A top Hamas official in the Gaza Strip called on all Palestinians to turn their weapons against Israelis, saying Allah created man “only to wage jihad” and “to plunge knives in the chests” of enemies.
In an address broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV on October 19, former Gaza interior minister Fathi Hammad praised Palestinian “martyrs” who had committed themselves to the killing of Jews, who he called “the slayers of the prophets, the bloodsuckers, the killers of the martyrs.”
He called on Palestinian Authority security forces to turn their weapons against Israelis.
“If you are true Palestinians you will use (your) weapons not to carry out detentions, not for destruction and not to bury the intifada alive. If any Islamic, Palestinian, Arab, Jihadi blood runs through your veins you will turn (them against Israel).”
Hammad’s speech was uploaded and translated Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The Hamas official praised the role of social media in promoting attacks on Israelis. “We salute the Facebook of Jihad, the Twitter of Jihad, the Whatsapp of Jihad. We salute anything wih Jihad in it.”
Allah, he said, had pledged to persecute the Jews and had created man “only to wage jihad, only to move forward, only to plunge their knives in the chests and bellies of the enemies.
“This intifada and this Jihad will never stop,” he cried.
Hamas has consistently encouraged terror attacks and violent demonstrations throughout the West Bank and Gaza throughout the recent period of unrest. The past month has seen near-daily stabbings and other attacks by Palestinians on Israelis, as well as widespread clashes in the West Bank.
Palestinian attackers have killed 11 Israelis. Fifty-five Palestinians have been killed, including 35 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes with security forces.