Although I already provided a brief summary thread on Twitter regarding the new speech by Islamic State spokesman entitled "And Kill Them Wherever You Find Them" that was released just before the group's official claim of the Iran bombings and other operations around the world as part of an 'expedition' under the same name, I think it is helpful to provide a more detailed explanation of a couple of the points raised in the speech.
In addition, as a novelty, I decided to translate the entire speech from Arabic to Latin. I must admit that I have always had a great admiration for the Orientalists of old (NB: I take a dim view of Edward Said's unjustified sneering at 'Orientalism') who produced Latin translations and treatises about Arabic language and literature, some of my favourite being Thomas Erpenius' Grammatica Arabica, Franz Lorenz von Dombay's Latin grammar of Moroccan Arabic and Georg Freytag's monumental Arabic-Latin dictionary. I imagine that the Latin translation of this speech will be of particular interest to my friend Sir John Jenkins, an Arabist and Classicist to whom I dedicate it.
The speech, as noted previously, is basically a reiteration of the Islamic State's general worldview and principles in light of the ongoing Israel-Gaza war. For example, contrary to those who might portray a struggle against Israel as only opposed to Zionism and not Jews as such, the Islamic State emphasises that the war, of which the Gaza conflict is only the latest iteration, is in fact a religious one against Jews and not one of nationalism and soil. The Jews' supposed evil nature has been exposed in the Qur'an that tells of how the Jews rejected and attacked the prophets of old. It is for their 'disbelief' in God (i.e. in the sense of rejecting Islam's message) that the Jews are to be fought, even if they were to leave Palestine and the al-Aqsa Mosque alone. This is to be contrasted, for example, with the occasional overtures that the Iran-led 'axis of resistance' makes in a bid to show that it is not anti-Jewish: for example, Iran's showcasing of its 'anti-Zionist' Jewish community and the platforming of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta by Hamas and Hezbollah.
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