The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East, today issued the following Special Dispatch. Jewishinfonews believe the content of the Dispatch is serious enough to be published in its entirety.
Kayhan Editor Close To Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei:
“America and Its European Supporters Must Know…
That the Price of Supporting [Israel] Will Cost Them the Property and Lives of Their Citizens… If the Heads of Some Islamic States Prevent the Muslim Peoples from Attacking the Zionists… They Can Be Toppled”
In a January 26 op-ed in the Iranian daily Kayhan, the
paper’s editor, Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close
to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, called on
Muslims to unite in a retaliatory attack on American,
European, and Israeli “sensitive centers” because of “the
war crimes that these countries are committing in the
Gaza Strip” and because of their support for Israel.
In his op-ed, Shariatmadari stressed that American
and European civilians must be harmed in these attacks,
so as to make the U.S. and the European countries
change their policy towards Israel. He further called for
harming Israelis worldwide, and explained that Islamic
regimes that prevent an Islamic attack on Israel must
be toppled, because they are defending the enemy.
Following are excerpts from Shariatmadari’s op-ed,
which was titled “The Defenders of the Enemy”:(1)
“The slaughter being carried out by the Zionists in
Gaza – which includes the mass murder of Palestinian
men, women, and children, cutting off the electricity,
water, and fuel, stopping the supply of medicines and
food products – along with various other savage crimes,
is disgraceful for the Zionists, and for America and
its European allies.
“However, it is even more embarrassing and disgraceful
for, first and foremost, the heads of several Islamic
countries, [including] Egypt, that is insisting on
adhering to the abject Camp David Accords and closing
the Rafah border crossing [to the Palestinians]; for the
cowardly and characterless rulers of Bahrain and the
U.A.E., who awarded a prize to the murderer [i.e.
President Bush] of the oppressed Palestinian people during
his recent trip to the region; and for the Saudi
[royal] family, that bears the appellation ‘Custodian of
the Two Holy Places’ but is indifferent to the crimes
and violations of the infidel Zionists in the Muslim
holy places, and so on.
“But aren’t most of the sensitive centers of the
Zionists, of the Americans, and of some European states
that support Israel already situated within the arms’
reach of the Muslims? And aren’t the Zionists
[vulnerable] and located within arms’ reach of the Muslims at the four corners of the earth? What human and legal basis can prevent an attack on these centers and people?
Why must the savage, blood-letting Zionists and
Americans be permitted to choose the field of battle as they wish? [Why are they permitted] to besiege the oppressed Palestinian brothers and sisters and their children, on the land that belongs to that helpless people, and to shoot at them night and day and to massacre them?
“America and its European and Zionist supporters must
know that their support for Israel’s crimes will cost
them very dearly. Once they discern that this support
will cost them the property and lives of their
citizens, they will doubtless reconsider their support for
the savage Zionists… And didn’t the Imam [Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini] teach that if every Muslim pours out
one bucket of water, there will be a flood that will
sweep away Israel, and destroy it?
“Every time a movement rises up against the Zionist
occupier and acts to liberate its homeland, America and
its allies accuse it of terrorism, and every state
that supports these movements is punished. Why wouldn’t
the Muslims act the same way, and attack all the
supporters of the Zionists everywhere in the world?
“The prevalent legal doctrine in both the Shi’ite
school and the Sunni school is that it is permissible to
attack anyone whom the enemy uses as a shield in the
war against the enemies of Islam. Therefore, if some
heads of Islamic states prevent the Muslim peoples from
attacking the Zionists – thus constituting a shield
that prevents support to the persecuted people of that
region – it permissible to topple these defenders of the
In the meantime… Russia continues to ship nuclear fuel to Iran. (See our report of January 24, 2008)
Endnote: (1) Kayhan (Iran), January 26, 2008.
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