Volunteer student suicide bombers line up in Iran

December 31, 2008

(ChattahBox) — In response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip after the six-month cease-fire with Hamas expired Dec. 19, Iranian student groups have appealed to it’s government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers. Five hard-line student groups started signing up volunteers after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a religious decree on Sunday that said anyone killed while defending Palestinians in Gaza against Israeli attacks would be considered a martyr.

The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had not responded to the call by Wednesday. But in a speech Tuesday, Ahmadinejad called for the trial of Israeli leaders on charges of massacring Palestinians in Gaza. His comments come a day after Iran’s judiciary set up a court to try Israeli leaders for such “crimes.”

Iran considers Israel its archenemy and Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” Iran also is Hamas’ main backer, though Tehran denies sending weapons to the Islamic militant Palestinian group that took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Iranian student leaders claim that more than 10,000 people throughout Iran have registered for volunteer suicide attacks in the past three days.


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