The so-called ‘Letter to America’ written by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden went viral on the social media site TikTok this week. The news resulted in a swift series of changes, including the site removing videos from their platform.
The sharing of bin Laden’s message became so popular that the British newspaper The Guardian had to remove the letter from its website.
The letter and responses to it had been shared thousands of times. Mostly young users of TikTok cited the terrorist leader’s message, including his condemnation of Israel.
Bin Laden’s letter also criticizes the West for “lise, immorality and debauchery.”
He wrote that the United States had sent “hundreds of thousands of soldiers against us and have formed an alliance with the Israelis to oppress us and occupy our land — that was the reason for our response on the eleventh.”
The al-Qaida leader sent the message in 2002. The message was shared by one user with 12 million likes.
Bin Laden was the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington that killed approximately 3,000 people. His organization, al Qaeda organized countless terrorist attacks across the globe that often targeted Americans and Jews.
Among his goals was the creation of an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East. While he did not live long enough to see such a religious government emerge, an offshoot of al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) proclaimed a caliphate in 2014.
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Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in 2011.
The popularity of bin Laden’s message also comes as younger Americans have far less sympathy for Israel than their older peers.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 54% of all people said that they sympathized with Israel, with 24% sympathizing more with Palestine.
However, the numbers are far different for younger people. Among people aged 18-34, 52% sided more with Palestine, while 29% sided with Israel.
Furthermore, among the youngest cohort of adults, 66% disagree with Israel’s war against the Hamas terrorist organization, while 20% approve.