Why Is Bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ Trending?
The resurfacing of a 2002 letter written by Osama bin Laden has sparked controversy on TikTok, with users referencing the letter to justify violence against Americans and express their agreement with bin Laden’s message.
The letter focuses on US support for Israel and contains strong antisemitic allegations.
Bin Laden also accuses the US of supporting various atrocities against Muslims in the letter, justifying al-Qaeda’s terrorism.
Over the past 24 hours, thousands of TikToks (at least) have been posted where people share how they just read Bin Laden’s infamous "Letter to America," in which he explained why he attacked the United States.
The TikToks are from people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and… pic.twitter.com/EwjiGtFEE3
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) November 16, 2023
“The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites,” bin Laden wrote.
“It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah.”
“The American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will. …Also the American army is part of the American people.”
Bin Laden wasn’t a tragic antihero who grew up under the boot of occupation. He was the son of billionaire developers from a powerful clan and grew up globetrotting only to found a murderous organization that destroyed Muslim lives from Morocco to Indonesia. That’s the “context.”
— Asad أسد (@AsadFromNYC) November 16, 2023
“It is this very same people who are shamelessly helping the Jews fight against us,” he added.
Its praise on TikTok has led to strong condemnation, and it went viral amid the significant division over the Israel-Hamas war.
I can't believe I have to tweet this, but Osama bin Laden was not a social justice activist.
Killing 2000+ innocents was not "based."
Please go outside and touch grass.
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) November 16, 2023