Jewish Journal

Al Qaeda spokesman talks about Jewish roots

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 15, 2009 | 5:55 pm

Al Qaeda spokesman Azzam the American, previously known when he grew up in Southern California, is not dead. He’s so not dead that now he’s talking about his Jewish heritage. Classic propaganda in which Azzam, the hero of this story, has seen the proverbial light and wisened up to the ways of the evil entity, AKA Israel.

The AP has more about a 34-minute message Azzam released over the weekend:

“My grandfather was a Zionist and a zealous supporter of the usurper entity and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations. He used to repeat to me what he claimed are the virtues of this entity and encourage me to visit ... where relatives of ours live,” Gadahn said in fluent Arabic in the recording produced by al-Qaida’s media arm and posted Saturday on an Islamic Web site.

Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, was charged with treason in the U.S. in 2006 and has been wanted since 2004 by the FBI, which is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.

Gadahn said his grandfather gave him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s book “A Place Among The Nations,” which discusses the Arab-Iraeli dispute.

“He puts forth his feeble arguments and unmasked lies to justify the Jews’ rape of Muslim Palestine,” Ghadan said of the book.

Read the rest here. Thanks for the link, Danielle.

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