Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jammeh calls terrorists ‘human vermin’

Jammeh had also called for a United Nations investigation into the "man-made sinking" of boats carrying African migrants to Europe. Here (photo) he addresses 68th UN General Assembly in 2013 (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)

Those "human vermin" were claiming to act in the name of Islam, Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh said of terrorists, at the UN general assembly on Thursday.  

He said the world had witnessed the bloodiest and most heinous forms of terrorism. He said before the emergence of Mujahedeen in Iran and then Afghanistan in the 1980s, which were created by Western Powers to fight proxy battles, there had been no Islamic terrorism. 

“Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance, and had nothing to do with those band of criminals who showed no respect for human life and whose sole intention was to defame Islam,” Mr. Jammeh said on September 25.

According to him, religion could not be divided into different branches, such as moderate Islam, violent Islam, and so on.  Rather, he said, it was a pure religion for the best human behaviour, as decreed by Allah the Creator.  

Jammeh said such gangsters as Boko Haram, ISIL and Al-Qaeda needed to be wiped-out from the face of the Earth "because we don't need them.”

Middle East

Speaking of the Middle East, the Gambian leader said the situation in the region remains dire.  “Israeli settlements on Palestinian land were unacceptable and undermined any prospect for a two-State solution,” he said. 

He said the United Nations had played a “strategic mediating role” in the past, and must take up a leading role to achieve a durable and peaceful settlement.  

Jammeh said the UN must work harder to foster an environment of peace and tolerance, as there was a grim propagation of misinformation and misinterpretation in the Western media regarding Islam and Sharia law. 

“…the incessant criticism of Sharia law was disrespectful and abhorrent, and was disgraceful to all Muslims,” he said.

Jammeh had also called for a United Nations investigation into the "man-made sinking" of boats carrying African migrants to Europe.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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