Saturday, March 14, 2009

Osama says Arab leaders 'complicit' with Israel over Gaza

Updated at: 2232 PST, Saturday, March 14, 2009

DUBAI: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused some Arab leaders of being "complicit" with Israel during its devastating offensive in Gaza, in an audiotape broadcast by an Arab news channel on Saturday."It has become clear that some Arab leaders were complicit with the Crusader Zionist alliance against our people. These are the leaders that America calls moderate," said bin Laden, without however singling out any leaders."The countries of the Muslim world from Indonesia to Mauritania are divided into two: Some of them are crooked, while others are even more crooked," he added, in excerpts of the tape aired by the Doha-based satellite channel."The Holocaust of Gaza amid a long siege is an important historical event that confirms the importance of distinguishing between Muslims and hypocrites," said the Al-Qaeda leader, who carries a 25 million dollar US bounty on his head.He called on jihadists to "liberate" Iraq from the US army and then launch attacks on Israel from Jordan."The road to the liberation of Gaza needs real, sincere, independent, strong and honest leaders who are on top of major events," he said. Bin Laden suggested compiling a list of people "whose efforts serve our enemies" and said committees should be formed in Muslim countries to raise awareness among citizens. He did not elaborate.The audio tape, whose authenticity could not be verified, was the second by bin Laden in two months in which he has focused on the Gaza offensive.

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