The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Toulouse was quoting the Quran. If the imam is on trial, it is Islam on trial. He is hardly the exception in this, but the rule. Islamic Jew-hatred — it’s a central tenet of Islam.
Photo: the grand mosque of Toulouse on the day of its inauguration, June 23, 2018, after thirteen years of renovation.Google translate of Le Monde:
The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Toulouse, Mohamed Tataï, indicted for provocation to hatred
Mohamed Tataï is notably accused of having quoted a hadith – a word of the prophet Mohamed – in which it is a question of killing the Jews.
The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Toulouse, Mohamed Tataï, was indicted this week for provocation to hatred or violence, said Friday, December 21, the Prosecutor of the Republic of Toulouse, Dominique Alzeari.
The prosecutor’s office had been seized on June 28 by the prefect of Haute-Garonne “a report of facts likely to constitute the offense of incitement to hatred relating to remarks made during a sermon in Arabic language” .
The words of the Imam were videotaped in a prayer room in December 2017 and posted on the Internet by the Memri website (acronym for the Middle East Media Research Institute – Middle East Media Research Institute ). In this video, the Franco-Algerian imam, who has been working in the district of Empalot for more than thirty years, has quoted a hadith (word of Muhammad collected by his women and his companions) anti-Semitic.
The preaching, pronounced in Arabic as always by this imam, would evoke in particular, according to the Memri, “The Jews who will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees will say: O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew who hides behind me, come and kill him” .
Provocation to hatred or violence
At the end of June, the public prosecutor’s office of Toulouse had opened a preliminary investigation entrusted to the judicial police, which was able to verify the contents and the modalities of this diffusion. The words of the Imam have also been translated into the judicial framework by a sworn interpreter.
The public prosecutor’s office then requested, in September, the opening of a judicial inquiry for “public provocation, by word and by means of communication to the public by electronic means, to hatred or violence” .Asked by local media about his controversial preaching, the imam apologized to the Jewish community, explaining that his words had been taken out of context.
The grand mosque of Toulouse was inaugurated on June 23 after thirteen years of work. It can accommodate 3,000 worshipers – making it the largest Muslim place of worship in the city – and its construction cost 5.5 million euros.
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