The German authorities are investigating an imam in Berlin who gave a weekend sermon urging God to kill the Jews.
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The Berlin police also announced a ban on anti-Semitic slogans at demonstrations against Israel’s military incursion in the Gaza Strip.
In a sermon at Berlin’s Al-Nur Mosque on Friday, Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail said Gaza is currently facing the world’s “strongest war machine,” behind which stands “those Jewish Zionist criminals, murderers of the prophets, who shed blood, kill children, turn wives into widows, demolish houses with their inhabitants inside and are assaulting Gaza with all their might.”
He urged God “to destroy the Zionist Jews … to kill every last one of them and not have pity on any of them … Shake the ground under their feet, make them suffer.” He also said Jews “act like sole rulers of the entire world and disseminate corruption.”
The mosque is located in Neukolln, a Berlin neighborhood where many Arab immigrants live that is also very popular among Israelis visiting or living in the city.
At one weekend demonstration in Germany, an Israeli couple got trapped in the area where the protest was taking place and had to be rescued by police after some of the demonstrators threatened to kill them.
Demonstrations against Israel have taken place throughout Germany over the last few days, and some have featured signs with anti-Semitic symbols and slogans, including swastikas and calls to send Jews to the gas chambers. One sign accused Israel of committing a “Holocaust” in Gaza, and another said, “Don’t do to the Palestinians what Hitler did to you.”