Crown prince of Bahrain becomes first Arab leader to condemn Hamas

Crown prince of Bahrain becomes first Arab leader to condemn Hamas

SPEAKING in front of hundreds of world leaders and policymakers, Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa criticized Hamas for its “barbaric” and “horrific” attacks on October 7 as well as condemned Israel for its airstrikes in Gaza.

The crown prince made the bold statement during a keynote address he delivered at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Manama Dialogue Forum.

In his speech, Al Khalifa reminded that the protection of innocent life is a duty and moral responsibility being taught both in Islam and Judaism.

He also emphasized that the Quran considers the killing of an innocent life similar to the killing of all mankind, as he pointed out how both sides violated their respective teachings.

“Now, both in Islam and Judaism, the protection of innocent life is a duty and moral responsibility. In the Quran, it says that the killing of an innocent one – and an innocent is clearly defined as one who has not spread corruption in the land or committed murder – is akin to killing of all mankind, and in the Abrahamic faith, the saying is to save a life is to save all of mankind. How wonderful! Now both sides in this conflict haven’t lived up to that and I think our condemnation must be to both,” according Salman bin Hamad Al Kal-Khalifa, Crown Prince And Prime Minister of Bahrain.

The Bahraini crown prince condemned Hamas for its “barbaric” and “horrific” attacks, making it clear that he stands with the side of the civilians and innocent lives while refusing to promote any political agenda.

He also condemned Israel for its military campaign which resulted in the death of thousands of people in Gaza.

The crown prince of Bahrain also called for the release of hostages from both sides and allowed access to humanitarian aid in Gaza.

“So from this stage, I call on Hamas to release the hostages, the women, and children, who they hold hostage in exchange, and I call on the Israelis to release the women and children they hold in exchange. So, we can get some sense, and a few days, or weeks, or months, or maybe years of peace and calm. I don’t think any Arab leader has called on Hamas to release the hostages,” Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, added.

The annual IISS Manama Dialogue hosted by Bahrain started in 2004 and serves as a unique forum for government ministers and policymakers from the Middle East, North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to gather and discuss the most pressing issues in the Middle East.

The three-day forum was attended by more than 500 senior government officials representing over 40 government delegations.

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