Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Bin Laden: The Israel Connection
I’m no conspiracy theorist but I can’t help thinking there’s something fishy about the United States claiming to have killed Osama bin Laden and then dumping the body in the sea while claiming they have acted in accordance with Islamic law.
Muslim clerics said Monday that Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition.Bin Laden’s "burial" at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs”, said Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning.
A number of senior Islamic scholars interpreted it as a humiliating disregard for the standard Muslim practice of placing the body in a grave with the head pointed toward the holy city of Mecca.
Meanwhile, Hamas chief Ismail Haniya hailed bin Laden as “a holy warrior”.
Despite Hamas’ support of bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and the continued and repeated terrorist attacks against Israel, the Obama Administration continues to regard them as a partner for peace in the Middle East. The agreement of Hamas last week to create a unity government for Palestine with the Fatah party means the leadership of the Palestinian Authority is composed of people who deny Israel’s right to exist and refuse to renounce violence against Israel. It is these people to whom the UN and the US want to hand over the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Israel Today reports that Israel has congratulated America on finally catching up to and eliminating bin Laden, and noted that the targeted killing was very reminiscent of Israeli counter-terror operations for which Israel is so often criticised.
Israeli lawmaker Shaul Mofaz, head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, suggested that in future the US refrain from criticism when Israel takes such action in the future.
Mofaz noted that the strategy of assassinating terrorist leaders had been first adopted by Israel following the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, in which nine Israeli athletes were abducted and executed by Palestinian terrorists.
Since then, Israel has repeatedly targeted and eliminated the heads of various Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas in Gaza. Each time, Israel has been harshly criticized by the international community, even its allies in Washington.
Israeli media outlets said that the way Obama chose to go after bin Laden validates Israel’s policy of targeted killings.
While bin Laden was America’s primary target in its war on terror, there was an Israel connection.
Bin Laden and his top deputies have made repeated references to the Palestinian Arabs and pledged their support to the goal of defeating Israel, along with America. Various terrorist cells in Israel and especially in the Gaza Strip claim to be working under the banner of Al Qaeda.
A detainee report from the American prison in Guantanamo Bay revealed that a senior Al Qaeda terrorists held there had raised funds for terrorist attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets.
There are also concerns that terrorist organizations will try to retaliate for bin Laden’s death by attacking American targets in Israel. Israeli security forces have accordingly gone on high alert.