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Sunday, April 11, 2004

April 9, 2004

ARAFAT'S POLITICAL ADVISOR BASSEM ABU SHARIF ACCUSED THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT OF INTENDING TO ASSASSINATE ARAFAT DIRECTLY OR VIA AN AGENT, AND WARNED THAT HARMING ARAFAT WOULD CAUSE AN EARTHQUAKE ALL OVER THE WORLD. (AL-QUDS AL-ARABI, LONDON, 4/9/04)

IN AN EDITORIAL, THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT DAILY AL-MASAA WROTE THAT THERE WAS NO ESCAPING BUSH'S DOWNFALL IN THE COMING ELECTIONS. (AL-MASAA, EGYPT, 4/8/04)

AN EDITORIAL IN THE JORDANIAN OFFICIAL DAILY, AL-DESTOUR, SAYS THAT BAGHDAD WHICH IS FORTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF ITS INHABITANTS SINCE THE FIRST CRIMINAL OCCUPIER HAS CROSSED THE RIVER HAS REJECTED THE OCCUPATION. THE EVENTS IN FALLUJAH, RAMADI AND OTHER IRAQI CITIES IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE WHICH THE OCCUPIERS UNDERSTAND. (AL-DESTOUR, JORDAN, 4/9/04)

HAMAS LEADER IN GAZA SA'ID SIYYAM SAID THAT HAMAS'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IS AN INTERNAL PALESTINIAN MATTER, AND THAT THE U.S. WILL NOT BE THE ONE TO DECIDE WHO WILL BE PART OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND WHO WILL NOT. (AL-QUDS, PA, 4/9/04)

JERUSALEM MUFTI 'IKRIMA SABRI CONDEMNED U.S. 'AGGRESSION AND MASSACRES' AGAINST IRAQ, SAYING: 'THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES, WHO CAME TO LIBERATE IRAQ, HAVE EXPOSED THEIR TRUE FACE, WHICH IS THE ROBBING, PLUNDERING, AND DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ.' (AL-QUDS, PA, 4/9/04)

April 8, 2004

AHMAD AL-JARALLAH, EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE KUWAITI DAILY AL-SIYASSAH BLAMES SYRIA AND IRAN FOR STIRRING TROUBLE IN IRAQ. HE SAID BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE CROSSED AMERICAN RED LINES, AND THAT MAY INVITE MILITARY ACTION. (AL-SIYASSAH, KUWAIT, 4/6/04)

A STATEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO ABD AL-AZIZ BIN MUQRIN, THE NEW LEADER OF AL-QA’IDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, AND PUBLISHED IN THE VOICE OF JIHAD, JUSTIFIED THE MUTILATION OF THE BODIES OF AMERICAN CIVILIANS IN FALUJA. IT SAID THE ACT REFLECTS THE VICIOUS CRIMES METTED TO PEOPLE OF FALLUJAH BY THE SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS. (AL-ZAMAN, IRAQ, 4/8/04)

THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL IS LOOKING INTO WHAT PURPORTED TO BE DECISIVE IRANIAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE RECENT VIOLENCE IN IRAQ. (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 4/6/04)

IRAN'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER KAMAL KHARRAZI DISCUSSED THE SITUATION IN IRAQ WITH IRAQI INTERIM GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER EBRAHIM JA'FARI AND SAID, 'BEYOND DOUBT, THE FUTURE OF IRAQ WILL BE QUITE BRIGHT AND PROMISING UNDER THE DIVINE GUIDANCE OF ISLAM.' (IRNA, IRAN, 4/7/04)
See also MEMRI's newest Special Dispatch:
Egyptian Professor at American University of Cairo Reacts to U.S. Reform Initiative & Claims there is "No Conclusive Proof'' Arabs & Muslims were Behind 9/11 - U.S. May be Responsible