

Only a month prior to Hamato’s statement, Palestinian Media Watch reported on a cleric on official PA TV who taught that Jews are “apes and pigs” whose “hearts were sealed by Allah.”

Antisemitism is a central component of PA ideology. In February, the Fatah-run TV channel Awdah broadcast a PA TV documentary that justifies the persecution of European Jews throughout history as an act of self-defense. According to the documentary, the Jews caused Europeans to suffer, who as a result wanted to get rid of the Jews. Therefore, according to the PA, European countries supported the establishment of the State of Israel.

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