Dozens of female members of the Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades marched through Gaza this week in protest of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Accompanied by hundreds of burqa-clad women, the armed fighters, who are part of the military wing of the terrorist group, burned the US flag and vowed to “redeem Palestine with our souls and our blood,” according to video footage posted by Lebanese U-News on Monday and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Islamic Jihad Women Fighters March in Gaza to Protest Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: We Will Strike Tel AvivWomen fighters of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, marched in protest against the Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. With masked faces and bearing weapons, they vowed to continue the Intifada and proclaimed: "We will strike Tel Aviv" and "Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem." Footage of the march was posted on the Internet by the Lebanese U-News on December 11.
Posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, 12 December 2017
One fighter told the US president, “Trump, Jerusalem is ours,” and slammed the other Arab nations for ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. “As for the Arabs,” she said, “No matter how much we talk, they remain asleep, especially Saudi Arabia and its allies.”
Another woman threatened: “Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem. We will strike Tel Aviv,” while a third said that an intifada would continue until Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque had been liberated.
Elsewhere, in the Al-Ameen Mosque in Gaza, in another clip translated by MEMRI, an elementary school student, Ubeida Abu Kmeil, could be seen giving a sermon calling for the liberation of all of Israel from the “plundering Jews.”
Elementary School Student in Gaza Friday Sermon: We, the Descendants of Saladin, Shall Liberate Haifa, Jaffa, and Jerusalem from the "Plundering Jews"In a sermon delivered in the Al-Ameen Mosque in Gaza, elementary school student Ubeida Abu Kmeil said that Palestine was being "targeted by the plundering Jews." "We are the descendants of Saladin. We are the invincible generation," he said, proclaiming: "This land is where we are entrenched, in order to liberate Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, and all the Palestinian cities." The sermon was posted on the Al-Ameen Mosque Facebook page on December 9.
Posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday, 11 December 2017
He called for his “brothers” to be like Saladin, the 12th-century sultan who seized control of Jerusalem from the Crusaders.
“Our children are being massacred, our men are being imprisoned, and our homes are being demolished. What do you expect? Do you expect to see mercy and compassion on the part of the Arab countries? No!” he said in his sermon.
In the video, posted on the Facebook page of the Gaza mosque on Saturday, he preached, “This land is where we are entrenched, in order to liberate Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem and all the Palestinian cities.”
The Hamas terror group, which controls the coastal enclave, called last Thursday for a new intifada against Israel over the Trump declaration. On Friday it urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, and has allowed thousands of Gazans to clash with Israeli troops at the Gaza border fence in recent days. Its leader Ismail Haniyeh urged the liberation of Jerusalem and made plain the group was seeking to intensify violence against Israel.
In an address last Wednesday from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.
The move was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.