Anti-Semitism » ADL Blogs
May 26, 2015 2

Pervasive Anti-Semitism in Declassified Bin Laden Letters

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

In the newly declas­si­fied let­ters found in Osama bin Laden’s com­pound, ref­er­ences to Jews, Israel and Zion­ists demon­strate the per­va­sive­ness of anti-Semitism in Al Qaeda’s high­est ech­e­lons, as well as Al Qaeda’s inten­tional tar­get­ing of Jews and Jew­ish institutions.

The let­ters also demon­strate the extent to which Al Qaeda viewed anti-Semitism as a valu­able moti­vat­ing fac­tor for ter­ror­ism: Ref­er­ences to Jews were far more fre­quent in pro­pa­ganda pieces and in items dis­cussing plans for pro­pa­ganda than in strate­gic memos or other letters.

Sev­eral of the let­ters directly dis­cuss tar­get­ing Jews. One sec­tion of a memo on exter­nal oper­a­tions reads, “In regards to targeting…the Jews as per the orders,” and details the pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of attacks against Jews.  Another doc­u­ment high­lights “the beau­ti­ful huge bomb­ing… of the west­ern Ger­man bak­ery mainly vis­ited by Jews and west­ern nation­als,” and a third doc­u­ment, addressed to the Syr­ian peo­ple, states, “If you want to resist, as you claim, we chal­lenge you and your party to shoot one bul­let against the Jews! So show us the Jews as your targets…”

Some of the doc­u­ments also direct praise at other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions for their attacks against Jews. One memo sum­ma­riz­ing the mil­i­tary sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan and Pak­istan high­lights the Al Qaeda affil­i­ated Abdal­lah Azzam Brigades, call­ing the group, “a small group of broth­ers in Lebanon who fired rock­ets against the Jews once, twice, or more….May God greatly reward them.”

As noted, this tar­get­ing and gen­eral use of anti-Semitism occurs with far greater fre­quency and vit­riol in pro­pa­ganda. One pro­pa­ganda piece released states that the fight­ers were not exhausted in, “bat­tles with the poo­dles of Amer­ica and Israel … or the many other Jews shoe lickers…They refused to be fooled into tack­ling the ser­vants, while the com­man­der in chief and pro­tec­tor of infi­delity, Zion­ism and evil.”

That same arti­cle later harangues, “filth of [the Amer­i­can and Euro­pean] Zion­ist cap­i­tal­ist mas­ters pro­duc­ing the money and man­power which their mas­ters uti­lize to seek to destroy Israel’s ene­mies and to rob the peo­ple of the globe of their minds, honor, land, resources, chastity, min­er­als, oil, and lives!!!” and urges fight­ers in, “this Jihad and holy strug­gle against Amer­ica, Israel and its friends’ Ziocrusade…”

Let­ters and memos dis­cussing pro­pa­ganda pieces clar­ify the inten­tion­al­ity of using anti-Semitism as a moti­va­tional tac­tic. One let­ter asks, “Did you think about issu­ing a state­ment to the nation to show sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple?… It should also say that the Jew­ish state is about to end, and so on.”

This use of anti-Semitism is also strate­gi­cally tar­geted. One memo notes that they should “avoid talk­ing about the Jews and Pales­tine when talk­ing to the Ger­mans,” because, “This sub­ject is very sen­si­tive in Germany.”

Image from Al Qaeda magazine

Al Qaeda’s English-language mag­a­zine Resur­gence adopted a long­stand­ing anti-Semitic stereo­type equat­ing Jews with inter­na­tional finance.

Many of the reg­u­lar, non-propaganda memos do not include any ref­er­ences to Jews, Zion­ists or Israel. Where they do, how­ever, they, too, demon­strate a per­va­sive anti-Semitism in Al Qaeda’s high­est ech­e­lons, cen­ter­ing on beliefs that Jews con­trol the West and are unnat­u­rally pow­er­ful. One let­ter, for exam­ple, claimed, “the Jews were able to con­trol world forces with these two sci­ences, soci­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy.” Another let­ter sug­gested that the Shi’a ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah (which has engaged in fight­ing with Israel) is con­trolled by Jews seek­ing to kill Sunni Mus­lims and another sug­gests that the Saudi royal fam­ily calls for  “blind obe­di­ence to the ruler, who sup­port Jews and Chris­tians.” Yet another crit­i­cizes “peo­ple whose man­ner­isms resem­ble those of the Jews…”

The con­spir­acy the­o­ries against Jews are also related to sev­eral of the books found in Bin Laden’s library, includ­ing the book Secrets of the Fed­eral Reserve by Eustace Mullins, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and Holo­caust denier.

There is also crit­i­cism of Israel and of Amer­i­can sup­port for Israel, which is reg­u­larly listed as one of sev­eral rea­sons for attack­ing the U.S. Sup­port for Jews is also listed as a ratio­nale for depos­ing of Arab gov­ern­ments. Ref­er­ences to “Zion­ists and Cru­saders” as the enemy are fre­quent and, although the name ‘Israel’ is some­times used in memos to name the state, ‘Jew’ is always used instead of ‘Israeli.’

In all 103 declas­si­fied doc­u­ments, the word ‘Jew’ comes up 36 times; Israel 16, and Zion­ist 6 ( This does not include com­pound words like Ziocru­sade or Qu’ranic quotes on unre­lated top­ics). The words ‘Quds’ and ‘Jerusalem’ are not referenced.

Anti-Semitism has been a cen­tral ele­ment of Al Qaeda’s ide­ol­ogy since the organization’s found­ing, and it is a reg­u­lar fea­ture in Al Qaeda pro­pa­ganda, includ­ing Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP’s) infa­mous English-language mag­a­zine, Inspire. Anti-Semitism is also reg­u­larly used to moti­vate adher­ents and encour­age recruits by many other ter­ror­ist groups, includ­ing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

May 15, 2015 45

Pick-Up Artist Roosh V Moves from Misogyny to Anti-Semitism

Roosh Val­izadeh, oth­er­wise known as “Roosh V,” a misog­y­nist who rails against fem­i­nism and teaches men how to “pick up” women, has fully embraced anti-Semitism on his blog, “Return of Kings.” In a post­ing on the blog in early May, Val­izadeh pro­moted the work of Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a lead­ing anti-Semite in the U.S. and a retired pro­fes­sor who is touted by white suprema­cists around the world.

Roosh Valizadeh

Roosh Val­izadeh

Val­izadeh quotes exten­sively from MacDonald’s anti-Semitic book, The Cul­ture of Cri­tique: An Evo­lu­tion­ary Analy­sis of Jew­ish Involve­ment in Twentieth-Century Intel­lec­tual and Polit­i­cal Move­ments. The book claims that Jews con­trolled var­i­ous intel­lec­tual and polit­i­cal move­ments with the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing Jew­ish inter­ests. It also asserts that Jews pur­posely encour­age move­ments that hurt non-Jews and increase Jew­ish influ­ence and sta­tus. Mac­Don­ald alleges that Jews have pro­moted left-wing ide­olo­gies that have been destruc­tive to West­ern culture.

In his blog, Val­izadeh makes it clear that MacDonald’s views mesh with his own. Val­izadeh writes that he has won­dered why Jews are involved in left­ist move­ments such as social­ism, com­mu­nism and fem­i­nism. A graphic accom­pa­ny­ing the blog depicts Jew­ish women with Stars of David by their faces and the title, “Fem­i­nism: A Jew­ish War on Women.” He appar­ently blames Jews for fem­i­nism, which he asserts is “an ide­ol­ogy that devel­oped with dis­pro­por­tion­ate Jew­ish sup­port.” He adds that The Cul­ture of Cri­tique con­nected “a lot of dots I had miss­ing about why our cul­ture got to where it is. The bulk of what I crit­i­cize about West­ern cul­ture was in fact ush­ered in by intel­lec­tual Jew­ish movements.”

At one point in the blog, Val­izadeh says that he won­dered if read­ing MacDonald’s book would turn him into a neo-Nazi “but instead it served as a his­tor­i­cal truth bomb that has made me skep­ti­cal of the ideas, behav­ioral actions, and teach­ings of promi­nent Jews and where their true inten­tions and loy­al­ties lie (i.e. if an Amer­i­can Jew would die for Amer­ica before Israel).” He also asserts that it “amazes” him “how method­i­cal, patient, and deter­mined Jews are in pro­mot­ing their group interests.”

Val­izadeh is pri­mar­ily known for dis­parag­ing women and for writ­ing a series of books on how men can have sex­ual exploits with women in var­i­ous coun­tries. Now, he has embraced another form of extrem­ism by mesh­ing his misog­yny with anti-Semitism.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

May 7, 2015 3

Baltimore Protest Organizer Spouts Inflammatory Rhetoric On NBPP Radio

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), who has taken credit for orga­niz­ing protests in Bal­ti­more in the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death, went on the NBPP’s Black Power Radio ear­lier this week to express his inflam­ma­tory views.

Malik Zulu Shabazz and protesters in front of Baltimore City Hall

Malik Zulu Shabazz with pro­test­ers in front of Bal­ti­more City Hall

While Shabazz has attempted to por­tray him­self as a civil rights leader in Bal­ti­more, he openly expressed his big­otry and praised the actions of riot­ers in Monday’s broad­cast of Black Power Radio.

Dur­ing this broad­cast, Shabazz praised pro­tes­tors “espe­cially the youth, who rose up like the Pales­tini­ans did, rose up against the police state, rose up against occu­pa­tion, rose up and caused a rebel­lion in the streets.”

In response to claims that riot­ers are dam­ag­ing their own com­mu­nity, Shabazz asked, “What do you mean our com­mu­nity? How much of it did we own? Forty-four of the stores that were burned down in Bal­ti­more were owned by out­siders or Kore­ans. We didn’t own those stores.”

Shabazz also jus­ti­fied the burn­ing down of a CVS claim­ing that such stores are “tak­ing all our money…what really has CVS done for our com­mu­nity? They gave out a few jobs and took a whole bunch of money from us.”

While dis­cussing those who do not agree with his tac­tics, Shabazz stated, “There are a lot of haters out there against Attor­ney Shabazz [and] the New Black Pan­ther Party. And we’re gonna stop all this god­damn talk­ing and raise up an army and deal with you motherf—ers.”

By appear­ing on Black Power Radio, Shabazz, who stepped down from his lead­er­ship role with the Pan­thers in 2013, reaf­firmed his con­tin­ued involve­ment with the NBPP, the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist Black mil­i­tant group in America.

In the same broad­cast, Hashim Nzinga, the cur­rent leader of the NBPP, injected anti-Semitism into the dis­cus­sion, employ­ing a com­mon trope of his: that a sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled media nefar­i­ously por­trays Black peo­ple in a neg­a­tive light. “And with your Jew­ish and your mostly meno­rah, I mean major­ity, uh, minority-owned TV sta­tions, going to paint a pic­ture like something’s wrong with us,” Nzinga stated.

Nzinga also offered inflam­ma­tory lan­guage describ­ing a “geno­cide” tak­ing place in Amer­ica. “That’s all in you, white man, is to fight and kill. And when you can’t fight or kill, you go hunt…You’ve got to be killing some­thing. And right now, it’s killing the Black man off.” He added, “We ain’t gonna let you do it no more.”

The NBPP com­monly takes on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights as they also did in the after­math of the shoot­ing of Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son and Trayvon Mar­tin. How­ever, the group’s demon­stra­tions, con­fer­ences, and other events often blend inflam­ma­tory big­otry with calls for vio­lence, tar­nish­ing its efforts to pro­mote Black pride and consciousness.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,