While Israel is calling on the Palestinian Authority to curb incitement, ISIS is contributing to the problem by enlisting its slick PR machine to encourage violence against the Jewish State.
Several videos were released posted online Sunday with the promo line “Slaughter the Jews.”
The videos feature footage of attacks that happened just a matter of days ago, including street surveillance footage of a Palestinian terrorist ramming a crowd at a bus stop then hacking the wounded with a meat cleaver. A 60-year-old rabbi was killed.
One of the videos is labeled Halab, the ancient name for Aleppo, Syria — perhaps a nod to the fact that a thriving Jewish community once lived there, only to be attacked by Arab mobs in 1947. Bashar al-Assad eventually squeezed out the remaining Jews.
ISIS has been advancing on Aleppo as Russian strikes in support of Assad have hit Free Syrian Army targets there.
The videos show photos of Khaled Meshad, Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas — figures of a movement ISIS has criticized for not attacking the Jewish State with more ferocity.
One video encourages and shows the placing of car bombs, interspersed with news footage claiming that Israelis are shooting innocent Palestinians.
Another video titled Ninawa — Mosul — revives old Crusades re-enactment footage used in past ISIS videos. It showed recent footage of a stabbing at the Western Wall.
Yet another video shows footage from a December attack in which a Palestinian teen stabbed two Jewish shoppers at a grocery store just east of Jerusalem before being shot. It also used Agence-France Presse news footage of Palestinians airing their grievances.
The videos range from 6 to 10 minutes each.
Hamas got props from ISIS in an e-book as “an organisation whose goal is to liberate Palestine entirely and to leave no trace of Israel on the map.” However, ISIS stresses that they and al-Qaeda disagree with Hamas participating in elections because “democracy is shirk (polytheism).” The book labels this a “difference in politics” that has led to fights between the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda/ISIS, and called the Hamas-Israel battles, from the use of Qassam rockets to underground tunnels, “a testing ground for the Mujahideen.”
“Hamas’s military arm, the Izzadeen Qassam Brigades, have men (Muraabiteen) who are guarding the frontlines all the time. There are also other armed groups in Gaza such as the Iranian backed al-Jihadi Islami (‘the Islamic Jihad), and Majlis al-Shura (a group allied to the Islamic State). They fire rockets into Israel, sometimes even without the permission of the governing Hamas, which causes Hamas to have some bitterness against them when it makes a ceasefire with Israel.” It said that some members of Hamas, upset with Shiite Iran’s backing of the terror group, “have decided to shift their loyalty to the Islamic State.”
This summer, a group calling itself the Omar Brigades claimed responsibility for firing two rockets into Israel from Gaza — in what they said was retaliation for Hamas killing an ISIS supporter during a shootout.
The pro-ISIS group accused Hamas of killing the ISIS supporter “to please the Jews.”
“We are continuing with our jihad against the Jews, the enemies of God and no one will be able to deter us,” the Omar Brigades said then.