Al-Qaeda Calls for PA-Style Arson in America

Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine calls on readers to “unleash hell” with arson attacks similar to decades of attacks targeting Israel.

Maayana Miskin ,

Israel news photo: Flash 90

Al-Qaeda is calling on its followers to attack America using methods identical to those used by terrorists targeting Israel. In the latest issue of its English-language magazine, the group calls for large-scale arson attacks.

Inspire magazine articles explain how to use firebombs to start forest fires, and suggests locations within the United States that could be targeted.

Arson attacks are very common in Israel. Palestinian Authority terrorists frequently target Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and arson has been used to drive Jews from mixed towns in Israel. Even major cities are not immune.

One particularly severe rash of attacks aimed to prevent firefighters from putting out the Carmel fire. The Carmel fire itself was started by Druze teens, who started the fire unintentionally and decided not to report it. The fire killed 44 people.

The latest Inspire issue urges readers not to be dissuaded by the possibility of murdering innocent civilians, including children. “It is allowed to use poison or other methods of mass killing against the disbelievers who are at war with us,” the publication states, quoting Anwar al-Awlaki.

Awlaki and Samir Khan were behind the creation of Inspire. The pair were killed in 2011 in a U.S. strike in Yemen, but the magazine continues to quote them.