A call to jihad. “Iran orders Muslims to defend Palestinians,” by Dudi Cohen for Ynet News, December 28 (thanks to Michael, who comments: “North Americans should take special notice of this religious edict encouraging violent Jihad in support of the Palestinian terror forces. A ‘Fatwa’ is universal and can be interpreted as justifying acts of terrorism against the United States and Canada. With thousands of radical Islamists residing on the continent our security services should be on high alert in anticipation of operations carried out by Jihadists on our soil.”)
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree to Muslims around the world on Sunday, ordering them to defend Palestinians against Israel’s attacks on Gaza, state television said.
“All Palestinian combatants and all the Islamic world’s pious people are obliged to defend the defenseless women, children and people in Gaza in any way possible. Whoever is killed in this legitimate defense is considered a martyr,” state television quoted Khamenei as saying in a statement outlining the fatwa.
“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs in return is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain..” — Qur’an 9:111
Khamenei also criticized some Arab governments for their “encouraging silence” towards the Israel’s raids on Gaza. “The Zionist regime must by held accountable by Islamic governments. The heads of this regime must be held personally accountable for these crimes and the ongoing siege,” the religious leader said.
Accordingly, a state TV report late Saturday quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Iran will stand by the Palestinians. He also tried to garner greater support for the Palestinians by waging an informal PR campaign against Israel among Arab states.
“Israel is trying to take revenge against the Palestinians, but with God’s help, it will be defeated,” the president said to his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad. Ahmadinejad also spoke with Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Ramadan Abdulla to express his support for the Palestinian group.
Also condemning Israel, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the attacks “genocide” and asked international bodies to defend the Palestinians.
Alaeddin Borujerdi, a legislator and head of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, endorsed these sentiments early Sunday when he compared Israel’s aerial attack on Gaza to Nazi crimes.
“The Zionists are doing what Hitler did during World War II, when they attacked innocents in a barbaric manner,” Borujerdi told the state-run Iranian news agency IRNA, during a pro-Palestinian rally in the nation’s capitol, attended by several Iranian parliamentarians….