First Hamas, Now Osama Bin Laden Going Viral With U.S. Youth
By PNW StaffNovember 17, 2023
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Perhaps it shouldn't shock us that those claiming support for Hamas on social media have found a new hero, Osama Bin Laden.
Over the past 24 hours, thousands of TikToks have been posted where people share how they just read Bin Laden's infamous "Letter to America," in which he explained why he attacked the United States.
The TikToks are from people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Many of them say that reading the letter has opened their eyes, and they'll never see geopolitical matters the same way again.
Many of them say it has made them reevaluate their perspective on how what is often labeled as terrorism can be a legitimate form of resistance to a hostile power. In other words, terrorists are the victims which is the same narrative being pushed on many US college campuses.
This is not limited to TikTok; similar videos have been posted on other social media platforms.
It was initially the text of a writing by bin Laden, who masterminded the 9/11 atrocities against America, that was posted by the Guardian, which took it down after the anti-America rants started appearing on TikTok.
The New York Post reported lawmakers from both major parties were criticizing the promotion on the China-owned social media site as "terrorist propaganda."
Bin Laden claimed he set up the deaths of nearly 3,000 on that day in 2001 because the United States was attacking "us" in Palestine.
That theme has been resurrected in many ways following last month's atrocity-filled terror attack by Hamas, from Gaza, on Israeli civilians. An estimated 1,400 were killed within just hours.
As is typical with anti-Semitic agendas, bin Laden claimed the creation of Israel was a crime that "must be erased."
Large portions of the letter focus on Israel and Jews. The word "Israel" appears 19 times in the document, while "Jews" are mentioned an additional 10 times. The first question bin Laden posed in the document is "Why are we fighting and opposing you?" And one of the first answers is, "You attacked us in Palestine."
The al-Qaeda leader also said the idea "that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine, as it was promised to them in the Torah," is "one of the most fallacious, widely-circulated fabrications in history." He wrote that Muslims superseded Jews as the inheritors of the Torah, and that the land therefore belongs to them.
In the second half of the letter, which describes bin Laden's vision of a world governed by Islamic law and condemns American society.
Hamas, in fact, has in its founding documents the goal of eliminate Israel, and its population.
Among those apparently succumbing to the propaganda, the report said, was Lynette Adkins, a social-media influencer who got 100,000 likes and 5,500 comments ordering people to "stop what they're doing right now and go read a letter to America."
A second promoter of the letter said she would "never look at life the same, I will never look at this country the same. Please read it and if you have read it, let me know if you are also going through an existential crisis in this very moment, because in the last 20 minutes, the entire viewpoint on the entire life I have believed and I have lived has changed."
"The videos in support of Bin Laden surfaced just days after The Post reported that several Republican lawmakers had renewed their calls for TikTok to be banned for spreading content that critics deemed as anti-Israel during the nation's ongoing war with Hamas," the Post reported. "Critics from both political parties have alleged that TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, is effectively a mass surveillance and propaganda tool for the Chinese Communist Party."
Fox reported bin Laden claimed, "Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation."
His rant continued, "The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime must pay its price, and pay for it heavily."
His call for blood was clear: "The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed alone; their sons are not orphaned alone. These tragedies and calamities are only a few examples of your oppression and aggression against us.
It is commanded by our religion and intellect that the oppressed have a right to return the aggression. Do not await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge. Is it in any way rational to expect that after America has attacked us for more than half a century, that we will then leave her to live in security and peace?!!"
And Bin Laden resorted to the tropes that Jews control "policies, media and economy."
The report said another TikTok user read the entire letter, currently has over one million views.
The Guardian told Fox News Digital, "The transcript published on our website 20 years ago has been widely shared on social media without the full context. Therefore we have decided to take it down and direct readers to the news article that originally contextualized it instead."
The Daily Mail reported people were claiming they understand the 9/11 atrocities by reading the "vile letter written by the warlord."
"Bin Laden spews anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Western viewpoints..." the report said. It said people were confusing "the hateful diatribe for an intellectual think piece."
"In other sections of his correspondent, bin Laden blames the U.S. government for spreading AIDS throughout the world and sought to turn America into an oppressive religious state similar to Afghanistan," the report said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., noted the alarming trend...
"Now trending on social media (especially TikTok) people saying that after reading bin Laden's 'Letter to America,' they now understand terrorism is a legitimate method of resistance against 'oppression' and America deserved to be attacked..."
Will these same people gushing over the letter on TikTok be celebrating in the streets like the supporters of Hamas when the next 9/11 happens on American soil?