A prominent Wahhabi cleric employed by the Saudi government, Sheikh Saad Al-Buraik is the host of Religion and Life, a program that airs not only on the government-owned television Channel One, but also on MBC television, which is owned by his close friend, Prince AbdulAziz Ben Fahd.
In April 2002 Al-Buraik hosted a telethon that raised $109 million for the families of dead Palestinian suicide bombers who had killed and wounded civilians in Israel. According to Ariel Cohen, “Each family received $12,000 per suicide bomber … about eleven times the average annual per-capita income since the war against Israel’s civilian population decimated the local economy.”
A passionate advocate of suicide bombings and jihad, Al-Buraik once delivered in a Riyadh government mosque a sermon titled “A Monkey [i.e., a Jew] Desecrates Mosque.” Said the radical cleric:
“Oh Believer, it’s a wish, as much as it is pains, but we have hopes that the situation in Palestine will explode…. Is it too dear to us that among our honorable beloved die as martyrs?… Which is better, to suffer a slow death, or die as a martyr in your way to heaven? A death that you will be forgiven on the first drop of your blood…. Oh Palestinian Authority … Isn’t [it] time yet to wage jihad, and call for holy war? Isn’t [it] time that Muslim countries which normalized relations with the Jews to cancel everything that happened from Madrid to Oslo, and [Wye] River, which forbids the supplying of weapons to Muslims in Palestine? The agreements which canceled jihad, and disassociation from non-Muslims, should all be demolished. It’s a call to close all embassies opened for the Jews in the land of Islam; it is call to end normalization with Israel…. Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy; neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?”
Al-Buraik detests the United States as much as he loathes Israel. “I am against America until this life ends,” he said, “until the Day of Judgment…. My hatred of America, if part of it was contained in the universe, it would collapse…. She is the root of all evils and wickedness on earth.”