On eve of Tel Aviv terror attack, Hamas called Ramadan ‘month of jihad’
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On eve of Tel Aviv terror attack, Hamas called Ramadan ‘month of jihad’

Article by group's military wing says that during religious holiday, a fighter 'dedicates himself to Islam by day, defends Palestine by night'

Israeli security forces at the scene of a deadly shooting attack at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a deadly shooting attack at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

The military wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas called the Muslim holy month of Ramadan the “month of jihad,” in an article published on Tuesday — a day before two West Bank terrorists killed four people in an attack in Tel Aviv.

According to the watchdog organization MEMRI, which monitors the Arabic-language media, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’s article claims that during the fast month, “the jihad fighter dedicates himself to the study of Islam by day he sets forth to defend his homeland, Palestine, by night.”

The article — entitled “Ramadan – The Month of Jihad, Fighting and Victory over the Enemies” — praises “jihad for the sake of Allah [as] the pinnacle of Islam,” calling it “one of the best and most noble deeds.”

The piece also harks back to the 2014 Gaza war between Israel and Hamas, which partly took place during Ramadan. “This month has seen the actualization of exceptional Islamic victories,” it says.

Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, take part in the funeral of a Palestinian who died in a tunnel collapse, March 4, 2016. (AFP/SAID KHATIB)
Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, take part in the funeral of a Palestinian who died in a tunnel collapse, March 4, 2016. (AFP/Said Khatib)

During the war, the article claims, “the Palestinian resistance, chiefly the Al-Qassam Brigades, fought the most impressive battles of heroism and martyrdom.”

While fasting, the piece continues, the Hamas military wing “dealt the enemy fatal blows in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip… and Allah helped them achieve such a great number of victories that they [shattered] the myth of the undefeatable [Israeli] army, expelling it, defeated, from the Gaza Strip.”

Khalid Muhamra (left) and Muhammad Muhamra (right) were identified as the two Palestinian cousins from the West Bank village of Yatta who carried out the terror attack at the Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv in which four Israelis were killed. (Courtesy)
Khalid Muhamra (left) and Muhammad Muhamra (right) were identified as the two Palestinian cousins from the West Bank village of Yatta who carried out the terror attack at the Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv in which four Israelis were killed. (Courtesy)

The terrorists, 21-year-old cousins Muhammad and Khalid Muhamra from the West Bank town of Yatta, entered Israel near Beersheba already armed. They then traveled to Tel Aviv, where they carried out their attack at the Sarona Market. Both were caught shortly after the shooting.

Hamas said in a statement early Thursday that the two gunmen were members of the organization. It praised the shooting as “heroic” and intimated that more attacks would follow over Ramadan, which started on Monday.

Israeli security sources said Sunday, however, that the pair were not members of Hamas or any other terror group, but that they had been “radicalized” recently.

A Hamas media outlet shared a photo of a traditional Palestinian Ramadan treat being stuffed with a bullet with the caption “Tel Aviv operation.”

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