Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"From Osama to Obama," Al-Jazeera English Documentary on Al-Qa'ida Central's Propaganda Hijacking of Palestinian Suffering & Human Rights Aspirations

"We're Coming, O' Jews...from Iraq, Khurasan, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb [North Africa], Yemen...." Pictured from left: Usama bin Laden, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mukhtar Robow, 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal a.k.a. Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud.

Embedded below (via its YouTube channel) is a new Al-Jazeera English documentary on al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) propaganda hijacking of the suffering of the Palestinian people who are living under occupation in an attempt to further the violent, transnational ideology of AQC leaders Usama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. Among one of those interviewed is 'Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-'Arabi [Arab Jerusalem] and one of the foremost experts on AQC and Sunni Arab jihadi movements (see his excellent BOOK).

AQC has long attempted to gain a foothold in the occupied Palestinian Territories, but has largely been thwarted by the largest indigenous Palestinian Islamist movement, HAMAS. HAMAS and its chief political rival, the Fatah party led by Mahmoud "Abu Mazen" 'Abbas have traded accusations that the other is supporting pro-AQC groups in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Several small jihadi-takfiri groups have emerged in the Palestinian Territories, including Jaysh al-Ummah [Army of the Nation], Jaysh al-Islam [Army of Islam], and Jund Ansar Allah [Soldiers of God's Partisans; JAA]. HAMAS dealt a severe military blow to JAA in August when the two sides clashed in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Following their clash, HAMAS was roundly condemned by AQC and like-minded organizations including al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq (of which al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq, AQI, is the largest member), and al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).


Watch the Al-Jazeera English documentary

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