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Islamic Jihad threatens return to suicide bombings

Terror group claims Jerusalem terrorist Muhannad Halabi, who killed two Israelis on Saturday, was a member; Hamas also praises attack

A supposed Islamic Jihad member makes a 'shaheed video' in a new clip published by the terror group warning Israel of a return to suicide bombings in attacks against Israeli. (Screenshot)
A supposed Islamic Jihad member makes a 'shaheed video' in a new clip published by the terror group warning Israel of a return to suicide bombings in attacks against Israeli. (Screenshot)

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtjW2vp7HxU

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.”

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