Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) official Muhammad Shalah said in an April 24, 2022 show on Al-Quds Al-Youm TV (Islamic Jihad – Gaza) that Palestine is unquestionably Palestinian land, and that the Jews have no historical claim to it. He also said that Allah brought the Jews to Palestine for the Palestinians to "finish them off. In addition, he said that the PIJ is part of the Iran-backed "resistance axis" and that while Iran supplied the Palestinians with rockets and weapons, the Arabs only gave them school supplies. Muhammad Shalah is the brother of the former leader of the Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah who died in 2020.
Muhammad Shalah: "We will protect the sacred city [of Jerusalem] to which the Prophet Muhammad made his night journey, and from which he ascended to heaven, with everything we have. We will fight to the last Palestinian soldier, last lion cub, and last child. We will never raise the white flag [of surrender]. Even if the Arabs, the Muslims, and the entire world desert us, we will fight for that city, because in this battle, we have a profitable transaction with Allah.
"As soon as the Prophet Muhammad placed his foot on the Foundation Stone, here in Palestine, this has become the greatest deed of sale in the history of humanity, and it proves our right to Palestine. End of story.
"We are dealing with this from an Islamic perspective. All the talks about ancient history, the Canaanites, Abraham, the Abrahamic faith, and the accords... All of this is unacceptable. Abraham was not Palestinian. He came from Iraq.
"From both the national and religious perspectives, the [Jews] have nothing here. They should leave our land. This is the land of the Palestinian people, and it constitutes an Islamic endowment until Judgement Day. They should go back to where they came from, and that's it.
"The Quran says: 'When the promise of the Hereafter comes to pass, we will bring you in multitudes.' Our Lord brought the [Jews here]. We also believe that they should have come here, because here is where we will finish them off.
"Our Lord says: 'And recall when your Lord announced that He should most surely send against them someone who would inflict terrible punishment upon them until the Day of Resurrection.' It will be done by us. They are coming here for their death.
"We take pride in being part of the resistance axis, which is headed by the Islamic Republic [of Iran], Hizbullah, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. We take pride in this. Who in the region stood against criminal America, which planted this [Israeli] entity, other than Iran, Hizbullah, the Houthis, and all the others?
"We told [the Arabs]: The difference between you and Iran is that Iran supports us with rockets, but when a large delegation from Arab countries came at the end of 2012, they congratulated us for striking Tel Aviv, we said to them: We did not strike Tel Aviv with your coupons. You send us school bags with pencils, erasers, notebooks, and a box of geometry instruments. That's fine. Or you send us food baskets with rice and meat. But this is not our problem.
"We hit Tel Aviv with Fajr-5 rockets. We want missiles, mortar launchers, anti-tank missiles, Strela surface-to-air missiles. We want to completely relieve you. We will do the fighting. We don’t need anyone to come and die here. We will die alone. We have an army, we have martyrdom-seekers, we have fighters — thousands and millions of them. All we need from you is to support us in this, and we will pay this debt on your behalf. But today, the [Arab] nation has lost its manliness."