Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK

02:09 , 05.31.11


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Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK

Iranian Ayatollah endorses evil: Radical religious cleric known as President Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor says attacks on Israeli civilians permissible, suicide bombings a Muslim duty
Dudi Cohen

 Evil words in Islamic Republic: A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.


Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic's most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim, a special paper by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows.



The senior cleric was responding to a question from a follower regarding the difference between "martyr's death" and "suicide." The man, who wrote anonymously, noted that "some people say that martyrdom operations are considered suicide and that they are haram (forbidden) because they contradict Islam."

President Ahmadinejad (Photo: AFP)


In response, Mesbah expressed his regret that his follower has fallen victim to "propaganda of the enemies of Islam." He added that the follower was wasting his time instead of focusing on "uprooting the Zionist regime."


"When protecting Islam, the Muslim people depend on martyrdom operations. It not only is allowed, but even is an obligation," Mesbah wrote.


The follower presented another question regarding Islam's position on harming Israelis, wondering whether Hamas and Jihad actions against Israeli civilians are forbidden. He also asked: "How about the Israeli children killed in such attacks?"


The Iranian Ayatollah did not see fit to forbid the killing of children, only noting that Israelis can be harmed unless they openly express their objection to their government's position. He added that even in such cases, harming civilians is permissible if "they are used as human shield and fighting the aggressors depends on attacking those civilians."


Beyond these insights, the cleric did not offer further instructions and failed to censure the killing of children.


Notably, for the followers of Mesbah, his words are considered as a binding religious edict. On several occasions in the past, Iranian President Ahmadinejad also spoke in favor of "martyrdom acts."





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Comment by Sassan K. on June 1, 2011 at 9:16am
Comment by Bryan B on June 1, 2011 at 1:12pm
On the bright side we are reminded by these of how lucky we are to live in a part of the world where this kind of thing is unacceptable. Is it any wonder we hold religion with so much contempt.
Comment by james d on June 1, 2011 at 1:30pm


the christian right in the usa is trying very hard to set america up as a theocracy, don't assume for one moment that sanctioned killings won't happen, ask the doctors of abortion clinics the 'faithful' have already killed... arrogance is unbecoming in every form...

Comment by Sassan K. on June 1, 2011 at 2:52pm
@james, nonsense. We have our constitution and Christianity has become mostly benign and secular in comparison to Islam; you can't compare the two and to try to equate them together is inaccurate and based on having blinders on
Comment by james d on June 1, 2011 at 3:28pm


the constitution is under attack from every angle at this point and as we see the resolve to keep the separation erode, as it is more and more each year, and as the religious right continues to rewrite history and promote the view that the writers of the declaration were christian and that the usa is actually a christian nation, not secular, i believe we shall see more and more religious persecution take place on secularity in america. <i doubt that is a word, but it sounds good>

i don't see the religious right in america as benign at all as they continue to push their "persecuted" church message on those who want to uphold the constitution which guarantees the separation in the first place. the benign christians in america, your words, not mine, condone murder, suspend charter rights in schools and civic buildings around the nation. Unless this trend stops, and is brought back to where it needs to be which provides equality for all and promotes NO religious activity, the slide to theocracy will continue. the fact that atheists are persecuted for standing up to prayer at a school function shows the level of intolerance that permeates america today. it will only become worse unless the constitutional battles are won!

just my opinion, and i don't have blinders on as i am not a horse :D




Comment by Sassan K. on June 1, 2011 at 4:09pm
Burn a Bible, a Christian shrugs their shoulders. Burn a Quran, your head may be cut off.
Comment by james d on June 1, 2011 at 5:27pm

you are missing the point i am making... and for almost hundreds of years, from the 1200's until the 1800's, christians burned heretics and dissenters so your example means nothing to me as history has proven that radicals of both faiths are capable of extremely violent reaction to offense.

they may not be doing it now, but, as i have stated, the slide is starting.

Comment by james d on June 1, 2011 at 5:35pm
sorry about that ugly sentence!! it should read... for hundreds of years...
Comment by Sassan K. on June 2, 2011 at 8:19pm
It won't go backwards. That's my point james, we're in the 21st century now and we in the west have been able to progress while the Muslim world has not!
Comment by james d on June 2, 2011 at 11:52pm


from the second link i offer a few thoughts on this..


Anyone even moderately familiar with Islamist ideology knows that it allows for absolutely no national allegiance. The notion that some American Muslims could become radicalized should have been a concern since 9/11—nearly a decade ago, not two years ago.


More significantly, the fact that Americans are being radicalized not only bodes ill for U.S. security; it also suggests that American efforts in the Muslim world are doomed to failure.


as i see it, the us must be aware of allowing these radicals of any faith access to the constitution... we may live in the 21st century, but quickly the nation is being brought backwards by the religious right.


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