Photo Credit: MEMRI
Islamist Abu Hamza Shour displays the explosives belt at the mosque in Gaza during his Friday sermon.

It has become a regular fashion statement for radical Islamist clerics to rise to the podium in pristine dark robes and snow-white keffiyahs in order to preach new ways to murder Jews.

Among the Gaza crowd in particular it is de rigeur for Islamist preachers to find a spare but elegantly appointed archway from which to deliver the words of “glory,” so cameras will have a nice but neutral backdrop for the deliverer of the ‘hellfire.’


On October 23, Abu Hamza Shour exhorted followers at a Gaza mosque during his Friday sermon to “poison their daggers” and “blow up” Jews in “martyrdom operations.”

The sermon, posted on the Internet, was picked up and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“The time for demonstrations and rallies is over, and so is the time for pleading for help,” the cleric said.

“It is now the time to harvest, the time for operations, the time for swords, bloodshed, and the pulling of the trigger.

“O son of the West Bank rage! By Allah, only rage will liberate this land.

“O people of the West Bank, kill them! Poison your daggers, and then stab or slaughter them.

“Blow them up, shed their blood, pounce on them, dismember them, paralyze them, make the earth quake under their feet, trample on their heads.

Displaying an explosives belt he proclaimed, “The next martyrdom-seeking operations will be carried out with [such] explosives belts…

Abu Hamza Ashour held up the explosives belt, saying to the imaginary Jews in the audience: “This is what awaits you. This is what is being prepared for you. This is your nightmare. This is what the mujahedeen are preparing for you. (This sounds a little like the chant that Jews say during the kapparot ceremony that is performed each year prior to Yom Kippur, in which the repentent sinner expresses remorse and transfers his or her sins to a live chicken — or money — in order to expiate the aforementioned sins.)

“By Allah, we will use it to turn you into body parts, and we will send you messages written in blood.

“By Allah, we will annihilate you with it. We will turn you into lifeless corpses, and into scattered body parts, Allah willing. This is what will liberate our land, Allah willing.


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Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


  1. He has it backwards as the bombs exploding will reach to him and cause a great silence. Peace at the price of killing their own, as in “The knife of Jerusalem ” newborn. Picture peace as he proposes and there is only a sandstorm of great magnitude with Earth swallowing them.

  2. It is very sad indeed that an advisory member of a Church Council can make such an incorrect statement.

    I advise the attendance of a solid Bible Study course as to Israels place in God's Plan for the redemption of mankind.

    Notwithstanding the aforestated, this muslim iman is a COWARD if he is not willing to demonstrate his serious commitment to his proclaimed conviction by standing 1st in line.

  3. @Brigitte: "Brave" is a word associated with my people, the American Indians. Please refrain from calling the cowards of Palestine/Gaza, who dress in their finery to make speechs and send children out to die for them, the name given to warriors who have gone against a great forest animal with only a knife, spent days running/walking down a horse on foot and tamed him to his will, forded a raging river without benefit of a "floatie" or raft, fought an enemy hand-to-hand without weapon and allowed him to live touching his forehead to prove to the enemy he was master….

    these are things an Indian male had to do in order to be called a "Brave" and a "Warrior." There is no Palestinian I know who qualifies.

    The rituals have changed, of course, but there are still tests Indian males must pass to be be allowed in the Brave/Warrior class.

  4. Jackie Rozell – I do apologize unreservedly.
    I realized my error only after I had posted it and logged off.
    The 'Red-Indian' native population of the Americas were indeed Braves in the true sense of the word.
    As a youngster I devoured books in my mother togue (German) about the 'Wild West' and their valiant fight against the ever encroaching 'white settlers'.
    Maybe – in a round-about way – it does demonstrate the difference between these two 'men' very well … the one a real Brave and the other a make-believe one.

  5. You go first…

    That is the part that I get the least. Usually, it is a 60 year old, or older, guy, telling their youth to go blow themselves up for Allah.

    If it is such a good idea, why is the lying old fart still alive? Put your money where your lying mouth is!

    Some people are really just so stupid, to fall for such bull as this…Can't a single one of them, think for themselves?

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