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May 21, 2021 Special Announcements No. 1059

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: May 15 – 22, 2021

May 21, 2021
Special Announcements No. 1059

The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to [email protected] with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Gaza Jaysh Al-Ummah Claims Rocket Attack In Israel, Lauds Car-Ramming Attack, Urges Palestinians To 'Revive The Glory Of Martyrdom Operations'

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On May 16, 2021, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Gaza-based jihadi group Jaysh Al-Ummah Fi Bayt Al-Maqdis ("The Ummah Army In Jerusalem") released two statements claiming responsibility for a rocket attack on an Israeli settlement and celebrating the car-ramming attack in Jerusalem, urging Palestinians to wage jihad against Israel, and "revive the glory of martyrdom operations."

 

EXCLUSIVE: Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades Calls For General Mobilization In West Bank, Instructs Fighters To Make Life 'An Unbearable Hell' For Israelis

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On May 16, 2021, The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank, the military wing of the Palestinian Fatah movement, issued a statement instructing its fighters to answer its call for general mobilization, known as "Al-Nafir," to defend Jerusalem, the 1948 territories, and the Gaza Strip, which it said are under intense Israeli bombardment.

 

EXCLUSIVE: On Telegram, Hizbullah Brigades Shares Photos Of Fighters Using Tunnels To Support Palestinians, Iran-Backed Militia Commander Confirms Sayyed Al-Shuhada' Battalions And Al-Nujaba Movement Fighters Deployed To Fight Israelis

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On May 16, 2021, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared a video featuring a commander in the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), saying that Iraqi Shi'ite fighters had been deployed to help Palestinians in their ongoing fight against the Israelis.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hamas' 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Military Spokesman Abu 'Ubaydah: We Will Bomb Tel Aviv Again If Israel Does Not Immediately Stop Bombing Civilians' Homes

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On May 17, 2021, the Gaza-based Hamas military wing 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades published a report on its website warning Israel that it will bomb Tel Aviv again if Israel does not stop bombing civilians' homes.

 

EXCLUSIVE: From Hizbullah's Stronghold In Beirut, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh Vows To Continue Fighting Israel, Senior Hizbullah Official Hashim Safi Al-Din 'Looks Forward To The Day When We Fight Alongside You On All Frontlines In Palestine'

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In a May 17, 2021 press conference in the Hizbullah stronghold of Dahiya in Beirut, Lebanon, the head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Hashim Safi Al-Din, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh, and Hamas Political Bureau member Osama Hamdan condemned Israel for its attacks on Gaza and expressed their support for the "resistance" factions.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Quds Brigades Releases Video Documenting Its Use Of Al-Qassim Rockets On Israeli Targets Near Gaza

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On May 17, 2021, Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), released on Telegram a video documenting "for the first time" its use of Al-Qassim rockets on Israeli targets near Gaza.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Syria Hurras Al-Din Urges Muslims To Stand Up To 'Traitorous Rulers' Protecting Israel, Calls For Waging Jihad, Targeting Israeli Interests Everywhere

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On May 16, 2021, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Hurras Al-Din released a statement praising the Palestinian mujahideen's "great sacrifices and heroic acts" in defending Al-Aqsa mosque and urging Muslims to stand up to the "traitorous" rulers protecting Israel.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani Makes Public Appearances Featured In Videos, Praises Israeli Arabs' Attacks On Jews

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In recent days, Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) has released two videos featuring appearances by the group's leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, in the Idlib area, on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday which began this year on May 13, 2021.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Iranian Shi'ite Groups In Iraq: Ready To Assist The Palestinian Factions In The Struggle Against Israel

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In recent days, several pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq and groups affiliated with them have expressed their readiness to support the Palestinian factions and to participate in the fighting against Israel.

 

ISIS Editorial: Just Like Jews Displaced Palestinians, Sahwat Factions Abuse Syrian IDPs, Misuse Financial Aid Allocated To Help Them

On May 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 286 of its weekly Al-Naba'. The issue included an editorial arguing that the Sunnis in Syria are victims of rival forces.

 

Pro-ISIS Articles: ISIS More Supportive Of Palestinians Than Its Rivals, Awaits Opportunity To Strike Israel

In recent days, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet has published two articles discussing the organization's stance regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

Pro-Islamic State Outlet Releases Poster Threatening President Biden

On May 11, 2021, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet released a poster showing a masked fighter standing behind a kneeling U.S. President Joe Biden.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Gaza Jaysh Al-Ummah Claims Responsibility For Two Rocket Attacks In Israel

On May 18, 2021, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Gaza-based jihadi group Jaysh Al-Ummah Fi Bayt Al-Maqdis ("The Ummah Army In Jerusalem") released two statements claiming responsibility for two rocket attacks on Israeli targets.

 

Al-Qaeda Statement Hails Gaza Fighters For Their Heroic Acts, Calls On Supporters To Prioritize Jihad For Jerusalem, Instructs Fighters To Continue 'Jerusalem Will Not Be Judaized' Operations

On May 17, 2021, Al-Qaeda's central media wing released a statement celebrating the Gaza "fighters" who launched rockets on Israeli targets as "blessed mujahideen."

 

Hamas Military Wing Introduces 'Locally-Manufactured' Drone For Intelligence Gathering

On May 13, 2021, the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, revealed its use of suicide drones.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani Deems Palestinian Cause 'Compass Of Muslims,' Decries 'American Stupidity' After Deal With Taliban, Says U.S., West Have No Option Other Than Reconciliation With Muslims

On May 19, 2021, Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a video featuring its leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, meeting with four commanders of the group's military wing.

 

Syria-Based Jihadi Group Ansar Al-Din Front Urges Muslims To Support 'Sunni Uprising In Palestine' To End 'Treasonous' Normalization With Israel, Establish 'Powerful Sunni Resistance Front' To Liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque, All Of Palestine

On May 16, 2021, the Syria-based jihadi group Ansar Al-Din Front released a statement stressing that Muslims everywhere must support the Palestinian cause.

 

Telegram Channel Supporting Shi'ite Militias in Iraq Publishes Photograph Of Al-Nujaba Supporters Allegedly On Israel-Lebanon Border

On May 19, 2021, an outlet which supports the pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq and boasts 100,000 subscribers on Telegram, published a photograph of supporters of the Al-Nujaba movement.

 

Al-Nujaba Spokesman: We Are Ready To Enter Into A Direct Conflict With The Zionist Regime; We Have Weapons That Can Reach Deep Into Israel

The spokesman for the Al-Nujaba movement, a pro-Iranian Shi'ite militia in Iraq, announced that his organization is ready to take an active part in a direct confrontation with Israel if a request comes from "the Palestinian Islamic resistance."

 

Al-Shabab Urges Attacks On Israeli, Western Interests: We Fight In East Africa While Our Eyes Are On Jerusalem

On May 18, 2021, the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement, Al-Qaeda's (AQ) affiliate in Somalia, joined other jihadi groups in a statement regarding the current war between Hamas in Gaza and Israel, and the conflicts in Jerusalem.

 

Jihadis On Telegram Circulate Message Accusing Facebook Of Siding Against The Palestinians And Calling On Muslims To Downgrade Facebook's Rating In Google Play Store To One Star

On April 17, 2021, pro-jihadi Telegram users, shared a message accusing Facebook of siding against the Palestinians in the current war between Israel and Hamas and calling on Muslims to downgrade Facebook's rating to one star in the Google Play Store.

 

ISIS In DRC Claims Attack Which Led To Death Of UN Peacekeeper

On May 13, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for an ambush on Congolese and UN peacekeeping forces.

 

Al-Qaeda In Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Releases Video Featuring Top Leader Inciting People In South Yemen Against UAE-Backed Security Forces

On May 18, 2021, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video documenting attacks by the group's fighters on UAE-backed Security Belt checkpoints in Yemen.

 

Following Closure Of Bank Account, Australian Charity Which Raises Funds For Imprisoned Jihadis Solicits Donations Via Gift Cards, Cardless Cash Codes

An organization provides financial, social, and legal aid to Muslim prisoners and their families, including many who were convicted of terror-related offenses.

 

Iran-Backed Militias Claim Responsibility For Two Late April Attacks On U.S. Targets In Iraq

On May 14, 2021, an Iraqi Shi'ite group affiliated with the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, shared on Telegram a video in which it claimed responsibility for two attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq.

 

Al-Shabab Releases Video Urging Muslims To Make Hijra To Jihadi Fronts, Features Foreign Fighters Including Those From U.S. Urging Muslims To Take Part In Jihad

On May 14, 2021, the media arm of Somalia-based pro-Al-Qaeda group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, released a video highlighting that Muslims are required to make hijra (i.e., migrate) to jihadi fronts to wage jihad.

 

French-Speaking Jihadi Fighters In Syria Publish Photos Of Eid Celebrations, Children

On May 13, 2021, a group of French-speaking Al-Qaeda jihadi fighters in Syria posted photographs of its members holding Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.

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