December 8, 2017 Al-Qaeda is urging followers around the world to carry out attacks on the United States, its allies and Israel in response to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week.
In a statement posted on al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab in both Arabic and English on Friday, the terrorist organization called for holy war or jihad and described America as a modern-era “pharaoh” oppressing Muslims. The statement reads:
“the surest and quickest way to confront the aggression of the pharaoh of our age — America — is jihad in Allah’s name by targeting the vital interests of the United States and its Zionist and Crusader (Christian) allies everywhere.”
The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a 30-year-old Gazan was killed and dozens more were wounded in clashes between Israeli forces and protesters along Gaza’s security fence. The ministry said that Mohammed Al-Masri died Friday after being struck by live fire east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, and that more than 35 Palestinians were injured.
Protesters from Jordan to Indonesia took to the streets after Friday prayers to protest President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Protesters were seen on video burned Israeli and U.S. flags or stomped on Trump posters in displays of anger.
Both Turkish and Russian President’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin expressed concern that President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will “negatively affect peace and stability in the region” during a telephone call on Thursday. The two are scheduled to meet on December 11 to discuss Jerusalem’s status and other issues.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."