Leaflets threatening Christians and signed by an organization referring to itself as the “Islamic State in Palestine” were distributed in East Jerusalem Thursday, Israel’s Channel 10 news reported.
The flyers, which displayed an image of the black flag associated with the Islamic State terrorist group, warned Christian residents of the city that “vengeance” will be exacted upon them, the TV report stated.
The report did not detail where the leaflets were distributed or in what quantity. There are some 12,000 Christian residents in the city, according to recent figures.
There have been intermittent reports of attempts by IS-affiliated groups to organize in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel, and a trickle of cases of Israeli Arabs journeying to join IS forces elsewhere in the region or being arrested en route to do so.
Earlier this week, an Israeli Arab family from Sakhnin, in the north, contacted authorities for help in locating their son and his family, who they said they believe are trying to enter Syria to join the Islamic State.
In November 2014, security forces arrested a group of three men in the West Bank city of Hebron believed to be ideologically affiliated with the Islamic State.
The cell members were arrested by operatives of the Shin Bet security service and stand accused of launching an unsuccessful attack against IDF soldiers and conspiring to kidnap and kill civilians and military personnel in the West Bank.
Also last year, Channel 10 broadcast what it said was footage from an “Islamic State gathering” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Speakers were filmed anticipating the liberation of Jerusalem and decrying Jewish pollution of the city. Several black IS flags were seen in the footage.
Also on Thursday, the United States denounced the “brutality” of Islamic militants, with Secretary of State John Kerry asserting that “no development has been more disturbing than the rise of groups such as Daesh,” a reference to the Islamic State group, as he launched the 2014 annual assessment of human rights around the world.