Al Qaeda Chief: Support for 'Palestine'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Newly appointed Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri assured Palestinian Arabs that his organization "will never recognize legitimacy for the alleged State of Israel."

"We assure our people in Palestine [sic] that we will not accept any compromise with anyone regarding the land of Palestine," al-Zawahri reportedly said in a statement.

"We seek the help of Allah to preach the true religion, to incite the nation to get ready and fight to fulfill the duty of fighting the infidels [non-Muslims] who aggress on the land of Islam, led by America and its spoiled child, Israel, to fight them with all our might" al-Zawahri said.

The al Qaeda chief repeated his support for the uprisings in the Middle East backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.

"We support the uprisings of our oppressed Muslim people who rose in the face of the corrupt tyrants who dealt our nation the worst kind of torture in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Morocco. We urge them and other Muslim people to rise up," the statement read.

The U.S. State Department dismissed the al Qaeda chief's latest statement, AP reported.

In a series of video-taped messages this spring, al-Zawahri praised the Taliban and urged his Muslim brothers to fight American and NATO forces in Libya, promising that al Qaeda would press on against the U.S. and Arab leaders who were "agents of America."

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AP contributed to this report.

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