Grab the popcorn.
The Islamic State branch in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday called on its supporters to attack Hamas in a gruesome execution video as long-simmering tensions between the rival Islamic terror groups erupted into the open.
The 22-minute long video culminated with the execution of one of its members, shot in the back of the head for allegedly smuggling weapons to Hamas.
“[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,” said a speaker in the video, who is referred to as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, an Islamic State preacher in the Sinai, originally from Gaza.
Maqdisi calls on viewers to attack the security headquarters and courthouses of Hamas in Gaza, as these are “the pillars of tyranny.”
At the end of the video, the narrator declares that a man, named as Musa Abu Zamat, who was once among the ranks of Islamic State, was sentenced to death for “smuggling weapons to the apostates of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades,” referring to Hamas’s military wing.
Hamas, a terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction, has run Gaza for a decade but have been regularly criticized by more radical jihadist groups in the Strip.
Hamas has arrested dozens of Salafi militants, which continues to a be a source of tension between the two sides.
Meanwhile, here’s a screenshot from the IS snuff film. Is it just me, or does the rabid terrorist in white look a bit like a young Steve Tyler from Aerosmith?
Hopefully, like Love in an Elevator, he’s going down.
But I digress. The report gets more surreal.
Islamic State also slammed Hamas for failing to fight Jews for the right reasons.
The video showed clips of Hamas leaders saying the terror group only fights Jews for occupying Palestinian land, and that the group has no quarrel with the Jewish religion.
The narrator in the video criticized Hamas for not fighting Jews for their “false creed.”
I think he’s being a bit unfair to Hamas. Have they read their Charter recently? For instance, from the preamble:
Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.
And article 7:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
Meanwhile, you knew this was coming.
On Thursday, Hamas spokesperson Salah Bardawil dismissed the Islamic State video as a “Zionist production.”
The video is “a Zionist production in which Arab tools participate to distort the resistance…This is what the Zionist intelligence agency and its lackeys have been striving for,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.
So yeah, I won’t be losing any sleep as these two evil organizations go at it. And neither should you.