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Germans charge Danish imam for anti-Jew threats

An imam from the controversial Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus faces charges in Germany for leading a prayer in Berlin in which he called for the death of "Zionist Jews".

Germans charge Danish imam for anti-Jew threats
Abu Bilal Ismail's 'destroy the Zionist Jews' remarks in Berlin have now led to criminal charges. Photo: Brian Rasmussen/Scanpix
German officials have announced that they will press charges against Abu Bilal Ismail, the Danish imam who used an appearance at a Berlin mosque in July to call for the death of Jews. 
 
According to a report from TV2 News, public prosecutors in Berlin will charge Ismail with incitement of hatred (Volksverhetzung). 
 
Speaking at the Al Nusra mosque in Berlin on July 18th, Aba Bilal Ismail was caught on video calling for the death of Jews (see it below).
 
“Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you. Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Oh Lord, bring torment upon them,” Ismail said.
 
Ismail later attempted to clarify his remarks, telling BT "I don’t mean that all Jews should die.”
 
"I prayed for God to destroy those Jews who kill us. It’s not all Jews, because I know Jews who are good toward us," he said. 

 
Ismail was also reported to Danish authorities by the chairwoman of the Danish Free Press Society (Trykkefrihedsselskabet) and the East Jutland Police initiated their own investigation into the imam’s remarks to determine if they should press charges. An East Jutland Police spokesperson told TV2 that now that charges have been filed in Germany, a Danish case is unlikely to move forward. 
 
Ismail is a regular imam at the controversial Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, which has long been suspected of radicalizing young Muslim men. The mosque was also the subject of a documentary from broadcaster DR last month, in which mosque leaders said that they want to see an Islamic caliphate established, that they don’t believe in democracy and that a Danish convert who carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq is a hero. 
 
Following that documentary, the mosque requested police assistance after receiving a number of threats
 
Two week after that, Grimhøj Mosque received rare praise from police and Aarhus authorities, who said that the mosque’s leaders have helped to slow the stream of Danish Muslims who travel to Syria as foreign fighters. 
 
East Jutland Police have previously said that around two dozen of the at least 110 individuals who have left Denmark to fight in Syria have come from Grimhøj Mosque. But a police spokesman said that only one person from the Aarhus area is thought to have gone to Syria in 2014 and that person had no association with the mosque.
 
Ismail's Berlin sermon can be seen here: 

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Danish imam calls Jews ‘apes and pigs’ in video

An imam who was instrumental in stirring up anti-Danish sentiment in the aftermath of the Mohammed cartoons calls on Muslims to reject a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine because Jews are "the offspring of apes and pigs".

Danish imam calls Jews 'apes and pigs' in video
Mohammed al-Khaled Samha is an imam at an mosque run by the Islamic Society in Denmark in the Odense suburb of Vollsmose. Screenshot: MEMRI TV/YouTube
For the second time in recent months, a video of a Danish imam’s anti-Semitic sermon is making the rounds online. 
 
In the newest video, which was first posted to the internet in September but came to widespread attention following its reposting by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday, an imam at an Odense mosque calls Jews "the offspring of apes and pigs". 
 
Mohammed al-Khaled Samha is an imam at an mosque run by the Islamic Society in Denmark (Islamisk Trossamfund) in the Odense suburb of Vollsmose. He is also among the group of imams who travelled to the Middle East to stir up anti-Danish sentiment in the aftermath of Jyllands-Posten newspaper’s printing of the infamous Mohammed cartoons. 
 
In the sermon, which can be seen below, Samha said that Muslims should reject a two-state solution for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. 
 
“How can we – or any free Muslim with faith in his heart – accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs?” he said in the sermon, according to MEMRI’s translation. 
 
 
 
"Palestine has been and will remain the land of Islam. It is the land of the great battle, in which the Muslims will fight the Jews, and the trees and the stones will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him’,” Samha says in the video. 
 
Those last remarks could lead to legal trouble, according to Jacob Mchangama of the think-tank Justitia. 
 
“That could be construed as death threats, and that could fall under the racism law. Also the remark about apes and pigs is something that would be viewed relatively harshly,” Mchangama told TV2.
 
This is the second recent video of a Danish imam’s anti-Semitic remarks to make international headlines. 
 
In July, Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam at Aarhus’s Grimhøjmoskeen mosque, prayed for the death of Jews while preaching at a Berlin mosque.
 
“Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you. Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them,” Ismail said. 
 
Ismail’s remarks were later officially reported to the police by the Danish Free Press Society.

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