"destroy anyone who killed Muslims” and “slay them one by one” and “purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!"And now it has been revealed that, in a second video, the same imam at the same mosque is seen chanting:
“O Allah, whoever wishes ill for us and wishes ill for Islam and the Muslims, make his plot tied around his neck. O Allah, turn fate against them and annihilate them as you annihilated the peoples of Aad and Thamud.”While some, including Tarek Fatah and Meir Weinstein of the JDL, espy hatred in these words, and see them as being problematic, others warn that they've been "mistranslated" and/or "taken out of context."
Among the latter is Bernie Farber, a man whose powers of discernment are so exquisitely fine-tuned that he can basically tell at a glance who is--and is not--a Jew-hater. As Farber explains:
“In my experience I can tell who’s an anti-Semite and Mr. Elkasrawy [the imam in the two videos] is not one. He is a fine young man.”Well, if Bernie says the man is kosher, who are we to second-guess him?
Farber is also an expert, apparently, on the meaning and import of Islamic liturgy. He insists, for example, that the prayers intoned by the imam are
"said every day in a mosque” and [are] no different from ones used in churches, temples and synagogues too.Really? I can't vouch for what's prayed in churches, but I know that at my synagogue--and I'm there most Saturdays--we most emphatically do not call non-Jews "filth" or pray for their "annihilation"/"destruction."
But maybe things are different at Bernie's shul.
Update: Robert Spencer sees this second video as confirmation that (pace a certain "diversity" maven) this imam does not feel the warm 'n' fuzzies for "the Jews" as Islam understands them (for more on that, see this, for instance), and that it's time for gullible infidels to knock it off with the whitewash:
Ayman Elkasrawy prayed that Allah would kill all the Jews, and the Toronto Star ran a lengthy piece claiming that he didn’t really mean it, and didn’t actually even say it at all, but was just mistranslated. I showed the falsehoods of the Toronto Star piece here. And now the Star has egg on its face, because Elkasrawy has been caught praying for people to be killed again.
Will the Star run interference for him again? Or will the Star and the rest of the Canadian establishment media finally realize that Islamic core texts teach violence, and so it’s not in the least surprising for imams to preach violence?Knowing full well that the Star and the rest of the Canadian establishment cannot bear very much reality, I feel entirely safe in answering "yes" to the first question and "no" to the second.