Washington, D.C., is one of four cities worldwide in which Jewish citizens are being targeted, according to a message from Osama bin Laden’s son that urged lone wolf attacks in the U.S. and the West. Hamza bin Laden also called for attacks on “Jewish interests” in London, Paris, and Tel Aviv.
The audio recording of Hamza’s remarks was shared by extremists on Twitter and is the first message on behalf of al-Qaeda from Hamza, who said in the recording that it is time to move the war in the Middle East across the ocean.
“This is your duty,” he said, claiming Islam is under attack by the Crusaders. He likened the Crusader enemy to an evil bird, with America as its head and NATO and Israel as its wings. “Apostate” leaders of the Muslim states, such as the Saudis, are the body. An Arabic transcript posted with the message indicated it was recorded in May or June of this year.
“One operation from a loyal knight from your knights who chose his target and did well in his selection, and did his job and did well in his job, it would shake the policy of a great nation in a dire fashion,” Hamza said. “So then, what would tens of operations do?”
Jewish leaders are urging preparations in light of next month’s observance of Rosh Hashanah, a major Jewish holiday. An alert posted by the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America & the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, “called for increased training for volunteers and staff at Jewish institutions ahead of Rosh Hashanah, including establishing relationships with local law enforcement and reviewing communications and plans for responding to an active shooter,” according to The Time of Israel.
“This is not the first time that senior ranking members of al-Qaeda have called for attacks on world or American Jewry,” said Paul Goldenberg, SCN’s director. “This individual and al-Qaeda are waning — with that said, their rhetoric is becoming more incendiary with the hope they will move their masses.”
“The community has dealt with similar threats, we’re asking the community that they attend Rosh Hashanah services and celebrations and to continue to have whatever plans they had to enjoy and celebrate our New Year,” he added.
h/t: The Times of Israel
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