Supporters of ISIS in Palestinian controlled areas in Judea, Samaria and Gaza have been distributing fliers and publications asking the local populace to fight the Palestinian backed police and militias in those areas.
The message is clear. ISIS wants to move in and overthrow Hamas and the Palestinian Authority from within.
In an attempt to expand its reach within the PA and Hamas controlled areas, the ISIS branch in “Bayt al-Maqdis,” an Arabization of the Hebrew Holy Temple and a term for Jerusalem, has begun a new PR campaign.
A new publication distributed by the group is promoting the idea to stage a coup and justifies the actions with ideological reasons. “The liar will not be left with an excuse, and the supporters will not be left with doubt,” the pamphlet reads.
The publication clearly calls for on Muslims to stage a holy war and wage Jihad. They write that it is every Muslims duty to follow in the path of Allah’s religious commandment for all to “liberate the Muslim lands.” The pamphlet repeatedly emphasize that there is an obligation to fight the police and army of “the rule of tyranny and heresy.”
Moreover, ISIS supporters in Palestinian controlled areas are openly stating that any agreement reached with the “occupier” Israel does not apply to Muslims and will have no significance whatsoever. The group threatens that Jews and Christians will no longer have “defense” among the Muslim population.
The report of the growing rise of ISIS amongst the Palestinian population comes on the heels of an announcement earlier in the month made by Israel’s security services who claim that hundreds of Hamas supporters, particularly in Gaza, have switched allegiance from Hamas to ISIS.
Intelligence officials believe that many Palestinians are now viewing Hamas “too moderate” and not as stringent in their belief and actions interpreting Islam.
Less than three weeks ago, an ISIS terrorist cell was uncovered in the Palestinian controlled neighborhood of Hebron. In October, ISIS claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Gaza against the French Cultural Center.
In spite of Hamas’ and the PA’s best efforts, they simply cannot keep ISIS out of their own backyard.