Al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a speech today, the ninth edition of his “Brief Messages To A Victorious Ummah”. A transcript of the speech, entitled “Tel Aviv Is Also the Land of Muslims”, evidently timed for the movement of the U.S. Embassy in Israel tomorrow, was released by al-Qaeda’s As-Sahab Media enterprise and is reproduced below.
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In the name of Allah, and praise be to Allah and prayers and peace be upon the prophet of Allah and his family and his companions and those who follow him
Oh Muslim brothers everywhere, may Allah’s peace and mercy and blessings be upon you.
As for what follows:
There was a big uproar over America’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem.
The sellers of Palestine and the countries of agency and treachery announced: this is contrary to the agreements and decisions of the most arrogant.
I do not address the sellers of Palestine, nor the countries which claim to protect the creed and defend Muslims, while they are the agents of the enemies of Muslims [i.e. Saudi Arabia].
But I address every honourable and free Muslim, and I say to them: we must fight the battle of consciousness before the battle of weapons, and we must be free of illusions, and we must not mix up the enemy from friend, and we must realize the schemes of the enemy, and we do not back down before it.
To remind my Muslim and mujahideen brothers and the sincere scholars, I would like to clarify to them that all countries of the Islamic world which are members in the United Nations have recognized Israel by signing the United Nations Charter, which confirms the unity and territorial integrity of each of its states, including Israel, and they recognized—also by the same signature—rule without shari’a; they were satisfied with ruling by the decisions of the Security Council and the General Assembly, among them the decision to partition in the year 1947. The decisions of resolution 242 and so forth were a series of decisions of defeat and surrender. Many of them established public and private relations with Israel, and wanted Tel Aviv and West Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, despite it also being Islamic land where Jews were not allowed to be abandoned [i.e. left unsupervised].
What was the result of the policy of evading the rule by shari’a and seeking to appease the West, with the result of the loss of the religion and the world?
My Muslim brothers: Trump was clear and frank, and revealed the true face of the modern Crusade, which does not deal with retreat and reconciliation, and only da’wa [missionary activity] and jihad can resist it.
This fact was realized by the pioneers of jihad, and Shaykh Usama [bin Ladin]—may Allah have mercy on him—who announced that America is the Hubal of the era, and the first enemy of the Muslims, and he swore that American would not dream of security until we actually live it in Palestine, and until all the disbelieving armies depart from the land of Muhammad, may Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him.
So this is the way to liberate Palestine and all abodes of Islam and establish shari’a and the Caliphate: verily, it is a path of da’wa, to rule by shari’a, and unity around the word of tawhid [monotheism], and jihad for the sake of Allah. Every other way retreats before the greatest criminals keen on obtaining a little gain, and [acting out of the] fear of classification [as a terrorist group] is the path of the loss of religion and the world.
So what we need today is to liberate Palestine, and all the other abodes of Muslims is to declare takfir [excommunication] upon this criminal international tyrannical system, and unite around the word of tawhid, and embark in the battle of da’wa and jihad as one umma [Islamic community or nation] on multiple fronts, not as separate groups that retreat before the imperatives of the greatest criminals.
Our last prayer is praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s prayer and peace be upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and his companions. And may Allah’s prayer and peace and blessings be upon you.