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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
MK Ibrahim Sarsour (United Arab List-Ta’al) said on Tuesday that the “murder of
Sheikh Osama bin Laden” might be motivated by the “launch of US President Barack
Obama’s campaign for his second term in office.”
“Mixing Arab and Muslim
blood with [political] campaigns in the United States and Israel is no longer
exceptional,” wrote Sarsour, who also heads the southern “moderate” faction of
the Islamic Movement, in a lengthy statement in Arabic.
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“Anyone who has
followed the cycle of blood and elections in the American-Israeli culture in the
past 10 years will see it clearly and without doubt. I could not rule out the
possibility that the murder of bin Laden is not the launch of Obama’s election
campaign for his second term, especially in light of the fact that the
Republican majority in Congress is lying in wait against his domestic and
The MK added that the assassination of bin Laden
should raise questions about what pushes al-Qaida and other jihadist
organizations to become so extreme. Sarsour suggested that the radical groups
are merely the symptoms of a disease caused by oppression and subjugation of
Arabs and Muslims, “especially in relation to Palestine and
Sarsour called on the US to completely withdraw from
Afghanistan and Iraq, work toward establishing a Palestinian state with full
sovereignty, and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian national soil, including
Jerusalem, and not to hinder popular revolts in the Arab world.
comments did not come as a surprise to MKs on the right.
Laden proved the direct connection between [Iranian President Mahmoud]
Ahmadinejad, the leadership of the Israeli Arabs and al-Qaida,” MK Danny Danon
(Likud) said. “MKs who support al- Qaida and Hamas belong behind bars and not on
the benches of the Knesset.”
Also on Tuesday, two other members of
Sarsour’s Knesset faction paid their first visits to Egypt since the fall of
president Hosni Mubarak. MKs Ahmed Tibi and Taleb a-Sanaa, together with
MK Muhammed Barakei (Hadash), arrived in Cairo to participate in an annual
conference in memory of PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
The conference had been
scheduled for two months ago, but was delayed due to the protests that swept
Egypt at the time.
The visiting MKs reported that they found Cairo a
freer city than in the past.