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May 31, 2013

Inspire Magazine Highlights “Jewish Enemy” To Recruit Jihadists

The eleventh issue of Inspire, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula’s English-language magazine, demonstrates how opposition to Jews and Israel remains central to its efforts to appeal to and radicalize its readers.inspire-ipad-jews-al-qaeda

While hatred of Jews is intrinsic to Al Qaeda’s ideology, Inspire has identified Jews as a key force at war with Islam since it was first published in July 2010. Every issue of Inspire has been filled with either direct threats against Jews and Jewish institutions or diatribes against Jews and Israel.

For example, the bomb making instructions provided in the first issue of Inspire, which the Tsar­naev broth­ers allegedly used to build the bombs they used in the Boston Marathon, included references to “The Jews and Christians” that “have dishonored the Muslims, desecrated our holy places, and cured the beloved Prophet.”

The most recently released issue of Inspire, which cel­e­brates the April 15 Boston Bomb­ing and encour­ages future attacks against the U.S., further demonstrates how anti-Israel and anti-Jewish narratives are used to connect with the magazine’s readers.

An article titled The Inevitable by Abu Ziyad Al-Muhajir describes the “Blessed Boston Bombings (BBB)” as an “absolute success” and quotes Osama bin Laden thusly: “As you kill, you will be killed until you leave our lands and stop supporting Israel.”

In another arti­cle, titled Mes­sage to the Amer­i­can Nation by Qas­sim Ar-Reimy, the author asks, “Is your support for the Jews in Palestine excusable?”

The packaging of these narratives alongside other elements of Al Qaeda’s broader ideology in Inspire has helped influenced numer­ous inter­na­tional and domes­tic extrem­ists, some of which have also uti­lized the bomb mak­ing instruc­tions provided by the magazine in their attempts to carry out attacks.

The following is a sampling of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel narratives from the pages of Inspire:

Direct Threats Against Jews

  • “If you go kill a group of Jews or Christians after hearing that a pilotless drone killed a group of Muslims in Waziristan… if it were to be the case, that would stop the striking, killing, occupation, humiliation and disgrace of our holy places that America and the West perpetrates.”
  • “The short-term plan consists of targeting Crusader-Jewish interests, as everyone who attacks the Muslim ummah must pay the price…”
  • “Our martyrdom bombers are on their missions against Americans, Jews, Indians and Russians…”
  • On locations to target: “Media personalities and media centers that are leading the war against the Muslims and justifying the attacks on them, coming from the Zionist and Zionist-friendly Crusader media institutions.”
  • On locations to target: “Places where Jews are gathered, their leading personalities and institutions in Europe…”

Delegitimization of Judaism

  • “They were made to know that their religious practices were false, that Islam does not approve of either Judaism or Christianity, and that they are considered to be misguided and are destined to Hellfire.”
  •  “Allah has made it clear to us in the Qur’an that our worst enemies are the Jews and the polytheists.”
  • “They [the Jews] have the audacity to distort the word of Allah”
  • “Look at the Jews and Christians. They work day and night, sacrificing their wealth to serve their null religions.”

Israeli-American Conspiracies

  • “How many have the Zionist allies killed from the sons of Palestine with the support of these bloodthirsty beasts [the Americans]?”
  • “Al Qaeda is fighting the Jews and Christians and their stooges and defends the Muslims and the Muslim holy places.”
  • “America is the one who supports Israel in all of its crimes and its president prayed in front of the Wailing Wall and he declared his affirmation of making Al-Quds (Jerusalem) the capital of Israel in support of the jews in the judaization of Al-Quds.”

Destruction of Israel

  • “It is jihad to liberate all of Palestine from the river to the sea, Allah permitting”
  • “Today we are facing a coalition of Crusaders and Zionists and we in al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula will never forget Palestine. How can we forget it when our motto is: ‘Here we start and in al-Aqsa we meet’?”

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May 31, 2013

New Government Documents Detail Decades Of Global Terrorist Activities By Iran And Hezbollah

In recent days, reports issued by government bodies in Argentina and the United States detail the intensive and far-reaching terrorist activity by Iran and its Lebanese-based terrorist proxy, Hezbollahiran-hezbollah-global-terrorism

On May 29, Alberto Nisman, the General Prosecutor of the case involving the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Argentina, issued a lengthy indictment accusing the Iranian regime of infiltrating several South American countries through building local intelligence gathering facilities tasked with fostering and executing terrorist attacks. The report claims that the planning for these attacks is carried out either directly by the Iranian government or its proxy, Hezbollah.

The Nisman report comes a few months after Argentina and Iran agreed to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the AMIA attack. In his report, Nisman argues that the AMIA bombings, which he had previously accused senior Iranian officials  of planning and financing (and for which there is an Interpol red alert warrant, including for two who are candidates in the upcoming Iranian president election), were not isolated incidents, and should be examined “as a segment in a larger sequence.” He highlights parallels between the AMIA bombing and other Iranian-backed terrorist plots, including the case of two Guyanese men with ties to the Iranian government convicted in 2010 of conspiring to bomb JFK Airport. Nisman argues that Iran could be operating terrorist cells in other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay. 

In its annual terrorism report issued on May 30th, the State Department states that Iranian and Hezbollah terrorist operations have “reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa,” highlighted by the suspected Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in recent attacks and plots in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya and India.   In addition to Iran’s global terror activities, the report also notes Iran’s regional involvement in training, funding and providing weapons to the Assad regime, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, Hezbollah’s operations in Lebanon and Shia militant groups in Iraq.  

There is also growing evidence that Iran and Hezbollah are operating terrorist cells in other regions of the world.  On May 30, the Nigerian military announced the arrest of three admitted Hezbollah operatives, all Lebanese nationals, who were in possession of extensive weaponry, including landmines, anti-tank weapons, dynamite, grenades and machines guns. The military spokesman stated that the operatives were planning on attacking Israeli and Western targets.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the European Union is moving closer to designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.  ADL has urged the EU to avoid labeling only Hezbollah’s “military wing” as terrorist, arguing that a partial designation is unlikely to have a significant impact on Hezbollah’s fundraising activities in Europe, and will create additional challenges for law enforcement efforts against terrorist financing.

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May 30, 2013

Latest Inspire Magazine Celebrates Boston Bombing

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Commemorative graphic of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in latest issue of Inspire

The eleventh issue of Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula’s Inspire mag­a­zine celebrates the April 15 Boston Bombing, praises the Tsar­naev brothers and encourages future attacks against the U.S.

The magazine, recently released online, highlights how the Boston bombers, Tamer­lan and Dzkhokhar Tsar­naev, were aided by previous issues of Inspire. According to federal law enforcement officials, the brothers got bomb-making instruc­tions from the magazine.

This issue features letters and several articles reveling in the death and destruction of Americans. For example, the letter to the editor reads: “Americans, you should understand this simple equation: as you kill you will be killed… Yesterday it was Baghdad, today it is Boston… You should be asking, ‘Where is next?’”

“The peace you enjoyed before September 11 is merely just part of history,” the letter continues. “In other words, you will never enjoy peace until we live it practically in Palestine and all the infidel forces leave the Peninsula of Muhammad and all other Muslim lands.”

Another letter, written by “Jonas the rebel,” encourages American Muslims to engage in lone wolf attacks. “…your belongingness to Islam is enough to classify you as an enemy… The Boston Bombings have uncovered the capabilities of the Muslim Youth, they have revealed the power of the Lone Jihad operation.”

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Inspire Magazine publishes collection of tweets “from the mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula”

The magazine includes a collection of tweets “from the mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula” further celebrating the Boston bombing. It even includes a “Newsflash” section lauding the tornado in Oklahoma earlier this month, claiming that “Muslims and others alike celebrated and prayed for more to strike America… This is not from nature, this is from the Lord of nature.”

In an article titled “Message to the American Nation,” Qassim Ar-Reimy writes about America “meddling” in the affairs of Muslims. The article promises that those “standing against your aggression and oppression on humanity” will “damage your economy and terrify your hearts.”

Since it was first published in 2010, numerous inter­na­tional and domes­tic extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam have been influ­enced by the mag­a­zine and, in some cases, report­edly uti­lized the bomb mak­ing instruc­tions in their attempts to carry out attacks.

Samir Khan, a 24-year-old Amer­i­can known for dis­trib­ut­ing ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda mate­r­ial online, was the prin­ci­pal author of Inspire before he was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2011. This latest issue of the magazine is the fourth to be released since his death.

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