Suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden was shown on satellite television today reciting an ode to Jerusalem at his son's wedding, saying Israel's hold on the city holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims was "burning him from within."
Bin Laden was shown on Qatar's Al-Jazeera reciting the poem at his son's wedding in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. The wedding was Tuesday.
"The wound of Jerusalem is making me boil. Its suffering is making me burn from within," an emotional bin Laden said during the ceremony.
Tensions Already Surround Jerusalem
The sovereignty of Jerusalem is one of the most explosive issues between Palestinians and Israelis.
Bin Laden, a Saudi dissident believed to direct a global terrorist network from his Afghan exile, has vowed in the past to fight the "enemies of Islam" — an apparent reference to the United States, Israel and the Saudi royal family.
Footage of the wedding was first shown by Al-Jazeera on Wednesday, but that broadcast did not include the elder bin Laden speaking.
Today's broadcast showed the young groom, Mohammed, sitting on a carpet between his father and another man believed to be the bride's father, Abu Hafas al-Masri, an Egyptian aide to the elder bin Laden who fought with him in the 1980s against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The bride was not shown and her name was not given.
There were reports last year that bin Laden, a millionaire, was suffering from kidney and liver disease. In the footage he was smiling and appeared healthy.
A Notorious Guest List
Bin Laden has been indicted by the United States for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Days after the bombings, the United States fired dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles on eastern Afghanistan in an attempt to kill him.
Al-Jazeera reported Wednesday that wedding guests included Ayman el-Zawahiri, the leader of Egypt's Jihad, a militant group blamed for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. El-Zawahiri is one of Egypt's most wanted men and known to be a close bin Laden aide.
The Taliban hard-line militia that rules Afghanistan has so far refused to hand bin Laden over to the United States.
Last month, the United Nations imposed fresh sanctions on the Taliban to press demands that they hand over bin Laden for trial in the United States or a third country.
In a separate Al-Jazeera interview broadcast today, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar brushed aside the effects of the sanctions, saying his group was impervious to pressure.