Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Abo (Abu) Halabiya is a member of the GMJ International Central Committee and head of the GMJ National Committee in Gaza. He also heads the Gaza branch of the Al Quds International Institution (or Foundation), is a Hamas MP in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and a former president of the Islamic University in Gaza. In addition, Halabiya is a member of the ‘Fatwa Council’.
Halabiya is constantly in the news due to his frequent issuing of statements regarding supposed impending threats to the Al Aqsa Mosque. The restoration of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s old city was, according to him ,”part of a project to destruct al-Aqsa”.
.He is also of the opinion that the Palestinian Authority conspires with Israel
In October 2000 Halabiya gave a sermon at the Zayed bin Sultan Aal Nahyan Mosque in Gaza which was also broadcast live on official PA TV. The sermon included the following statements:
“O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists – are the Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites. They are the terrorists. They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: ‘Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the believers….”
“The Jews are like a [gas] pedal – as long as you step on it with your foot, it doesn’t move, but if you lift your foot from it, it hurts you and punishes you. This is the case of the Jews.”
“Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them – and those who stand by them – they are all in one trench, against the Arabs and the Muslims – because they established Israel here, in the beating heart of the Arab world, in Palestine. They created it to be the outpost of their civilization – and the vanguard of their army, and to be the sword of the West and the crusaders, hanging over the necks of the monotheists, the Muslims in these lands. They wanted the Jews to be their spearhead …”
“… Let us put our trust in Allah, close ranks, and unite our words, and the slogan of us all should be, ‘Jihad! Jihad! For the sake of Palestine, and for the sake of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa!”
“…We will not give up a single grain of soil of Palestine, from Haifa, and Jaffa, and Acre, and Mulabbas [Petah Tikva] and Salamah, and Majdal [Ashkelon], and all the land, and Gaza, and the West Bank …”