2017-06-25 16:10:00

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia accuses mufti Gainutdin of spreading anti-Semite myths

Moscow, June 25, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia criticizes celebration of Al Quds (the day of solidarity with Palestinians) in cathedral mosque of Moscow.

"In his Friday sermon for parishioners head of the Russian Council of Muftis mufti Ravil Gainutdin repeats various myths spread in frames of the so-called new anti-Semitism, which focuses on demonization of Israel, claiming that Muslims of Israel live "at gunpoint of Israeli soldiers" and do not have free access to Al-Aqsa mosque, "on criminal claims" of Israelis on land, which has never belonged to them," FJCR head of Public Relations Boruch Gorin told journalists on Sunday.

Gainutdin also urged "to stop the bloodshed, which during decades takes lives from peaceful citizens, women, old people, children in Palestine."

"It's a pity that the respected mufti repeats old and long ago disproved anti-Semite myths. If he had personally visited Israel as mufti Albir Krganov did several years ago, he would have seen that in Jerusalem first time for two thousand years all its residents and coming pilgrims have access to their shrines," Gorin said.

As to terrorism, according to the interviewee of the agency, "it is not Muslims, but Jews, and mostly not soldiers, but women, children and children suffer from it."

The FJCR spokesman reminded that the Al Quds day was established in 1979 by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in frames of the campaign on struggling against "Zionism."

According to Gorin, Iran paid good subsidies to families of terrorists "thus attracting new recruits for committing terrorist acts as the way to provide financial support to their relatives."

"Such celebrations and speeches are rather dangerous. People listen to religious leaders, people confide in them, and that is why they should be maximally careful about any of their public speeches. And voiced words can sow the seeds of hatred in souls of parishioners of the Moscow mosque and even help these seeds "grow" shattering interethnic and interconfessional peace in Russia," the Federation of Jewish Communities official believes.