Otherwise we would be happy to coexist with you. Really.
Palestinian-founded and led sharia law movement Hizb Al-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation, hosted thousands of Muslims for Friday prayers last week atop the Temple Mount, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where footage showed its leadership denigrating Jews and calling for the Pakistani Army to emerge from under the thrall of America to liberate Jerusalem.
That’s just what the Middle East needs… the Pakistani Army. Even Pakistan doesn’t need the Pakistani Army.
The group, which operates under the auspices and encouragement of the Palestinian Authority, is dedicated to uniting the world under a caliphate ruled by Islamic law (Shari’a) and has branches in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.
According to MEMRI, members of the group issued a call to the ‘Islamic nation’ and the army of Pakistan to liberate ‘al Quds’ (Jerusalem) from ‘Jewish filth.’
The call and response began, “Oh the army of Pakistan!” followed by, “Come for the sake of the rule of the Koran!”
“Where is the Caliph Omar? Where is Saladin? Where is the Caliph of the Muslims?” the unnamed speaker asked those assembled. “Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers. They conquered Jerusalem.”
That would be ‘reconquered’ it from the Muslims who had conquered it. Too many Muslims have a problem with basic history. If you conquer a place, you can’t complain when its original indigenous inhabitants take it back.
It is precisely incitement such as this that whips the mosque’s Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of hatred against Jews and Israel week after week and results in the violent riots that prompt police to close the site to anyone except Muslims prior to Jewish holidays.
Hizb Al-Tahrir was founded in Jerusalem, in 1953, as a Sunni Muslim organization by Taqiuddin al-Nabhani, an Islamic scholar and appeals court judge from the nearby village of Ijzim.
Branches of the movement are in 40 countries, and are especially active in the Western diaspora. The organization is believed to have a million active members, according to an archived profile by The New Statesman, and credits itself with expanding the popularity of the call for sharia law and a unified Muslim caliphate.
In the book, Abu Rashta said, “Before Hizb al-Tahrir launched its career the subject of the Caliphate was unheard of. However, the party has succeeded in establishing its intellectual leadership, and now everyone has confidence in its ideas, and talks about it: this is clear from the media worldwide.”
After becoming more vocal, he was arrested by Jordan, designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, and then emerged from prison shortly before the death of predecessor Zallum, in 2003, with Abu Rashta assuming full control over Hizb al-Tahrir, as the third Palestinian to lead its charge to create the global Muslim caliphate.
The word ‘conscience’ doesn’t mean what Amnesty seems to think it does.