In Wake of Westminster Attack, Probe Reveals Jewish Schools Among ‘Perfect Targets’ Identified by ISIS on Impenetrable Internet Platform
ISIS called for attacks on key British targets – among them Jewish schools, museums, pubs and political leaders — mere weeks before “lone wolf” terrorist Kahlid Masood plowed his car into innocent people crossing Westminster Bridge last Wednesday, killing two and wounding dozens, then rammed the gates of the Parliament building and stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead, the Sunday Mirror reported on Sunday.
According to the report, based on a probe conducted by the UK daily, ISIS members used the secret messaging service Telegram to convey its message – “Fight Them” — along with a picture of a Jihadi John look-alike in front of Big Ben, next to a fireball and tattered Union Flag.
Telegram, a network with more than 100 million active users created in 2014, provides “end-to-end encryption,” making it what the Mirror called a “go-to tool for terrorists,” as security forces cannot intercept information.
As The Algemeiner reported last month, an ISIS-linked channel on Telegram has been calling on aspiring “lone-wolf” terrorists in the West to carry out attacks against Jewish targets, particularly in Britain, by disguising themselves as Jews and concealing weapons in their clothes.
This call to action was posted in a chat room called “Lone Mujahid,” which regularly features guides to committing jihad and bomb-assembly and knife-attack tutorials.
Another post provided a list of Jewish targets in the UK, above a photo of Amedy Coulibaly — killed after perpetrating the January 2015 HyperCacher supermarket massacre in Paris – with the caption, “Take the brother’s… example and terrorize the yahood [Jew].”
In December, the report said, the channel featured such posts as, “Chritmas [sic], Hanukah and New Years Day is very soon InshaAllah. So let’s prepare a gift for the filthy pigs / apes,” below a screenshot of a lesson on how to craft a pressure-cooker bomb.
The Foreign Desk pointed to additional ISIS attacks on Jewish targets:
In May 2014, Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, killing three people. A fourth died later due to injuries sustained in the attack. Nemmouche was arrested later that month. Police recovered a recording with a claim by Nemmouche in the name of the Islamic State.
Belgian officials investigating the suicide bomb attack at Brussels airport last year believe the attackers were intending to hit Jews and Americans.
In South Africa in July 2016, twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were arrested for an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to target the US Embassy and Jewish targets in Pretoria.