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September 25, 2013

Westgate Attack Underscores Al Shabaab’s Battle With Jews And Israel

In an interview with Al Jazeera on Monday, Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Abulaziz Abu Muscab, said that in addition to Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia, the terrorist group attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi because it is a place “where there are Jewish and American shops. So we have to attack them.”al-shabaab-symbol-al-qaeda

Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-linked ter­ror­ist group that claimed respon­si­bil­ity for attack­ing the West­gate mall on Sat­ur­day, has previously declared an “open bat­tle” against Israel, which it deems the “oppress­ing Zion­ist entity,” and Jew­ish inter­ests in Africa.

In 2012, Kenyan sup­port­ers of Al Shabaab published a pre­dom­i­nantly Swahili-language online ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine fea­turing English-language arti­cles that describe Jews as “the worst enemy of Islam.” The mag­a­zine, titled Gaidi Mtaani, roughly trans­lated as “Ter­ror­ism Street,” cast “the Zion­ist with their Amer­i­can part­ners” as the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the “cru­sade” in Soma­lia and crit­i­cized the Kenyan pres­i­dent for trav­el­ing to Israel to secure Israeli coop­er­a­tion for coun­tert­er­ror­ism efforts. 

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Screenshot from Gaidi Mtaani

The authors warned that they will not “dif­fer­en­ti­ate between civil­ians and com­bat­ants” and called on Kenya’s cit­i­zens to “reflect on the mag­ni­tude of what is yet to come,” cit­ing the 1998 bomb­ing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya that killed over 200 people.

Israeli inter­ests had previously been tar­geted by Al Qaeda in Kenya, includ­ing an attempt to shoot down an Israeli air­liner and an attack on an Israeli-owned resort in 2002.

In November 2009, Al Shabaab announced the establishment of Al Quds Brigade, a military unit specifically tasked with attacking Israel and freeing “Islamic holy places” from the Israelis.

See ADL’s Report: Al Shabaab’s Amer­i­can Recruits

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August 10, 2012

Kenyan Al Qaeda Supporters’ Magazine Takes On Jews And Obama

A predominantly Swahili-language online terrorist magazine, apparently written by Kenyan supporters of the Somali-based Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab, features English-language articles that describe Jews as “the worst enemy of Islam,” as well as a “Wanted Dead or Alive” poster of President Barak Obama.

Screenshot from Gaidi Mtaani article

The magazine, titled Gaidi Mtaani, roughly translated as “Terrorism Street,” is replete with the graphics and layout reminiscent of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-language terrorist magazine, Inspire. Two issues have been released since April 2012.

The English articles repeatedly describe Kenya’s military incursion into Somalia to combat Al Shabaab as “a clear manifestation of hatred of Muslims” and part of “America’s global war on Islam.”  The magazine claims the objective of this American proxy war is to “Crush Islam or Islamic Renaissance.”

The magazine casts “the Zionist with their American partners” as the beneficiaries of the “crusade” in Somalia and criticizes the Kenyan president for traveling to Israel to secure Israeli cooperation for counterterrorism efforts.  Although the English articles do not directly threaten Israeli or Jews, Israeli interests had previously been targeted by Al Qaeda in Kenya, including an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner and an attack on an Israeli-owned resort in 2002.

The authors warn that they will not “differentiate between civilians and combatants” and call on Kenya’s citizens to “reflect on the magnitude of what is yet to come,” citing the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya that killed over 200 people.

Al Shabaab and its supporters have been blamed for repeated grenade and gun attacks in Kenya since Kenya began military operations in Somalia last October.

The Muslim Youth Center, a Kenyan organization supportive of Al Shabaab, has promoted the magazine via its Twitter account and blog, which was taken down shortly after the magazine was advertised.

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