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Monday, July 05, 2004

Europe has "only a few more days to accept bin Laden's truce"

"Muslims in the West should depart to Muslim states"
DUBAI (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-linked group has vowed to renew attacks on Europe and has urged Muslims to flee once Osama bin Laden's three-month truce ends on July 15, two Arabic-language newspapers have reported.

"To the European people ... you only have a few more days to accept bin Laden's truce or you will only have yourselves to blame," said the statement purported to be from the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades which claimed responsibility for the March 11 train bombings in Spain.

Al Qaeda leader bin Laden, in an audiotape on April 15, extended a truce to Europeans if they withdrew troops from Muslim nations. He said the offer not to attack Europe would last three months.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the new statement, parts of which were published by London-based newspapers Asharq al-Awsat and al-Hayat on Friday. The dailies said the letter was dated July 1 but did not say how they obtained it.

"Muslims in the West should depart to Muslim states if they can," the letter said.

"Those who cannot should take precautions and live in Muslim areas, have enough food to last a month, find ways to protect themselves and their families, leave enough money in the house to last one month or longer and to pray a lot and put their fate in God's hands," it added.

The statement said attacks would continue until the United States freed Muslim prisoners, ended its war on Islam and until "all Muslim land, including Jerusalem and Kashmir, is cleansed of the stain of Jews, Americans and Hindus".

This business of instructing Muslims to flee to get out of the way is very reminiscent of 1947-1948, is it not?
"The Arab governments told us: Get out so that we can get in. So we got out, but they did not get in." - from the Jordan daily Ad Difaa, September 6, 1954

"It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the refugees' flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem." - Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station, Cyprus, April 3, 1949

"The Arab States encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies." - Falastin (Jordanian newspaper), February 19, 1949

"We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down." - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said, quoted in Sir Am Nakbah ("The Secret Behind the Disaster") by Nimr el Hawari, Nazareth, 1952

". . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down. - Habib Issa, Secretary General of the Arab League,in the newspaper Al Hoda, June 8, 1951

Don't you feel another UN Agency for Arab refugees coming on? Arabs displaced from Eurabia. Watch, they'll keep the keys to their houses, and our children will see their children rioting for their "right to return" to Madrid, Paris, London . . . .

Um and Abu Yousef, Palestinian refugees, living in Jordan hold keys to their house in pre-1948 Palestine at the al-Hussein refugee camp in Amman, June 20, 2004. United Nations is marking on Sunday the World Refugee Day with the theme 'A Place to Call Home' by calling on countries to resettle millions of refugees, especially from Africa and Asia. Jordan is home to 1.7 million Palestinian refugees. Picture[s] taken June 14, 2004.
REUTERS/Majed Jaber

I missed this the first time I read the Reuters piece. The terrorists' statement (purportedly from the Madrid/March 11 bombers) includes this very polite one-liner:
". . . do not blame us for what will happen, and we apologise to you in advance if you are among those killed."