The leader of Al Qaeda has urged Palestinians to carry out attacks against Israel in a video released to coincide with the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online activity of jihadist groups, reported that a video released by the Al Qaeda terror group shows 68-year-old chief Ayman al-Zawahri calling on Palestinians to seek “martyrdom” by attacking Israelis with suicide vests, among other calls to violence.
During another portion of the address, al-Zawahri said, “If you want Jihad to be focused solely on military targets, the American military has presence all over the world, from the East to the West. Your countries are littered with American bases, with all the infidels therein and the corruption they spread.”
Al-Zawahri’s speech was recorded in a 33-minute, 28-second video produced by the group’s as-Sahab Media Foundation.
As an indicator of when the speech may have been recorded, al-Zawahri references President Donald Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, which was announced on March 25. He calls on Palestinians to seek “martyrdom” by attacking Israelis with a suicide vest in response.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, became leader of Al Qaeda following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs. He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions. A July report by the U.N. cited reports that he is “in poor health” but provided no details.
Below we detail some of the connections between the 9/11 attacks and the Palestinian cause, showing that the same hatred that afflicted America on that fateful day is the same hate that Israel is defending itself from today.
Osama bin Laden justified the attack based on the Israel-Palestinian conflict
In 2007, Al Jazeera released a series of recordings from Osama Bin Laden where he spoke of his reasons for carrying out the attacks on the Twin Towers.
Bin Laden explained: “The events of Manhattan were retaliation against the American-Israeli alliance’s aggression against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, and I am the only one responsible for it.”
Bin Laden’s son keeps talking about how the Palestinian cause is their motive for terror
If the connection between Osama Bin Laden and the 9/11 attackers was ever in doubt, last year it was reported that Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama, had married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks. It was reported on 31 July 2019 that Hamza bin Laden was killed in an airstrike.
On the 14 August 2015, Hamza released his first audio message. In it he called for followers in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza to wage jihad (holy war) on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.
On 11 May 2016 it was reported he had released an audio message focused on the issues of Palestine and the Syrian Civil War. He said the “blessed Syrian revolution” had made the prospect of “liberating” Jerusalem more likely.
In July 2016, media reported that he had issued an audio message threatening the United States in revenge for his father’s death. In the 21-minute speech entitled “We Are All Osama”, he said “We will continue striking you [America] and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine…”.
In May 2017 a video was released in which Hamza calls on his followers to attack Jews, Americans, Westerners and Russians, via lone wolf attacks using any means possible.
In December 2017, Al-Qaida’s central leadership invoked the group’s founder in its first ever statement condemning President Trump, quoting Osama bin Laden as saying once, “I swear by Allah, America and those who live in America shall never even dream of peace until we experience it as a reality in Palestine.”
Fatah official talks about Osama bin Laden and the Palestinians
Senior Fatah official, Jibril Rajoub, who is currently the head of the Palestinian FA (although has been suspended for a year after invoking death threats against Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi) and met with Prince William during his Royal Visit this year has also spoken about Osama bin Laden and 9/11.
In a video posted by MEMRI, Rajoub says he often wondered why no Palestinians were involved in 9/11.
He explains that he spoke with one of Osama bin Laden’s people and asked him why they never used any Palestinians in their terror attack. The response was that this was a deliberate decision as the al-Qaeda leadership did not want to implicate the Palestinians in the attack. They already had enough to deal with.
Whilst no Palestinians took part in the attack, we know that the Palestinian cause was a major factor to al-Qaeda’s leaders and is a major cause for their terrorism today.
Hamas celebrated the attack as an “answer to prayers” in official newspaper
Ten days after the attacks happened, on 17 September, the Hamas official weekly newspaper Al-Risala published an article by Dr. Atallah Abu Al Subh with the headline, “Allah has answered our prayers; The Sword of Vengeance has Reached America and Will Strike Again and Again”.
A similar approach was taken by Al-Risala editor Dr. Ghazi Hamad, who wrote in his weekly column: “I will not discuss the issue from the emotional point of view, but on the basis of the rule that determines that ‘the punishment fits the crime.’”
Palestinians in Jerusalem celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks
Unfortunately, some Palestinians also welcomed and celebrated this deadly terror attack on American civilians.
Below is video footage, released shortly after the attacks, showing Palestinians in East Jerusalem celebrating 9/11.
There were claims that this footage is fake or from a different event. This is not true. Let’s be clear, this footage is real.
The New York Post wrote a piece on this incident in 2015 when they were defending President Trump’s recollection of watching Palestinians celebrating the attack. Again, people were claiming this was false and that there was “no evidence” of this.
However, even Snopes confirms, with detailed evidence, that this footage is, in fact, legitimate.
They explain how someone in the video uses the name “Osama Bin Laden” and have statements from CNN and Reuters along with accounts from reporters who were threatened and had film confiscated because the Palestinian Authority was trying to stop the images from being released.
Here is some of the footage: