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Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: The Quran Tells Us To Drive the Jews Out Of Palestine In Its Entirety And To ‘Kill Them Wherever You May Find Them’
Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, one of Hamas’s leaders in Gaza, said that “removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle” appearing in the Quran, and said: “Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less.” Speaking on Al-Aqsa TV on March 8, Al-Zahhar advised Hamas and the Islamic Jihad never to mention the 1967 borders, as “this becomes like part of a joint plan.”
Saudi Columnist: The Future of Arabs and Muslims Will Remain Dark Unless They Subject Their Values And Heritage To A Critical Assessment
In an article titled “A Critical Look at the Past Is an Absolute Must,” posted on Alarabiya’s English-language website, Saudi columnist Mohammed Al-Shaikh wrote that the current rise of the radical right in the West is a reaction to violent Islamic extremism that espouses the values and culture of the past. He argued that the West discarded such backward ideas by subjecting them to logical critical thinking, and that the Arabs and Muslims will never move forward unless they do the same – namely renew their cultural beliefs using tools of logical criticism and confront the reasons that produced the culture of hate.
Fatah Official: We should launch popular resistance against Israel because what unites us is the struggle against it, not dialogue with itIn a March 21, 2017 article in the Palestinian daily Al-Quds, Fatah Central Committee member ‘Abbas Zaki wrote that nothing has changed since the 1967 defeat. Therefore, he said, Fatah must mobilize its tens of thousands of members and launch a popular resistance campaign against Israel, which all the other Palestinian factions will then join.
ISIS Claimed Responsibility For Attack In London
On March 23, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) news agency A’maq claimed responsibility on behalf of the organization for the attack that took place the day before outside the Parliament building in London. The notice, distributed on ISIS Telegram channels, read: “A security source to the A’maq agency: the perpetrator of yesterday’s attack in front of the British Parliament in London is a soldier of the Islamic State. He carried out the attack in response to [ISIS’s] calls to target the citizens of the states [participating] in the coalition [against ISIS].”
Palestinian-Jordanian Terrorist Ahlam Al-Tamimi To Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Mouthpiece: ‘As Long As They [The Zionists] Remain On Our Land, The Jihad Must Continue’
Following a March 20, 2017 decision by the Amman Court of Cassation to reject a U.S. request for her extradition, Palestinian-Jordanian Hamas terrorist Ahlam Al-Tamimi gave an interview, on March 22, 2017, to the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) mouthpiece Al-Sabil.
Boko Haram’s First Message In French Threatens Christians In West Africa
On March 17, 2017, the jihadi group Boko Haram, also known as the West Africa province of the Islamic State (ISIS), released a new video message by its leader Abu Bakr Shekau. The message also included an unprecedented message in French by a French-speaking African fighter, in which he threatens the Christians in the area.
Saudi Shura Council Member Ibrahim Al-Buleihi Criticizes Arab Society: All We Want Today Is To Regress Further
Saudi Shura Council Member Ibrahim Al-Buleihi said that Arab society has become “even more backward than it used to be.” Speaking on Rotana Khalijiyya TV on November 3, 2016, he said: “In the past, we did not create organizations like Al-Qaeda and Taliban. At least we had aspirations and dreams of change.”
by memri.org – march, 2017

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