memri

September 7, 2004
Clip No.
246

Egyptian Islamist Justifies Iraq Abductions and Hostage Murders

The following are excerpts from an interview with Muntasir Al-Zayyat, attorney for the Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya in Egypt:

Al-Zayyat:Foreigners who enter Iraq, whatever their nationality, must bear the consequences under these conditions. Exceptional and unnatural circumstances lead to unnatural results. Therefore, whoever sets foot on the land of Iraq, must bear in mind that he exposes himself to dangers.

Taking hostages or kidnapping people who help the occupying enemy is a legal action, and there is no dispute about this either in Islamic law or international law.

An Arab or Muslim doesn't have immunity just because it said that he is an Arab or Muslim under "religion" in his identity card or passport. He has no immunity. His actions determine whether he is an Arab and whether Arab blood flaws in his veins. If it was proven, as reported, that the Egyptian spy, Egyptian captive, or the hostage who was slaughtered threw laser signals for the American forces, so they could crush the centers (of resistance), then the divine ruling in his matter is that he must be killed, slaughtered, and it cannot be claimed that this is a captive who shouldn't be killed.