In his latest tape to be released, Osama bin Laden has called for all out jihad to liberate “palestine” from Israel. This is just another attempt to shore up support for a failing al Qaeda in Iraq, which has been bested by the United States Armed Forces, and is being hunted and exterminated by the fledgling and improving Iraqi Armed Forces.
CAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden released a new message on Sunday denouncing Arab leaders for sacrificing the Palestinians and saying the head of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah did not really have the strength to take on Israel.
In his second audio message in three days focusing on the Palestinians, the al-Qaida leader said the only way to liberate Palestine is to fight the Arab regimes that are protecting Israel. And he called on Muslim militants in Egypt to help break the blockade of Gaza.
Bin Laden said Muslims should ignore the Islamic prohibition against raising arms against fellow Muslims, claiming it was legitimate to rise up against leaders who are not governing according to Islamic law. Those leaders, he said, came to power “either by a military coup or with backing from foreign forces.”
“Those (Arab) kings and leaders sacrificed Palestine and Al-Aqsa to keep their crowns,” bin Laden said, referring to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s holiest sites. “But we will not be relieved of this responsibility.”
His 22-minute audiotape was posted on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida leaders have issued past statements. The voice sounded like bin Laden’s, although the authenticity of the tape could not be independently verified.
Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri frequently attack Arab leaders as traitors and sellouts. But they are increasingly focusing on the Palestinian issue in recent messages, aiming to increase their appeal to an Arab public widely sympathetic to the Palestinian plight.
Bin Laden’s last audio message, released Friday to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel’s establishment, vowed to continue what he called al-Qaida’s struggle against the Jewish state.
With his denunciation of Arab leaders, bin Laden portrayed himself as the true defender of the Palestinian cause.
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