Yunis Al Astal
Yunis Al Astal (Arabic: يونس الأسطل,f) is a preacher and Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the area of Khan Yunis He writes as a journalist on topics like Islamic law (fiqh), sociology and politics.
He was named on the list of "Individuals banned from the UK for stirring-up hatred" for "engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to terrorist acts."
On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Jordan and Israel, he said that Arab governments that welcome the Pope harm the Prophet Mohammed more than the pontiff's controversial statements against the founder of Islam.
On April 11, 2008 Al-Astal made an inflammatory sermon in which he advocated the conquest of Rome, which he referred to as the "Crusader Capital", as well as Eastern Europe and the "Two Americas". He refers to Jews in Israel as "brothers of apes and pigs".
Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion, so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security, and consolidation of power, and even to conquests thorough da'wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world. Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad. Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam -- this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe. I believe that our children or our grandchildren will inherit our Jihad and our sacrifices, and Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them. Today, we instill these good tidings in their souls, and by means of the mosques and the Koran books, and the history of our Prophets, his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire on the brink of which they stand.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated his sermon and posted the video for paid subscribers on the Internet.
"The [Jews] are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians – and the Islamic nation behind them – will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang."
"…All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews."
"…In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil."
"…When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate."
In a speech which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on March 6, 2014 (as translated by MEMRI), Al-Astal claimed that the Koran "indicates that we must massacre [the Jews], in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world. They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it... We must restore them to the state of humiliation imposed upon them. They should be dhimmi citizens. This status must be imposed upon them by war. They must pay the jizya security tax while they live in our midst." He also added that "in Palestine, where they are occupiers and invaders, they cannot have the status of dhimmis."
- Rouse, Beverley (2009-05-05). "Named and shamed: the 16 barred from UK". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Jeroen Gunning; p179; Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence; Columbia University Press, 2008, ISBN 0-231-70044-X
- "Home Office name hate promoters excluded from the UK". Press Release. UK Home Office. 5.5.9. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Hamas lawmaker: Arabs welcoming Pope harm Prophet Mohammed
- "#1739 - Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal in a Friday Sermon: We Will Conquer Rome, and from There Continue to Conquer the Two Americas and Eastern Europe". MEMRI TV. April 11, 2008
- MEMRI TV interview on YouTube
- Hamas MP Al-Astal: We Must Massacre Jews, Impose Jizya Poll Tax on Them, MEMRITV, Clip No. 4202 (transcript), March 6, 2014. (video clip available here).
- ‘We Must Massacre Them’: Hamas Politician Says Palestinians Must Kill, Humiliate and Tax the Jews by Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze, March 24, 2014.