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1 Dec 2016, addressing Irish law makers in Dublin: Syria’s Grand Mufti Hassoun:

“When the events started in 2011 in Syria, an Arab Emir called me. He invited me to leave Syria and told me he had a castle for my family and me. I told him, I have to stay in Syria to be the bridge of peace between the opposition and the regime. I represent neither the opposition nor the regime. I represent the Syrian people and when the regime is against the people, I will be with the people against the regime. The response to my answer to this phone call was the assassination of my son five days later, while he stood near the door of his university. He had never held a gun nor a weapon.
Before burying my child, I stood before everyone and said I had forgiven everyone on condition they laid down their weapons. Their answer was that they didn’t need my forgiveness. This has caused me much pain. But what is more painful is that a year after I buried my child, the revolutionaries came and took him out of his grave and I don’t know where they put him. This is the revolution in Syria. If it were a revolution to reform the regime I would have been with them but it was a revolution to kill men.

I came from Syria to Ireland to tell you please do not listen to the media. Come to Syria to see what they have done to us. I have met some of those who were arrested from London, Australia, Belgium, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. I met them in prison. I asked, Why did you come to Syria? They said: The Islamic centers in Europe called us to come and install an Islamic State in Syria and we gathered money. They trained us to fight in Turkey.”

Video from @handsoffsyria

 

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