(London) A Muslim cleric being tried in Britain for incitement to murder accused western leaders of being the sugar daddies of Israel, his trial heard Monday.
Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri suggested in an October 2000 sermon that western leaders did not favor Israel because they liked it, but because it keeps files full of compromising information it could use to blackmail them.
"Now all these dogs of the West, they have to go now, none of them have condemned what Israel has done to the Muslims and the Palestinians,'' he said in a videotaped sermon played to an Old Bailey jury.
"Why (do) they act like sugar daddy for Israel? Because they love the Israelis? No way! Because they hate them very much, but the Israelis know how to deal with them,'' he said.
"They got a file for each one of these politicians, how much homosexual you are, how many money he has taken as bribe, whom his wife goes with, which child he has been abusing, and they got all this against them.''
"Jews know how to control people.''