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Extremist group releases video featuring Hebrew-speaking fighter threatening more attacks on Jews in Israel
Islamic State released a video of a Hebrew-speaking militant threatening more attacks on Jews, underscoring the influence of social-media networks and the difficult task ahead for Israeli and Palestinian leaders trying to end weeks of violence.
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The video was posted on YouTube and verified by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups. It shows a masked man with a rifle warning that “soon there won’t be even one Jew left in Jerusalem.”
“We are advancing toward you from every place. From the north, from the south,” the man says. “We will come to annihilate you.”
While boasting branches across North Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East, the Sunni Muslim extremist group has no known affiliates in Israel or the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
But videos and images aimed at Palestinians have proliferated in recent days as the group, known for its sophisticated online media operation, seeks to capitalize on the monthlong bloodshed to attack Israel and discredit the two main Palestinian political factions, Fatah and Hamas.
While the two factions remain the pillars of Palestinian politics, Islamic State’s media outreach poses perils, said Tal Pavel, a researcher at the International Institute for Counterterrorism at the IDC Herzliya. “The assimilation of Islamic State ideas is a danger to Israel,” Mr. Pavel said. “We can see clear attempts by Islamic State to spread its message.”
The release of the inflammatory video came a day before Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were set to meet in Jordan to discuss proposals for ending the latest escalation of violence between Palestinians and Israelis.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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