Friday, 17 November 2023 – 14:07 WIB
VIVA Trending – Recently a letter from former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden went viral on social media more than two decades after the 9/11 attacks that sparked the United States (US) War on Terror.
The anti-Zionist letter seems to have attracted the attention of Palestinian rights activists amidst the Hamas-Israel War currently taking place in Gaza. Videos with the hashtag “LettertoAmerica” have been viewed more than 13.5 million times on TikTok @.yahoonews, since they were posted.
“I want everyone to stop what they’re doing right now and read – which is actually only two pages – read ‘A Letter to America,’” he said in the post, as reported by RT.
“And please come back here and tell me what you think because I feel like I’m going through, like, an existential crisis right now, and a lot of people are, so I just need other people to feel it too.”
Other users reacted similarly to the newly rediscovered letter, which is more than 20 years old. Another TikTok user who claimed to be suffering from an “existential crisis” said of the letter, “I will never look at life the same way; I will never look at this country the same way.”
Meanwhile, US Senator Marco Rubio stated in a post on
Bin Laden, who wrote a letter “to the American people” in 2002, criticized the US for supporting Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and argued that Jews controlled American policy, capital and media.
“The creation of Israel is an evil that must be abolished,” he wrote.
“Everyone whose hands have been tainted by contributing to this evil will have to pay the price – and pay a heavy price.”
Al-Qaeda’s founder then called for the blood of Palestinians to be avenged. “It is ordered by our religion and our intellect that the oppressed have the right to retaliate against aggression,” Kata Bin Laden.
“Don’t expect anything from us except jihad, resistance and revenge. Is it reasonable to expect that, after America has attacked us for more than half a century, we will let it live in security and peace?”
The Guardian newspaper in the UK has carried a copy of the letter since its English translation was first published in November 2002. The newspaper removed the document on Wednesday, November 15, 2023
A spokesperson for The Guardian told Fox News that the paper had been removed because it was shared widely on social media “without full context.” The page now links to an article that provides context.
Adkins, the social media user who posted the letter on Tuesday, included a link on his TikTok page to a fundraising site for “Palestinian rights.” The site called for a ceasefire in West Jerusalem’s war with Hamas, saying that Palestinians in Gaza “lived through genocide as Israel bombed, starved them, and forced them to flee.”
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