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Sydney cleric ridicules Jews: report

Sydney cleric ridicules Jews: report

Author: Ninemsn Staff And Wires
Publication: Ninemsn.com.au
Date: January 18, 2007
URL: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=94224

Sydney's most influential radical Muslim cleric has been reportedly caught on film calling Jews pigs and urging children to die for Allah.

Sheikh Feiz Mohammed, head of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Liverpool, delivers the hateful rants on a collection of DVDs called the Death Series, sold in Australia and overseas, News Limited newspapers report.

An Australian citizen born in Sydney, he has spent the past year living in Lebanon.

Sheikh Feiz was exposed this week in the British documentary, Undercover Mosque.

"Today many parents, they prevent their children from attending lessons," he says in the video.

"Why? They fear that they might create a place in the their hearts, the love, just a bit of the love, of sacrificing their lives for Allah."

"We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam.

"Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid (holy warrior).

"Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom."

The sheikh is no stranger to controversy. In April of 2005 he caused a media storm with remarks he made implying that women who wore skimpy clothes were to blame for rape.

He later issued this apology: "I've been misunderstood, I am sorry to all the community, to Muslim ladies and non-Muslim ladies."

British investigators found the DVDs being sold by children in the carpark of the Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham and other Islamic bookshops.

The entire set is available on the internet for $150.

His rants on video include denouncing "kaffirs" or non-Muslims.

"(Kaffir) is the worst word ever written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt," Sheikh Feiz says.

In an excerpt from a video lecture series called Signs of the Hour, he ridicules Jews as pigs.

Sheikh Feiz leads about 4,000 followers through his Global Islamic Youth Centre and just two weeks ago said he felt like an "alien" in his own country.

He left for Lebanon just before the arrest of 23 men on terrorism related charges in Sydney and Melbourne in November 2005.

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