Italy expelling Moroccan imam who called for killing of Jews

Julie Wiener

(JTA) – Italy is expelling a Moroccan imam who called for Jews to be killed.

Raoudi Aldelbar, the imam of a mosque in the town of San Dona di Piave, near Venice, was filmed during a sermon there last month saying, among other things, “Oh Allah, bring upon [Jews] that which will make us happy. Count them one by one, and kill them one by one.”

The video clip of the sermon was posted on the website of the Middle East Media Research Institute and later shared on social media.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the “immediate expulsion” of Aldelbar “for seriously disturbing public order, being a danger to national security and for religious discrimination.”

The decision was made after counterterrorism, police and other security experts had examined the video and investigated.

Alfano said it was “unacceptable to pronounce a speech of clear anti-Semitic tone, containing explicit incitements to violence and religious hatred.” He said his decision to expel the imam would serve “as a warning to anyone who thinks that in Italy one can preach hate.”