Ayman al-Zawahiri ber palestinerne i Gaza bryte blokaden, – også i forhold til Egypt, som han sier styres av forrædere og kriminelle. Han sier de har full rett til å styrte regimet til Mubarak.
Zawihiris oppfordring kom før nye Hamas-raketter slo ned i Israel, drepte en og såret tre. Situasjonen er kritisk for minst en av de sårede.
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader called on Muslims to launch a holy war to break Israel’s economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, in an audio recording posted Wednesday on an Islamic militant Internet site.
In the 11-minute tape, a voice purportedly belonging to Ayman al-Zawahri says in Arabic that the «salvation of the Muslim nation is through the march of its sons on the path of jihad.»
An accompanying banner says the message was issued to mark the 41st anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, during which Egypt lost the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula, Syria lost the Golan Heights and Jordan lost the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Trying to minimize the shock of the defeat, Arabs have long called the war the «naksa» — «setback» in Arabic — but it remains a deep wound.
In al-Zawahri’s recording, titled «In Memory of the Naksa … Break the Siege of Gaza,» Osama bin Laden’s deputy blames Arab regimes for the 1967 defeat. He says Arab governments were «impotent and unable to protect the Muslim nation, its sanctuaries and its wealth.»
«The sons of the nation should break the shackles of the treacherous regimes and move to wage jihad, which has become a duty,» al-Zawahri says.
The tape follows a audio message from Bin Laden on May 18 in which he criticized Arab states for not waging war against Israel.