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Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Endorsing “Electronic Jihad” Against Israel

Saudi cleric Sheik Abdu­laziz Al Taraifi issued a Fatwa per­mit­ting Mus­lims to exploit infor­ma­tion obtained from hacked Israeli credit cards dur­ing a late Jan­u­ary appear­ance on Al-Risala, a Saudi-owned tele­vi­sion chan­nel with a his­tory of pro­mot­ing Islamist views.

Not­ing that Israel “is not a peace­ful coun­try,” Al Taraifi exempted Israel from Islam’s ban on deal­ing with or prof­it­ing from stolen mate­ri­als. In response to a ques­tion posted to his Twit­ter feed inquir­ing whether the Fatwa could be applied to all non-Muslims, Al Taraifi later con­firmed that the excep­tion to Islam’s moral teach­ings per­tains only to Israel.

Al Taraifi’s Fatwa fol­lows calls by sev­eral Mus­lim cler­ics to ini­ti­ate “Elec­tronic Jihad” against Israel, prompted in part by a series of elec­tronic attacks against Israeli Web sites. In the wake of the attacks, for which a known Saudi hack­ing group claimed respon­si­bil­ity, Hamas spokesper­son Sami Abu Zuhri wel­comed the tac­tic as a “new field of resis­tance against the Occu­pa­tion,” adding that “we urge Arab youth to develop their meth­ods in elec­tronic war­fare in the face of [Israel’s] crimes.”

Sheik Al Taraifi’s hos­til­ity towards the Jew­ish State may be more deeply rooted than the polit­i­cal nature of his Fatwa sug­gests. In an anti-Semitic ser­mon deliv­ered in Bre­men, Ger­many, in Decem­ber 2011, Al Taraifi said the Jews strayed because they cor­rupted the orig­i­nal Torah.