Gaza Extremist Group Calls on Al-Qaida to Target Yemen's Jews

A group of Muslim extremists in the Gaza Strip that is opposed to Hamas has called on Al-Qaida in Yemen to target Jews there in an effort to drive them from their country - part of what the group described as its war against Jews.

According to e-mails sent by a person identifying himself as Ali Hussein, who says he represents a group of Shi'ite guerrillas in northern Yemen opposed to Al-Qaida, a Salafi group based in the Gaza Strip and calling itself the "Abu Amir" group is allegedly calling for attacks on Jewish leaders in northern Yemen. As proof, Hussein sent a scanned hand-written note naming the Jewish targets in Yemen.

In another letter from Yemen, the Salafists detail their extremist views and request that Al-Qaida targets Jews, and also Hamas activists, because "the group has completed the work of the Jews by killing members of our group and we would like to deter Jews around the world through you by asking you to kill Yemenite Jews or do anything that you consider right, especially not allowing the representatives of the Hamas government to move about Yemen."

Another letter states that an Al-Qaida operative in Yemen, who goes by the name of Abdullah al-Hajj, is funding the activities of the Salafis in the Gaza Strip through Egyptian sources, including the transfer of arms into the Strip for their use.

Hussein also claims that Al-Qaida based in Yemen is planning to set up a "military base" in the Sinai peninsula for training, stockpiling arms, acquiring long-range missiles for attacks on Israel, and carrying out raids into Israel.

The same person claims that Al-Qaida is planning to launch Quds-1 type missiles from Saudi Arabia against the nuclear reactor in Dimona. The missiles are supposed to have a 150-kilometer range. According to the Shi'ite group, the missiles are being made by Al-Qaida in Iraq.

Hussein says that in contacting Haaretz the Shi'ite group seeks to draw international attention to their claims against the government of Yemen. They are demanding that the Yemeni authorities allow them to establish a political party, recognize their group as a legitimate religious group, cease persecuting them, and invest in their area without discriminating against them or preventing them from expressing their views, publishing newspapers or holding meetings.