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Saudi king: World silence on Israel 'war crimes' 'inexcusable'
Published Friday 01/08/2014 (updated) 02/08/2014 15:31
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A Palestinian boy walks over debris as civilians who were displaced
from their houses due to fighting between Israel's army and Hamas
fighters return to check their homes in Gaza City's Shujaiyya
neighborhood, on Aug. 1, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) -- Saudi King Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli "war crimes" in the Gaza Strip was "inexcusable" and would only breed more violence in the future.

"We see the blood of out brothers in Palestine being shed in collective massacres that have spared nobody, and in war crimes against humanity," the king said in a speech carried by state news agency SPA.

He said it was "all taking place under the eyes and ears of the international community ... that has stood indifferently watching events in the whole region."

"This silence is inexcusable" and will "result in a generation that rejects peace and believes only in violence," he said.

The conflict that broke out on July 8 has killed nearly 1,500 on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 63 Israeli soldiers, two Israeli civilians, and a foreign national.

Abdullah also lashed out at religious extremism, urging "Muslim leaders and scholars to ... stand up to those trying to hijack Islam and portray it as a religion of hatred, extremism, and terrorism."

"It is a shame and a disgrace that these terrorists kill, mutilate (dead bodies), and proudly spread (pictures) in the name of religion," he said.

His remarks were an apparent reference to Islamic State Wahhabi militants operating in Iraq and Syria.

ISIL has declared a "caliphate" in areas it controls in the two Arab states, with their lightning advance in Iraq in June seen as also posing a threat to Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Saudi Arabia, an ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom and home to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, shares an 814-kilometer (505-mile) border with Iraq.
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
01/08/2014 19:22
The puppet of the US weapons manufacturers!

2 ) David / USA
01/08/2014 20:01
"Brothers in Palestine?" Don't make me laugh. Has the great Saudi king allowed unlimited immigration of 'Palestinian' Arabs into his country? No. Has Saudi Arabia donated billions of their trillions of oil money to create hundreds of thousands of jobs to give full employment to the people of Gaza? NO. The Saudis are good for lip service, nothing more. ISIS will be knocking on the King's chambers in a few months, then we'll see who he calls for help. Hint: it'll be Israel; the USA will say no.

3 ) Abdullah Hassan / Maldives
01/08/2014 20:09
It's a shame on him to come out and say something on the conflict in Gaza. Only with the money paid by him to general cici the muslim brother hood government in Egypt was overthrown and military took over the power. Through a pre planned process general cici contested the presidential election and won the election. The Arab world - Qatar has failed there brothers and sisters of Islam in Gaza. It is much better for him to say to wipe off the whole community and reward with the oil money.

4 ) Robert / US
01/08/2014 21:02
WHY AREN'T YOU DOING ANYTHING ?.

5 ) Israeli / Uk
02/08/2014 15:27
Saudi throw trillions to USA and western countries and these puppet nations then pass on ammunition to Israel , for the Israelis to do their dirty job . A vicious circle created and maintained by Saudi and yet give lip service to all other nations about peace.

6 ) Mel / USA
02/08/2014 18:56
Maan?How come you censored so many posts on this article,LOL!
Are the majority posts JUST SO OVERWHELMINGLY CRITICAL of USG's "Our Oil Man In Riydah',Israeli-Zionism's side-dish & El Sisi's "handler"?
Extremist Wahhabi chicken-hawks are so"good"at PAYING terrorists(like Zionists too)to do their dirty work for them.US/EU=OIL=GCC spigots=US military bases Be nice to'Zion'=SACRIFICE Palestine(3rd Holiest SITE)& our 1ST Holiest site,eh Abdullah?I think the word's "HARAM"!

7 ) asmaa / Palestine
02/08/2014 21:17
F Saudi Arabia. they are only good for eating, f'ing and sitting on their fat, shameless asses. What a JOKE.
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