Tehran Hosts Conference in Support of Palestinians

(Radio Free Europe) Bill Samii - Tehran hosted a "Support for the Palestinian Intifada" conference on April 14-16, the third time it has organized the conference. Through its activism on this issue, Iran is portraying itself as a committed leader - more Palestinian than the Arabs, and more Muslim than the Sunnis. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice referred to Iran on March 9 as "a kind of central banker for terrorism in important regions, like Lebanon, through Hizballah in the Middle East, in the Palestinian territories, and we have deep concern about what Iran is doing in the south of Iraq." The U.S. State Department has classified Iran as a "state sponsor" of terrorism since 1984, and it lists Hamas, Hizballah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as "terrorist organizations" backed by Iran.

2006-04-17 00:00:00

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