Monday, January 18, 2010

Dan Williams sanitizes Islamic fanatic

In a story on the jailing of Islamic Movement leader Sheik Raed Salah following Arab riots at the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Reuters' Dan Williams characterizes Salah as "an outspoken cleric".  In defense of Salah, Williams gives full voice to Salah's lawyer:
"The Israeli state, which is occupying al-Aqsa, is trying to distract from its real crime and to satisfy the mood in Israel by convicting the honourable Sheikh Salah".
Readers are not similarly treated however, to examples of the outspoken cleric's oratory:
"They [the Jews] want to build their temple at a time when our blood is on their clothes, on their doorsteps, in their food and in their drinks. Our blood has passed from one general terrorist to another general terrorist... We are not those who ate bread dipped in children's blood."
That from a Salah sermon in 2007 at which time he also urged Palestinians to start a third intifada in order to "save al-Aksa Mosque, free Jerusalem and end the occupation".

Salah was subsequently indicted for incitement to violence and racism.

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