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May 11, 2012 0

AQAP Bin Laden Tribute Focuses on Israel

Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Peninsula’s media arm released an English-language book­let in trib­ute to Osama Bin Laden today titled “In Remem­brance of Usama.” The mate­r­ial, which con­sists of a col­lec­tion of quotes from the for­mer Al Qaeda leader, largely focuses on Jews and Israel and how they, along with Amer­ica, are at war with Islam.

“The Cru­saders and the Jews joined together and invaded the home of Islam,” reads one of the Bin Laden quotes. “’Greater Israel’ which includes inside its bor­ders large parts of Iraq, Egypt, a pass through Syria, Lebanon, Jor­dan, the entire Pales­tine and large parts of the hara­main [Saudi Arabia].”

Some of the quotes are taken from poetry Bin Laden wrote about the Pales­tini­ans in which he promised the lib­er­a­tion of Jerusalem and praised the “purest of blood” of Pales­tin­ian “mar­tyrs.” He exhorts Mus­lims that “your broth­ers in Pales­tine are eagerly await­ing. They are await­ing that you anni­hi­late Amer­ica and Israel.”

Bin Laden is also quoted call­ing on young Mus­lims to join jihad and tar­get Amer­i­cans and Jews by say­ing that “killing them through­out the globe is one of the great­est duties and lead­ing right­eous acts to Allah.” A quote in which he describes Jews as “those who fab­ri­cated lies against the Cre­ator” is cited else­where in the booklet.

The pub­li­ca­tion was pre­pared ahead of the one year anniver­sary of the raid on Bin laden’s com­pound by Amer­i­can forces in Abbot­tabad. The edi­tors, appar­ently the same team cur­rently pro­duc­ing the English-language ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine Inspire, trans­lated sev­eral mes­sages from Bin Laden as “an eye-opener for those who aren’t yet famil­iar with the mujahideen’s cause.” They also praised him as a mar­tyr, writ­ing that it was “what he wish for… for the last three decade [sic].”

AQAP’s focus on Pales­tini­ans and Israel is also preva­lent in the two most recent issues of Inspire mag­a­zine, released ear­lier in the month. The mag­a­zine com­pares events in Syria to “the Jew­ish treat­ment of the Pales­tini­ans.” One of the ads attacks Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu, com­par­ing him to Satan, and claim­ing that “they (the Jews) have the audac­ity to dis­tort the word of Allah [paren­the­sis in the orig­i­nal].” Other mes­sages in Inspire say, “Israel Can’t Hide” and call for attacks against Israeli tar­gets as well as “Zion­ist and Zionist-friendly cru­sader media,” and “places where Jews are gath­ered, their lead­ing per­son­al­i­ties and insti­tu­tions in Europe.”

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