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Passion Islam I February 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
Iraqi town erects giant
bronze shoe sculpture
A huge bronze shoe sculpture has
been erected in the Iraqi town of Tikrit
in tribute to the journalist who grabbed
instant fame when threw his shoes
at former U.S. president George W.
Bush last year.
The shoe, in which a tree has been
planted, stands three meters high
(about 10 feet) and sits atop a white
pedestal in the hometown of executed
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
A rose bush is growing next to the
monument which was erected in the
gardens of an Iraqi foundation that
cares for children whose parents have
died in the violence that has caused
havoc in Iraq since the March 2003
U.S.-led invasion
“ This is a gift for the family of
Muntazer al-Zaidi, a hero, whose act
helped Iraqi people feel proud “ for the unveiling of the work of art. American president, shouting: “It is
A member of the foundation for The foundation’s president, Shaha the farewell kiss, you dog.”
childrenA poem praising Iraqi al-Juburi, insisted that the sculpture His action was hailed across the
journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi has also was not backed by any political party Arab world as a perfect parting gift to
been written on a board and stands at or organization. a president widely unpopular in the
the foot of the monument, the work of Zaidi hurled his shoes at Bush region.
Iraqi artist Laith al-Ameri. during the U.S. president’s farewell Zaidi was arrested after his act and
“This is a gift for the family of visit to Iraq on Dec. 14, an action charged with “aggression against a
Muntazer al-Zaidi, a hero, whose act considered a grave insult in the Arab foreign head of state during an official
helped Iraqi people feel proud,” a world. visit.” He faces up to 15 years in jail if
member of the children’s foundation The 29-year-old journalist for Al- convicted.
told a crowd of 400 people gathered Baghdadia television also insulted the
Covert Israeli-Saudi Deal?
Quran contest held
before the Gaza war, Saudi
Arabia announced the
construction of a bridge
in Russia’s Kazan
between Ra’s Al-Sheikh The International Organization for Memorization of the
Hamid in Saudi Arabia and Holy Quran, an affiliate of the Makkah-based Muslim
Egypt’s Sharm al-Sheikh
World League, has recently held the second contest for
to which the Zionist regime
memorization of the Holy Quran in Kazan city in Russia
showed a strong reaction
As many as 39 contestants took part in the contest
as Debka File website
which was held by the Organization in cooperation with
affiliated to the Israeli
Tatarstan’s Religious Department and Kuwaiti Society for
intelligence services had
Islamic Education in Russia.
said that building the bridge
A Representative of Russian Council of Ministers
Occupation of two Saudi
can ensue an armed clash.
expressed her pleasure and pride in holding the contest
islands of Tiran and Sanafir
Gaza events and
in the city of Kazan, the capital of Tataristan, and thanked
by the Zionist regime and
the meaningful silence
the country’s silence about
of Saudi Arabia against
all officials who have contributed to the success of the
it signifies a covert deal
Israeli atrocities raises the
between them. question whether the recent
The International Organization for Memorization of the
These islands are quite Gaza war is part of Saudi
Holy Quran has held a ceremony in honour of the second
significant strategically for Arabian and Israeli secret
batch of graduates from Othman bin Affan Institute of
Israel and Saudi Arabia. deal to pursue construction
Memorization of the Holy Quran in the city. The ceremony
One and a half year of the project in Tiran? was attended by a number of officials.
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