A Jihad-Is-Just-A-Spiritual-Struggle Update from Australia, via the Sydney Morning Herald, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
A former Qantas baggage handler who compiled a book outlining “short and wise” rules for fighting jihad on his computer in suburban Lakemba dedicated it to the “martyrs of Islam”.
Yesterday the bizarre and often violent text was handed over to Sydney Central Local Court, where its 35-year-old editor, Bilal Khazal, faced a charge of making documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts.
Dressed in a long navy dish-dasha dress shirt, white prayer cap, socks and sandals, the portly Khazal sat impassively as prosecutor Geoffrey Bellew told the court that almost a third of the offending book was directed to the topic of assassination, including a list of attributes needed to be part of an assassination team – “wit and a quick mind”, “a terrorist psychology” and “high physical fitness”.
The book concluded with praise for al-Qaeda’s “impressive success of the conquest of New York” on September 11, 2001.
Defence lawyers for Khazal argued the Lebanese-born father of two had merely compiled the book from documents taken from the internet. But, according to the prosecutor, Khazal wrote the introduction to “Provisions on the Rules of Jihad”, where he says he was asked to prepare it by “brothers working to support this religion”.
Using a pseudonym, Abu Mohamed Attawheedy, Khazal apologises in the introduction for the poor job on the text, saying it was done in a few days, but “better haste than never”.
The book was posted on a Jihadist website from September 2003 to May 2004.
The wide-ranging chapter on assassination, attributed to numerous scholars, debates not only setting up hit squads but explains how mujahideen fighters in Palestine and elsewhere can protect themselves against being hit by the CIA and Mossad.
Among the assassination techniques used by Western intelligence, the book says, are letter bombs, snipers, car bombs and “cake throwing”, which it adds, “is well known in the West”.
Jihadists are warned to be alert to couples pretending to be joking before attacking the target with cakes. “This could lead to his eyes, nose and mouth being plugged and [he] loses the ability to breathe. Few would suspect the fatal consequences.”
But in another section it includes a checklist for jihadist assassins, from getting the budgeting and transport organised, to checking wiring and receivers before attempting to use time-bombs.
Less clear from the text is who are the targets of the jihadist assassins. While the political and military leaders from the West are suggested, along with infidels in Arab countries, including Jews, Christians and Arabs, at times the book insists that “a legal fatwa” must be obtained for assassinations.
Counsel for Khazal, Murugan Thangaraj, argued the book did not instruct people to commit terrorist acts and was only a book about terrorism.
“This document does not direct any specific act to any specific person and is really a general document,” Mr Thangaraj said.
Yes, he no doubt was against it all.