It’s been reported on Ynet that, a week after the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, top Saudi cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni began offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kidnaps more Israeli soldiers – in a message he posted on Facebook.
Al-Qarni’s call was in response to an ad published by the Libman family offering a reward for anyone who catches the person who murdered their relative Shlomo Libman, who was killed by terrorists near the settlement of Yitzhar in 1998.
Al-Qarni is a famous Muslim cleric who often appears on Saudi TV shows and operates his own website where he discusses various religious law issues.
Here’s al-Qarni’s Facebook page.
Here’s a screen capture of the status update calling for the abduction.
While you can use the translate function on your browser, here’s a more precise translation of the text provided by a CiF Watch supporter who works as professional Arabic translator:
“Media has reported the news that Zionist settlers pay huge amounts of money to those who would kill the released Palestinian prisoners. In order to answer these criminals, I declare to the world that any Palestinian who captures – inside Palestine [by which he means, all of Israel] – an Israeli soldier in order to exchange him for prisoners, I promise to pay him a reward and prize totaling one hundred thousand dollars.”
The message has received over 1,800 “Likes” so far, and hundreds of laudatory comments.
To report this sick call to abduct Israelis to Facebook – as a violation of their terms of service which prohibits “incitement to violence” – go to the cleric’s FB message, here. When, you hover your cursor to the right of the message you’ll see an “X”, which will open up hyper-linked text allowing you to report it as abuse.