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November 4, 2015

Terrorist Videos Threatening Israel And US Continue Unabated

The new Al Qaeda message threatening Israel with Ayman al-Zawahiri

Image from the new Al Qaeda message

As violence has continued in Israel, propaganda released by foreign terrorist organizations threatening and inciting violence against Jews and Israelis has continued unabated. A new video released this week by Al Qaeda featuring audio by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group’s leader, praises terrorism in Israel and also calls for attacks against the U.S.

The video began by focusing on Israel, with Zawahiri saying, “I ask Allah to bless…those who proceeded forward to stab the Jews.” He quickly pivoted to calling for attacks on the U.S. however, stating that in order to “liberate al-Quds (Jerusalem) and al-Aqsa mosque,” it is necessary to “strik[e] the West and specifically America in its own home.” Zawahiri then praised specific terrorists and attacks, including the 9/11 attacks, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, and the Tsarnaev brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombing.

Al Qaeda propaganda has attempted to harness popular anger about events in Israel in order to call for attacks against the U.S. in the past. Last year, the group released a magazine titled “Resurgence,” which had a cover story about Palestinians but focused primarily on harming American interests.  Al Qaeda affiliate Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a magazine called “Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience” that called for attacks on the U.S. and provided instructions for the construction of pressure cooker bombs and car bombs.

ADL’s recent report, “Anti-Semitism: A Pillar of Islamic Extremist Ideology” contains multiple additional examples of terrorist exploitation of sentiments about Israel and of anti-Semitism for the purpose of gaining supporters and rallying recruits.

The new Al Qaeda video also calls for unity between terrorist organizations.

Screenshot of the Hebrew speaker from the newest ISIS video threatening Israel

Screenshot from the newest ISIS video threatening Israel

Like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also released a new video threatening Israel this week. The video is the second ISIS video to include a Hebrew speaker, although ISIS has translated official propaganda materials into Hebrew in the past.

Addressing “all the Jews, grandsons of apes and pigs,” the Hebrew speaker threatens that, “we are coming for you from all over the world to kill you.” In a reference to a hadith in which trees and stones tell Muslims where Jews are hiding so the Jews can be killed he goes on to state that there will be, “a big war, the war of the stones and of the trees, and this is near, it is not far.”

ISIS has released at least 17 videos threatening Jews and Israel since the middle of October, as well as multiple other propaganda materials including audio messages and graphics.

In addition, Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, indi­vid­u­als cel­e­brat­ing and pro­mot­ing ter­ror­ism, and even main­stream Arabic-language news out­lets have also added to the online invective encouraging ongoing violence.

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May 7, 2012

Al Qaeda Releases Video of Abducted American

A video of Warren Weinstein, an American Jew who was abducted in Pakistan last August, was released by Al Qaeda yesterday. In the video, Weinstein begs President Obama to “please accept and respond to the demands of the mujahideen,” calling them “easy.” 

“My life is in your hands, Mr. President.  If you accept the demands I live; if you don’t accept the demands then I die… Don’t delay… it will just make things more difficult for me.” 

Weinstein, who appears thin in the video, also criticizes the U.S. government, saying that despite his years of public service (Weinstein had a long career working for various government agencies), not enough has been done to secure his release.

In videos released since Weinstein’s capture, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed responsibility and specifically highlighted Weinstein’s Jewish identity when discussing the demands for his release: “The American Jew… will not return to his family, by the will of Allah, until our demands are met, which include the release of Aafia Siddique, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the family of Sheikh Osama bin Laden, and every single person arrested on allegations of links with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

Other demands include the lifting of the Gaza blockade; a halt to American and allied attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza; and the closure of Guantanamo.

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March 28, 2012

Jihadists Pay Tribute to French Shooter Mohammed Merah

Members of several online jihadist forums have praised Mohammed Merah for his attacks on French Jews and soldiers. Comments on these forums include calls for similar lone-wolf attacks and describe Merah’s shootings as Allah’s revenge on France for its foreign policy and attitude toward Muslims.

Over the weekend, a video tribute to Merah entitled “The Lone Lion” also began circulating on the forums. The video begins with text commending Merah for killing “three French soldiers returning from Afghanistan” and “a Jewish rabbi and his children.” It also applauds him for fighting “the French special forces with courage until he was killed as a martyr.”

Funeral footage of Merah’s victims in France and Israel is juxtaposed with images of bleeding Palestinians and videos of Israeli airstrikes carried out by “the enemies of Allah, the Jews.” This section suggests the type of moral equivalence that Merah claimed prompted him to undertake his attacks. 

The video also includes recordings of Osama bin Laden speaking about a promised war “between us and the Jews” and of current Al Qaeda leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, describing England and the U.S. as legitimate targets because of the civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. 

The video concludes with a warning, apparently directed at French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that Merah’s wave of terror “is the beginning.”

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