Academic Tells Rally That Suicide Bombings Are 'Just' in 'War on Islam'

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Byline: By CHARLIE HAMILTON

A firebrand Islamic academic, who has said he is prepared to be a suicide bomber, yesterday told a Muslim rally that dying for your beliefs was 'just'.

Dr Azzam Tamimi told the 8,000-strong crowd in Manchester that standing up for your beliefs was the 'greatest act of martyrdom'.

The self-styled Hamas sympathiser and adviser said Tony Blair and George Bush were not pursuing a path which was 'just and fair'.

He said the Government was attempting to make the war on terrorism a war on Islam.

Dr Tamimi, 51, was speaking at the ExpoIslamia convention at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

The Palestinian, who now lives in London, denied Hamas was a terrorist group, despite it being banned in the UK.

He said, 'The greatest act of martyrdom is standing up for what is true and just.

'Martyrs are those who stand up and stand up in defiance of George Bush and Tony Blair.

'You stand up to them and you say desist. Stop this injustice. Stop this oppression.

'We are Muslims in Europe, not European Muslims.

'Being fair and just means finding the middle path.

'The middle path is not rubbing shoulders with Tony Blair and George Bush. …