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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

To Warm the Heart …. and Chill the Blood!

In this clip, members of the Muslim Circassian community of Israel speak of their pride in being Israeli and their support for Israel. The Imam of the village of Rahanis, Sheikh Farok Zinadin, is especially vocal in his warm support.

However, shocking scenes posted on an Arabic-language Facebook page (below) captures hundreds of Hamas followers rallying on the Temple Mount, calling to “spill the blood” of the “infidels” and to hit Tel Aviv. Translated by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, the footage shows masked Hamas supporters chanting slogans of hate and violence like “bless the ‘cigarettes’ (code for rockets)” and “smash Zionist heads”.

The frenzied crowd proclaims allegiance to Hamas, and Seraya al-Aksa, the military wing of Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, is chair of the Fatah party. “There can be no doubt that a relentless second front in the existential war that Hamas and the like are waging against Israel has geared up on the Temple Mount,” stated Linda Olmert, deputy director of Haliba, the movement for freedom of worship on the Mount. “Just as little four-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was murdered by Hamas, breathed his last in Nahal Oz (southern community near the border with Gaza),” Olmert adds, a “despicable terrorist proudly displays the ISIS flag” on the Temple Mount, which states: “There is no deity but Allah. Mohammed is his messenger”. The YouTube video “demonstrates that there is no denying that ISIS and Hamas are one”.

© Natalie Wood (27 August 2014)

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