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      Al Qaeda Calls for Attack on Jerusalem

      While the eyes of the world watch the Durban II racism conference in Geneva, the al-Qaeda terrorist group called again for an attack on Israel.
      By Hana Levi Julian
      First Publish: 4/20/2009, 3:53 PM

      Israel News Photo: (as-Sahab)

      While the eyes of the world are focused on the Durban II racism conference in Geneva, the international al-Qaeda terrorist organization issued a new call for an attack on Israel.

      The deputy al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, urged the group's Iraqi followers to sneak the borders and "liberate" Jerusalem in a new recording posted on the As-Sahab terrorist internet website on Monday.

      Osama bin Laden's deputy also slammed Egypt for brokering talks between the Palestinian Authority's Hamas terrorist organization and its rival Fatah faction.

      The talks are aimed at bringing the two groups together in hopes of rebuilding a PA unity government – a goal which has proven elusive thus far.

      The Egyptian-born terrorist insisted in Monday's harangue, however, that the negotiations were actually intended to pressure Hamas into recognizing the State of Israel, which he warned the group not to do. He also called on PA Arabs to attack Israelis and their allies outside the country.

      "If circumstances were difficult in one place they are easier in other places," he proclaimed. "Our enemies, crusaders and Jews are scattered everywhere."

      Al-Zawahiri also scorned a plan by U.S. President Barack Obama to expand the number of American troops in Afghanistan.

      The terrorist leader warned that "America came to us with a new face, with which it is trying to fool us. He [Obama] did not change the image of America among Muslims… America is still killing Muslims," he commented.

      The Obama administration, which has vowed to continue the fight against terrorist begun by former President George W. Bush, has decided to add 17,000 soldiers to the 70,000-strong international force already stationed in Afghanistan.

      President Obama has also said he will increase economic aid and intensify its diplomatic efforts to fight the increasing influence of the al-Qaeda-linked Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.