February 29, 2024 Special Dispatch No. 11159

Al-Qaeda Essay By Sayf Al-'Adl Praises Gazan Mujahideen As Examples Of Morality, Calls To Open 'Series Of Fronts' Against Jews, Declaring Them Worse Than Nazis, Justifying The Holocaust

February 29, 2024
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 11159

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On February 15, 2024, Al-Sahab, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Central Command, published a ten-page essay titled "This is Gaza: The Days of the Ceasefire and Palestine for the Past 75 Years until Today."[1] Fifth in a series of essays released since the outbreak of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in October 2023,[2] it is ascribed to Salem Al-Sharif, referred to here also as Muhammad Salah Al-Din Zaydan, the real name of the senior Al-Qaeda leader known as Sayf Al-'Adl [Sword of Justice].[3] Since Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Kabul in July 2022, Sayf Al-'Adl is widely assumed to be running the organization from Iran, although Al-Qaeda has officially confirmed neither Al-Zawahiri's death nor his succession by Sayf Al-'Adl.[4]

Discussing the hostage deal between Hamas and Israel in late November 2023, under which Hamas freed 105 Israelis over the course of a week in exchange for about three times the number of Palestinian prisoners, Al-Sharif effusively praises the Gazan mujahideen as paragons of morality, while accusing "Jews" and "Zionists" of heinous crimes in virulently antisemitic rhetoric.

Gazan Mujahideen Are Paragons Of Morality, Their Attack Shames Muslims Who Refrain From Jihad

According to the essay, the Palestinian mujahideen are a "towering moral summit to which no nationalist or Islamic liberation movement has preceded them" in terms of their efforts to free Muslim prisoners, and all their actions are conducted "with Divine patronage." Praising the Gazan mujahideen as "giants of asymmetric warfare," Al-Sharif notes their successes in the current war, despite their weaker capabilities compared to those of Israel's military.

The essay calls Hamas' attack "shari'a proof against every weak person who refrains from jihad," which opened a "gate of shame… against the governments of Arab and Muslim countries." It asks: "Although the [Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated] International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which neighbors the American Al-Udeid Base in Qatar issued a fatwa that jihad is an individual duty for the armies and governments, has any of the governments of shame heeded their call?"

Noting that many Muslim countries are complicit in Israel's war on Gaza, Al-Sharif further asks: "Isn't Gaza being bombed from the Americans' depots at the Al-Udeid Base in Qatar, İncirlik in Turkey, and the depots in the UAE and Saudi Arabia?" He claims that "Turkey continues to provide the Jews with all their needs of food and clothing," and asks: "Can these regimes be expected to support the mujahideen, expel ambassadors, and cut ties [with Israel]?"

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[1] February 15, 2024.

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