An anchor on a Saudi television news channel this week implored her fellow Muslims to acknowledge that "we are the ones who gave birth" to the terrorists who committed recent attacks in Europe.
In a fiery three-minute address allegedly interrupting routine broadcast on Sunday, the Rotana Khalijiya TV anchor Nadine Al-Budair went to task against apologists who claim terrorists have no connection to Islam or Muslims.
In a clip of the broadcaster's speech translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al-Budair called for the Muslim world to stop "shedding their conscience" and start feeling a collective "shame."
"Whenever terrorism massacres peaceful civilians, the smart alecks and the hypocrites vie with one another in saying that these people do not represent Islam or the Muslims," she begins, adding: "Perhaps one of them could tell us who does represent Islam and the Muslims."
"It is we who blow ourselves up. It is we who blow others up," she charged.
Al-Budair pointed to the "abominable" suicide bombings that left dozens dead in Brussels on March 22, saying "it's time for us to feel shame and to stop acting as if the terrorists are a rarity."
"We must admit that they are everywhere, that their nationality is Arab, and that they adhere to the religion of Islam," she asserted.
She finished her oration urging religious leaders to take a stand and admit a correlation between the violent attacks and their faith-based teachings and rulings.
"Where are the sheiks of yesterday?" the newsreader asked. "Why don't they have the courage to declare that they are the ones who said that Jihad is obligatory, and who legalized political wars, using futile and disgraceful exeges which permit killing, enslavement and destruction?"
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