In a new speech released on social media on Saturday, head of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issued a threat to Israel for the first time publicly, warning that “Palestine will be a graveyard for Jews.”
“If the Islamic coalition against ISIS were truly Islamic, it would declare that it was cutting ties with its Jewish and crusader masters and that its goal was to kill the Jews and liberate Palestine,” he said, according to a translation by Ynet.
“The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it. Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it…The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you on a day that you think is distant and we know is close. We are getting closer every day. You will never find comfort in Palestine, Jews,” said Baghdadi.
“Palestine will not be your land or your home, but it will be a graveyard for you. Allah assembled you in Palestine so that the Muslims kill you, so that you may hide behind stones and trees,” al-Baghdadi stated, referencing a teaching from the Muslim Hadith saying that says in the End of Days, stones and trees will help Muslims murder all Jews.
Last month, ISIS released a video in which masked jihadists issued threats against the Jewish people and a major war against Israel.
“To all the Jews, grandchildren of monkeys and pigs,” the ISIS member warned, “We are coming for you from all over the world to slaughter you.”
ISIS has also released Hebrew language videos voicing support for the wave of Palestinian violence that has plagued Israel for several months. One video was aimed at the Palestinians in Israel.
“A victory is coming to the mujahedin of the Al-Aqsa from above, you are the ones who start but we will continue it,” the video stated.