ISIS orders militants to begin targeting Jews, conquer Israeli settlements

An undated file photo shows the current leader of ISIS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, in an unknown location. Al-Quraishi has commanded all remaining militants to turn their attention to the reconquering of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories

Even though ISIS is starting to seem like a dismantled relic of the Obama years, the organization still has loyalists and continues to make threats.

The head of ISIS, the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has called on fighters to target Israeli settlements and start attacking Jews, reports.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi directed the organization’s remaining forces to pursue a terror campaign against Israel and Jews, according to the Israeli public broadcasting corporation.  

Al-Quraishi called on fighters in Sinai and Syria to focus on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, retake the land and turn it into a zone for weapons experiments.

Despite the defeat of the ISIS caliphate in December 2018, the Islamists are still operational in areas of Sinai, Syria and Iraq.

In his statement, al-Quraishi also called for Muslims around the world to derail U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East “peace plan.” 

According to a United Nations Security Council resolution, Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank are a “flagrant violation” of international law with “no legal validity.”

In November, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. would soften its position on the settlements, causing uproar in Europe and the Muslim world. As part of the softening of its position, President Trump promised a “peace plan” for the Middle East which is set to be unveiled this week.

Trump has spoken positively of the plan but the details have been shrouded in secrecy.

Four days after the suicide of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi when he was cornered by a US tactical operation in October last year, an Islamic State radio message confirmed al-Baghdadi’s successor as al-Quraishi.


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