2 JUNE 2001, Page 26

What the Arab papers say

THE following are recent examples of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli incite ment in the Arab world.

[Insistently] for the second time, thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Although we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them was not enough.

The columnist Ahmad Ragab in the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar (25 April) The suicide bombings are a legitimate means through which the Palestinians fight the enemy. Their aim is to serve Allah. and, through them, they fight for Allah and for the Islamic faith and homeland. The attacks are the command of Allah.

Youssef Jamah, Palestinian Minister of Holy Sites, in an inteniew on Egyptian Television (29 April) [Jihad missions] embody the salvation from the occupiers of the pure and holy land, the accomplishment of freedom and the return of the dispersed Palestinians to their homeland. The Zionist entity is a cancerous entity and, therefore, there is no room for compromise with it.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah on Radio Nur (31 March) You have no place here, on the holy land of Palestine .. . You will never have secu rity in this place, not even on a single centimeter of this land. This is a call for every Palestinian to turn into a time bomb — to fight them with every means at your disposal.

Khalad Mashal. Hamas (Reuters, 16 February) Israeli society is a military society, and every person is either a soldier in the Israeli Army or a reserve soldier. This society must be intimidated, until they return to the countries from which they came. When they feel afraid and fearful, they will not feel secure in the country, and we must intimidate and frighten them.

Sheikh Youssttf Kardawi in Aljazira (11 April), in response to a question regarding attacks against civilians One of the most effective means against the enemies of the faith is to bring about disasters and attacks in their midst ... in other words, to cause killing and mutilation, and to sow panic in their midst. These actions strengthen the Muslims and their spirit, and breaks the morale of the enemies.

Sheikh Alshaibi, Head of the Faculty of Religious Studies, University Bin Saud, in the PalestMian Authority-controlled newspaper Al Hayat al Jadida (30 April) The figure of six million Jews cremated in the Nazi Auschwitz camps is a lie for propaganda.

Hiri Manzour, columnist for Al Hayat al Jadida (13 April, quoted in the Los Angeles Times)