French Imam Indicted Over Antisemitic Sermon in Which He Cited Hadith Urging Violence Against Jews
The imam of the Grand Mosque of Toulouse, Mohamed Tatai, was indicted this week for “public verbal provocation to hatred or violence” following an investigation into an antisemitic sermon he gave last year, French media outlets reported on Friday.
In the remarks in question, Tatai cited a hadith saying that on Judgment Day the Muslims will fight and kill the Jews.
A video of the Dec. 2017 sermon was published online, and a translated excerpt (courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute) can be viewed below:
The incitement charge was brought by the Toulouse Prosecutor’s Office.
In an interview with a French media outlet this past summer, Tatai claimed his words were taken “out of context” and that he had not called for violence.
In 2012, an Islamist gunman killed four Jews — a rabbi and three students — at a school in the southern French city.