ISIS: Jihad in Palestine Does Not Have Kedimah Over Jihad Elsewhere


An article published on March 15 in the official Islamic State mouthpiece Al-Naba states that the fight against Israel does not take precedence over jihad against the infidels elsewhere, and that the fight against the infidels within Islam – against the Muslim rulers and governments – is even more important, Memri reports.

Since the entire world except for the ISIS-controlled areas is ruled by infidels, the article asks why war against the Jews is being prioritized over the war against other infidels. In ISIS’s view, if there is to be any prioritization of jihad, then it should be to liberate the Islamic holy sites of Mecca and Medina from the Saudi royal family.

The article posits that fighting Israel should be left to the Palestinians. However, ISIS calls on Muslims worldwide to help them, including by attacking the Jews and their allies wherever they can. The article harshly criticizes those in the Arab world who sanctify the Palestinian cause and depict it as the Muslims’ main issue.

David Steger – Israel