Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Calls On Palestinians To Launch All-Out Militarized Uprising To 'Spill Jews' Blood,' Urges Muslims Target Israeli Embassies, Jewish Interests In Asia, America, Europe, And Africa

May 8, 2021

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On May 8, 2021, Al-Malahem, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released[1] a statement calling on Palestinians to launch an all-out intifada ("uprising") "to spill the blood of Jews on the steps of Al-Aqsa" and urged Muslims to support "their brothers in Palestine" by targeting Israeli embassies and Jewish interests everywhere in Asia, America, Europe, and Africa.

The statement begins by citing Quran 5:82 "Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists" to explain that "the true nature of the conflict between us and the Jews and the hatred and hostility that they hide or declare against Muslims have exceeded all the people of falsehood combined." The statement then accused the Jews of manifesting their "hated and hostility" by attacking "our Muslim brothers in the month of Ramadan" and "in the blessed land" and by attacking "families in Al-Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood" and by targeting "worshippers during tarawih [a special prayer Muslims perform during Ramadan] prayer" using rubber bullets, gas, and sound bombs and causing dozens of injuries.

AQAP then declared its solidarity with the Palestinians and wished that its fighters could be there to "defend you and our sanctuaries" and boasted about its war against the U.S., which it described as "the head of unbelief and the defender and protector of the Jews and without its support and protection, the Jews wouldn't dare to do all these atrocities."

Calling on the Palestinians to start an all-out uprising "which does not accept compromises or half solutions nor meeting halfway" the statement states: "[Launch] an uprising that would spill the blood of the Jews on the steps of Al-Aqsa and that would only use force, jihad, and weapons as tools and a path." The statement specifically called on the Palestinians to use "explosives, rockets, guns, knives, catapults, and rocks" against the Jews in this uprising and encouraged lone wolf operations.

This uprising, the statement stresses, must not depend on the Palestinian authorities or Iran and must not rely on the Arab leaders or the international community and the United Nations and the Security Council, which it described as "being under the control of the west."

The statement concluded by calling on Muslims everywhere to support the sanctuaries and "the brothers in Palestine and defend them by targeting the Jewish embassies and interests everywhere in the world in Asia, America, Europe and Africa in support of Palestine and to deter the Israeli enemy."

[1] May 8, 2021

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