Bin Laden Tape Calls Gaza Offensive a 'Holocaust'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2009 12:18 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A tape recording attributed to Osama bin Laden supports the Palestinian cause and says some Arab leaders have “conspired” with the US and Israel against it, CNN reports. “The Gaza holocaust is a historic event and a tragic turning point,” says the tape, aired on the Al-Jazeera network. “The road of returning to Al-Aqsa needs righteous leadership,” referring to the mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest Muslim site.

The tape calls for adherents to free Iraq from “the greatest ally of the Zionists,” the US, and then “liberate all of Palestine from the sea to the river.” The speaker calls the Arab leaders who are in collusion with Israel “the ones that America describes as the moderate leaders in our world.” Bin Laden had previously called for a jihad to stop Israel’s offensive in Gaza earlier this year.