It’s not only in Judea, Samaria and Gaza that radical Islamist leaders have succeeded in twisting adolescent angst for killing campaigns against Jews and Israel.
Police prevented untold tragedy at two Jewish schools in Denmark this year with the arrest of a teenage Danish girl and an older man.
The 16-year-old and her 24-year-old suspected accomplice were indicted this Tuesday in Denmark (March 8) on charges of planning a terrorist operation against two Jewish schools in Denmark.
Their remand has been extended by the court until March 30. Neither was identified by name.
The girl was arrested in January in the small Denmark village of Kundby on the island of Zealand. She was alleged to be only 15 when she and the older man formulated their plot.
The two had planned to attack the Carolineskolen Jewish private school in Copenhagen, and the Sydskolen public school in the western Zealand town of Fårevejle.
The case will remain behind closed doors as officials continue their investigation, trying to determine whether others were involved in the planned terrorist operations. Prosecutor Peter Ahleson did release some information, however: He told Denmark’s The Local the pair attempted to create TATP (also known as acetone peroxide) for their planned bombing of Carolineskolen.
TATP is the same explosive that was used in the November Paris attacks.
Prosecutor Kristian Kirk added following the hearing that the pair attempted to create the explosives for their planned attack on Sydskolen out of fertilizer, petrol, diesel and other chemicals. Kirk added that police foiled their plot by arresting them, but gave no further details.
In a joint statement, Mid and West Zealand Police and the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) said the targeted schools had both been contacted.
The girl is described by Danish media as a recent convert to Islam and reportedly a member of the radical Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) group. The local BT tabloid reported that she made it clear on her Facebook page she hoped to convert other Danes as well.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a new organization. The group was founded in 1953 as a Sunni Muslim organization in Jerusalem and today has an estimated worldwide membership of one million. Led by Ata Abu Rashta, the group is particularly active in Western nations and supports the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, or Islamic State, as does ISIS.
It is not clear whether the two are linked.
The organization is outlawed in Turkey and Germany, which recognized the group’s lethal potential.
Turkish American scholar Zeyno described the organization in 2012 as a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”
Oddly, the group is legal in Australia, the UK, the U.S., Denmark and myriad other Western nations. Hizb ut-Tahrir promotes the overthrow of democracies and dictatorships alike, arguing they are un-Islamic.
As all the others, Hizb ut-Tahrir is also anti-Zionist and calls for the “illegal entity” of the State of Israel to be “dismantled” or “destroyed.”
The group’s Australian leader, Ismail al-Wahwah, called for a jihad against the Jewish people in July 2014, referring to Jews as a “cancerous tumor” that must be “uprooted and thrown back to where it came.”
Hana Levi Julian