Sheikh Muhammad Hussein says he was only quoting a passage in the Hadith that calls for killing Jews, not calling for it himself.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation into Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein for incitement after he was recorded quoting a passage by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the Hadith that calls for the killing of Jews.
"These are grave words that the world needs to condemn," Netanyahu said.
Responding to the allegations of incitement on Israel Radio Sunday, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein denied inciting the murder of Jews, saying he was just quoting the Islamic text. "I can't change the Hadith," he added.
Energy Minister Uzi Landau, speaking at the cabinet meeting on the occasion of International Holocaust Memorial Day noted, "this is not coming from Hamas, which we are used to - this is coming from Palestinian Authority television. If that is not anti-Semitism, then I don't know what is."
Netanyahu, on Holocaust memorial day, said that "today, like 70 years go, there are people who wanted to exterminate the Jewish people." But unlike in the past, he continued, Jews have the means to defend themselves.
"The Jewish people and the Israeli government have the right, the obligation and the capability to prevent another extermination of the Jewish people or an attack against its country," Netanyahu said.
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