Former Hamas leader calls for day of jihad on Friday, and tells Muslims to ‘take to the streets’ in protest against Israel

Khaled Meshaal – a former Hamas chief – has called for protests to take place across the Muslim world on Friday in support of the Palestinians, and for the peoples of neighbouring countries to join the fight against Israel, in a video statement recorded in Qatar (pictured)
Published October 12, 2023

A former Hamas chief has called for protests to take place across the Muslim world on Friday in support of the Palestinians, and for the peoples of neighbouring countries to join the fight against Israel.

‘[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,’ said Khaled Meshaal, who currently heads Hamas’s diaspora office.

Meshaal, who is based in Qatar, said the governments and peoples of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt have a bigger duty to support the Palestinians.

‘Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan… This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility,’ Meshaal said in a recorded statement. ‘To all scholars who teach jihad… to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories).’

Jordan and Lebanon are home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees.

Meshaal’s call for a Friday 13th uprising was reiterated by Hamas itself, according to the Israeli-run, Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

MEMRI said that Hamas urged its supporters in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel to rise up in what he called ‘the Al-Aqsa Flood’ – echoing what the the secretive Palestinian mastermind Mohammed Deif calls the attack he launched on Saturday against Israel.

The phrase Israel’s most wanted man used in an audio tape broadcast as Hamas fired thousands of rockets out of the Gaza Strip over the weekend signalled the attack was their payback for Israeli raids at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque.

‘We declare next Friday, ”The Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood,” as a day of general mobilization in our Arab and Islamic world and among the free people of the world,’ Meshaal’s statement said, which was sent to Reuters news agency.

‘It is a day to rally support, offer aid, and participate actively.

‘It is a day to expose the crimes of the occupation, isolate it, and foil all its aggressive schemes. It is a day to demonstrate our love for Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa.

‘It is a day for sacrifice, heroism, and dedication, and to earn the honour of defending the first Qibla of Muslims, the third holiest mosque, and the ascension of the trusted Messenger.’



RELATED: Hamas calls for global ‘mobilization’ on Oct. 13

“It is an unambiguous global call to arms,” said Robert Greenway of the Heritage Foundation. “It will be heeded. There will be blood.”

Khaled Meshal in a meeting with Spanish journalists. Credit: Trango/Wikipedia.
Published October 12, 2023

An official statement from the Hamas terrorist organization and comments from a former Hamas leader—both calling for global mobilization against Israel this Friday, Oct. 13—are raising alarm at Jewish organizations and among those who monitor the Middle East.

“The real threat here is that there is no way of knowing who, if anyone, will take up the call or if there are pre-planned actions already staged elsewhere in the world just waiting for the greenlight,” according to James Carafano, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation and senior counselor to its president.

Carafano cited the Biden administration’s “open door” immigration policies and said that the U.S. president has “thrown virtually every post 9/11 caution to the wind.”

“Given that preparations and attention for dealing with global terrorism in the West have lapsed in recent years, who knows if anyone has been paying attention to this threat?” Carafano told JNS.

On Oct. 10, Hamas called for an “Al-Aqsa Flood Friday” on Oct. 13, according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute. In the statement, the terror organization sought reinforcements from “our Palestinian people, the masses of the Arab and Islamic world, and free people worldwide” in its “declaration of mobilization.”



RELATED: Shabaab celebrates Hamas-led invasion of Israel, calls people to jihad

Published October 12, 2023

Joining other al-Qaeda branches around the world, Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch for East Africa, expressed jubilation for the Hamas-led invasion of Israel in a new statement. Shabaab thus joins al-Qaeda’s men in Yemen, the Indian Subcontinent, and Syria in congratulating the Palestinian militants.

Shabaab now joins al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsulaal-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, and Hurras al-Din in Syria as al-Qaeda branches commenting on the Hamas-led invasion. And though not an official al-Qaeda branch, the key al-Qaeda ally of the Pakistani Taliban has also expressed support for the Hamas-led invasion.

Prior to its official statement, it was releasing several updates a day on the conflict through its local radio stations in Somalia.

Signed by the group’s general command, Shabaab begins its communique by stating “the epic Al-Aqsa Flood [name used by the Palestinian militants to refer to their invasion of Israel] has reached us, which is filled with takbeers, congratulations, and blessings.” Shabaab then apologizes to the Palestinian people for not releasing a timely message on the matter.

The Somali group then continues to say that “we salute all the brave heroes, the brave commandos, and all those stationed in the Holy Land, and we say to all of them: May God reward you with good on behalf of the Islamic Ummah [worldwide Islamic community], and may God reward you for your jihad and your noble deeds.”

According to Shabaab, the Palestinian assault is a victory against all so-called ‘Crusaders.’ As the group notes “as we watch the global responses to the Al-Aqsa Flood attacks, we see how the Crusaders came together in America and Europe, and in every land where the cross is raised and idols are worshiped, to support the Jewish aggressors, criminalize heroism, and brand it as terrorism and extremism.”

The Palestinians have thus demonstrated the “weakness and fragility” of Israel, which Shabaab refers to as a “bastard entity.”

However, Shabaab, like other al-Qaeda branches, puts the current fighting in Israel and Palestine in the context of global jihad.





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