ADL blasts al-Qaeda magazine for spreading anti-Semitism

ADL blasts al-Qaeda magazine for spreading anti-Semitism

Latest issue of English-language ‘Inspire,’ published by Yemen affiliate of terror group, glorifies Boston bombings

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday condemned an al-Qaeda linked magazine for continuing to promote anti-Semitism.

The glossy Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, publishes advice for how to carry out terror attacks as well as tropes against non-Muslims.

The latest issue praises brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev for the Boston bombings two months ago which killed three people and injured hundreds.

Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said Inspire’s actual focus was incitement against Jews.

“Anti-Semitism fuels the blood lust of al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine,” Foxman said . “Since the early days of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda has never made a secret of their animus toward Jews, and its current leadership continues to call on its supporters around the world to target Jews and Israelis for acts of terror.  Inspire magazine is anti-Semitic through-and-through and their use of incitement against Jews has served as a central tactic in the terrorist organization’s recruitment process.”

The articles and letters in the 11th issue of the magazine encourage additional attacks on US soil and mentions the Tsarnaev brothers’ use of the magazine for their attack. According to US officials, the brothers got bomb-making tips from the publication.

'Commemorative' photo of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in latest issue of al-Qaeda magazine 'Inspire.' (Screen capture from ADL website)
‘Commemorative’ photo of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in latest issue of al-Qaeda magazine ‘Inspire.’ (Screen capture from ADL website)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of other jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, US officials have said.

A letter to the editor in the latest issue warns Americans: “The peace you enjoyed before Sep­tem­ber 11 is merely just part of his­tory… Amer­i­cans, you should under­stand this sim­ple equa­tion: as you kill you will be killed until you leave our lands and stop sup­port­ing Israel… Yes­ter­day it was Bagh­dad, today it is Boston… You should be ask­ing, ‘Where is next?’”

There are also references to “the Jews and Chris­tians” who “have dis­hon­ored the Mus­lims, des­e­crated our holy places, and cursed the beloved Prophet.”

The issue features tweets from “the mujahideen in the Ara­bian Penin­sula” celebrating the bombings and includes a section lauding the Oklahoma tornadoes.

read more: