Al-Aksa Mosque Imam Raed Al-Daan said at an Islamic conference in Milan, Italy that the Arab armies would liberate Haifa, Safed, Jaffa, Lod, and Beit Shean.
“We will return to the sea of Jaffa, to the sands of Haifa, to the palm trees of Beit Shean, and to the hills of Lod and Ramle. We in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque await the legions of the conquerors. We await the armies from Tunisia, from Jordan, from Egypt, from Iraq, from the Maghreb, and from the Hijaz,” said Daan according to a report by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute).
The speech was aired on Al-Jazeera TV on April 27.
Daan said that in Gaza, orphans have “sprouted wings” and there are “great and proud men” there “who have realized that darkness and the Jewish state would vanish,” said the report. “And that morning, the sun will rise on Palestine.”
The Imam went on to say “we await a Muslim leader” who will shout at the “liberating armies in the Al-Aksa courtyard.”
The Al-Aksa mosque has been involved with promoting extreme rhetoric before. In July last year, MEMRI reported about a demonstration in front of the mosque, which called for America, Britain, and France to be destroyed.
“Allah Akbar, May America be destroyed,” chanted a man to the crowd.
After the man called for the destruction of Britain and France, the crowd chanted, “Oh Obama, listen up, the Caliphate shall return.”
The chant from Islamic tradition was also recited, “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud,” which means, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning,” which is used as a battle cry when attacking Jews or Israelis.
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