Al-Qaeda call on Seymour Hersh, George Galloway & Robert Fisk to “join Islam”

September 08, 2006


1. Al-Qaeda call on Hersh, Galloway & Fisk
2. Al-Qaeda terrorist has Jewish roots
3. Rumsfeld: Terrorists manipulate the media
4. AP headline protects Fatah terrorists
5. Corruption of the media: The “Qana” incident
6. Hitler, Hizbullah and useful idiots
7. Mohammed’s cartoons “caused” German terror plot

[Note by Tom Gross]


In a much underreported segment of the most recent al-Qaeda video, released on September 2, 2006, Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, together with an American member of al-Qaeda, call on The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh, the British MP George Galloway (who also writes for The Guardian) and Robert Fisk of the Independent to “come over to the side of truth.”

Adam Yehiye Gadahn, an American convert to Islam who is now a senior member of al-Qaeda, calls on “investigative journalists like Seymour Hersh to reveal the extent of… the cowardice of the [American] regime.”

In a later section of the 48-minute video Gadahn says: “As for those who have expressed their respect and admiration for Islam, and acknowledged that it is the truth, and demonstrated their support and sympathy for the Muslims and their causes – like George Galloway, Robert Fisk and countless others – I say to them: isn’t it time you stopped sitting on the fence and came over to the side of truth?” (i.e. converted to Islam).

This is not the first time Robert Fisk has been mentioned in an al-Qaeda video. For more, please see “Osama Bin Laden praises Robert Fisk (& other items)” (Nov. 4, 2004).


Adam Yehiye Gadahn, the American convert to Islam who starred in the video released by al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, is of Jewish ancestry, and is originally from Orange County, California. Wearing a white robe and turban, and speaking in both English and Arabic, he urged Americans to convert to Islam. Gadahn said that those working for President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are invited to embrace Islam, but they “should hurry.”

He was born Adam Pearlman on September 1, 1978, the grandson of a prominent Jewish surgeon and the son of the musician Phil Pearlman, who converted to Christianity and changed his name to Gadahn.

In 1995, Gadahn posted an essay on the USC website describing his conversion, it was titled “Becoming a Muslim.” According to his family, Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998 where he married an Afghan.

This is Gadahn’s second appearance in an al-Qaeda video. In a video marking the one-year anniversary of the July 7, 2005 London transport bombs, Gadahn urged Muslims not to “shed tears” for Westerners killed in al-Qaeda attacks. He is wanted by the FBI in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States. The FBI believes he attended al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaeda translator and English-language spokesman.

The reason I mention that Gadahn is of Jewish origin is that the public and journalists on this list should be aware of the phenomena of a few psychologically disturbed Jews or people of Jewish origin, who are making it their goal to attack Israel, the West and fellow Jews.

These often highly intelligent Jews and former Jews at work in media and academia are often used to justify anti-Semitic opinions by others. It is important to realize that just because they are of Jewish origin, they do not represent other Jews.

For example, discussing the Parliamentary All-Party Enquiry on Anti-Semitism in the UK (see yesterday’s dispatch titled “Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and Heidi convert to Islam in Turkey”), the flagship BBC program “Today” yesterday invited on as their leading guest commentator a well know leftist Jewish extremist, Professor Steven Rose, to denounce his fellow Jews for causing anti-Semitism. For more on him, see Adloyada and normblog.

The other BBC guest expert on anti-Semitism was Inayat Bunglawala. For more, see: Reuters employee issues “Zionist pig” death threat, (May 30, 2006),.

There are a number of prominent self-hating Israelis too. See, for example:


U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said last week that “the thing that keeps me up at night,” is terrorist groups “manipulating the media” to influence Westerners.

He told 200 naval aviators and other navy personnel at a training base: “What bothers me the most is how clever the enemy is. They are actively manipulating the media in this country” by, for example, falsely blaming U.S. troops for civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. “They can lie with impunity,” he said, while U.S. troops are held to a high standard of conduct.

Later on the same day, at a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada, Rumsfeld said, “The enemy lies constantly – almost totally without penalty… They portray our cause as a war on Islam when in fact the overwhelming majority of victims of their terrorism have been the thousands and thousands of innocent Muslims – men, women and children – that they have killed…”


The Associated Press was up to its usual tricks in a headline on September 4, 2006, which proclaimed that “Palestinian teachers’ strike hurts boy.” Newspaper readers who only read headlines (which is most people) would be forgiven for thinking that Palestinian kids were being hurt because the teachers didn’t turn up.

What really happened, as we learn from reading the whole article, is that: “Masked militants trying to keep students away from school during a politically charged Palestinian teachers’ strike on Sunday shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy.”

Meanwhile, it is not until the eighth paragraph that the reader can ascertain that the “masked militants” are from Fatah, the party repeatedly referred to as “moderate” in articles in The New York Times, and on the BBC and so on.

The 12-year-old boy, who was seriously wounded, was shot in the West Bank city of Nablus. Western human rights groups, apparently, have nothing to say since they are too busy attacking the U.S. and Israel.


All summer long, keen-eyed bloggers have exposed the duplicitous use of photos and text, particularly when it comes to casting Israel in a bad light, by the mainstream media.

For a very good overview of this, I would suggest reading the following:


Some have asked me how supposedly intelligent journalists can be so easily taken in by the enemies of western democracy. The answer is easily. We only have to look at how many western journalists were taken in by the Nazis and some were positively gushing about Hitler.

The Israeli-American novelist (and subscriber to this email list) Naomi Ragen points to this article from “Home and Garden Magazine” in November 1938 (at the same time as Kristallnacht) and suggests that journalists have always been duped by fascist dictators. According to the magazine Hitler was a great interior decorator.

“The colour scheme throughout this bright, airy chalet is light jade green. The Führer is his own decorator, designer and furnisher, as well as architect... [Hitler] has a passion about cut flowers in his home.” The magazine also adds that Hitler “delights in the society of brilliant foreigners, especially painters, musicians and singers. As host, he is a droll raconteur...”

The Guardian has helpfully reproduced the article here.


An article published on September 2, 2006 by the leading French daily Le Monde claims that the publication of the Mohammed’s caricatures in the Western press was the “detonating element” behind the decision to carry out a terrorist attack on Germany’s trains.

The director of Germany’s federal police told the German weekly magazine Focus that Mohammed el Hajdib, one of the main suspects, interpreted such caricatures as an affront of the West against Islam. The caricatures were first published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on September 30, 2005 and were then reprinted by several other European newspapers.

According to the German police, the two men settled in Germany from Lebanon. But their radicalization only happened once in Germany through the propaganda of al-Qaeda on the internet, said investigators. The German daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported security services as saying that the two men initially wanted to carry out the attack during the soccer World Cup (June 9- July 9) but eventually changed their minds.

For more, see:,1-0@2-3214,36-809038@51-804687,0.html.

For more on the Mohammed cartoons, see “To be or not to be, that is the question,” not just asked by a famous fictional Dane (Feb. 7, 2006).

-- Tom Gross

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