The worst part about this is the chorus of voices denouncing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, precisely because that recognition will lead Muslims to commit acts of violence. Giving people what they want because they threaten to kill people if you don’t will only encourage them to threaten to kill other people when you do something else they don’t want you to do. Giving in to violent intimidation only encourages more violent intimidation. You have to stand up to a bully, not give in to him. We all learned that on the playground in seventh grade, but have forgotten it.
“New Times Square Threat: ISIS Backers ‘Recognize Explosives as the Capital’ of U.S.,” by Bridget Johnson, PJ Media, December 11, 2017:
ISIS supporters online linked today’s Port Authority Bus Terminal explosion in New York to last week’s administration recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a new propaganda poster.
The poster also revives ISIS backers’ holiday threats against Times Square, showing a hand holding an explosive device photoshopped over an image of the busy Broadway block.
“The recognition of your dog ‘Trump’ Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country,” the message on the poster said.
ISIS supporters also cheered news of the attack on their Telegram channels.
ISIS’ official Amaq news agency had not yet issued any claim for the attack, in which three commuters suffered minor injuries as a bomber partially detonated his explosives. Police arrested Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladesh native and legal permanent resident who lives in Brooklyn, as he allegedly tried to set off the rest of a bomb attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties. Ullah, a former for-hire driver, suffered burns to his abdomen.
“Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates this male was wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said, refusing to elaborate on statements Ullah reportedly made to police indicating inspiration from ISIS. Police told CNN that Ullah said he was exacting revenge for the “incursion into Gaza.”
In the past, ISIS has been critical of terrorists who got captured instead of dying or escaping from the scene, including Manhattan Halloween terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov. ISIS has also had difficultly containing their disappointment when their lone operatives don’t kill anyone, such as last year’s Ohio State ram-and-stab by Abdul Razak Ali Artan.
Terror groups, from well-known outlets to more obscure militant organizations, pounced on President Trump’s decision to eventually move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, calling on supporters to wage jihad wherever they are in defense of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Declaring “kiss our jihad” to “Zionist criminals” including the United States, al-Qaeda’s branch in Lebanon said all Muslims should stand in armed resistance and “not accept compromise,” adding “the nation of Islam has no choice but to liberate its land from the American-backed Israeli occupation” using “jihad with teeth” and “no iron except iron.”
In a statement issued in Arabic and English, al-Qaeda’s general command vowed that “America and those who live in America shall never even dream of peace until we experience it as a reality in Palestine.”
The Pakistani Taliban declared in a statement that “this message is becoming clearer with each passing day like rising sun as all non-believers of the world became one against Islam and Muslims and attacking Muslims on the ground all over the world… we call on Muslims all over the world that they sympathise with Palestinian people and stand with them against non-believers.”
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb called for “cleansing” the “abomination of the Jews” and called on Muslims “to support their brothers each according to his position and ability.” Al-Mourabitoun in Africa called for “soldiers of God” to mobilize, while Al-Shabaab urged Muslims to financially support jihad….