I’m finishing work soon on a book entitled The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, which explodes many, many historical myths that are current today. And along the way, it also shows that Muslims declaring other Muslims insufficiently Muslim on some grounds or other and then beginning to kill them is a phenomenon as old as Islam itself, beginning with the Khawarij in the seventh century and recurring in revivalist movements throughout Islamic history. This is just the latest example of this phenomenon, in a long, long line.
“ISIS declares war on Hamas with sickening execution video as it vows to overthrow them from the Gaza Strip for failing to stop Trump’s Jerusalem move,” by Alex Green, Mailonline, January 5, 2018:
The Egyptian branch of ISIS has declared war on Palestinian terrorist group Hamas for failing to stop Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In a brutal propaganda video – purporting to show the execution of a Hamas affiliate – the jihadi group declared war on the Palestinian terror group, which controls much of the Gaza Strip.
Tensions between the rival terrorist organisations have spiralled since 2015, when ISIS released a video saying it would overthrow Gaza’s ‘tyrants’ for their apparent lack of religious fundamentalism.
ISIS’s most recent video released on Wednesday shows the man, accused of selling weapons to Hamas, on his knees in an orange jumpsuit.
In the footage the group says it had also declared war on Hamas for its crackdown on small ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Salafi groups in Gaza.
According to Site, a US monitoring agency that keeps track of jihadi platforms, the 22-minute video shows a man, identified as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, urging Islamic followers in Gaza to mount attacks on Hamas.
Maqdisi, who is originally from Gaza but now preaches hate in Sinai, says in the footage: ‘[Hamas] uses its smuggled weapons to empower that which was not revealed by God.
‘It also fights supporters of the Islamic State in Gaza and the Sinai and prevents the migration of these supporters from Gaza to the Sinai.’
Towards the end of the recording, the narrator identifies the Hamas collaborator as Musa Abu Zamat.
Zamat is then shot in the back of his head at point-blank range by an Islamist holding a pistol, reports the International Business Times.
One militant steps forward, saying: ‘Never surrender to them. Use explosives, silenced pistols and sticky bombs.
‘Bomb their courts and their security locations, for these are the pillars of tyranny that prop up its throne.’
The propaganda video cuts to images of Khaled Meshaal, the former Hamas leader who stepped down in April this year, alongside Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran has publicly backed the Palestinian group in recent years, providing it with missiles and funding its extensive tunnel network it uses to enter Israeli territory, reports Newsweek….