JERUSALEM — The Palestinians’ top Muslim cleric faced sharp
Israeli criticism Sunday for a speech in which he quoted a religious
text that includes passages about killing Jews in an end-of-days
Mufti Mohammed Hussein’s comments came at a political gathering
of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He said his
remarks were taken out of context and that he didn’t incite people to
kill Jews. But by speaking at the venue, Hussein appeared to be linking
the battle to the conflict with Israel.