In the face of statements like that, suddenly the usual “underlying causes” — poverty, alienation, lack of education, even “Zionist” conspiracies — don’t cut it as well to explain the culture of genocidal hatred and religious intolerance that simmers in Gaza. Gee, maybe there are underlying causes underlying the “underlying causes.” Ones with chapter and verse.
“Pro Bin-Laden Rally In Gaza Strip: ‘[Osama Bin Laden] is the Man Who Shattered the Crosses; That is the Man Who Brought the Americans to Their Knees’,” from MEMRI, May 31:
At Gaza Rally: “America is the Enemy of Allah”
Crowds: “There is no god but Allah.
“America is the enemy of Allah.” [“¦]
At Rafah Rally: “Osama Destroyed America”
Crowds: “Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama.
“Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama.
“Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama.”
Demonstrator: “There is no god but Allah.”
Crowds: “There is no god but Allah.”
Demonstrator: “Sheikh Osama is loved by Allah.”
Crowds: “Sheikh Osama is loved by Allah.” […]
Skipping over still more call-and-response (you can see it all at the link above)…
Demonstrator: “Beware, oh Pakistan”¦”
Crowds: “Beware, oh Pakistan”¦”
Demonstrator: –¦of the soldiers of Taliban.”
Crowds: –¦of the soldiers of Taliban.”
He’s got them into such a hypnotic rhythm at this point, he could say “Brought to you by Nabisco,” and they might go for it. But no, it gets worse, with an Islamic battle cry invoking Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews of Khaybar, and promising more Khaybars to come:
“Khaybar, Khaybar, Oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad Is Returning”
Demonstrator: “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews”¦”
Crowds: “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews”¦”
Demonstrator: –¦the army of Muhammad is returning.”
Crowds: –¦the army of Muhammad is returning.” [“¦]
Sheikh Munir Al-‘Aydi: “This blessed man, Osama, Allah’s mercy upon him, has given his money and his soul for the Jihad for the sake of Allah. At a time when real men are few, he united the nation around monotheism. Allah’s mercy upon you, oh Osama. You were good in your life, and you were good in your death. That man Osama thwarted the American plan in this region, and did what no man has ever done before, especially in our times. He is not a man like all men. He is a man who was true to the pledge he made before Allah.
“That is the man who said: ‘I pledge before Allah that America and its people will enjoy no security before we enjoy true security in Palestine.’ He was always devoted to the land of Palestine. He was always devoted to the liberation of the holy places. He was always devoted to the instating of the law of Allah. [“¦]
“Today, this proud lion has been dumped in the sea by the country of heresy and prostitution, America. They wanted him dead or alive. [“¦]
“That is the man who brandished his weapon to fight the enemies of Allah. He led the Global Front for Jihad against America and its allies, the worshippers of the cross. He rightfully earned the title of the imam of our times.”
Sheikh Munir Al-‘Aydi: Bin Laden Is “The Man Who Shattered the Crosses”
In that, they make him sound like the Jesus of Islamic eschatology. And it goes on like that….