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January 24, 2003

Allah's annointed preaches love and the brotherhood of man Preacher ’called on Muslims to murder Jews’
A Muslim preacher accused of inciting murder and fostering racial hatred urged his followers to kill non-believers and told
them: "The way forward is the bullet," a jury at the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Abdullah el-Faisal, 39, endorsed the use of nuclear and chemical weapons and told audiences that the proper definition of jihad was to wage war on non-Muslims - whom he compared to cockroaches - the court heard. "It is Islam versus democracy. It is Allah versus Satan. It is Muslims versus unbelievers," he is alleged to have said in a sermon.

El-Faisal denies five charges of soliciting a person or persons unknown to murder Jews, Hindus, Americans and other non-believers.

He also denies two charges of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to stir up racial hatred, and one charge each of distributing and possessing recordings of such speeches. "He was preaching intolerance, but worse than that, preaching murder," David Perry told the court, opening the prosecution case. "The message he was conveying is clear: to kill a kaffir [non-believer] is good."

He added that the prosecution could not say what effect the speeches had on audiences. What mattered was what the defendant said and his aim in saying it.
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