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Al Qaeda's Jihad Against Israel and Jews RULE Al Qaeda: In Their Own Words

Posted: February 5, 2009


Al Qaeda Renews Call For Attacks On Israel and Jews
Al Qaeda's Focus on Israel and Jews
Al Qaeda: In Their Own Words
Al Qaeda in the Palestinian Territories

Hatred of Jews has been part of Al Qaeda ideology since its founding.  Israel has also been a focus of Al Qaeda propaganda.  For example, in one of bin Laden's early public statements, which he issued in 1994, he attacked what he considered the Saudis' official endorsement of the Oslo peace accord.  In 1998, bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri jointly-issued a fatwa introducing the "World Islamic Front against the Jews and Crusaders."  The fatwa asserted that "to kill the Americans and their allies – civilians and military – is an individual duty incumbent on every Muslim in all countries, in order to liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem) and the Holy Mosque from their grip, so that their armies leave all the territory of Islam, defeated, broken, and unable to threaten any Muslim."

 

Indeed, several of the terrorists involved in the September 11th terrorist attacks were to a great extent motivated by their hatred toward Jews.  Mohamed Atta and Ramzi Binalshibh, key members of the Hamburg cell responsible for the attacks, considered New York City the center for a global Jewish conspiracy.  Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who masterminded the attack, had previously developed several plans to attack Israeli and Jewish targets.

 

Examples of statements inciting violence against Jews and Israel by Al Qaeda leadership since the September 11 terrorist attacks include:

 

Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda Leader

 

  • "There is only one strong way to bring the return of Al-Aqsa and Palestine, and that is jihad in the path of God." – January 2009 
  •  "Muslim nation, you are capable of defeating the Zionist entity with your popular capabilities and your great hidden strength -- without the support of [Arab] leaders and despite the fact that most of [the leaders] stand in the barracks of the Crusader-Zionist alliance." – January 2009
  • "We are with you and we will not let you down. Our fate is tied to yours in fighting the crusader-Zionist coalition, in fighting until victory or martyrdom." – January 2009
  • "We will continue, God permitting, the fight against the Israelis and their allies ... and will not give up a single inch of Palestine as long as there is one true Muslim on earth." – May 2008
  • "The participation of Western leaders with the Jews in this anniversary celebration confirms that the West backs this Jewish occupation of our land, and that they stand in the Israeli corner against us." – May 2008

  • "It is the Palestinians who are oppressed and this is why I am warning how dangerous it is for the media to bolster the White House and the Jewish lobby's falsehoods." – May 2008

  • "Jihad [holy war] is a duty to free Palestine." – May 2008
  • "How do you justify your collaboration with [former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem] Begin, who was the head of the repressive Zionist organization responsible for carrying out the Deir Yassin massacre [of Palestinians] in 1948." – May 2008
  • "The Palestinian cause is the major issue…It was an important element in fueling me from the beginning and the 19 others with a great motive to fight for those subjected to injustice and the oppressed." – May 2008

  • "My address to you is about the siege on Gaza and the way to free it and the rest of Palestine from the hands of the Zionist enemy." – March 2008

  • "O my Muslim Ummah, Palestine and its people have been suffering…for a century at the hands of the Jews and Christians. These two enemies did not take Palestine from us through negotiations and dialogue, but through iron and fire, and that alone is the way to recover it because nothing cuts iron except iron." – March 2008

  • "It is not hidden from you that the closest battlefield of jihad to help our people in Palestine is the battleground of Iraq." – March 2008

  • "In closing I would like to say that Palestine will not return to us through negotiations of the surrendered rulers and their conferences, nor by protests of the sitting scholars and their elections, as these are two faces to the same problem. Palestine will return to us by the permission of Allah if we wake from our ignorance and holdfast to our religion and sacrifice for it our money and lives." – March 2008

  • "We will not recognize a state for the Jews, not even one inch of the land of Palestine… Our jihad is to liberate Palestine – the whole of Palestine, from the river to the sea if Allah wills it… Blood for blood, destruction for destruction." – December 2007 

  • "The events of Manhattan were a response to the American-Israeli coalition's murder of our people in Palestine and Lebanon." – November 2007

  • "I say to you, Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind." – October 2004

  • "The war is between us and the Jews. Any country that steps into the same trench as the Jews has only herself to blame." – May 2002

  • "Polls showed that the vast majority of the sons of the Islamic world were happy about these strikes because they believe that the strikes were in reaction to the huge criminality practiced by Israel and the United States in Palestine and other Muslim countries." – November 2001

  • "Those who distinguish between America and Israel are the real enemies of the nation." – November 2001

  • "Following World War I, which ended more than 83 years ago, the whole Islamic world fell under the crusader banner - under the British, French, and Italian governments. They divided the whole world, and Palestine was occupied by the British. Since then, and for more than 83 years, our brothers, sons, and sisters in Palestine have been badly tortured." – November 2001

  • "Throughout the past years the time hasn't come, until after these attacks, for the establishment of the Palestinian state. They only understand the language of attacks and killings." – October 2001

  • "I said Americans take our money and give it to Israel to kill our children in Palestine. I established a front a few years ago named The Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and the Crusaders. Sometimes we find the right elements to push for one cause more than the other. Last year's blessed intifada helped us to push more for the Palestinian issue. This push helps the other cause. Attacking America helps the cause of Palestine and vice versa. No conflict between the two; on the contrary, one serves the other." – October 2001

  • "We swore that America wouldn't live in security until we live it truly in Palestine. This showed the reality of America, which puts Israel's interest above its own people's interest. America won't get out of this crisis until it gets out of the Arabian Peninsula, and until it stops its support of Israel. This equation can be understood by any American child, but Bush, because he's an Israeli agent, cannot understand this equation unless the swords threatened him above his head." – October 2001

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's Second in Command

  • “I also would like to remind my mujahideen brothers in Gaza that our enemy in Gaza isn't just Israel, but the entire Zionist-Crusader alliance, and leading it is the evil master America.” – February 2009
  • “Congratulations are also in order for all of our families and brothers in Gaza on their martyrs whom Allah, grace and glory be to he, elevated into [paradise].  Congratulations to them on the example they have set for the Muslim nation.” – February 2009
  • "Muslims everywhere, fight against the Zionist-Christian campaign, and strike its interests wherever you encounter them." – January 2009
  • "Thwart the efforts of these traitors by striking the interests of the enemies of Islam - namely, the Christian and the Jews - wherever and by whatever means you can." – January 2009
  • "My Muslim brothers and mujahideen in Gaza and all over Palestine, with the help of Allah we are with you in the battle, we will direct our strikes against the crusader Jewish coalition wherever we can." – January 2009
  • "…we promise our Muslim brothers that we will strive as much as we can to deal blows to the Jews inside Israel and outside it, with Allah's help and guidance. And from Allah we seek help." – April 2008

  • "As for the Mujahideen of HAMAS and the rest of the Mujahideen in Palestine, I supported them and continue to support them, and I call on the Ummah to aid them, especially the tribes of the Sinai." – April 2008

  • "I expect the Jihadi influence to spread after the Americans' exit from Iraq, and to move towards Jerusalem." – April 2008

  • "...we endorse every operation against Jewish interests." – April 2008

  • "… the biggest threat to Islam is the Crusader/Zionist assault and its agents, the apostate rulers." – April 2008

  • "I tell my brothers, the people of the sound methodology in Palestine: you must perform Jihad, then Jihad, then Jihad, and sacrifice in that the most you can, and not hold back from that any expensive or precious thing nor any time or effort. I ask Allah to guide you and all Mujahideen in Palestine and the rest of the homelands of Islam to obey Him and aid His religion." – April 2008

  • "Israel and additional Western targets must be attacked as revenge for Israel's aggressive policy in the Gaza Strip." – March 2008

  • "Muslims, today is your day. Strike the interests of the Jews, the Americans, and all those who participated in the attack on Muslims." – March 2008

  • "Today there is no room for he who says that we should only fight the Jews in Palestine. Let us strike their interests everywhere, just like they gathered against us from everywhere." – March 2008

  • "My Muslim brothers in Palestine: we and the rest of the mujahideen are steadfast alongside you in your jihad and your confrontation against the Zionist crusader enemy... For this is a religious matter and a commandment." – December 2007

  • "You should not concern yourself with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are already doomed.  Instead you should worry about your presence in… Israel, because the jihadi reinforcements are getting closer." – September 2006

  • "Oh Muslims everywhere, I call on you to fight and become martyrs in the war against the Zionists and the crusaders... The war with Israel does not depend on ceasefires... It is a jihad for God's sake and will last until religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq." – July 2006

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Former Al Qaeda in Iraq Leader Killed in June 2006

 

  • "We fight in [Iraq] while our eyes are fixed on Jerusalem." – April 2006

  • "The rockets fired at the grandchildren of monkeys and pigs from the south of Lebanon was only the start of a blessed in-depth strike against the Zionist enemy." – January 2006

Adam Gadahn, American Al Qaeda Spokesman

 

  • "The pivot on which the war today between the Muslims and their enemies revolve [is] Muslim Palestine, which will remain Muslim in spite of Bush and his puppets, in spite of racist tendencies of the Jewish occupiers and in spite of conspiracies like the Mecca Accord and the Annapolis Conference." – January 2008

  • "We raise an urgent appeal to our mujahideen brothers in the Muslim Palestine, the Arabian Peninsula in particular, and the region in general, to be prepared to receive the crusader butcher Bush on his visit to Muslim Palestine and the occupied Peninsula at the beginning of January. They should receive him not with roses and applause but with bombs and booby-traps. God is your master, and they have no master." – January 2008

  • "End all support, moral, military, economic, political, or otherwise, to the bastard state of Israel, and ban your citizens, Zionist Jews, Zionist Christians, and the rest from traveling to occupied Palestine or settling there. Even one penny of aid will be considered sufficient justification to continue the fight." – May 2007

  • "And nor have we mentioned their [Western government's] unconditional support for the butchery and terrorism of their dear friend and ally, Israel, which I imagine everyone knows about." – July 2006

Sulaiman Abu Gaith, Al Qaeda Spokesman

 

  • "We confirm our continuation in working to attack Americans and Jews, and targeting them, both people and buildings… [the U.S. is] in partnership with Jews, the head of corruption and decay ... the reason behind all the injustice and oppression that befell on Muslims." – June 2002




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