He is right. It is in the Qur’an that Allah transformed Sabbath-breaking Jews into apes and pigs (2:62-5, 5:59-60, 7:166). So if he is going to be investigated by the police for this, all imams who believe in the Qur’an will need to be investigated. Why did Sweden admit a large number of people who believe this if Swedish authorities are going to consider this offensive speech?
“VIDEO: Imam on the Jews: ‘Offspring of pigs and apes,’” translated from “VIDEO: Imam om judarna: ‘Grisars och apors avkomma,’” Samnytt, June 16, 2022 (thanks to RAIR):
Malmö preacher Basem Mahmoud in a sermon called Jews the “offspring of pigs and apes.” He is now charged with incitement against an ethnic group. Mahmoud denies any wrongdoing, saying he only quoted the Qur’an.
When you read the Qur’an, you can not change anything, he says.
It was in October 2020 that Imam Basem Mahmoud gave an anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sermon in his mosque in Malmö. He accused Christians, Jews, Shia Muslims and the police authority of conspiring with each other in the “snake’s nest” – the synagogue – against orthodox Muslims.
The Imam spoke of the “great battle” when all non-Muslims will be forced to submit to the Muslims, and prayed to Allah that the Muslim god would defeat or destroy both Christians and Jews.
“Offspring of pigs and apes”
In part of his sermon, the Imam called the Jews “offspring of pigs and apes.”
“In all times, it is the same deceptive villains who stand in the way of the faithful. Everyone knows that the West is ruled by Jews. The Jews are their rulers. The Jews are the offspring of pigs and apes. They are hostile to Muslims, but they will be helpless against Islam,” he said.
This was the part of the sermon, which was also uploaded to Youtube, for which Mahmoud is now being prosecuted.
In police interrogation, Basem Mahmoud denies any wrongdoing. He claims that he only quoted a passage from the Qur’an about Allah turning people who did not believe in him into apes and pigs.
“When you read the Qur’an, you cannot change anything,” he said during the interrogation.
He also said that he “cannot change his religion for the sake of the Jews,” and pointed out that he did not usually call Jews he met on the street “apes” or “pigs.”
Defended the murder of a French teacher
This is not the first time Basem Mahmoud has made controversial statements. He has previously defended the brutal murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty in 2020.
“A person who loves his religion gets angry and slaughters the teacher with a knife at the gutter, because the teacher is unclean and the gutter is the only place he deserves,” he commented on the brutal murder. “It is a simple equation. One of them sinned by insulting the Prophet, and one of us sinned and killed the teacher who insulted the Prophet.”
“Sweden is ours”
In another sermon, he attacked social services and schools in Sweden, and stated that the country is being taken over by Muslims.
“Sweden is ours. It’s ours, whether they want this or not. In ten to fifteen years, it will be ours,” he said in a sermon earlier this year.
In December last year, Basem Mahmoud’s 17-year-old daughter was taken into care by the social authorities. The reason was that the girl herself stated that she “had been mentally and physically abused at home for a long time.” According to court documents, the girl lived in a highly honor-controlled environment.
Father of seven from Jordan
Basem Mahmoud is originally from the Jordanian capital Amman. He immigrated to Sweden in 1989 in connection with marrying a Swedish woman who converted to Islam. He has been a Swedish citizen since 1993.
Together with the Swedish woman, Mahmoud has seven children, but the couple are now divorced. According to the woman, over time Mahmoud became “increasingly religious and controlling.” She has several times requested a restraining order against her ex-husband, but was rejected by the court.