Anti-Israel

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, October 6, 2002

“It brings us both laughter and tears to see that you have not yet tired of repeating your fabricated lies that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine, as it was promised to the in the Torah. Anyone who disputes with them on this alleged fact is accused of anti-Semitism. This is one of the most fallacious, widely circulated fabrications in history. The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites. It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed.”Bruce Lawrence, trans., Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (London: Verso, 2005), 162.

Hassan Izz-al-Din, Hezbollah member, October 2002

“If they [Israel] go from Shebaa, we will not stop fighting them. Our goal is to liberate the 1948 borders of Palestine.”Jeffrey Goldberg, “A Reporter At Large: In The Part Of God (Part I),” New Yorker, October 14, 2002, http://www.jeffreygoldberg.net/articles/tny/a_reporter_at_large_in_the_par.php.

Ahmed Yassin, Hamas founder, June 2002

“We reject this US domination and this frantic war. From our side, we concentrate on striking blows to it here in Palestine, with the aim of ironing out the Jewish entity in Palestine, which is the cause of trouble in the world... America... always works in favor of the existence of the Israeli entity... This is mainly due to the Zionist-Christian conviction and the 70 million Americans who follow the Protestant creed, which is in favor of Jews against the Muslims. The same applies to most of Britain's population... Because the Israeli and American enemies are ravaging the earth; they do not believe in anything besides power. The Ummah must adopt the principle of Jihad and fighting the enemies.”“Hamas in Their Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, May 2, 2011, http://www.adl.org/anti-semitism/muslim-arab-world/c/hamas-in-their-own-words.html.

HT Britain leaflet, March 2002

“Today the mujahideen in Palestine provide us with the best of examples. The youth are competing in the martyrdom operations [i.e., suicide attacks].”David Leigh, “Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir,” Guardian (London), July 22, 2005, http://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/jul/22/pressandpublishing.

HT Britain leaflet, March 2002

“Before the ink had dried, the Jewish state began to wage a new aggression against the people of Palestine. It went to extremes in its killing, destruction and eviction.”David Leigh, “Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir,” Guardian (London), July 22, 2005, http://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/jul/22/pressandpublishing.

Ali Khamenei, January 31, 2002

“Ever since the emergence of the cancerous tumor of Zionism in Palestine, the Western countries have been acting in collusion with the Zionist regime. In other words, Israel has been tasked with protecting the regional interests of the Western powers by posing a constant threat to the security of the Islamic countries in the region. And the Western countries, in return, have pledged to fully support this cancerous tumor. Today, it is the United States that is playing a major role in supporting the Zionist entity.” “Leader's Statements in a Meeting with Participants in IWMC,” The Center for preserving and Publishing the Works of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, January 31, 2002, http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=162&Itemid=31.

Unnamed PIJ leader, 2002

“The Zionist entity shows us nothing but naked and brutal power, which makes any kind of restraint on our part impossible. We don't have tanks or Apaches or F-16s, but we have the determination to be martyrs.”Muhammad Muslih, “‘They Took Our Land, so Why Shouldn’t I Kill Them?” New York Times, April 26, 2002, http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/26/opinion/26iht-edmus_ed3_.html.

Hassan Fadlallah, Al-Manar news director, 2002

“Neutrality like that of Al Jazeera is out of the question for us. We cover only the victim, not the aggressor. CNN is the Zionist news network, Al Jazeera is neutral, and Al Manar takes the side of the Palestinians.”Jeffrey Goldberg, “A Reporter At Large: In The Part Of God (Part I),” New Yorker, October 14, 2002, http://www.jeffreygoldberg.net/articles/tny/a_reporter_at_large_in_the_par.php.

Firas Mansour, Al-Manar video editor mixing footage of Israeli soldiers firing on Palestinians in the West Bank with a Hezbollah fight song, 2002

“What I’m doing is synchronizing the gunshots to form the downbeat of the song. This is my technique. I thought of it. I’m going to call it ‘Death to Israel.’”Jeffrey Goldberg, “A Reporter At Large: In The Part Of God (Part I),” New Yorker, October 14, 2002, http://www.jeffreygoldberg.net/articles/tny/a_reporter_at_large_in_the_par.php.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, December 2, 2001

“The masters in Washington and Tel Aviv are using the regimes to protect their interests and to fight the battle against the Muslims on their behalf.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 196-197.