A Union of Good website has reported on comments by Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah in which predicted that Israel actions toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque will “speed up the demise of the Zionist entity.” According to the report:
Humanitarianvoice – 2012-09-22 Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in 1948-occupied Palestine, asserted that the Israeli occupation acceleration to divide al-Aqsa Mosque will speed up the demise of the Zionist entity. Sheikh Raed Salah’s speech came during the seventeenth ‘al-Aqsa in danger’ Festival in which he strongly condemned the abuse against the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. The head of the Islamic Movement affirmed that the Palestinian people will always defend Al Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa Mosque and will remain steadfast in the face of the Israeli occupation until the liberation of their land. He warned the Israeli occupation that accelerating the implementation of its project dividing al-Aqsa Mosque then building the ‘alleged Temple’ means speeding up the demise of the occupation. He also hailed the Islamic world’s youths for their role and determination to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al Quds. Sheikh Raed Salah called on the Muslim nation, the Arab world and the scholars to not give up or despair, to not be afraid of the occupation and to join efforts and unify to defeat ‘the Israeli occupation, the American tyranny and the European complicity. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri head of the Supreme Islamic Council and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, warned that al-Aqsa Mosque is facing a big danger due to the occupation ongoing practices and plans to Judaize it. Sheikh Sabri delivered his speech on the occasion of the seventeenth ‘Al-Aqsa in danger’ Festival, where he was given the ‘Aqsa Supporter of the Year’ award by the Islamic Movement. He stressed in his speech on the dangers facing al-Aqsa Mosque, pointing to remarks made by officials in the Israeli occupation saying that they will turn al-Aqsa plazas to public squares. He pointed to the statement of the attorney general claiming that al-Aqsa Mosque is a part of ‘the state of Israel’ and to other statements of a Knesset member demanding the division of al-Aqsa between Jews and Muslims. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri asserted that al-Aqsa Mosque is above all negotiations and that Palestinian people will always defend it and confront all Israeli attempts to Judaize it. The seventeenth Al-Aqsa is in danger festival kicked off on Friday evening on Salam Stadium in the city of Umm al-Fahm, where tens of thousands of participants flocked from al-Jalil, Negev and Al Quds.
A post from April discussed the decision by a British court to uphold the appeal by Salah against a deportation order. A post from last October discussed the deportation order itself. An earlier post reported on the ongoing support offer to Mr. Salah by the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. Other posts have discussed the arrest of Mr. Salah in the U.K. and the support offered to him by the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A BBC producer and MEMRI have both covered the anti-Semitic and extremist views of Mr. Salah. In 2010, the Jerusalem Post profiled Mr. Salah who leads the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement, essentially the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood. Knowledgable sources report that Salah is currently back in Israel.
A NEFA Foundation report identifies Sheikh Ekrima Sabri as a Trustee of the Union of Good, the worldwide coalition of Islamic charities raising money for Hamas and headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.