The Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad threatened a return to the use of suicide bombers in attacks against Israelis — attacks that devastatingly typified the Second Intifada in 2000-2005.
In a video newly published on Palestinian social media, entitled “Letter #1,” a supposed Islamic Jihad member can be seen preparing for a suicide attack inside Israel dressed as an Israeli soldier, as a montage of recent images of violence on the Temple Mount, across Jerusalem, and in the West Bank flash onscreen.
Footage of the making of an explosive belt — which suicide bombers used during the Second Intifada — can also be seen in the video.
The would-be terrorist can then be seen in the frame smiling while filming his “shaheed [martyr] video” (usually released after a given attack showing the bomber delivering his last message before embarking on the mass killings). Then he is shown dressed in IDF uniform walking up to a bus stop where other “soldiers” are waiting. A bus pulls up and the screen fades to black.
The terror group on Saturday claimed that the Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi, who killed two Israeli men in the Old City and seriously injured a woman and her baby in a stabbing attack, was a member of its organization.
“Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a member of the terror group told AFP, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinians.
Hamas meanwhile praised the attack as “a heroic act of resistance.”