An angry group representing dozens of 9/11 families says it’s “shocking” that young TikTok users are sharing Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” and showing “sympathy” for the terrorist leader.
“No American should ever be unaware that Osama bin Laden was a terrorist who helped plan the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11, 2001,” said Terry Strada, national president of 9/11 Families United, an organization that represents to more than 10,000 relatives of the murdered victims, survivors and people sick or injured in the terrorist attacks, to The Post in a statement.
“These Americans were our husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and daughters,” he said of the victims of the terrorist attack.
“It is appalling to witness younger Americans expressing sympathy for Bin Laden’s dangerous, anti-Semitic worldview, 22 years after our nation was horribly attacked and our loved ones cruelly murdered by Islamists who were financially supported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ”Strada continued.
“We strongly encourage these Americans who are not old enough to remember the brutality of 9/11 to seek out reliable sources to educate themselves rather than forming misguided opinions based on TikTok videos.
“We also call on TikTok to stop allowing its platform to be used to promote terrorist propaganda.
9/11 widow Terry Strada criticized TikTok users who praised terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden. AFP via Getty Images Terror demon Osama bin Laden’s defense of the 9/11 attacks has gone viral on TikTok. Tamara Beckwith/New York Post
“No American should ever forget that Osama bin Laden’s stated goal was to impose the virulent Wahhabi version of Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia on ‘infidels’ and ‘non-believers’ around the world and here in the United States: the version he addresses women as second middle-class citizens, prosecutes homosexuals, kills journalists and accepts beheadings for small deviations from Wahhabi doctrine,” said the president.
“That was his goal with 9/11 and no one should ever forget that,” he said.
The group’s statement echoed one released by the White House, which condemned videos promoting bin Laden’s 2002 letter as an “insult” to the “innocent” victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“There is never any justification for spreading the disgusting, evil, anti-Semitic lies that the leader of Al Qaeda uttered just after committing the worst terrorist attack in American history, highlighting them as his direct motivation for murdering 2,977 innocent Americans,” he said. White House spokesman Andrew. Bates said.
President Biden’s White House has denounced TikTokers who glorify the letter from the dead Al Qaeda leader.REUTERS
“No one should ever insult the 2,977 American families who still mourn their loved ones by associating themselves with the vile words of Osama bin Laden, especially now, at a time of increasing anti-Semitic violence in the world, and just after the Hamas terrorists They will carry out the world massacre. of the Jewish people since the Holocaust in the name of the same conspiracy theories,” he said.
“As President Biden said this year in memory of the Americans who lost their lives to Osama bin Laden, ‘it is now more important than ever for us to unite’ against a rising tide of hate and extremism.”
The slain terrorist leader’s old message went viral online this week, as members of Generation Z cited it for changing their worldviews in light of the atrocities of Hamas terrorists and Israel’s counterattacks.
The most atrocious quotes from Osama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’
- “Your law is the law of the rich and the wealthy, who dominate their political parties and finance their electoral campaigns with their donations. Behind them are the Jews, who control their policies, their media and their economy.”
- “These governments have surrendered to the Jews and given them most of Palestine, recognizing the existence of their State over the dismembered members of their own people.”
- “We also ask you to deal with us and interact with us on the basis of mutual interests and benefits, rather than policies of subduality, theft and occupation, and not to continue your policy of supporting Jews because this will result in more disasters.” for you”.
- “The British handed over Palestine, with their help and support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; Years full of oppression, tyranny, crimes, murders, expulsions, destruction and devastation. 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 demonstrate the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime that must be erased. “Each and every person whose hands have been contaminated by contributing to this crime must pay the price, and pay it in spades.”
- “These governments prevent our people from establishing Islamic Sharia, using violence and lies to do so.”
- “Do not expect anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge.”
- “Furthermore, the American military is part of the American people. It is these same people who shamelessly help the Jews fight against us. The American people are the ones who employ both their men and women in the American forces that attack us. That is why the American people cannot help but be innocent of all the crimes committed by Americans and Jews against us.”
In his twisted letter, bin Laden claimed that he orchestrated the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center because the United States “attacked us in Palestine.”
Bin Laden, famous for being killed by US Navy SEALS in a dramatic nighttime raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011, called the creation of Israel a “crime that must be erased” and went on to claim that in the United States, Jews “control their rights.” politics, media and economy”.
The Guardian, which had published the full text of the letter in 2002, removed it on Wednesday, citing in a statement the fact that it was “widely shared on social media without full context.
“Therefore, we have decided to remove it and direct readers to the news article that originally contextualized it,” the outlet said.
A TikTok representative said, “The content promoting this letter clearly violates our rules around supporting any form of terrorism,” adding that the company was “proactively and aggressively removing this content and investigating how it came to our platform.”
In his 2002 “Letter to America,” bin Laden claimed that he orchestrated the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center because the United States “attacked us in Palestine.”
At the same time, the company bizarrely attempted to deny that bin Laden-related content had gone viral, even though videos showed it had racked up hundreds of thousands of views.
“The number of videos on TikTok is small and reporting on trends on our platform is inaccurate,” the representative said. “This is not unique to TikTok and has appeared on multiple platforms and media.”
Meanwhile, a group of Jewish celebrities and TikTok influencers met virtually with executives to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism on the platform.
Many who spoke at the hearing said they had been bombarded with messages saying “Hitler was right” and “I hope you end up like Anne Frank,” according to the New York Times, which reviewed a recording of the meeting.
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen went even further and accused TikTok of creating “the biggest anti-Semitic movement since the Nazis.”
The British star told TikTok executives that they could simply “flip a switch” to fix anti-Semitism on the platform.
“What a shame,” he told the executives, led by TikTok chief operating officer Adam Presser and global head of user operations Seth Melnick, the Times said.