Iranians chant 'Death to Israel', 'Death to America' during Hajj

December 18, 2007 19:13


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Millions of Muslims marked the zenith of the annual hajj Tuesday by standing in the presence of God on this desert mount, where in Muslim tradition Adam and Eve were reunited after leaving Eden. Several hundred Iranian pilgrims held their own vigil in their section of the vast tent city where pilgrims are housed, calling on Muslims to unite against the US and Israel which "dominate the Muslim world." "They are hatching plots in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan and pitting one section of Muslims against the other," Ayatollah Mohammadi Reyshahri said, reading the statement. A few at the gathering shouted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and "There is no god, but God. America is the enemy of God. There is no god but God, Israel is the enemy of God." But there was none of the fistshaking that marks such chants at rallies back home in Iran - a nod to the hajj's spirit against aggressiveness, arguments and disputes.

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