Eid Mubarak from Al-Qaeda! “Islamist Holiday Video Calls for Jihad and Slaughter of ‘Crusaders,'” from MEMRI:
This ten-minute video (http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=214&ar=M4-006&ak=null ), titled “Rise Up,” was posted on Islamist websites on October 22, 2006, and was described as “a gift for ‘Eid Al-Fitr.” Produced by an individual identified as “Abu Osama” (whose real identity is unknown), it calls on the Muslims to wage jihad against the “Crusaders.” A caption in the film explains that Abu Osama produced the film on the occasion of the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq.
The film begins with footage of horsemen under the caption: “O ye who believe! What is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter” (Koran 9:38).
Next, several Al-Qaeda leaders and commanders, including bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, Al-Zarqawi and a number of unidentified young men (who may be field commanders or intended suicide bombers) call upon the Muslims to join the jihad. The following are excerpts:
Al-Zawahiri says: “I urge you, in [the name of] the duty of jihad, which is incumbent upon every Muslim, to hurry and pursue martyrdom in order to kill the Crusaders and the Zionists.” An armed individual calls: “[Oh] defenders of the faith, hurry and prepare [for jihad], this is no time for [internal] disagreement.” Another individual, sitting under a banner that reads, “Expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula,” asks: “Are there no men in this nation?” and a masked individual declares: “Jihad is ancient, and the fate of [all] infidel leaders is one and the same: to be slaughtered.”
The video then shows a scene in which a man is beheaded. This is followed by another beheading, even more grisly, in which the severed head is waved in the air.