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July 5, 2006

Muslim cleric who condoned suicide bombers to speak on eve of 7/7 anniversary

Filed under: Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror, UK — limewoody @ 9:08 am

A Muslim scholar who has condoned Palestinian suicide bombers today defended his appearance at a conference in London this week.

Palestinian-born Azzam Tamimi, 51, will be one of the main speakers at IslamExpo, which starts the day before the first anniversary of the July 7 suicide attacks on the capital.

In an interview with BBC News 24’s Hardtalk programme in November 2004, he said sacrificing himself for Palestine was a “noble cause” and he would do it “if I had the opportunity”.

But today Dr Tamimi, director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought, insisted the situation in Palestine was “entirely unrelated” to last year’s July 7 attacks.

‘Distinction’

He said: “I have always made a distinction between the right of the Palestinian people to fight the Israeli occupation and the terrorist attacks on London.

“To confuse the two is to do a great injustice to the British public.”

Dr Tamimi defended his earlier comments, saying: “I said if I were to be put in the same circumstances that the Palestinians are put in, I might resort to doing that.

“Millions of people say this around the world.” Anas Altikriti, a spokesman for IslamExpo, said the conference was intended to “build bridges” between Muslims and non-Muslims.

He said: “I think I speak on behalf of all at IslamExpo in saying we are extremely proud to have Dr Tamimi involved.”

Other speakers at the event, which runs from Thursday until Sunday, include London mayor Ken Livingstone and kidnapped peace activist Norman Kember.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=393792&in_page_id=1770

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