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Palestinians hail Saddam, burn U.S. flags in Gaza protest

By Haaretz Service and Reuters
Hundreds of schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip Thursday hailed Saddam Hussein and protested against the American assault on Iraq, as strong condemnation of the U.S. action was heard as across the Muslim Middle East.

In the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun early Thursday, about 700 Palestinians, most of them school children, waved Iraqi flags and posters of Saddam Hussein and burned two U.S. flags after the attack in Iraq.

Among the slogans they shouted were "Death to America, death to Bush," and "We will sacrifice our soul and our blood for Saddam."

Word of the U.S. attack came as the Egyptian faithful were responding to the first of five daily Muslim prayers. Some worshippers gathering at mosques in the capital an hour or so before the sun rose said they had been up watching the news on television.

"God, you are almighty, you are capable of turning this [war] against" the Americans, said Bashir el-Afesh as he finished his prayers in Cairo.

Kamal Abou Ayta, an Egyptian political activist who has organized anti-war protests in Cairo, called the attack "illegitimate."

"I believe that American soldiers whenever they step on Iraqi soil, they will
be defeated," Abou Ayta said in an interview. "I am sure of that."

Egyptian newspapers planned extra editions Thursday. In the Lebanese capital, papers pushed back deadlines to include war news and appeared on newsstands. Early morning anti-war protests where reported at Cairo University and Al-Azhar University - at the latter, a venerable Islamic institution in Cairo, students chanted: "Patience, patience, oh Bush, tomorrow the Muslims will dig your grave."

Shortly after the attack, the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, where the U.S. war command center is located, urged Americans to avoid crowds and demonstrations as part of "prudent steps to ensure their personal safety in the coming days."

In Iran, the nation's top diplomat called America's military attack on Iraq "unjustifiable and illegitimate," and elsewhere Arabs angry at what they saw as an assault on fellow Arabs predicted the United States would ultimately be defeated.

After fighting an eight-year war against Iraq, Iran is no friend of Saddam. But Iran fears that if the United States topples Saddam and replaces him with an administration of its choosing, Washington's influence in the region will grow. Iran and the United States have been estranged since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

"American military operations on Iraq are unjustifiable and illegitimate," Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi as saying.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not enter into action to the benefit of either side," Kharrazi said, adding he was concerned about the authority of the United Nations being undermined after the United States attacked despite opposition from other members of the U.N. Security Council.

"America's continued disregard of collective wisdom will completely destroy the valuable achievements made over half a century by nations and governments in trying to institutionalize cooperation for peace and security," Kharrazi said.

Mohammed Sadeq, a former Iranian Culture Ministry adviser allied with the country's reformist camp, accused the United States of attacking to take "control of Iraq's energy resources and to fan sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the region."

Iran closed its borders with Iraq shortly after the U.S.-led attack began, Deputy Interior Minister Ahmad Hosseini was quoted as telling IRNA. Hosseini added that so far no refugees had been sighted near the border and reiterated an earlier announcement that Iran would aid any Iraqis fleeing the war on the Iraqi side of the border rather than letting them cross into Iran.

Iraqi exiles were notable exceptions to the pan-Muslim condemnation. Exile Faisal Fikri called the attack "the moment I have been waiting for all my life: to see the despot gone." Fikri had switched from channel to channel through the night to watch for news of the attack on television in his small apartment in the Egyptian capital.

Fikri left Iraq in 1970 shortly after President Saddam Hussein's Baath Party came to power. At the time, Fikri had been accused of plotting with other opposition figures against the new regime.
By netchicken: posted on 21-3-2003

Joy in Ramallah over capture of U.S. soldiers..

Joy in Ramallah over capture of U.S. soldiers
'Oh Saddam, we love you, why don't you annihilate all the Jews'

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Posted: March 24, 2003
6:55 p.m. Eastern

© 2003

Palestinians in Ramallah are celebrating Iraq's capture of American and British soldiers.

A policeman at Yasser Arafat's battered headquarters today said the news made it a "big day for the Iraqi people and all the Arabs and Muslim," the Jerusalem Post reported.

"Everyone here was happy ... to see pictures of American soldiers in Iraqi custody," the officer said. "This is a big blow for Bush and Blair. I don't believe they will be able to continue with the war now that many of their soldiers are being killed or taken prisoner."

The Post said one of the policeman's colleagues in Arafat's presidential guard, Force 17, said the news made him so happy that "I felt like kissing all the people around me."

"Saddam has once again proven that he is a great leader, a defender of Arab rights," he said. "His men are brave. They have been able to teach the American and British dogs an unforgettable lesson."

The Iraqis, he said, "are much better at war because they have more experience."

"The American and British soldiers are cowards and spoiled kids," the Force 17 officer said.

'Oh beloved Saddam, bomb Tel Aviv'

The Jerusalem paper described the mood in central Ramallah's Manarah Square as euphoric.
By netchicken: posted on 26-3-2003

Words cannot describe how I feel about this subject.
By cazza: posted on 27-3-2003

People quickly froget these things, so it is good to record it somewhere for reference....
By netchicken: posted on 28-3-2003

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