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Detained Al Qaeda Spokesman Justified Anti-Jewish Ideology

Screen­shot of Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri from video claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for 9/11

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a for­mer Al Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, was detained last week by U.S. author­i­ties in Jor­dan after being deported from Turkey to his native Kuwait.

Abu Ghaith’s state­ments on behalf of Al Qaeda, which ceased after he fled to Iran in 2002, demon­strated how the ter­ror­ist group’s ide­ol­ogy was rooted in the hatred of Jews, often link­ing Al Qaeda’s oppo­si­tion to Amer­ica with its ani­mos­ity to Jews and Israel.

In the 2001 state­ment claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for the 9/11 attacks, Abu Ghaith said that the attacks were in response to “the Islamic Nation hav­ing been groan­ing in pain for more than 80 years under the yoke of the joint Jewish-Crusader aggres­sion” and the “Jew­ish occu­pa­tion” of Pales­tine.  He warned that attacks against the United States would con­tinue unless the United States met three con­di­tions:  stop­ping “its sup­port for the Jews,” lift­ing the embargo on Iraq, and the with­drawal of the United States from “our land.”

Abu Ghaith also released a state­ment claim­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty­for an Al Qaeda attack on a syn­a­gogue in Tunisia, which killed 19 tourists in April 2002 and said it was revenge for the deaths of Pales­tini­ans. In the state­ment, he promised that “as long as Amer­ica insists on its unjust and biased pol­icy towards Mus­lims in favor of Jews and Chris­tians around the world then, God will­ing, we will con­tinue to hit it any­where in the world.” 

Abu Ghaith, who is now in New York City await­ing trial, is charged with con­spir­ing to kill United States nation­als. Pros­e­cu­tors are essen­tially argu­ing that “the core pur­pose of Al Qaeda… is to sup­port vio­lent attacks against prop­erty and nation­als, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian, of the United States and other coun­tries” and that Abu Ghaith was a mem­ber of Al Qaeda with a close rela­tion­ship to bin Laden.

He has pleaded not guilty, and faces a pos­si­ble life sen­tence if convicted.