Great idea, Khamenei. After all, why should Infidels bear all the burden? From GulfNews, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Tehran/Cairo: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called yesterday on Muslims worldwide to provide money to the Palestinians during his talks with the Islamic radical Hamas movement, state television reported.
“We must make a plan so all Muslims will be able to supply the Palestinians with a yearly financial aid package,” Khamenei told Hamas’ political leader Khalid Masha’al.
“This voluntary gesture will create a spiritual bond among Muslims and the Palestinian cause and have a great impact on the world,” Khamenei said.
He lauded Hamas for not moderating its fierce resistance to Israel after its upset victory in Palestinian elections last month. “The Hamas positions are fundamental and right,” he said, praising Palestinians for electing the Islamic party. “The Palestinian people voted knowing it meant choosing resistance and fighting the Zionist regime.”…
Masha’al knows what Western governments and media seem determined to deny.
In Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood said it is launching a worldwide donation campaign for a Hamas-led Palestinian government.
The pledge by the Brotherhood comes as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started yesterday a Middle East shuttle to caution regional powers against giving money to a Hamas-led government. The United States and Europe, the world’s two largest donors to the Palestinians, said they will not provide funding directly to the Palestinian National Authority if Hamas heads the government….
Also yesterday foreign ministers from several Arab countries were to meet in Algiers to examine a plan to send about $50 million a month to PNA. A final decision is not expected until Arab summit next month in Khartoum.
But plenty of Westerners are still ready with the jizya:
Sweden’s state-run aid group yesterday pledged more than five million euros in additional aid to the Palestinian territories.