Sunday, November 13, 2005 / 11 Cheshvan 5766
Islamic radicals have been using the Temple Mount as a focal point for planning and preaching the establishment of a world Islamic state with Jerusalem as its capital.
One of the radical groups operating on the Temple Mount is Hizab Altahrir (The Islamic Liberation Party), which espouses an ideology similar to Al Qaeda. Hizab Altahrirâ€™s network spans most Western European countries. The party puts Islamic revolution and an uncompromising form of Jihad (holly war) at the top of its political agenda.
The group advocates subjecting the entire world to Islamic law (Shariya), and destroying non-believing nations and religions.
The party has targeted Europe, specifically Denmark, for spreading its ideology, and providing a springboard for renewing Islamic conquests in Europe. A senior party activist in Jerusalem, Sheikh Issam Amira, expressed this philosophy in a recent speech which he made on the Temple Mount:
â€œListeners! The Moslems in Denmark make up three percent [of the population], yet constitute a threat to the future of the Danish kingdom. Itâ€™s no surprise that in Bitrab (the ancient name of Medina, a city in Arabia to which Mohammed immigrated) they were fewer than three percent of the general population, but succeeded changing the regime in Bitrab.
â€œItâ€™s no surprise that our brothers in Denmark have succeeded in bringing Islam to every home in that country. Allah will grant us victory in their land to establish the [Islamic] revolution in Denmark.â€
After Denmark, the Sheikh said, the party will carry the revolution to Oslo and change its name to Medina. â€œThey will fight against their Scandinavian neighbors in order to bring the country into the territory of the revolution,â€ he said. â€œIn the next stage, they will fight a holy jihad to spread Islam to the rest of Europe, until it spreads to the original city of Medina where the two cities will unite under the Islamic flag.â€
Sheikh Riyad Salah, head of the Islamic movement in Israel has also been active teaching the tenets of â€œIslamic revolution.â€
â€œWe are at the gates of the Islamic revolution,â€ he proclaims in his sermons to Arab citizens of Israel. â€œThe global forces of evil will be eliminated from the world and the Islamic nation will remain in place in order to bring about the world Islamic revolution, with its capital, Jerusalem.â€
Salah, who until a few months ago was under arrest for allegedly assisting an organization connected to the Hamas terror group, has for a number of years been attempting to organize Israelâ€™s Arab citizens into an â€œindependent Palestinian society,â€ disconnected from the State of Israel and its institutions.
Salahâ€™s organization contributed to efforts to repair Arab mosques on the Temple Mount, and also attempts to erase the remains of Jewish antiquities on the Mount.
In Israel, the Hizab Altahrir party is sending out charismatic Islamic preachers to spread its ideology to mosques in villages near Jerusalem, Hevron, Kalkilya, and Tulkarem.
When large numbers of Moslems visited mosques last October during the holy month of Ramadan, the party expanded its efforts to recruit new members and activists in the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Thousands of young Arabs living in the PA have been participating in the partyâ€™s youth movement under the slogan, â€œCampaigning to Preach Revolution.â€
On the Temple Mount near the Dome of the Rock, Altahrirâ€™s youth recently put up a giant banner declaring â€œRevolution is a Divine Command.â€ The partyâ€™s flag appears on the right and left hand side of the banner (See top photo). The youth were greeted by party members who shouted, â€œNext year in Jerusalem, under the rule of the Islamic revolution.â€