“The network raised money by waging holdups, [and] selling stolen goods…”
Muhammad told the Jews at Bait ul-Midras: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle” (Sahih Bukhari 4.53.392). Then, the lives and property of those who do not convert or leave are fair game, as seen in early Muslim battles (including those in which Muhammad participated), Barbary piracy, and so on, and once again in this case.
PARIS – Morocco’s government said it has dismantled a terrorist network that had plotted to assassinate Cabinet ministers and members of the North African kingdom’s Jewish community.
Authorities believe the network has links to al-Qaida and local terror groups, the official MAP news agency reported Wednesday night. A total of 32 people were arrested in sweeps this week, Moroccan newspapers said.
Morocco also has banned an Islamist political party, Al Badil Al Hadari, because some members were linked to the network, MAP said, citing the interior minister.
The network raised money by waging holdups, selling stolen goods and taking contributions from its members, the report said. One suspected member of the group waged a heist of an armored truck in Luxembourg in 2000, netting the group $25.65 million, MAP said.
Gold jewelry stolen in Belgium was melted down by a goldsmith who belonged to the network and then sold, it said.
The group had plotted to assassinate Cabinet ministers, army officers and members of the Jewish community, Interior Minister Chakib Benoussa was quoted as saying. Only a few thousand Jews still live in the largely Muslim kingdom, as many have emigrated to Israel and elsewhere.