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February 8, 2005 No.
860

MEMRI TV Monitor Project – Special Coverage of the Saudi Counter-Terrorism Conference and Jihad on Saudi TV

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 These clips have been archived at http://memritv.org/clip/en/113.htm.

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." [1]

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. [2]

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/clip/en/525.htm.

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

http://memritv.org/clip/en/521.htm.

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/clip/en/523.htm.

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/clip/en/522.htm.

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/clip/en/518.htm.

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/clip/en/503.htm.

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/clip/en/516.htm.

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/clip/en/474.htm.

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/clip/en/445.htm

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/clip/en/375.htm.

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/clip/en/524.htm.

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/clip/en/358.htm.

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/clip/en/290.htm.

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/clip/en/308.htm.

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/clip/en/339.htm.

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/clip/en/274.htm.

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/clip/en/254.htm.

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/clip/en/201.htm.

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/clip/en/178.htm.

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/clip/en/153.htm.

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/clip/en/130.htm.

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/clip/en/131.htm.

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/clip/en/121.htm.

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/clip/en/116.htm.

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/clip/en/57.htm.

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/clip/en/87.htm.

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/clip/en/93.htm.

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/clip/en/52.htm.


[1] Saudi TV Channel 1, February 1, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/clip/en/518.htm.

[2] Saudi TV Channel 1, February 3, 2005. To view the clip, visit http://memritv.org/clip/en/522.htm.