Saudi cleric Awad al-Qarni is known for faithfully reflecting the views of the Western left about the sins and deficiencies of the West (e.g., “Neo-cons” are Nazis, America was built on conscript labor, etc). But even the Western left wouldn’t go here with him: al-Qarni has posted on Facebook the promise of a $100,000 reward for any Palestinian who will take an Israeli soldier hostage.
The Facebook post, added to his Wall Monday morning, was still up as of 9:00 AM PDT (noon EDT) on Wednesday, 26 October. It has 2,536 “likes” as this goes to blog “press.”
MEMRI has a direct translation of the solicitation:
Al-Qarni wrote: “Media reports have circulated the news that the Zionist settlers are paying large sums of money to anyone who [can] kill the released Palestinian prisoners, and in response to those criminals, I announce to the world that I [hereby] commit to pay a reward and a prize in the amount of $100,000 to any Palestinian who imprisons [i.e. takes as a hostage] an Israeli soldier inside Palestine, for the purpose of prisoner exchange.”
No trace of evidence regarding the allegation against Israeli settlers can be found. (Side note: recent allusions to Israeli settler “violence” are refuted by this report from CAMERA – which relies in part, incidentally, on the statistics compiled by B’Tselem, a left-leaning pro-Palestinian advocacy group. H/t: Israel Matzav.)
But al-Qarni’s solicitation is there in black and white. If you would like to report this abuse of Facebook policy, you can start here. In the meantime, long life to social-media uprisings.
*UPDATE* I’m happy to report that the al-Qarni solicitation appears to have been removed from Facebook. Meanwhile, I have been advised by a Hebrew-fluent associate that a settler family did, in fact, post a reward for the killing of two terrorists released in the Gilad Shalit deal. This may have been what al-Qarni was talking about. Needless to say, this action is neither of the following: something that can be condoned, or something that justifies al-Qarni in offering his reward.
Rock on, social media.