FBIS Report – Friday sermon carried by the official news media of the
Palestinian Authority on 13 June 2003.
Gaza Palestine Satellite Channel Television in Arabic, official television station
of the Palestinian Authority, and Gaza Voice of Palestine in Arabic — official
radio station of the Palestinian Authority broadcasting from Gaza — at 0950
GMT carry a 30-minute live sermon from Shaykh Ijlin Mosque in Gaza.
Shaykh Ibrahim al-Mudayris delivers the sermon. He praises God, the
messenger, and his companions, condemning the Israeli “massacres” against
Palestinian citizens, who are accused of terrorism. The imam also says that the
Israelis are destroying homes and lands in the occupied Palestinian territories
and denounces Israel’s “assassination attempt against Abd-al-Aziz al-Rantisi.”
He says: “It seems that Jews have not learned the lesson well. They still try to
assassinate Palestinian leaders, who are considered a red line that should not
The imam then reminds Israelis of Palestinian retaliations for killing
Palestinian leaders and condemns the Israeli forces for killing innocent people
on the streets. He then denounces “Arab, Islamic, and international silence,”
saying that Palestinians have sought the help of the Islamic nation and the
world for more than 50 years. But, he says, all of them “condemn us as
He advises Palestinians not to seek the help of anybody other than God
to protect our people and “our children, who are killed every day,” assuring
Palestinians that relying on God will lead to victory and giving examples from
Islamic history to support his argument.
The imam then urges Muslims to close their ranks in the face of current dangers
in order to defend their faith, calling on members of the Palestinian Legislative
Council to be careful when trying to endorse any draft law conflicting with
Concluding, the imam prays to God: “O God, punish our enemies. O God,
destroy those who have harmed us. O God, destroy those who harm Muslims.
O God, destroy the Jews and their supporters. O God, destroy the United
States and its allies.”