The Palestinian Authority’s presentation of the U.S. as an enemy of Islam continues despite Washington’s political and financial support of new chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

This week, a religious leader whose salary is paid by the PA added a new accusation, preaching that the U.S. war effort in Iraq and elsewhere, including “Palestine,” attempts to force Muslims to convert to Christianity, according to Itamar Marcus of Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch.

The cleric said U.S. actions today were crueler than those of a “Christian Caesar” who, according to Islamic tradition, dipped a Muslim into boiling oil in order to force his conversion to Christianity.

In addition, an old accusation was repeated in an article in the official PA daily this week, Marcus said.

The writer states the true enemy of the Arabs is not Israel but the U.S. and that Israel is merely an arm of the U.S. in its “imperialist wars.”

In the article, the U.S. is accused of “grinding the bones” of Palestinian children and “devouring their eyes.”

Marcus pointed out the “inflammatory sermon,” by Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris, comes only a few weeks after PA leadership announced it would review the Friday sermons to remove incitement and hateful content.

Mudayris claimed Palestinian prisoners are subject to torture and “exposed to conversion to Christianity, to abandoning religion, [as it was] in the distant past and recently. Yes, our prisoners are forced to curse Muhammad; our prisoners are forced to curse the religion of Allah, our prisoners are forced to curse the essence of divinity.”

He continued: “Haven’t you heard of our prisoners [of war] in Palestine, have you not heard of our prisoners in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and all over the world, who are exploited and imprisoned, and are offered conversion to Christianity?”

Mudayris said this is an old “infidel policy.”

The article from the PA daily, Al Hayat Al Jadida, April 16, said, “Seventeen years (since the assassination of the fighter Abu Jihad) that the murderous millstones of America have been turning, grinding the bones of our children and devouring their eyes. Not Israel! There is no such thing called Israel! It is America repeating upon us, the Arabs, the tragedy of the Indians [sic] from the dawn of her [American] history that began with this first crime of genocide.”

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