“Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews” (Qur’an 5:82), which in practice means that the Muslims will be strongest in enmity to the Jews. How is it that Yunis Al-Astal, who as a Muslim cleric has dedicated his life to understanding and obeying the dictates of Islam, misunderstands this peaceful, tolerant religion so spectacularly?
“Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal: The Jews Were Brought to Palestine for the ‘Great Massacre’ through which Allah Will ‘Relieve Humanity of Their Evil,'” from MEMRI, May 11 (thanks to Linda):
Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on May 11, 2011:
Yunis Al-Astal: [“¦] In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil.
When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate. When this happens, any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere, because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims.
Until this happens, we must reject all the resettlement plans, naturalization, or even reparations prior to the return of the refugees….