Terrorist threats against anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller are apparently spreading to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Weekend talk-radio host Aaron Klein today conducted a pre-recorded interview with Abu Al-Ayna al-Ansari, a leader of a Salafi group in the Gaza Strip that is allied with Islamic State ideology.
Al-Ansari’s organization has been battling Hamas for influence in Gaza.
Ansari previously has granted interviews with Arabic-language news media outlets. Klein told the radio audience he decided to not conduct the interview live for fear the jihadist may issue direct threats against individuals or countries.
“My purpose in conducting this interview is to give Americans a window into the mind set of ISIS,” Klein announced. “What do they really want? What’s their expansive agenda? Can there ever be peace or compromise with ISIS? However, this radio show will not be used by any jihadist as a platform to spew specific threats.”
Indeed, Klein said that during the pre-recorded interview, Al-Ansari issued direct threats against Geller that needed to be edited out.
The threats, the radio host said, came when Klein asked Al-Ansari about ISIS intentions inside the United States.
The portion of Al-Ansari’s response that did air included Al-Ansari declaring ISIS will not stop until its flag is raised over the White House.
Stated Al-Ansari: “Our goal is to bring Islam, to bring Sharia all around the world. And we will not rest until we see our flag raised in the United States, raised upon the White House and everywhere there are Crusaders who are fighting our people.”
“We are sure that our Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in spite of all the international military campaign that is targeting the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will bring his revenge to all those who are humiliating our prophet and humiliating Islam.”
“I call you to follow Islam,” he continued, “and I call you not to confront the Muslims because there is no choice but to see Islam ruling all around the world.”
Al-Ansari warned, “Our prophet is the prophet of mercy, is the prophet of humanity. But he is also the sword upon those who will try to humiliate Islam.”
“Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” is broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.
Al-Ansari spoke in Arabic, with his comments then translated into English. Klein aired both the original Arabic reply and the English translation.
The crux of the interview focused on the internal battle between Hamas and Salafist groups in Gaza.
Al-Ansari said Salafists will “confront Hamas until Hamas understands we are not mercenaries.”
Continued Al-Ansari: “We are those who represent the Sharia of Allah. We are the ones who represent the Islamic State, unlike Hamas that it is called an Islamic organization but is actually a bunch of opportunists. Hamas is strong in media, is strong in propaganda but they are not serving the jihad.”
Klein asked Al-Ansari whether his goal is the destruction of Israel. The jihadist’s reply to that was surprising, said Klein.
Al-Ansari stated, “Our conflict is not an Israeli-Arab conflict. Our struggle is not for a Palestinian state.”
The jihadist continued: “We are seeking the world. We are seeking the whole word. We are seeking a confrontation against all Crusaders, against all Christians, against all infidels until they adopt the Islamic religion, until they follow the Sharia of Allah. We are not interested in Palestine. We are not interested in Tel Aviv or in Ashkelon. What is important for us is to see Islam ruling the world. This is the religion of God and we are fighting to see Islam rule the world. And for the moment, Hamas is preventing our campaign. This is why we are shooting in Israel.”
The interview was conducted the same day a man believed to be a British ISIS leader tweeted out the home address of anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller, a WND columnist and head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
It was the latest in a series of death threats and intimidation tactics by Islamists against Geller. This one came just hours after a third man, linked to a plot to kill her and Boston cops, was arrested.
“#GoForth,” the Tweet urged, via a hashtag, after revealing Geller’s New York City address, apartment number and all. The Twitter account that sent out the address has since been suspended.
In May, two gunmen were killed and one security guard was injured in Texas during a “draw Muhammad” contest organized by Geller. ISIS soon after claimed responsibility for the attack at the private event.
The contest in Texas was organized months after the January Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, where nearly a dozen staffers were killed for the satirical publication’s provocative depictions of Muhammad on a series of the tabloid’s covers.
The two men charged in Boston with the plot to kill Geller reportedly were working with a third man who was killed by police last week.
On Monday, WND reported Geller’s monthly security bill to protect her from Islamic extremists is $30,000.
“I can’t go anywhere without a team, without an enormous security apparatus,” she told WND.