Pro-Violence

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, January 2006

“Neglecting jihad, which is prescribed in our religion, is a grievous sin. The best death for us is under the shadow of swords [Paradise]. Do not let your strength and modern arms fool you, for they but win a few battles yet lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are greater, and the end result is the most important thing. With patience and crude weapons we battled the Soviet foe for ten years. We bled their economy and by the grace of Allah they are now nothing. In that there is a lesson for you. Steadfast shall we fight you, until our strongest die, and we shall never quit the struggle until our weapons quit.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 225.

Ismail Haniyeh, future Hamas-designated disputed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, January 2006

“The Americans and the Europeans say to Hamas: either you have weapons or you enter the legislative council. We say weapons and the legislative council. There is no contradiction between the two.”Steven Erlanger and Greg Myre, “Hamas Presses Fatah in Palestinian Vote, Surveys Say,” New York Times, January 26, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/international/middleeast/26mideast.html.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, member of Hamas’s politburo in Gaza, 2006

Hamas’s armed wing “will remain, they will grow, they will be armed more and more until the complete liberation of all Palestine.”Anne Barnard, “Hamas Hardens Campaign Rhetoric - Leaders Praise Jihad and Renew Calls to Fight Israel,” Boston Globe, January 24, 2006, http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2006/01/24/hamas_hardens_campaign_rhetoric/?page=full.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 18, 2005

“Your [Jordan’s King Abdullah II] star is fading. You will not escape your fate, you descendant of traitors. We will be able to reach your head and chop it off.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 10, 2005

“It was agreed that explosive vests would be used in order to strike with precision at the targets, and to cause greater damage. At the time of execution, brother, Abu-Khubayb attacked the leaders of unbelief and atheism with [weapons that] sent them to their fates…” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 10, 2005

“After the blessed attack [November 9, 2005 suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan] conducted by the heroes of the nation, the lions of the al-Barra’ bin-Malik Brigade, against some of the dens of evil in Amman, we committed to explain to Muslims some of the reasons the jihad fighters targeted these dens, so that all may know that we did not target [the dens] until after we had determined that they were centers for waging war against Islam and for supporting the Crusader’s presence in Mesopotamia and the Arabian Peninsula…”David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 10, 2005

“[T]hese specific hotels [November 9, 2005 suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan] were selected for many reasons, including the fact that they had become the favorite work locations for intelligence services, especially those of America, Israel and some Western European countries, with the participation of the intelligence services of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. [These locations contained] the secret war-rooms from which the battles of the so-called ‘War against Terrorism’ are commanded…” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 10, 2005

“After studying the targets and reconnoitering them, execution sites were selected at some of the hotels that the tyrant of Jordan had converted into a back yard for the enemies of the religion: the Jews and the Crusaders, and a place of iniquity for the nation’s apostate traitors…” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, member of Hamas’s politburo in Gaza, October 11, 2005

“The Taliban are 1,000 times more honorable than the American occupation and its collaborators… We are not a copy of the Taliban... Judge us according to what we are. Everyone must stop blaming the Taliban for things that in fact characterize the people of the West, who seek to turn the international community into a swamp of corruption and destruction, and to spread abomination and disease in the name of absolute freedom....”

“We are part of Allah's promise that Islam will enter Palestine and every home in the world, with a revelation of the power of Allah the Omnipotent, and a revelation of the inferiority of the infidels. Hamas is leading this plan in Gaza, the West Bank, and the 1948 territories, and the Muslim Brotherhood is leading it everywhere else. This is part of Allah's predestination.”“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.

Mushir al-Masri, Hamas spokesman, September 16, 2005

“We have come here in multitudes to proclaim that Hirbiya and Ashkelon will be taken by the mujahideen. We have come here to say that the weapons of the resistance that you see here will remain, Allah willing, so that we can liberate Palestine – all of Palestine – from the Sea to the River, whether they like it or not.”“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.