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April 20, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 2917

On Al-Jazeera TV, Calls for Jihad at a Kuwaiti Student Union Rally; Kuwaiti MP: 'The War Foretold By the Prophet Muhammad... Is Drawing Near... This Is a War Of Religion, Not Just a War Between Arabs and Israelis'

April 20, 2010
The Gulf | Special Dispatch No. 2917

At a rally of the Kuwaiti Student Union in support of the Palestinian cause, Kuwait poet Ahmad Al-Kandari led the crowd in chanting, "We are the soldiers of Hamas, and Jihad is our path." Kuwaiti MP Jama'an Al-Harbash told the crowd: "The war foretold by the Prophet Muhammad... is drawing near... this is a war of religion, not just a war between Arabs and Israelis"; Kuwaiti student leader 'Abd Al-'Aziz Dahi Al-Fadhli said "Today is the day for declaring Jihad... There is no path of reconciliation and negotiations – Jihad and Jihad alone"; and Kuwaiti Salafi leader Hamed Al-'Ali called to establish a Kuwaiti Hamas movement.

The following are excerpts from the rally, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on March 29, 2010.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memri.org/legacy/clip/0/0/0/0/0/0/2449.

Kuwaiti Poet: "We Are the Soldiers of Hamas, and Jihad is Our Path... We Will Never Recognize Israel"

Kuwait poet Ahmad Al-Kandari: "We call upon the Arab rulers to stop being naïve, to stop submitting [peace] initiatives, to stop tormenting the Palestinian people, to stop being so feeble and weak, and to support the mujahideen of Hamas, not [Mahmoud] Abbas, the traitor.

[...]

"I call upon everybody to repeat after me [sings]:

"The fortresses will never fall as long as our blood flows.

"The fortresses will never fall..."

Crowds: "As long as our blood flows."

Ahmad Al-Kandari: The fortresses will never fall…"

Crowds: "...As long as our blood flows."

Ahmad Al-Kandari: "We are the soldiers of Hamas, and Jihad is our path.

"We are the soldiers of Hamas, and Jihad is our path.

"Generation after generation – we will never recognize Israel.

"Generation after generation – we will never..."

Crowds: "...Recognize Israel."

Ahmad Al-Kandari: "We will never ever..."

Crowd: "...Recognize Israel."

Ahmad Al-Kandari: "Oh generation, strive for victory, and accept nothing less than victory. Tell the night about the men on the battlefront, who felled heresy with a deadly blow. We lay in wait, watching them advance, with a well-planned ambush ready for them. A voice arose: 'Kill them, inflict endless wounds upon them.'

[...]

"This is a message to the Zionists, the murderous, treacherous, and occupying Zionists, the Zionists who rob our history and steal our antiquities. Say to Zion: We have brought slaughter upon you, and we shall watch you dying. You will encounter our army of Al-Qassam, for whom death serves as a cloak.

[...]

"Say to Zion: 'We have brought slaughter upon you, and we shall watch you dying. You will encounter our army of Al-Qassam, for whom death serves as a cloak. We have turned your trickery back against you with soldiers who do not hesitate to slaughter you.' A voice arose: 'Kill them, inflict endless wounds upon them.'" [...]

Kuwaiti MP: "The War Foretold By the Prophet Muhammad... Is Drawing Near... This Is a War Of Religion, Not Just a War Between Arabs and Israelis"

Kuwait MP Jama'an Al-Harbash: "Allah willing, a war will be waged between us and them – the war foretold by the Prophet Muhammad: 'Judgment Day will not come before you fight the Jews – with them on the west bank of the river, and you on the east bank – and the trees and the stones will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.' This war is drawing near, Allah willing."

Crowds: "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad has begun its return. The army of Muhammad has begun its return."

Jama'an Al-Harbash: "That day draws near, my dear ones. As for the [Arab] regimes, the obstacles, the countries of surrender and appeasement, and those who have forsaken the holy places and the land, in their efforts to cling to their seats and pass them on [to their sons] – they will be trampled underfoot by the mujahideen.

"The promise of Allah is more true than theirs. The word of Allah is more true than theirs. The blood of the mujahideen is more true than their lies and deceit. This is a war of religion, not just a war between Arabs and Israelis, or a war between liberators and occupiers. This is an ideological war, an Islamic war, which will end in victory only under the banner of Jihad. The glory of this war will not be earned by Abu Mazen and the collaborators. It will be earned by the mujahideen." [...]

Kuwaiti Student Leader: "Today is the Day for Declaring Jihad"

Kuwait student leader 'Abd Al-'Aziz Dahi Al-Fadhli: "History has proven, ever since 1948, that peace with the sons of Zion is to no avail, and that the only option is the Islamic resistance and support for the Islamic resistance.

"We say to our Arab regimes: Today is the day of support for the resistance. Today is the day for declaring Jihad. There is no path of reconciliation and negotiations – Jihad, and Jihad alone.

[...]

"Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return!" [...]

Kuwaiti Salafi Leader: Establish Kuwaiti Hamas Movement; "Anybody With a 'Resistance Card' Is Welcome In Kuwait"

Kuwaiti Salafi leader Hamed Al-'Ali: "Why not establish a Kuwaiti Hamas movement? With Kuwaiti youth and Kuwaiti activists, it would be considered an extension of the resistance in Palestine. It would encourage this resistance and extend a hand from Kuwait to Palestine, so that everybody could unite around a single cause – the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"Dear brothers and sisters, mobilize the activists against the political institutions and politicians, and pressure them to re-open the offices of Hamas, not just in Kuwait, but through the Gulf. The Kuwaiti offices of Hamas and of other resistance factions should be open. Let them come here without visas. Why give in to American threats? Yes, let them come without visas. Anybody with a 'resistance card' is welcome in Kuwait, while anybody who fights the resistance is unwelcome in Kuwait." [...]

Little boy [singing]: "There is no god but Allah. Allah loves the martyrs. You have taught us what it means to be a man. All the money in the world will not make us forget." [...]

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