By Ramin Hossein Abdian

Saudi and insistence on terrorism policy; worry about repeating Khashoggi case

November 10, 2018 - 10:4

TEHRAN - Over a month after Jamal Khoshaggi’s murder, there remains much confusion and many questions about the crime the Saudis committed in their consulate in Istanbul.

The severity of the political and media pressures on the Saudi authorities has made Riyadh unable to dismiss and deny the crimes committed in its consulate building. Riyadh confirmed its role by issuing a statement three weeks after the murder.

Today, there is concern about Saudi terrorism policy, even if the details about the murder are lacking. The Saudis are not as proficient as their Zionist allies in sowing terror, but the public is worried that the Saudis are spreading more terrorism given the silence of the international community while insecurity mounts.

The public has not forgotten Riyadh's hostile acts of deliberate crime over the past years. The war on Yemen is a case in point. This war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and left the country stricken with famine.

Even inside Saudi Arabia there has been Saudi terrorism.  During the Muslim pilgrimage ceremony three years ago, Saudi Arabia was responsible for the murder of more than 4,000 pilgrims Makkah. In that incident, the current crown prince Mohammed bin Salman closed a road with his guard causing the ranks of the Muslims to be squeezed together. Panic ensued and many died. 

Now that the issue of Jamal Khashoggi's death has been raised in the media, it is feared that Saudi Arabia will continue to exploit its opportunity in the coming Hajj period to advance its hatred with policies against Muslims, political activists and Riyadh media critics. This is what the Muslim world is deeply concerned about today, and the Saudis do not seem concerned.

Regarding the issue of Khashoggi’s murder and the concerns about the potentially destructive role of Saudi Arabia in the coming Hajj season, Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, said: “We ask Riyadh to reveal who ordered the murder. Muslims want to know. If Muslims doubt the security of the Hajj, it will no longer be a place for the servant of the Holy Shrines, and the ritual of the Hajj will not be held peacefully.”

Saudi Arabia has figured that it will not be blamed and punished by its Western allies. It is for this reason that this regime, even for committing crimes similar to the murder of Khashoggi at other times, such as during the Hajj season.
This all brings in to question whether the Saudis ought to have control over the Hajj and Makkah and Medina. Although it is clear that the Saudi authorities will not easily withdraw from the holy Shrines and will do all that they can to maintain their current role, but this does not mean the Islamic countries will not strip Riyadh of the management of the Holy Shrines.

Today, some question whether the Saudis really believe in Islam and the protection of Muslim rights. This is the biggest reason that some Islamic countries call for the new oversight of the Holy Shrines.

It is clear that if the Islamic world has a serious desire to halt Saudi terrorism, then it may be necessary for Muslims to recapture the office of the Holy Shrines from the Saudis.

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