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Salafi leader: Islam prohibits murder
Published Friday 15/04/2011 (updated) 16/04/2011 16:45
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Salafi leader Iyad Ash-Shami said Friday that Salafi groups were not involved in the murder of an Italian activist in the Gaza Strip.

The killing of Vittorio Arrigoni "had nothing to do with Islam," he said, adding that Salafi groups and scholars all agreed that the killing of any man was prohibited.

The body of Vittorio Arrigoni was found hanged in a home northwest of Gaza City early Friday morning, hours after the International Solidarity Movement activist was kidnapped in the coastal enclave.

Salafi radicals were suspected of kidnapping Arrigoni, last seen alive in a video posted online Thursday.

The kidnappers identified themselves in the video as belonging to a previously unknown group called The Brigade of the Gallant Companion of the Prophet Mohammed bin Muslima.

They threatened to kill Arrigoni unless Hamas released Salafist prisoners by Friday evening. Before the deadline passed, however, Hamas said his body was found.

Ash-Shami said "any government or state anywhere in the world" could have made the video, but said Salafi factions in Gaza would meet Friday to decide how to respond to the killing.

Earlier Friday, Salafi faction At-Tawheed wa Al-Jihad denied involvement in the abduction and murder of Arrigoni, but said it was "a natural outcome of the policy of the government carried out against the Salafi."

The Hamas-run government in Gaza has in recent years taken a hard line against Salafists in Gaza, whose religious observances and refusal to comply with ceasefires with Israel has led to confrontations.

Hamas severed ties with Salafist faction the Army of Islam in 2007 after the group claimed responsibility for kidnapping BBC reporter Alan Johnson.

Hamas helped to secure the journalist's release after four months in captivity.

In August 2009, Salafist faction Jund Ansar Allah (Soldiers of the Partisans of God) announced the creation of an Islamist "emirate" in Gaza, during a sermon at a mosque in the southern city of Rafah.

That prompted a furious response from Hamas, whose forces stormed the mosque, prompting clashes which left 24 people dead.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
15/04/2011 14:25
finally media can stop talking about attacking school buses

2 ) Stephanie Anderson / USA
15/04/2011 14:53
Hahaha yeah right!

3 ) Jack - Mossad's Gaza Payroll / Israel
15/04/2011 15:40
A lot of ISM are actually Mossad agents of the Zio Project.
Don't you agree?

4 ) stephanie / usa
15/04/2011 16:37
IT WAS THE MOSSAD. LOL
that was a joke

5 ) Shaheed / Afghanistan
15/04/2011 16:51
By "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" Bismillah The world media is run the white racists neo-cons supplied by the Jewish devilish kuffar; all they want to undermine Muslims in Palestine as if they have not done a lot of harm. The war in Afghanistan is reaching a decade yet the Kuffar cannot even win a cm in Afghanistan because they know the narration about Afghanistan - which is the heart of Khurassan; they are fighting the people of Tawhid with black flags, they cannot win this war. NEVER!

6 ) Arafat / Gaza
15/04/2011 19:08
no matter who killed the Italian activist, i assuer they don't represent the islamic and palestinian values and moral.

7 ) Paul / USA
15/04/2011 21:08
JACK- no, i don't. maybe you should think twice before slandering people. if nothing else its an evil that might be held against you someday

8 ) Thor / USA
16/04/2011 01:44
To Stephanie- careful, won't bee suprised if sooner than later we'll see that Israel will be blamed, by all the groups that are effected by this terrible murder - Hamas, Salafis, PLO and activist groups. I guess it is the way to deal with the realization that Israel is not the issue, but the Clash between the West and Radical Islam, that hate all 'others', including Christians...

9 ) CHRIS / BEIRUT
16/04/2011 02:05
MOSSAD!!

10 ) Mary / Ireland
16/04/2011 02:56
Why not the Mossad==they can look Arabic and speak Arabic, can infiltrate through Egypt and have a conspirator in Gaza to cover for them. This stinks of Mossad, in fact. Their speciality is assassination and false flags. Islamic extremist groups always own up to their deeds, however gruesome. Now the job of Hamas is to find the conspirator or conspirators, if he hasn't fled to Egypt already.

11 ) IVAN / RUSSIA
16/04/2011 09:34
MOSSAD-BANDITOS COMMANDO OR OTHERS ???????????????????????

12 ) ABE / Hamas
16/04/2011 09:44
ISLAM does not allow murder? who are you trying to fool!

13 ) Ahmad,Birmingham / Britain
16/04/2011 12:50
Who benefits MOST from the murder of an International Peace Activist ? '..Gallant(??) companion of the..?' whaatt?! Has anybody ever heard of them BEFORE ?! I smell a RAT!! The STINK has MOSSAD peculiarly written all over it!!! The International humanitarian spotlight is deeply embarrassing for the Israeli Apartheid state. I've been to Palestine myself and I know the Zionist Lunatics really hate us for it.

14 ) Yookoo / UK
16/04/2011 18:40
To prevent the September declaration of Palestine as a state, Israel needs Palestinians to be fighting each other; needs to prevent reconciliation of the differing factions; needs to demonstrate that the Palestinians are not ready yet. If the declaration is successful, it would entrench the 1967 borders (very generous towards Israel), prevent the land-swap and other Israeli 'negotiations'. Tragically, Vittorio's murder looks like a 'false flag' operation.
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