The Islamic State (ISIS) has appeared in Jerusalem, with fliers attributed to the terror group being posted in the Holy City, reported Israeli media over the weekend. According to Israel’s Channel 10, the fliers were posted as early as Thursday.
ISIS does not have an operational presence in Israel, but many Islamists support the terror group, with dozens of Arab citizens joining the fighting in Iraq and Syria. Earlier this month, rocket fire from Gaza into Israel was blamed on these supporters, allegedly attempting to stir up unrest between Israel and Hamas.
The leaflets threaten “revenge” against Jerusalem’s Christians and were signed “ISIS Palestine”. According to a report in Haaretz, fliers welcoming Ramadan were posted Saturday, reading: “We tell the heretic Christians, you must clear out immediately or we’ll massacre you on Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and one month is time enough to evacuate.”
These were signed “Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate,” according to the paper. Haaretz noted they may have been a prank.
Meanwhile, reports have appeared on social media of the ISIS flag being flown atop the Temple Mount, the holiest site for Jews and a holy place for Muslims as well. Once home to the First and Second Temples, the Mount now hosts the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine.
Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick told Breaking Israel News, “The situation on the Temple Mount is very worrying. The situation in general among Muslim leadership where, for some reason, celebrations like Ramadan are immediately interpreted as a celebrations of violence and terror is something that is very sad, mostly on the Muslim side.
“Of course, in terms of the State of Israel, we think the government of Israel should implement order on the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount should not be a place for demonstrating, and definitely not ISIS. I do hope that the authorities and police make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
As early as November, ISIS spokesperson Mohammed al-Adnani expressed the group’s interest in Jerusalem. A videotaped statement from al-Adnani was quoted in the Jerusalem Post at the time, saying, “We want Kabul, Karachi, Riyadh, Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Cairo, Sana’a, Doha, Abu Dhabi, and Amman. The Muslims will return to power, to be the vanguard and lead in every place.”