The Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council issued a joint statement on Thursday evening urging all Israelis who are abroad to take extra care on Friday, citing the Hamas terror group’s call on its supporters worldwide to participate in a “Day of Rage.”
Consequently, the statement warned, there would likely be protests in various countries, that might turn violent, with Israelis and Jews potentially targeted.
Israelis abroad were advised to “show alertness, stay away from protests and demonstrations, and if possible get updates from local security forces about possible protests and incidents of unrest around them.”
Hebrew media reports said security would be upped in Israeli embassies worldwide Friday.
Hamas called for mass rallies in the West Bank, Jerusalem and throughout the Arab and Muslim world. It urged young Palestinians in the West Bank to “rise up and go out in roaring crowds,” and clash with settlers and soldiers in the area.
It also told Arab Israelis to gather at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound, atop the Temple Mount, to prevent Jews from “desecrating it” and “building on it.”
Hamas also appealed to Palestinians in the diaspora, as well as “the free people of our Arab and Islamic nation all around the world,” to gather in “the closest point to Jerusalem” — a call it has made since its devastating invasion of southern Israel on Saturday — in order to show their solidarity with the terror group and stop ostensible “Israeli plans to Judaize Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.”
The conflict erupted after Hamas terrorists burst through the Gaza border fence and rampaged through the south, slaughtering some 1,300 people, the vast majority of them civilians, and taking at least 100 captives to Gaza.
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 1,300 in the Palestinian enclave have been killed in retaliatory Israeli strikes. Israel said it is targeting terrorist infrastructure and all areas where Hamas operates or hides and that Israeli forces have killed some 1,500 Hamas terrorists who infiltrated into Israel since Saturday.
As evidence emerged of the brutality with which Hamas terrorists massacred civilians, the organization has attempted to salvage its image in the eyes of the international community, claiming untruthfully and against overwhelming evidence that it did not harm civilians.