Arabic press review: Israeli army cites Saudi fatwas to stop Palestinian protests
Palestinians are planning a 'March for Return' on Friday to protest against ongoing occupation
Avichay Adraee appearing in the Israeli army video (screen grab)
Thursday 29 March 2018 13:37 UTC
Thursday 29 March 2018 14:56 UTC
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Israeli army promotes Saudi fatwas against 'chaos'
An Israeli army spokesman appeared in a video recording using Saudi fatwas as justification for arguing that Palestinians should not take part in upcoming protests against the occupation.
"The Saudi scholar, Sheikh Saleh al-Fawzan, has decreed for banning demonstrations and sit-ins, saying that this behaviour has nothing to do with the Muslims’ ethics, and that it is a characteristic of infidels and a sense of anarchy and chaos that is not tolerated by Islam," said Avichay Adraee.
"Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen stated that sit-ins and violent demonstrations are evil, because they lead to chaos."
Adraee’s warning comes as Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were scheduled to start protests on Friday, staging a "March of Return" to the border with Israel.
More than a million of the residents of the Gaza Strip were, or are descended from, those originally expelled from historic Palestine in 1948 during the establishment of the state of Israel.