In Advance Of Biden Visit, Iran-Backed Saudi Shi'ite Organization Threatens That Saudi Arabia Will Not Be Safe For Americans And Israelis

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July 10, 2022

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From July 15 to 16, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden is slated to make a historic visit to Saudi Arabia and arrive in the kingdom on a direct flight from Israel. It is believed that one of the aims of the visit is to promote the creation of a kind of regional NATO, to comprise Israel alongside Arab countries, in order to contend with the security threats to the region, first and foremost those posed by Iran. The visit takes place against a backdrop of numerous indications of an increasing warmth in the relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, among them a visit of Israeli journalists to the country.[1]

On July 7, 2022, in the context of the upcoming Biden visit and the visits of Israeli representatives to the kingdom, the Hizbullah Al-Hijaz organization released a statement in which it condemns the ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel and threatens that Saudi Arabia will not be a safe place for "our Zionist enemies and their master the Great Satan (the U.S., its president and its senior officials)."[2] The statement levels severe criticism at Saudi Arabia for hosting "enemies of the Islamic nation," the Jews and the Christians, especially during the period of the Hajj, and refers to the Saudi and the UAE regimes as "employees of the American regime and the Zionists."

The following are excerpts from the Hizbullah Al-Hijaz statement:

The organization begins by stressing the importance of the Islamic obligation to perform the Hajj and describes it as "the annual global Islamic gathering" in which the Islamic nation displays its strength to its enemies. However, the statement declares, "[Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed] bin Salman and the royal family and their regime have transformed the period when this tremendous Islamic event is held into an encounter between the enemies of the Islamic nation from among the Jews and the Christians on the land of the two most sacred mosques in Islam [in Mecca and Medina]. This is in preparation for the 'Crime of the Century' referred to as normalization, which is being promoted in the region by the young politicians like bin Salman [the head of the UAE, and Mohamed] bin Zayed, who receive salaries from the American regime and Zionists…"

Hizbullah Al-Hijaz asserts that, "our opposition and that of our Islamic people which is loyal to its religion, to this Saudi-American-Zionist policy, is derived from the verses in our Quran and the words of the Prophet and his family, peace be upon them.

"We call on our noble people to continue with the resistance to the Zionist presence in our country under false names such as tourism, coexistence, normalization, and openness and not to agree to a relationship with murderers of the prophets and occupiers of Jerusalem and Palestine, in any manner whatsoever…"

"Let us see to it that our country – its villages, its towns, its cities, its sites, its markets, and its streets – raises its voice and expresses its resistance and loathing of relations with them, and that the only way we relate to them will be to turn our backs on them and resist them…

"In the name of our noble Muslim people we assert that our country will not be an arena and a safe place for our enemies among the Zionists and their masters the Great Satan (the U.S., its president and its senior officials) and that they will enjoy no security on the territory of our country.

"People of the Arabian Peninsula will not sit idly by in light of the violation of our holy places, our country, and our resources and will continue to be a shield of loyalty for our Prophet…"

 

Hizbullah Hijaz is a pro-Iranian, militant Saudi Shi'ite organization established in eastern Saudi Arabia in May 1987 that is active in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain. In 2014, it was outlawed in Saudi Arabia and declared a terrorist organization.

In recent years the organization has released a few statements in which it threatens to take revenge on the U.S. and the Saudi regime. On March 13, 2022, it threatened revenge for the executions of several dozen Shi'ite operatives who had been accused of perpetrating terrorism in Saudi Arabia.[3]

In the past, the organization has also threatened to take revenge for the American assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 3, 2020. In a statement released on January 5, 2020, Hizbullah Hijaz called to banish the Americans from the region and to topple the Saudi regime.[4]

It should be noted that Hizbullah Hijaz is not the only Iran-backed organization that has threatened the planned Biden visit to Saudi Arabia. On June 25, senior members of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement described the Biden visit as "a message of war" and threatened to escalate its attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to what it describes as a violation of the ceasefire agreement that was reached between them and Saudi Arabia and the UAE under the auspices of the UN.[5]

 

[2] Al-abdal.net, July 8, 2022.

[3] For information about the executions, see MEMRI JTTM Report: Saudi Arabia Executes 81 'Terror, Capital Crime Convicts', Including Alleged ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Houthi Affiliates, March 16, 2022; and Al-abdal.net, March 15, 2022.

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