Yet another imam, a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the Qur’an and Sunnah, misunderstands the Religion of Peace by thinking that it has something to do with violence and supremacism.
“Nazareth imam convicted of inciting terror,” by Joanna Paraszczuk in the Jerusalem Post, April 1 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Sunday convicted the imam of a city mosque on charges of incitement to violence and terrorism and supporting a terror organization.
The state attorney”s office filed an indictment against Nazem Abu Salim in 2010, charging that the imam founded a Salafist-jihadist group, Ansar Allah Bait Almakdas- Alnasira (Supporters of God Jerusalem-Nazareth). The group’s ideology was alleged to be identical to that of al-Qaida and its global jihad movement — and Abu Salim was accused of preaching and distributing literature about it to his congregants.
Abu Salim, 47, has been the imam of the Shihab a-Din mosque in Nazareth since 1997. He delivered Friday sermons to a congregation of around 2,000 people and also gave sermons in other mosques, including the al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The prosecution alleged that Ansar Allah calls on its followers to wage jihad in order to lead Islam to victory and free Jerusalem from what it says is a “Zionist-Crusader plot.”
Abu Salim, who has been held under house arrest since the commencement of legal proceedings against him in 2010, also established a website, MUSLIM 48, designed to spread Ansar Allah’s teachings to a worldwide audience, the indictment said.
Abu Salim expressed solidarity with the al-Qaida terror group and on several occasions encouraged violence, the prosecution argued.
The indictment charged that Ansar Allah has as its symbol a globe in the shape of the Dome of the Rock topped by a black flag, an emblem also identified with the Taliban as well as with the radical Islamist ideologies of the Salafist movement.
The prosecution argued that a group of worshippers at Abu Salim’s mosque were influenced by the extreme Islamist ideologies expounded upon in his publications. The group went on to commit violent acts against Christians and Jews — including murdering a Jewish taxi driver and attacking Christians.
Other worshippers had become determined to join al- Qaida’s global jihad and yet others had begun hoarding weapons, aiming to use them against Israeli soldiers, the prosecution contended.
Abu Salim denied both the charges against him and that the organization named Ansar Allah exists, saying that the term comes from a Koranic verse.…
Jung-Goffer also said that the court did not accept Abu Salim’s arguments that his statements praising al-Qaida leaders, the Taliban and Islamic Jihad were made innocently, and not out of solidarity with those terror groups.
Abu Salim had also confirmed to the Shin Bet that he viewed former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as a hero and that he supports Islam’s struggle against the West, the judge said.
According to the Shin Bet, Salafist and Salafist-jihadist ideologies are being disseminated mostly in the PA-controlled territories and the Gaza Strip, but recently have also been spreading on a smaller scale among Israeli Arabs — and Abu Salim is the ideological leader of the movement in Israel.
The Shin Bet has also said that over the past few years, Israeli security and law enforcement authorities have exposed several Israeli Arab groups with links to Salafist-jihadist ideology.
On one of these occasions in 2011, several residents of the Arab village of Daburiya were arrested after allegedly planning attacks against the local police station. In 2010, Arab youths from Nazareth, inspired by Salafist-jihadist ideologies, were involved in the murder of Jewish taxi driver Yefim Weinstein.