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SA cleric - 'Spreading Islam by the sword is at times justified' -Saudi 'researcher' "Jews and Neo Cons are responsible for terror in Saudi Arabia
February 10, 2005
Cox & Forkum illustrate the Saudi way of fighting terrorism.
MIM: The Saudi government is making a big show of hosting an international 'anti terrorism conference' from February 5th to 8th, which has attracted international participation including from the U.S., Britain, France and Germany.
Counter terrorism experts such as Memri researcher and writer Steve Salinsky, urged American officials not to participate. He is monitoring and writing about the conference on Front Page Magazine, and his Memri website has provided links to videos and special coverage of the conference.
The Saudi Arabian propaganda news website Al Yaqeen headlined its news about the conference thus:
"Terrorism is a result of a sick mentality and a deviant methodology. The kingdom strives to root out terrorism and debunk it's principals as well as it's wrong thoughts". http://www.ain-al-yaqeen.com/issues/20050204/feat1en.htm
Desperate to remove any mention of Islam and Muslims as being at the root of the problem, the Saudi have decided that the problem as the result of a "sick mentality'"and a "deviant methodology'. (!)
The Kingdom then announced that it "strives to root out terrorism and debunk it's principles as well as wrong thoughts". Judging from the Saudi cleric who recently proclaimed that "Spreading Islam by the sword is at times justified' and that "Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered", the "wrong thoughts" referred to by King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz (who organised and is hosting the conference), would mean the killing of Muslims together with infidels . The "deviant methodology" means the damaging of Saudi property carrying out religiously justified attacks against infidels.
"TERRORISM IS A RESULT OF A SICK MENTALITY AND OF A DEVIANT METHODOLOGY. THE KINGDOM STRIVES TO ROOT OUT TERRORISM AND DEBUNK ITS PRINCIPLES AS WELL AS EXPOSE ITS WRONG THOUGHTS."
For more on Saudi anti terrorism see:
Iron fist a bit soft in the head : Saudis fight terror while terrorists escape.
Saudomite Princes tackle terrorism : Abdul Aziz and Al Faisal launch fund for Security Men Victims of Terrorist Incidents"
MEMRI TV Monitor Project - Special Coverage of the Saudi Counter-Terrorism Conference and Jihad on Saudi TV http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD86005
The Saudi government is currently hosting an international counter-terrorism conference, scheduled from February 5-8. The conference is being attended by over 50 countries and several international organizations.
Since the advent of the TV Monitor Project, MEMRI has been monitoring incitement to Jihad on Saudi Arabian TV. These clips have been archived at http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=113.
During the past week leading up to and during the opening of the conference, Saudi government-controlled TV has continued to air programs and shows that incite their viewers to jihad and hatred of Christians and Jews. One example is a poem read in a pre-conference meeting in honor of Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan, who was in attendance, which was written and read by Saudi poet Mash'al Al-Harithi. The poem makes the claim that Osama bin Laden "was sent by the Jews." 
Other shows this week devoted to the conference have also blamed Jews for being the source of terrorism, including a TV interview on Saudi Channel 1 with Saudi researcher Suheila Hammad, who blamed Jews and "neo-cons" for terrorism. 
MEMRI has produced a compilation of clips from Saudi and Arab TV channels dealing with Saudi Arabia and Jihad. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=525.
The following are links to and descriptions of various other shows from Saudi TV:
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah's Speech at the Conference
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abd Al-Aziz gave a speech at the opening of the counter-terrorism conference. The speech aired on Channel 1 of Saudi TV on February 5, 2005. To view the clip, visit
Saudi Cleric Musa Al-Qarni: Spreading Islam by the Sword is, at Times, Justified
An interview with Saudi cleric Musa Al-Qarni was aired on Iqra TV on February 3, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=523.
Saudi Researcher Suheila Hammad: The Jews and Neo-Cons are Responsible for Terror in Saudi Arabia
Saudi journalist Suheila Hammad was interviewed on Channel 1 of Saudi TV on February 3, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=522.
Poem Fetes Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Sultan: The Jews are behind bin Laden
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan was serenaded with a poem at the opening of the Saudi counter-terrorism conference. The reading was aired on Saudi TV Channel 1 on February 1, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=518.
Saudi Terrorist Arrested in Iraq: I was Motivated by Pictures I Saw on Al-Jazeera TV and on the Internet
An interview with Basem Saleh Jamil Kassar, a Saudi terrorist who was arrested in Iraq. The interview was aired by Al-Fayhaa TV on January 22, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=503.
Saudi Cleric Sheik Sa'd Al-Breik: Jihad is Justified in Iraq, Not in the U.S.
An interview with Saudi cleric Sa'd Al-Breik was aired on Channel 1 of Saudi TV on January 27, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=516.
Saudi Cleric 'Aed Al-Qarni: Guiding the 'Brothers of Apes and Pigs' to Islam Tops Killing Them
A lecture by Saudi cleric 'Aed Al-Qarni was aired on Iqra TV on January 9, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=474.
Saudi Cleric 'Aed Al-Qarni: Throats Must be Slit and Skulls Must be Shattered - This is the Path to Victory
A lecture by Saudi cleric 'Aed Al-Qarni was aired on Iqra TV on December 26, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=445
Saudi Cleric Al-Fawzan: Jihad in Iraq an Individual Duty Incumbent Upon Iraqis
Saudi Cleric Al-Fawzan was interviewed by Prof. 'Abd Al-'Aziz Al-Fawzan, of Al-Imam University, Saudi Arabia, on Al-Majd TV on November 21, 2004. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=375.
Saudi Terrorist Plays with His Children
Footage of a Saudi terrorist playing with his children and with guns was captured in his home after he was killed by Saudi security forces, and was aired on Al-Ikhbariya TV on February 5, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=524.
Cleric Muhammad Hassan on the Heroes of Fallujah and Suicide Children
An interview with Cleric Muhammad Hassan was aired on Al-Majd TV on November 15, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=358.
Saudi Al-Majd TV Host Hisham Khreisat: Ramadan is the Month of Jihad
A monologue by Al-Majd TV host Hisham Khreisat on Ramadan was aired on Al-Majd on October 17, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=290.
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef ibn Abd Al-Aziz on Terrorism in Saudi Arabia
An address by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef ibn Abd Al-Aziz to members of the Saudi security forces was aired on Saudi TV Channel 1 on October 26, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=308.
Saudi Cleric Musa Al-Qarni: Education to Jihad and Conquering the World Not Sufficient
An interview with Cleric Musa Al-Qarni was aired on Iqra TV on October 29, 2004. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=339.
Terrorists Tell of Their Al-Qa'ida Experience on Saudi TV
Interviews with a Saudi Al-Qa'ida terrorist detained in Saudi Arabia were aired on Saudi TV Channel 1 on September 21, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=274.
Saudi Professor Ahmad bin Rashed Criticizes Arab Media for Lack of Support of Suicide Bombers
An interview with Dr. Ahmad bin Rashed bin Said, professor of political communications at King Saud University, was aired on Al-Majd on August 18, 2004. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=254.
A Cleric on Official Saudi TV: Al-Qa'ida Not the Main Perpetrator of 9/11
Saudi Cleric Dr. Sa'd bin 'Abdallah Al-Breik spoke about Al-Qa'ida's role in 9/11 on Saudi Arabia's Channel 1 on August 16, 2004. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=201.
Legal Advisor to Saudi Justice Ministry Sheik Abiqan: What's Happening in Iraq Is Not Jihad at All
Sheik 'Abd Al-Muhsin bin Nasser Al-'Abiqan, legal advisor for the Saudi Justice Ministry, spoke against terrorism on his weekly religious rulings show on the Saudi channel MBC TV on July 31, 2004. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=178.
Saudi Prince Khaled Al-Faysal on the Cultural Roots of Saudi Terrorism
Saudi Prince Khaled Al-Faysal, governor of 'Asir region in Saudi Arabia, was interviewed by Al-Arabiya TV on July 14, 2004 and talked about the ideological extremism that controls Saudi Arabia's educational system. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=153.
Liberal Saudi Journalist Turki Hamad on the Cultural Roots of Terrorism in Saudi Arabia
Liberal Saudi journalist Turki Hamad was interviewed on Dubai TV on June 27, 2004 by another well known Saudi journalist, Daoud Al-Shiriyan. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=130.
Saudi Sheik Saleh Al-Sidlan: The Terrorists Distorted the Religion of Islam
In his weekly religious ruling show on Saudi TV Channel 1 on June 23, 2004, Sheik Saleh bin Ghanem Al-Sidlaen blasted those responsible for recent terror attacks in Saudi Arabia. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=131.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abd Al-Aziz Gives Saudi Terrorists One Last Chance
On June 23, 2004, Channel 1 of Saudi TV aired a statement read by Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abd Al-Aziz on behalf King Fahd, in which he gave terrorists one last chance to surrender and repent. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=121.
Saudi Cleric, Dr. Muhammad Bin Suleiman Al-Mani'i, Forbids Killing Jews and Christians on Saudi TV
Saudi cleric Dr. Muhammad Bin Suleiman Al-Mani'i hosted a talk show on Channel 1 of Saudi TV which aired on June 20, 2004, in which he spoke out against killing Jews and Christians. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=116.
Saudi Sheikh Said Al-Qahtani on the Launching of Jihad in Islam
The Saudi-based religious TV channel Iqra TV conducted an interview on June 5, 2004 with Saudi Sheikh Said Al-Qahtani, who discussed Jihad in Islam. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=57.
Saudi Sheikh Dr. Ahmad bin Abd Al-Latif Allows Prayers for the Annihilation of Jews and Christians
Saudi Sheikh Ahmad Bin Abd Al-Latif, professor at Um Al-Qura University, appeared on a religious ruling program aired by Channel 1 of Saudi TV on May 24, 2004. During the show, a viewer asked whether prayers by imams in Saudi mosques for Allah to annihilate Jews and Christians are religiously allowed. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=87.
Saudi Sheikh Abdallah Al-Muslih on Suicide Bombings
On the May 20, 2004 episode of his Iqra TV show, Sheikh Al-Muslih brought evidence from early Islam to support his claim that while blowing oneself up is permitted on enemy land, it is forbidden in Muslim countries. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=93.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah: 'Zionism is Behind Terrorist Attacks in the Kingdom… I am 95% Sure of that'
In reaction to the May 1, 2004 terrorist shooting in the offices of an oil contractor in Yunbu', Saudi Arabia, in which seven people, among them two Americans, were killed, Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah ibn Abd Al-'Aziz stated that "the Zionists" were to blame. His statement was broadcasted on Saudi TV Channel 1. To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=52.
 Saudi TV Channel 1, February 1, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=518.
 Saudi TV Channel 1, February 3, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=522.
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST GLOBAL ANTI-TERRORISM CONFERENCE.
Nearly 300 delegates from about 49 countries including the US, Britain, France, Germany and Russia will participate in the first global anti-terror conference in Riyadh on Feb. 5-8.
The four-day event at the recently built King Abdul Aziz Convention Center will be opened by Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz.
Saudi Arabia, which has been hard-hit by terrorists since May 2003, sought to host the conference.
Discussions at the forum will focus on four topics root causes of terrorism, relationship between terrorism and drugs, the culture of terrorism and the relation between terrorism and arms smuggling/money laundering.
Osama Nogaili, director of Media Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the conference as non-political and does not aim to disseminate any official views of the Saudi government on terrorism.
The conference is a specialized scientific platform to exchange and explore various views on terrorism and how to combat this menace, he said.
The Kingdom has invited ministers and experts to discuss counterterrorism in this first ever conference, he said.
He said the Kingdom will also organize a two-week national campaign, the 13th of its kind on counterterrorism. It is focused on educating people, particularly the students highlighting the negative aspects of terrorism and ways to eliminate it.
Interior Minister Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz, in published remarks, said: We hope the level of representation in the conference will be high. It might be higher than the level of interior ministers.
Prince Naif said the Kingdom aims to show that it is working positively and effectively, in partnership with other countries, to combat terrorism and uproot it.
The international conference is one manifestation of the Kingdom's persistent efforts to combat this global scourge, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz had said in a message to more than 2.5 million Muslims performing the annual pilgrimage.
Brig. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the Kingdom has taken security measures to ensure the safety of the conference s participants.
The objectives of the four-day conference also are to highlight the relationships between terrorism, money laundering, narcotics, and arms smuggling.
The conference will identify the structural aspects of terrorist organizations, their composition and working patterns.
At the concluding session the conference will issue practical suggestions to support international efforts in fighting terrorism.
A number of heads of state and leaders of international organizations are expected to take part in the conference for exchange of information and experience and to foster cooperation.
Prince Turki Ibn Muhammad, undersecretary for political affairs at the Foreign Ministry, has invited to the conference nations that have suffered from terrorism and that all have agreed to take part in it.
Non-Arab Asian countries like Japan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and the Philippines are also expected to send their own delegates, who might also discuss the situations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kashmir and share their own experience in the fight against terror.
Prince Mohammed Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Governor of the Eastern region, will patronize on Saturday the national solidarity campaign against terrorism, which aims at combating terrorism and projecting horrors of terrorism and its destructive outcome in addition to the positive role of the security men in confronting terrorism.
Meanwhile, Prince Mohammed Ibn Fahd will open the publications show, due to be organized on the fringes of the campaign. A number of governmental authorities and companies will participate in the show.
Prince Fahd Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Tabuk Region stressed that the phenomenon of terrorism is dangerous for the world societies necessitating that all peoples should be united against it.
On the occasion of holding the International Conference for Combating Terrorism in the Kingdom on Saturday, he said that the Kingdom has been one of the countries suffering from terrorism and it was in the forefront of countries that called for international cooperation to combat terrorism.
Prince Fahd Ibn Sultan noted that the participation of more than 50 Islamic, Arab and friendly countries in the Conference clearly demonstrates the Kingdom's remarkable position in the world community.
He indicated that Islam is the religion of love, justice and peace.
Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs and endowments, called upon religious scholars, intellectuals, academics and writers to stand together with the government in its fight against terrorism and extremism.
"You have a great responsibility in enlightening the youth on confronting deviant thoughts," the minister said on the occasion of the international anti-terrorism conference in Riyadh and the nationwide anti-terror campaign.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Asheikh also urged all Saudis and expatriates to support security forces in their bid to defeat the "deviant group" from realizing its nasty goals. He was referring to Al-Qaeda terror network which has carried out a series of bombings and shootings across the Kingdom since May 2003 killing more than 100 people.
Crown Prince Abdullah is scheduled to open the four-day anti-terror conference on Saturday at the newly established King Abdul Aziz Convention Center in the capital. Delegates from 49 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, as well as representatives of several international organizations are expected to take part.
The conference, which underlines the Saudi government's call for joint international efforts to confront and root out terrorism, will discuss ways to eradicate the root causes of global terrorism and measures to help tackle money laundering as well as drug and arms smuggling.
Al-Asheikh revealed his ministry's programs in support of the nationwide anti-terror campaign. "We have set up a working team to carry out a variety of programs including lectures and seminars to educate the public on the danger posed by the deviant group," he said.
The minister also called upon scholars delivering Juma sermons to focus on such subjects as the importance of protecting non-Muslims living peacefully in an Islamic country and the need to stop corruption on earth and killing of innocent people. The khateebs or prayer leaders have also been advised to expose the terrorist group that creates division in the Islamic nation and commits horrendous crimes.
The ministry has instructed Islamic propagation centers in various parts of the country to hold special lectures and seminars on the occasion. The lectures will deal with topics such as the need to obey rulers, moderation in Islam, peace and justice in Islam and Islamic unity.
The ministry, which has prepared a number of special radio and television programs to air during the occasion, will also distribute booklets and cassettes enlightening the public on terrorism and extremism. It has set up a website on the Internet to enhance public awareness on terrorism and extremism.
Delegates from 49 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, as well as representatives of several international organizations will participate in the first global anti-terror conference in Riyadh from Feb. 5 to 8.
The Foreign Ministry has completed preparations for the conference that will highlight Saudi Arabia's efforts to combat terrorism.
The conference will discuss ways to eradicate the root causes of global terrorism and measures to help tackle money laundering as well as drug and arms smuggling.
The discussions will focus on four topics: Roots of terrorism; relation between terrorism and drugs; the culture of terrorism; and the relation between terrorism and arms smuggling and money laundering.
A number of heads of state and presidents of international organizations are expected to take part in the conference aimed at exchanging information and experience and fostering cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
"We have invited all countries that have suffered from terrorism to the conference and all have agreed to take part," said Prince Turki Ibn Muhammad, assistant undersecretary for political affairs at the Foreign Ministry.
The conference underlines the Saudi government's call for joint international efforts to confront and root out terrorism and address the reasons that lead to the spread of this dangerous phenomenon and freeze its financial sources.
The participants include 14 Arab countries including Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Jordan and Algeria and 14 non-Arab Asian countries including Japan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and the Philippines.
Leading international organizations participating in the event are the United Nations, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Arab League, European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union, Non-Aligned Movement and the Makkah-based Muslim World League.
The Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) condemned terrorism as a barbaric act that has no justification in Islam and only seeks to create tension between the Muslims and other people in the world.
In a foreword to the book "The Muslim World's Position Toward Terrorism," Dr. Abdullah Ibn Abul Moshin Al-Turki said terrorism is a tool being exploited by extremists to sow the seed of dissension, friction and hatred and to create tension among nations and people.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, thanked Dr. Turki and the Muslim World League for publishing such a book to clarify that Islam totally rejects terrorism and contradicts its teachings.
Dr. Turki said the world, including the Muslim community, has borne the brunt of terrorism but added that Islam's ability to curb the barbaric act and to foster peace has been remarkable.
In recent times, he said, major Islamic organizations, including the Muslim World League, the foremost among them, has stood up to fight terrorism and its purveyors.
"Terrorism is a perilous act of aggression against humanity," he added. He said that those who carefully study the two sources of the Islamic Law the Qur an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH), will discover that the Islamic doctrines do not propagate violence and any form of aggression without a just cause.
The book explained that terrorism is an outrageous attack on humanity, carried out by individuals, groups or states and includes all forms of intimidation, threats and killings without a just cause. Its main purpose is to terrify people by hurting them or endangering their lives, liberty and security.
Japan will take part in an international conference on ways to combat terrorism to be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2005.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Faisal Ibn Tirad Al Harthi, the Saudi Ambassador to Japan, said Japan confirmed its participation in an official letter to the hosts.
The Japanese delegation will be headed by Ambassador Shirota, who is head of International Cooperation Department of the Foreign Ministry in charge of combating international terrorism, the letter said.
Iran announced that it will participate in terrorism combating conference, due to be held in Riyadh on Feb. 5, 2005. The Iranian News Agency quoted a source at the Iranian embassy in Riyadh as saying that Ali Rabee'ei, the Advisor of the Iranian President, will represent Iran in the conference.
The conference aims at exchanging views on the phenomenon of terrorism as well as relations between terrorism and money laundering, and smuggling of weapons and drugs.
Fifty-one countries and nine international organizations, including the UN, Interpol and Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, will attend the four-day International Counter-Terrorism Conference in Riyadh next Saturday.
The conference, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represents a serious international effort on the Kingdom's part to delve into the multi-dimensional and trans-national problem of terrorism.
The participants will examine the root cause of terror, its relationship with money laundering and drug trafficking. Discussions will also center on ways of combating terrorism by identifying the link between terrorism and arms smuggling.
Workshops, where experts will interact and share their experience over four days, will underpin the recommendations to be announced at the end of the conference.
Experts in counter-terrorism, money laundering and security from many countries are scheduled to attend the conference. Ambassadors and security officials agree that terrorism is much more than a security problem and is a multi-dimensional phenomenon embracing political, socio-economic and cultural issues. However, none has defined terrorism and this promises to be a point of hot debate. Paying tributes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its initiative, British Ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles said: "The conference is of huge importance. First, because it is living proof that the struggle against terrorism and its causes is an international one, transcending countries and continents. Second, because it recognizes that terrorism cannot be cured by security measures alone. Third, because it recognizes the links between terrorism and other forms of transnational crime, such as drugs and arms smuggling, and money laundering. The British government applauds the Saudi government's initiative in recognizing all these trends and in launching such an important conference to address them."
TERRORISM IS A RESULT OF A SICK MENTALITY AND OF A DEVIANT METHODOLOGY. THE KINGDOM STRIVES TO ROOT OUT TERRORISM AND DEBUNK ITS PRINCIPLES AS WELL AS EXPOSE ITS WRONG THOUGHTS.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, have addressed the pilgrims of this year's Hajj season (1425H).
In a joint speech the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, urged Muslims to shun terrorism which they said meant "warring against God and His Prophet", to follow Islam's teachings of moderation and forgiveness and to unite.
"Terrorism is a result of a sick mentality and of a deviant methodology," King Fahd and Prince Abdullah said in the speech addressed to the pilgrims on the occasion of this year's Haj season.
"Terrorism is corruption on earth and aims at destruction and fighting God, His Prophet and Muslims ... and God promised the harshest punishment for corruptors," they said.
"The Kingdom combats terrorism in all its forms. It fights terrorism locally and condemns it internationally. The Kingdom strives to root out terrorism and debunk its principles as well as expose its wrong thoughts.
The Kingdom will abide by the religion and implement its rules. Our stand is based on the rules and principles of the Shariah. This is a firm stand that does not change with circumstances. Abiding by the Shariah is a clear attribute of the Kingdom's policy." they emphasized.
They said the Kingdom took the initiative to urge the international community to combat terrorism and it supported all the peace-loving countries in their endeavour to uproot terrorism. Combating terrorism requires international cooperation against the sheltering of terrorist elements and groups and to prevent them from exploiting the territories of countries they are living in as a staging point for their sabotage activities whatever the motives and pretexts, they added.
On the basis of its pioneering role in combating terrorism, the Kingdom has organized an international conference on combating terrorism. The 4-day conference will begin in Riyadh on Feb. 5, they pointed out.
MIM: Even in Washington Saudi officials tell the media that they Jews are behind the terrorism in Saudi Arabia
|Saudi Officials Reinforce Crown Prince Abdallah's Accusation that Zionists Are Behind Terror Attacks in Saudi Arabia|
|MEMRI June 3, 2004
At the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C. on June 2, 2004, U.S. and Saudi officials held a news conference to announce stricter Saudi government oversight of charitable organizations which have been accused of supporting terrorism.
The officials present at the press conference were Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign affairs adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah, E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and Juan Zarate, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Executive Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime, Treasury Department.
The officials were asked by the media about comments made by Crown Prince Abdallah in reaction to the May 1, 2004 terrorist attack in Yunbu, Saudi Arabia, in which seven people were killed. On the day after the attack, Crown Prince Abdallahstated at a gathering of Saudi dignitaries that "Zionists" were to blame: "This is seduction. You all know who is behind it all. Zionism is behind it. It has become clear now. It has become clear to us. I don't say, I mean\u2026 It is not 100%, but 95% [certain] that the Zionist hands are behind what happened. But I tell you that you can be 100% sure that, Allah willing, this country will be victorious, whoever the faction that turns against it may be. But we are convinced that Zionism is behind everything. This has been established, I am not saying by 100%, but by 95%." 
Adel Al-Jubeir responded to questions about the statement by comparing American critics of Saudi Arabia to Al-Qa'ida terrorists, and E. Anthony Wayne of the U.S. State Department also did not criticize Crown Prince Abdallah's remarks. The following are excerpts from the Saudi Embassy press conference, and other statements by high-ranking members of the Saudi royal family defending Crown Prince Abdallah's statement:
The Saudi Embassy Event
Question: "Crown Prince Abdallah, after the Yunbu attack, said that the Zionist elements were behind the attacks inside the kingdom. And U.S. Ambassador Oberwetter asked for a clarification with Prince Saud. He was told that the Saudis had evidence that radical Zionist elements were financing or may be financing some London-based dissidents who he believed are fomenting the attacks. Can you share with us what radical Zionist elements the Crown Prince and Prince Saud were referring to?
"And I'd also like to ask the gentleman from the State Department to tell us what the United States government makes of these comments by the Saudi leadership?"
Adel Al-Jubeir: "Well, it [inaudible] in expanding the comments, the individuals in the U.S. who have been very critical of Saudi Arabia, who have called Saudi Arabia the axis of evil or the kernel of evil, who have called for the dismemberment of Saudi Arabia, who have been in touch with Saudis in order to foment problems in Saudi Arabia, who have called for regime change in Saudi Arabia, who have called for the dismemberment of Saudi Arabia, that objective is not much different from Osama bin Laden's objective.
"And so the idea or the point made was that those who take that position share the same objective as bin Laden. And I'll leave it at that.
"Do you want to comment on it?"
E. Anthony Wayne: "Well, only to say that whoever is responsible for the terrorist attacks, we want to go after seriously, thoroughly, track them down, because we oppose terrorism around the world, whoever is carrying it out.
"We do distinguish between legitimate dissent and support for terrorism. And there is that clear distinction between that. But we are committed to tracking down terrorists, to bringing them to justice, to taking public and private actions against them to stop their activities."
Question: " Well, who are these elements who you're referring to, who are trying to foment instability within the kingdom - elements in the United States? Who are you talking about?"
Al-Jubeir: "I think you know who I'm talking about. It's been reported in a number of magazines. The individuals have been on television, saying so. And they've written in American publications. And as a journalist and a good investigative journalist, I'm sure you can find them." 
Prince Nayef: Zionism is behind Al-Qa'ida
On May 6, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef Abd Al-'Aziz told the Yemenite weekly September 26 that blaming Al-Qa'ida for attacks in Saudi Arabia does not contradict the words of Crown Prince Abdallah that the Zionists are behind these operations, because Israel and Zionism are behind Al-Qa'ida, which is responsible for all attacks in Arab countries. 
Prince Salman: 'These Acts Are Being Supported by Extreme Zionism'
On May 14, 2004, the Saudi royal family website Ain-Al-Yaqeen reported, "Prince Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh region, [said]: 'Those who desire to harm this country, especially in the light of the terrorist acts they have been committing and assuming themselves to be mujahideen, are in fact, the martyrs of a Satanic group, which is now engaged in defaming Islam.' He affirmed that the religion aims at uniting Muslims and at prohibiting any pretext for division and said that these acts are being supported by extreme Zionism whose aim is to limit the Islamic call." 
Prince Turki: The Jewish Lobby Takes Advantage of Terrorism to Damage U.S.-Saudi Ties
On May 14, 2004, the Saudi royal family website Ain-Al-Yaqeen reported that Saudi Prince Turki, the Saudi Ambassador to London and former Saudi intelligence chief, conducted an interview with Al-Akfar Magazine, in which he discussed the criticism of Crown Prince Abdallah's statement:
"\u2026 Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the United Kingdom and Ireland, was as usual very accurate in his diagnosis and in specifying all responsibilities when he told Al Afkar Magazine that the Jewish lobby, which has spread illusions and delusions far from the truth in the West, is the main obstacle facing our presentation of the Arab causes in a way that can prevent this lobby from hiding the truth, forging history and stigmatizing Arabs as terrorists, killers, and fanatics.
"Prince Turki said: '\u2026 Naturally some areas in Washington find it beneficial to use this situation to damage the strong existing relations between the U.S.A. and Saudi Arabia, and they have succeeded to a certain extent because of the enormous media that they possess, the huge lobby that serves their causes, and the events of September 11\u2026'" 
Adel Al-Jubeir on CNN: 'There's No Apology Necessary'
On May 13, 2004, CNN's Wolf Blitzer questioned Saudi foreign Affairs Advisor Adel Al-Jubeir about Crown Prince Abdallah's statements:
Blitzer: "Your Crown Prince Abdallah, he made a very controversial statement, as you well know\u2026 He was accusing Zionists of that most recent terror attack in Riyadh. On the basis of what?"
Al-Jubeir: "I believe, Wolf, if you look at the context of it, the point that he was trying to make is that there are people in the United States who have been very harsh when it comes to Saudi Arabia, have called for regime change in Saudi Arabia, have called for the dismemberment of Saudi Arabia, and whose - the objectives that they have called for are the same objectives as those shared by the terrorists.
"Osama bin Laden wants to destroy the Saudi state. Osama bin Laden wants to destroy the Saudi government. And so you should understand these comments in that context, that those who are most critical of Saudi Arabia in a very hostile way in the United States, as well as in Israel, share the same objective as Osama bin Laden and those who committed these acts\u2026"
Blitzer: "Is the crown prince, who's the effective leader of Saudi Arabia, equating Al-Qa'ida with Zionists?"
Al-Jubeir: "That's not what he was trying to say here. What he was trying to say is that the objectives of those people who have been most harsh toward Saudi Arabia are the same as the objectives of Osama bin Laden. It doesn't mean that they committed this crime."
Blitzer: "Because we listened closely to that tape and we had several Arab linguists listen precisely. And what he clearly said was that he believes 95% - not 100%, but 95% - that the people who undertook this most recent terror attack in Saudi Arabia was not Al-Qa'ida, but were Zionists."
Al-Jubeir: "\u2026 When you say behind them, it means supporting them intellectually. That doesn't mean financially. It doesn't mean that they put them up to it. It just means that they share the same objective\u2026"
Blitzer: "\u2026 Do you want to issue any sort of apology for the comments of your boss, the Crown Prince Abdallah?"
Al-Jubeir: "Why apology? I was explaining it to you. There's no apology necessary."
Blitzer: "Because of the impression that he left that for that most recent terror attack he was blaming Zionists."
Al-Jubeir: "Because, Wolf, what happens with Saudi Arabia, unfortunately, after 9/11 is anything that Saudi Arabia does or says is perceived with a lot of criticism.
"It's sort of, we are guilty until proven innocent. It should be the other way around. And so nobody cuts us any slack. And every little thing is exaggerated. Every little thing is inflated. I can look at statements by American officials. I can look at statements by officials of other countries that are outrageous and that have not solicited apologies from them or from anyone else. But when it comes to us, we're always the ones who have to apologize. I don't see a reason to do this here." 
 Saudi 1 Television, May 2, 2004. See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 706, May 3, 2004, 'Saudi Crown Prince on Yunbu' Attack: 'Zionism is Behind Terrorist Actions in the Kingdom\u2026 I Am 95% Sure of That.'
 Saudi Embassy website, June 2, 2004. Video: http://saudiembassy.net//Media/Webcasts/PressConference-06-02-2004.ram. Transcript: http://www.saudiembassy.net/2004News/Statements/TransDetail.asp?cIndex=426
 September 26 (Yemen), May 6, 2004.
 Ain-Al-Yaqeen (Saudi Arabia), May 14, 2004.
 Ain-Al-Yaqeen (Saudi Arabia), May 14, 2004.
 CNN: Wolf Blitzer Reports, May 13, 2004. http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0405/13/wbr.01.html
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