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Iran: 1,300 volunteer for suicide bombings

Finnish newspaper reports 1,300 Iranians sign up at suicide bombing recruitment center. Among volunteers: Doctors, lawyers and students, 30 percent are women

Some 1,300 Iranians have already volunteered to carry out suicide bombings against "the Israeli occupation of Palestine", this according to the administrator of the suicide bombing recruitment center to Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet.


Speaking with a reporter from the newspaper, Afrusa Rajafar, who runs the recruitment center, said that 1,300 people have already signed up for the once in a lifetime experience. Recruits go through relatively easy training says Rajafar: "all they have to know is how to push a button".


Rajafar said that most volunteers are well educated and have successful careers: Doctors, lawyers, university professors and students. About 30 percent of them are women and one in three is aged 20-40.


According to the Iranians the objective of suicide bombings is to defend Palestinians from Israelis, protect holy sites in Iraq and murder author Salman Rushdie.


When asked how the murder of innocents can be justified Rajafar answered: "We see the situation in Palestine as a war where one side is armed with tanks and every type of weapon and the other side only has explosives belts."


Rajafar emphasized that the organization is an independent one and is not sponsored by the state. However the state doesn't interfere with their work she says. "I believe that the regime loves us," says Rajafar.


Iranian Deputy Foreign Prime Minister Sayid Abbas Argaci said in response: "We don't encourage the organization, but it isn't forbidden either."


פרסום ראשון: 11.05.06, 11:52
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