A former Hamas chief has asked for Muslims across the world to mobilise their efforts and take to the streets in protest against Israel.
Khaled Meshaal, who led Hamas from 2004 to 2017, also asked for people from neighbouring countries to join the fight against the country in support of Palestinians.
In a recorded statement he said: “[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday, the Friday of Al Aqsa Flood.”
He continued: “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 is currently the leader of Hamas’s diaspora office and now lives in Qatar.
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He added: “To all scholars who teach jihad… to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories).”
He continued: “Deliver a message, through the squares and the streets, a message of anger, that we are with Palestine, that we are with Gaza, with Al Aqsa, with Jerusalem, and that we are a part of this battle, this is first.
“Second Gaza is calling you for help, with relief and money, with whatever you own, whoever can help, this is the moment of truth.
“What should we answer? We are facing truth, and here I say clearly, without hesitation, this is the moment for the (Arab) nation to join in the fight, to fight with them.”
Irina Tsukerman, a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Arabian Peninsula Institute, warned that this call as well as other factors could foreshadow an attack on Jewish communities in Israel and around the world.
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She told Daily Express US: “Hamas leader just came out in public calling for more attacks against Jewish and other targets in the West around the world on October 13.
“Pro-Hamas networks in the West and elsewhere are already galvanized as we have seen from mass rallies in Western cities, which means such direct encouragement is likely to attract more attention.”
In addition to Hamas’ calls for a day of jihad, Ms. Tsukerman pointed out that the “premier” Egyptian Sunni Islamic Institution Al-Azhar has urged Palestinians to die as martyrs fighting Israel.
In a speech on Tuesday Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Hamas will understand that by attacking us, they have made a mistake of historic proportions.
“We will exact a price that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come.”
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