Lone wolf, in the name of Islam

The terrorist attack in Jerusalem last month, in which an assailant used his car to run down and kill Shalom Sherki on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, is a popular model for terrorist attacks in Israel and elsewhere.

A lone, devout Muslim, or a small group not officially affiliated with any organization, decides unilaterally to carry out a murderous attack — one that is difficult to prevent because of the absence of early intelligence.

Ostensibly, this attack model stems from individuals and has no ideological basis. But in fact the opposite is true: This phenomenon is the fruit of a calculated Islamic strategy.

One of the most prominent Islamic figures of recent years is Abu Musab al-Suri. He was born in Aleppo, Syria, and studied mechanical engineering. Before swearing allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Suri was considered al-Qaida’s latest architect. Al-Suri voiced his worldview in a very descriptive manner, saying “terrorism is a religious duty and murder is Sunnah (religious path drawn by the Prophet Muhammad).”

He went into further detail, advising: “Kill everywhere and do not discriminate between men, women and children”…

…This is how he presented his case: “We ask the Muslim youth to become terrorists. Why do we ask this of them? First, it is because secret, hierarchical organizations do not attract Muslims. The youth are afraid of being associated with these organizations.

“Every little mistake they make, the authorities will be able to apprehend them.

Second, it is because we have to give the youth a chance without demanding any sort of affiliation with an organization. Third, it is because of Jewish pressure, the crusaders and Arab regimes that have become irrelevant”…