Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Shiite Religious Authorities to Prohibit Attacks on Sunnis in Basra
From the USG Open Source Center, an article on Jordan’s Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood there, calling on Khamenei, Sistani, Fadlullah and others to forbid attacks on Sunnis. The immediate context is the fears of the Basra Sunni community, which is tens of thousands strong in the largely Shiite city of 1.3 million. Its leader say it is being ethnically cleansed. This call is a sign of the further internationalization of the Sunni-Shiite conflict in Iraq.
‘ Al-Ra’y: IAF Calls on Shiite Religious Authorities To Prohibit Targeting Sunnis
Report by Majid al-Amir entitled: “Islamic Action Front Calls on Shiite Authorities to Prohibit Targeting Sunnis”
Thursday, June 1, 2006 T15:19:07Z
Amman, 1 June (2006) — Hamzah Mansur, head of the Islamic Action Front (IAF)’s Shura Council, has called on Shiite religious authorities in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon to prohibit the targeting of Sunni Muslims by Shiite Muslims. This comes against the background of the recent decision of the Sunni Waqf Council in the city of Basra to close 170 mosques to protect the lives of Muslims and to prevent their displacement from their homes.
In the letters sent to the Shiite religious authorities and posted on the IAF website, Mansur condemned targeting the Sunni mosques in Basra and threatening the worshipers of killing and displacement. He said: “We view these practices with great concern because they serve the US-British scheme, which was a complete fiasco in Iraq due to the steadfastness of the Muslim Iraqi people and their valiant resistance. This scheme deliberately intended to foment sectarian disagreements to cause suffering among Muslims and make them the victims.”
The IAF Secretariat General sent yesterday the letters to Ali Khamene’i, the supreme guide of the Islamic Revolution in Iran; Ali al-Sistani, Iraqi Shiite authority; Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah, the Lebanese Shiite authority; Hasan Nasrallah, secretary general of the Lebanese Hizballah; Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite authority; and Jawad al-Khalisi, Iraqi Shiite authority.
(Description of Source: Amman Al-Ra’y in Arabic — Jordanian daily of widest circulation; partially owned by government. Internet version also available at: https://www.alrai.com/) ‘