In support of Jihad Watch News Editor Eric Schwappach’s post below, here is a MEMRI report — “Saudi Government Official on Iqra TV: All Muslims Must Support Jihad — Send Money to the Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Quds Intifada, Account No. 98” — indicating once again that nothing much has changed in Saudi Arabia, despite Saudi protestations to the contrary in the face of the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act:
An August 29, 2005 program on Saudi Iqra TV was devoted to supporting Jihad in Palestine. The program host began by telling all Saudis that they must donate and explained how to do so.
A caption then appeared on the screen: “Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Quds Intifada, Account No. 98, a joint account at all Saudi banks.” A moderator stated that “Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam” and explained that the funds would go directly to those waging Jihad, where it would “help them carry out this mission.”
The program included the secretary-general of the Saudi government’s Muslim World League Koran Memorization Commission, Sheikh Abdallah Basfar, who explained why it was an “obligation” for all Muslims to support Jihad. He also promised that “all of the funds sent via the known charities and organizations” would reach “your Muslim brothers.” TO VIEW THIS CLIP VISIT: http://memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=843.
For more on this subject see Special Report No. 17, — “Saudi Royal Family’s Financial Support to the Palestinians 1998-2003: More than 15 Billion Riyals (U.S $4 Billion.) Given to ‘Mujahideen Fighters’ and ‘Families of Martyrs,'” http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sr&ID=SR1703.
Caption: Jerusalem in their hearts.
Host: “Palestine calls out to you — its women, children, elderly, and youth. They appeal to the generosity of the Khalifa Al-Mu’tasem within you. Wage Jihad for the sake of Allahin what you do best, in order to defend the first Qibla [direction of prayer] and the third holiest shrine. Donate, even the smallest thing, for your brothers in Palestine, and you will be blessed.”
Caption: The Saudi committee for support of the Al-Quds Intifada. Account No. 98, a joint account at all Saudi banks.
Organizer: “As the Prophet Muhammad said, Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam. A person who cannot wage Jihad with his soul is required to wage Jihad with his money, with his tongue, with his thought, and with any means at his disposal. There is no doubt that our brothers in Palestine desperately need financial support, which goes directly to this cause, and helps them to carry out this mission.”
Read it all.