The Hamas terrorist group has called on Muslims around the world to “take to the streets” this week for a global “Day of Jihad” or holy war on Friday 13th.
Hamas referred to the day as “Al-Aqsa Flood” Friday, referring to the name of the operation in which it murdered more than 1,200 Israelis, wounded roughly 3,000, and kidnapped over 100.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported Hamas as saying:
“We declare next Friday, ‘The Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood,’ as a day of general mobilization in our Arab and Islamic world and among the free people of the world.
“It is a day to rally support, offer aid, and participate actively.
“It is a day to expose the crimes of the occupation, isolate it, and foil all its aggressive schemes.
“It is a day to demonstrate our love for Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa.
“It is a day for sacrifice, heroism, and dedication, and to earn the honor of defending the first Qibla of Muslims, the third holiest mosque, and the ascension of the trusted Messenger.”
“We call upon the free people of the world to mobilize in solidarity with our Palestinian people and in support of their just cause and legitimate rights to freedom, independence, return, and self-determination,” the statement adds.
As Slay News reported earlier, former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has also called on Muslims around the world to flood the streets on Friday.
Meshaal is calling on the peoples of neighboring countries to join the fight against Israel, Jews, and Christians.
“[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,” said Meshaal, who currently heads Hamas’s diaspora office.
Meshaal, who is based in Qatar, said the governments and peoples of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt have a bigger duty to support Hamas.
“Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan…,” Meshaal said in a recorded statement sent to the Reuters news agency.
“This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility.
“To all scholars who teach jihad… to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories).”
Jordan and Lebanon are home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees.
Meshaal’s rallying call came as Israel vowed to escalate its response to an attack by Hamas with a ground offensive after Israeli fighter jets struck more than 200 targets in Gaza City overnight.
Gaza’s health ministry said at least 1,354 people have been killed and more than 6,000 injured in the crowded coastal enclave.
On Saturday, Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip rampaged through parts of southern Israel, in the deadliest single attack in Israel’s history.