On Monday 4 Adar-II, the Jerusalem Magistrate Court convicted Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi of incitement to racism for sermons he gave on Har Habayis calling on Muslims to injure Jews. The court sentenced Al-Mughrabi to an eleven-month active prison term.
Honenu: “We are pleased by the verdict, which indicates that a Muslim sheikh who incited over and over again to injure Jews will be behind bars. Unfortunately, only our intervention, repeatedly filing complaints based on the material that the “Palestinian Media Watch” organization publicized [such as this sermon], and petitioning the Attorney General Jerusalem and the District Attorney, convinced the authorities to prosecute Al-Mughrabi, and unfortunately there are many more like him who on a daily basis, incite to injure Jews, with no interference.”
Honenu reports that despite numerous requests, YouTube is refusing to remove Al-Mughrabi’s sermons from El-Aqsa Mosque’s YouTube channel which is posting the videos.
Honenu filed the first of two complaints against Al-Mughrabi for incitement in June 2015 with the Merchav David (Old City) District Police in Jerusalem. In August 2015 the Israeli Police informed Honenu that the Attorney General’s office would consider filing an indictment against Al-Mughrabi.
However, Al-Mughrabi continued his sermons inciting to harm Jews and therefore Honenu filed an additional complaint in October 2015 with the Merchav David Police and also sent a petition to the Jerusalem District Attorney and the Attorney General, demanding that an indictment be filed as soon as possible. On November 4 the Israeli Police detained Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi and on November 12, the Justice Ministry announced that an indictment had been filed against Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi for sermons he gave on Har Habayis inciting to injure Jews.
Honenu stated in response to the indictment that, “We, of course, welcome the filing of the indictment, but are of the opinion that it is very late in coming. We are certain that if Al-Mughrabi had been detained after the first complaint we filed, then his inciteful sermons, some of which may have directly led to the terror attacks which occurred recently, would have been stopped.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)