ISIS trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own
Pro-Islamic State presence within the Palestinian territories should not be exaggerated, warns expert.
Islamic State media have recently increased its rhetoric in support of the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel in an effort to co-opt the cause as part of its own.
The jihadist group presents itself as the political and religious authority for Muslims everywhere, with its Caliphate supporting Sunnis fighting against its enemies.
It views Muslim Brotherhood movements and its offshoots, such as Hamas, as too pragmatic and not radical enough .
In much of the Islamic world, when there are various approaches, the radical one tends to trump those deemed to be weaker.
According to a new report by The Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), Islamic State has launched a media campaign releasing a series of videos in support of terror attacks and encouraging Palestinians to carry out more.
In one video by the information office for Islamic State in the Mosul, Iraq, the narrator said: “Oh mujahideen, we call on you to prepare yourselves spiritually and materially to strike terror and fear into the hearts of the Jews… Know that the soldiers of Islam are fighting here in Iraq, Syria, Khorasan [Afghanistan], and West Africa, but their sights are set on Bayt Al-Maqdis [Jerusalem].”
According to the report, “A substantial part of these videos is dedicated to ideological attacks on Hamas and Fatah.”
“Fatah has become an agent of the infidel Jews and Christians, while Hamas is doing the bidding of the Shi’ites [Iranians] and Alawites [the Syrian regime],” it said.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle
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