TEL AVIV – A Michigan woman posted a video on YouTube defending Palestinian stabbing attacks against Jews and compared Jews to animals.
In the Arabic-language video (watch it here) translated by MEMRI and titled “Is stabbing Jews haram [forbidden]?”, pro-Palestinian activist Lina Allan blasts Muslims who say that stabbing is “haram,” or forbidden under Islamic law, and tells such Muslims to “go back to watching Turkish soap operas.”
“I support any decision made by the Palestinian people in order to regain its rights and its land,” said Lina Allan in reference to the act of stabbing Jews.
Throughout the video, Allan does not use the word “Israelis” in her description of the stabbing attacks, choosing instead to use the word “Jews.”
“Some people have commented on the Palestinians’ stabbing of Jews by saying that it is haram, that it is prohibited,” Allan said in the video.
“Who are you to say what is halal [permissible] and what is haram,” she asked critics of stabbing attacks. “Sadly, there are many people in the Arab world who think that just because their mother and father are Muslim, they themselves automatically became muftis, and are allowed to say what is halal and what is haram — according to their whims and personal desires, of course.”
“If they like smoking, they pronounce cigarettes halal; and if they hate cigarettes, they pronounce them haram,” she said.
She compares those who believe stabbings are prohibited under Islam to defenders of “animal rights – not human rights, but at best, animal rights.”
“Let me tell you, even animals would not object to this if they could talk,” she continues.
“Nobody can feel the suffering of the Palestinian people but the Palestinians living in Palestine,” Allan admonishes fellow Muslims. “I wish that you would stop interfering. Spare us your views, and go back to watching Turkish soap operas. It would be better if you didn’t talk about something you don’t understand.”
According to MEMRI, Allan represented the State Department’s US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the Jameed Festival in Jordan, a food and culture event honoring rural women.