Nazareth imam convicted of incitement to terrorism on behalf of al-Qaeda at a local mosque

Nazareth imam convicted of incitement to terrorism on behalf of al-Qaeda at a local mosque

A court in Nazareth charged Nazim Abu Salim, the imam at the Shihab A-Din Mosque in Nazareth, with incitement to murder and supporting a terrorist organization.

The court ruled that Abu Salim used his pulpit to promote violence and the ideology of al-Qaeda.

According to a statement, the court ruled that Abu Salim used his position as a spiritual leader to propagate incitement and “an ideology that has guided terror group al-Qaeda.”

The indictment was filed in 2010 and the court originally sentenced him in 2012 to three years in jail and an 18-month suspended sentence. The following year, Abu Salim filed an appeal claiming his lawyer failed to represent him, and the court ordered to repeat parts of the trial.

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In 2012 the court ruled the incitement by the imam contributed to the events leading to the murder of taxi driver Yafin Weinstein in 2009, for the imam would regularly blame the Jews for insulting Islam. “Where are the nations of the world to avenge the defamation of your messenger allah” he would say.

In 1997 Nazim Abu Salim established a Salafist-Jihadist group – Ansar Allah Bayit al-Maqdas al-Nasira (Supporters of God – Jerusalem – Nazareth’). The terror group has as its symbol a globe in the shape of the Dome of the Rock topped by a black flag, a mark also identified with the Taliban as well as with Muslim terror ideologies of the Salafist movement.

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Over the years, the imam distributed posters, booklets, and manifestos and created a website, Muslim 48, to spread global jihad’s ideology.

He also publically endorsed al-Qaeda in his articles and even issued statements on behalf of Osama bin Laden.

A group of devoted Muslims who were exposed to his sermons adopted a radical Islamist ideology and committed a series of terror attacks against Christians and Jews. Another group of terror fans collected weapons to be used against Israeli soldiers as well as Pope Benedict XVI, who visited Israel in 2009. Other devoted Muslims vowed to support global jihad.

In his sermons, Abu Salim called for beheadings against those who have dishonored the prophet muhammad and against anyone who dishonors Muslims.