This month, al Qaeda’s online magazine One Ummah posted a direct threat against Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish anti-Islamization Stram Kurs party, who now joins the ranks of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and the Danish cartoonist Kurt Vestergaard as potential targets of Islamic terrorist groups.
RAIR Foundation The Hit List designation against Paludan prompted Denmark Security Services to upgrade his protection “somewhat,” he told RAIR, but he is not yet to the point where he needs a safe house, Paludan explained. Adding to concerns for Paludan’s safety was a little-reported terror attack this week at Charlie Hebdo.
The meat cleaver attack that wounded two journalists at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris this week was described as “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism” by the French interior minister Gerald Darmanin. The “main suspect” is of Pakistan origin, but several others have been arrested. A 33-year-old from Algeria and “five others” have also been detained.
When asked what prompted al-Qaeda to put the Stram Kurs party leader on their Kill List, Paludan said in part:
“As the leader of the Hard Line Party in Denmark, and as an editor of the Voice of Freedom, I’ve said things that are very critical of Islam. I’ve said – our politics in Denmark… Denmark is a Western Democracy – cannot live in peace with Islam because Islam can live in peace with nothing but Islam…”
Paludan received international attention in August after his supporters burned a Qur’an in Malmö, Sweden, which prompted Muslim-led riots last month.