Al-Qaida member’s video notes Jewish ancestry


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American al-Qaida member has released a new anti-Israel, anti-American video in which he admits to Jewish ancestry.

Adam Yahive Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, released the video Saturday. Gadahn, 31, who grew up in California and moved to Pakistan after embracing Islam in the mid-1990s, appears on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

"Your speaker has Jews in his ancestry, the last of whom was his grandfather," Gadahn says in the video, in which he criticizes the United States and its policies, and condemns Israel’s military incursion into Gaza.

Speaking in Arabic with English subtitles, Gadhan called his grandfather a "Zionist" and "a zealous supporter of the usurper entity, and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations."

He said his grandfather had encouraged him to visit relatives in Israel.

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