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June 23, 2006
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* Mahmoud Abbas called suicide bombings a "crime" because of Muslim prohibitions on suicide. The Palestinian Authority president made the remark Wednesday at a conference for Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Jordan, after being questioned on the issue by fellow panelist Elie Wiesel. "First of all, as Muslims, it is a crime to commit suicide. Muslims believe that if you commit suicide, you go to hell, and that goes without saying for killing others," Abbas was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post. Palestinian terrorist groups that promote suicide bombings, such as Hamas, deny it’s forbidden by Islam, saying it’s "martyrdom" when the target is Israeli Jews.

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