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Khartoum, Sudan - Islamist Leaders Vow Unity Against Israel

Published on: November 15, 2012 01:14 PM
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (L) talks with Sudanese President Omar Bashir (3-L) and Tunisian Islamist Ennahda party leader, Rached Ghannouchi (2-R) during the opening session of the 8th general conference of the Sudanese Islamic Movement, in Khartoum, Sudan, 15 November 2012. The opening of the three-day conference was attended by leading Islamic figures including Tunisian Islamist Ennahda party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.  EPA/STREgypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (L) talks with Sudanese President Omar Bashir (3-L) and Tunisian Islamist Ennahda party leader, Rached Ghannouchi (2-R) during the opening session of the 8th general conference of the Sudanese Islamic Movement, in Khartoum, Sudan, 15 November 2012. The opening of the three-day conference was attended by leading Islamic figures including Tunisian Islamist Ennahda party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.  EPA/STR

Khartoum, Sudan - At a conference that drew a roll-call of the Islamist leaders who have gained influence in the wake of Arab Spring revolts, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal won a noisy welcome and pledges of support on Thursday.

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A day after Israel assassinated Hamas’s top commander in the Gaza Strip in a new offensive, hundreds of delegates at the conference in Sudan burst into applause and cheers as Meshaal, dressed in a suit and open-necked shirt, entered Khartoum’s hangar-sized Friendship Hall.

“Khaybar, Khaybar,” the crowd chanted as Meshaal shook hands with other Islamist leaders, in a reference to a battle in Arabia where the Prophet Mohammad and his followers defeated Jewish defenders in the 7th century. “The army of Mohammad has started to return.”

Although most attendees were Sudanese, some came from as far as Indonesia and Senegal.

Among the delegates were the leaders of the Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia that have come to power through the ballot box in the wake of the Arab Spring, a regional shift towards the Islamists that has also helped embolden Hamas.

Israel has bombed targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip for two days, saying its attack is in response to escalating missile strikes from Gaza. Fifteen Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in the flare-up.

Condemnation of the Israeli offensive has been led by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, from the now dominant Muslim Brotherhood.

The head of the Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, told the conference in Khartoum: “The blood of our brothers who were martyred yesterday, just yesterday, in Palestine, in Gaza, this is what waters the tree of Islam.”

Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda party, said: “In truth, the mother of the revolutions was the blessed Palestinian revolution.”

Tunisia was the first Arab Spring country where a long serving strongman was unseated through popular protest.

Sudan’s own Islamist government, headed by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, came to power in a 1989 coup. Vice President Ali Osman Taha said Israel had no respect for international law. “This madness is a danger to international peace,” he said.

Last month, Sudanese officials blamed an Israeli air strike for a blast at an arms factory in Khartoum that killed four people. Israel has not commented on the accusations, but Israeli officials have accused Sudan of funneling weapons from Iran to Hamas in Gaza.

Meshaal, who spoke just before Bashir, was greeted with chants of “Hamas, Hamas, Hamas” as he climbed onto the stage, flanked by two bearded, thickset bodyguards. Hamas has refused to recognize Israel or renounce violence.

“Our enemy is your enemy,” Meshaal said, interrupted several times by cheering and chanting. “Our hands are with you.”


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 Nov 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Wow !!! What a threat coming from the armpit of the world!!!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 02:25 PM Liepa Says:

One bomb on this gathering. I assure you, none of them will be a loss to the world!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM ctlc@aol.com Says:

Liepa, you hit the nail on the head!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM Realistic Says:

I wonder if the attack in Sudan had anything to do with provoking Hamas to start shooting again. I still believe that Netanyahu was interested in escalating this so he shouldn't look like a weakling comes elections.

Can anyone comment on this.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM Liepa Says:

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Realistic Says:

I wonder if the attack in Sudan had anything to do with provoking Hamas to start shooting again. I still believe that Netanyahu was interested in escalating this so he shouldn't look like a weakling comes elections.

Can anyone comment on this.

You're pretty naive, if you believe your own posting!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM Materetsky Says:

Reply to #4  
Realistic Says:

I wonder if the attack in Sudan had anything to do with provoking Hamas to start shooting again. I still believe that Netanyahu was interested in escalating this so he shouldn't look like a weakling comes elections.

Can anyone comment on this.

I do not believe he would risk Jewish lives for political reasons.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Realistic Says:

I wonder if the attack in Sudan had anything to do with provoking Hamas to start shooting again. I still believe that Netanyahu was interested in escalating this so he shouldn't look like a weakling comes elections.

Can anyone comment on this.

Yes, I could comment!
You're an IDIOT!!!!!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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Realistic Says:

I wonder if the attack in Sudan had anything to do with provoking Hamas to start shooting again. I still believe that Netanyahu was interested in escalating this so he shouldn't look like a weakling comes elections.

Can anyone comment on this.

Hamas does not need any provocation to shoot. It s an irrational entity with the single minded desire to kill Jews.

The attack on Sudan had the same purpose as Amud Anan: to deny the ability of Hamas to indescriminantly attack the Israeli civilian population - something no civilized nation does.

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