The image is a book cover written by Yusuf al-‘As al-Tawil and entitled “al-hamla al-salibiyya ‘ala al-‘alam al-islami wal-‘alam: dirasat wa-buhuth hawla al-tahayyuz al-urubi wal-amriki li-isra’il” (“The crusading campaign against the Muslim world and the world [sic.]: studies and research on European and American bias in favor of Israel”). The text on the right-hand side is the editor’s note regarding the contents of the book. The author is a member of the Union of Palestinian writers and journalists. The book was published for the first time in 2009 and again in 2010. In March 2011, an electronic copy began circulating on the internet.
Group Name shabakat al-jihad al-`alami
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Red
Secondary Colors Green , White, Blue
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Al-hamla al-salibiyya `ala al-`alam al-islami wal-`alam: dirasat wa-buhuth hawla al-tahayyuz al-urubi wal-amriki li-isra'il
Image Number 0403
Groups Region of Operation Global
Groups Country of Operation Egypt?
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Body Armor (including Gas Mask, Helmet), Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, Non-Military Technology, Telescope / Night Vision / Other Optical Devices
Body Parts Blood, Face / Bust, Fist, Eye/s, Full Body / ies, Skull, Coffin
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Geopolitical Symbols Country Flag, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis U.S. flag
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis U.S. military
Religious Symbols Cross
Flora Grass / Leaves / Branches Only
Visual Themes The American flag, or parts thereof (such as the stars and stripes), are widely used in jihadi propaganda to evoke negative sentiments towards U.S. foreign policy and military campaigns. The stars and stripes are also used to color other symbols in an image, thereby linking the symbols to U.S. foreign policy and military intervention in the Muslim world. The appearance of the cross in the image on the American flag expresses the conspiracy-driven sentiment, captured in the title of the book, that U.S. foreign policy has less to do with developments in a given region (and their relation to U.S. national security), and more with a perceived (and stated) Christian propensity for crusades and a heavy bias toward Jews and the Jewish state.