Islamic Leaders Blame Israel For Bombed Shi'ite Mosque
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Islamic leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini and Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah all blamed Israel for the bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Iraq last week.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 2/26/2006, 1:58 PM / Last Update: 2/25/2006, 9:04 PM
Though the mosque attacks have been attributed to Al-Qaeda, Moslem leader have blamed Israel and the United States.
"These heinous acts are committed by a group of Zionists and occupiers that have failed. They have failed in the face of Islam's logic and justice," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on Iranian state-controlled TV. "But be sure, you will not be saved from the wrath and power of the justice-seeking nations by resorting to such acts." He was answered by cries of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" from the crowd.
Khameini urged Shi'ite Muslims not to take revenge on Sunnis but instead to focus their anger upon the West. "There are definitely some plots to force Shi'ites to attack the mosques and other properties respected by the Sunnis," he said. "Any measure to contribute to that direction is helping the enemies of Islam and is forbidden by Sharia [Islamic law]." The Islamic leader declared a week of mourning in Iran due to the bombing.
"I tell the Americans, the Zionists and the criminals who committed yesterday's crime in Samarra that all your aims will fail," Hizbullah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah said at a rally of Lebanese Shi'ites south of Beirut Friday. "I tell them that the Muslim nation will not be torn apart - it will not fall for the tricks of the occupier."
In Pakistan, an Islamic leader blamed the attacks on India, in addition to the U.S. and Israel. Maulana Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, the head of a Pakistani Islamic group, said he was "praying fervently for another Hitler who should affect another and more powerful Holocaust against the nefarious, plotting and scheming Jews."