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July 11, 2014 0

ISIS Weighs In On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Al-Battar Media tweet threat­ens: “Patience, Jews, our appoint­ment is at al-Quds [Jerusalem] tomor­row, for the one who waits is close.”

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, an Al Qaeda inspired ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion seek­ing to cre­ate an Islamic empire) gains con­fi­dence, ter­ri­tory and expands its exten­sive online pres­ence, the ter­ror­ist group (and its sup­port­ers) are increas­ingly mak­ing threats against Israel in response to the ongo­ing conflict.

One of ISIS’ sev­eral media wings, Al-Battar Media, tweeted a series of graph­ics threat­en­ing Israel. One graphic posted July 9 shows storm clouds over Jerusalem with a warn­ing: “Patience, Jews, our appoint­ment is at al-Quds [Jerusalem] tomor­row, for the one who waits is close.” Another image posted the same day shows the Dome of the Rock mosque super­im­posed in front of mil­i­tants and fea­tures the same language. 

ISIS’ Dawla Media Twit­ter feed, which reg­u­larly posts ISIS pro­pa­ganda mate­ri­als, tweeted a quoteon July 8 pur­port­edly from a Hamas spokesman say­ing, “All our mil­i­tary oper­a­tions till now are just [a] mes­sage for Israel.”

Dawla Media has also tweeted a state­menton July 9 indi­cat­ing that ISIS must fight the sur­round­ing Arab states before it can attack Israel “because they are the pro­tec­tive fence sup­port­ing the Jews.”

Other state­ments have been tweeted from a feed asso­ci­ated with the pro-ISIS extrem­ist forum “Al-Platform Media,” which has been tweet­ing state­ments by forum users. For exam­ple, one tweet from July linked to a con­ver­sa­tion on the forum pro­claim­ing, “Allah’s curse upon those of you who have made filth on the holy places. Zion­ist dogs…I would cru­cify you.”

ISIS’s online sup­port­ers are also tweet­ing their own threats. One sup­porter wrote that the kid­nap­pings and deaths of the three Israeli teenagers Naf­tali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach would be the first of many such attacks. And at least one sup­porter posted the anti-Semitic “Khay­bar” slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago. The slo­gan has been retweeted and favor­ited by many ISIS supporters.

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ISIS map that reads, “We fight in Lev­an­tine and our eyes are ded­i­cated towards beit al Maqdis [Jerusalem]”

ISIS pro­pa­ganda tar­get­ing Israel is not with­out prece­dent. Even before the cur­rent con­flict, maps dis­trib­uted online by ISIS demon­strat­ing its ter­ri­to­r­ial ambi­tions reg­u­larly included Israel as part of the Islamic State. A map released by ISIS in March claimed that the orga­ni­za­tion held ter­ri­tory 220km away from Israel and threat­ened rocket attacks, say­ing, “We fight in the Lev­an­tine and our eyes are toward Jerusalem.”

A video released by ISIS last month before the cur­rent con­flict included threats against Jews and Chris­tians to rally its mil­i­tants. The video includes explicit anti-Jewish state­ments, includ­ing “Wher­ever our war goes, Jew­ish rab­bis are humiliated.”

ISIS has a long his­tory of threat­en­ing Israel. As early as 2005, the organization’s pre­de­ces­sor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed at least 2 rocket attacks against Israel. In 2008, the organization’s leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi issued an audio state­ment call­ing for attacks on Israel and propos­ing to use Iraq as a “launch­ing pad” for mis­sile attacks against Israel.

ISIS has become well known for its sophis­ti­cated use of social media, where it dis­sem­i­nates pro­pa­ganda, threat­ens west­ern nations and enables sup­port­ers to take part in that process.

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February 28, 2014 0

Jordanian MP Has Outburst Against Jews On Sky News Arabia

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Yahya Al-Saud

Dur­ing a debate with an Israeli guest on Sky News Ara­bia over Jordan’s Par­lia­men­tary deci­sion to expel the Israeli ambas­sador from Amman on Wednes­day, Jor­dan­ian Par­lia­men­tar­ian Yahya al-Saud went on a tirade against Jews.

Accord­ing to var­i­ous Arab media reports, al-Saud started chant­ing at the Israeli guest. “Oh Khaiber, Khaiber, oh you Jews, the army of Muham­mad shall return.” evok­ing the story of the Jews of Khaibar, who were sub­ju­gated and slaugh­tered in Ara­bia 1400 years ago.

Al-Saud who heads the Pales­tine Com­mit­tee in the Jor­dan­ian par­lia­ment, report­edly added, “Arab armies must be pre­pared to expel the Jews.”

Al-Saud also threat­ened to call for a vote to with­draw con­fi­dence from Jor­dan­ian gov­ern­ment if it did not enforce the Parliament’s deci­sion to expel the Israeli ambassador.

The Jor­dan­ian Par­lia­ment voted with great major­ity to expel the Israeli ambas­sador from Amman last week in response to what it claimed to be Israeli attempts to allow Jew­ish prayer on Tem­ple Mount in holy places admin­is­tered by Jordanians.

The sta­tus of the Tem­ple Mount, a site with deep reli­gious sig­nif­i­cance in Judaism and Islam, is a peren­nial source of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies through­out the Arab and Mus­lim world.  Ten­sions have been par­tic­u­larly height­ened in recent days fol­low­ing the con­ven­ing of a Knes­set dis­cus­sion on the issue by Mem­ber of Knes­set, Moshe Feiglin.

Yahya al-Saud’s tirade is not in line with the posi­tions and state­ments of the Jor­dan­ian Monarch, King Abdul­lah II, who remains a promi­nent voice for tol­er­ance in the Arab and Mus­lim World. The King renewed his com­mit­ment to a peace­ful and just solu­tion to the con­flict in the Mid­dle East dur­ing a meet­ing between Par­lia­ment lead­ers on Feb­ru­ary 23.

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