Språket minner om blodritusanklagene fra middelalderen. Israelsk demokrati er tolerant, som tillater slike ytringer.
In a fiery speech at his protest tent in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, Salah accused Israel of attempting to build the Temple on the Temple Mount while drenched in Arab blood, according to the radio.
«Israeli history is drenched in blood,» Israel Radio quoted Salah as saying. «They want to build their Temple while our blood is on their clothing, on their doorposts, in their food and in their water.»
I Israel har ordene vakt oppsikt, og noen krever at han tiltales for oppvigling. Men Salah sto ved sine ord i et intervju med Londona-avisen Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
«The occupying establishment that has ruined part of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque has no right to speak about incitement,» Sheikh Raed Salah told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper Saturday.
The leader of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel refused to recant statements he made Friday about Israeli excavations near the Temple Mount, which many sources labeled as inflammatory and anti-Semitic.
«The establishment began to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, when it knew the mosque’s great importance in the heart of every Muslim, Arab and Palestinian, from a cultural, historical and religious point of view,» Salah said.
«It insisted on carrying out the crime of destruction, meaning that it is inciting a religious war in the region. The first to pay the price for this will be the Jewish people. They should be ashamed of themselves,» he added.
In his interview, Salah reacted to reports that his latest Friday sermon would be investigated under suspicion of incitement.
In this sermon, the Islamic leader claimed that Israelis «want to build their temple while our blood is on their clothes, on their doors, in their food and drinks. Our blood goes from one terrorist general to another terrorist general.»