After the terrorist attacks in the Israeli cities of Beersheba and Hadera, ISIS launches campaign to encourage its supporters to continue carrying out attacks in Israel

Overview
  • In the third week of March 2022, two terrorist attacks were perpetrated in Israel (in Beersheba and Hadera) by Israeli Arabs who were affiliated with ISIS and were probably inspired by it. In a statement published by ISIS on its Telegram channel, it officially claims responsibility for carrying out the attack in Hadera. In a statement published by Amaq Agency, ISIS’s media arm, the terrorist attack in Beersheba is also mentioned, although no separate official claim of responsibility has been issued (Telegram, March 27, 2022).[1]
  • Concurrently with the official statements issued by ISIS’s media foundations, in the past few days, several media outlets affiliated with ISIS launched a propaganda campaign intended to encourage the organization’s supporters to continue carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel. For the time being, the campaign is conducted mainly through videos disseminated on social media. The videos include a combination of archive photos of terrorist attacks perpetrated in Israel, including the last two attacks in Beersheba and Hadera, along with quotes by ISIS leaders and spokesmen calling for war against Israel. Little is known about these media outlets, their whereabouts, and those who are behind them. We do know that they are affiliated with ISIS and disseminate messages; however, they are not part of ISIS’s official media network.
  • Since ISIS was established, fighting against Muslims and infidels and against its internal and external enemies has been the organization’s first priority. Fighting against the immediate enemies threatening ISIS overpowered the aspiration to liberate Palestine and return it to the bosom of Islam, and implementing this goal was postponed to the more distant future. In principle, this order of priorities has not changed. However, various events and incidents over the years changed ISIS’s order of priorities and led it to call for carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets. Following are several examples:
  • The Palestinian wave of terrorism begun in October 2015 led to an ISIS media campaign involving ISIS’s operatives and media network. The purpose of this campaign, which was accompanied by blatant anti-Semitic incitement, was to encourage and expand the Palestinian wave of terrorist attacks. The campaign also attacked the Palestinian Authority leadership and Hamas. It portrayed the conflict as a religious confrontation between Muslims and Jews (referring to the latter as the “descendants of apes and pigs”). ISIS’s activity at that time also led to the establishment of a dedicated media foundation (the Al-Masra Foundation) engaged in the Palestinian issue.
  • In December 2015, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audiotape, addressing the defeats sustained by his organization. In the audiotape, al-Baghdadi said that ISIS “has not forgotten” Israel and would soon attack it (Dawlat al-Khilafah al-Islamiyah, December 26, 2015).
  • US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” led to a similar reaction. On January 27, 2020, ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi released an audiotape explicitly calling on ISIS’s operatives in Sinai and Syria to attack Israeli communities and use Israel’s territory as a proving ground for ISIS’s weapons and rockets. He also called on Muslims in Palestine and around the globe to spearhead the campaign to foil the “Deal of the Century.”
  • On June 21, 2021, ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media Foundation released an audiotape of the organization’s spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. In the audiotape, al-Qurashi addressed the “recent campaign in the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem” (Operation Guardian of the Walls). He criticized the Arab and Islamic leaders who did not help the Palestinians in the fighting and during the clashes in Jerusalem. He referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as the “Egyptian pharaoh” and Jordan’s King Abdullah II as the “Jordanian tyrant” and claimed that they serve as a defense line for Israel against jihad fighters. He also noted that the “infidels” (i.e., the Arab regimes headed by Egypt, Jordan and Syria) had impeded ISIS’s fight against the Jews and were a barrier and obstacle of sorts on the road to “Palestine.” He called on the residents of “Palestine” to wake up, noting that truth cannot be achieved by peace but through “jihad and blood.”
Contents of disseminated videos
Video released by Mu’assassat al-Khayr
  • Mu’assassat al-Khayr, which is affiliated with ISIS, released a video entitled “Fighting the Jews” (Qital al-Yahud). It includes an archive footage that appeared in Israeli media, documenting riots on Temple Mount, with the voice of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi heard in the background threatening the Jews in Israel that ISIS operatives are about to arrive from Iraq, Khorasan (Afghanistan), Somalia and other countries, ready to sacrifice themselves and their property for the sake of Al-Aqsa. Subsequently, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, ISIS’s former spokesman, is heard saying that ISIS has not forgotten Palestine and that soon, ISIS’s jihad fighters will be heard in Al-Aqsa and kill the Jews.
  • There was also other archive footage, already released by ISIS in the past, showing the organization’s operatives, one of them speaking Hebrew, encouraging the audience to carry out attacks and threatening to destroy Israel. An operative codenamed Abu Sa’ad al-Maqdisi (i.e., from Jerusalem) appears in the video noting that they have not forgotten their brethren in Palestine. He quotes the words of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi, ISIS’s founder: “We are fighting in Iraq, but our eyes are directed to Jerusalem… Every day we are getting closer to Al-Aqsa and we are getting closer to you” (Telegram, March 29, 2022).
  •  The video includes documentation of a series of terrorist attacks addressed by the Israeli media, including the attacks in Beersheba and Hadera and the terrorists’ pledge of allegiance before they carried out the attack in Hadera. In the background, one can hear verses instigating attacks, one of them in German, which can indicate that the video was produced by ISIS supporters in Germany (Telegram, March 29, 2022).
The opening scene of the video “Fighting the Jews” (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
The opening scene of the video “Fighting the Jews” (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
 The speaker encouraging ISIS-inspired attacks in Israel (Telegram, March 29, 2022)  Riots on Temple Mount.
Right: Riots on Temple Mount. Left: The speaker encouraging ISIS-inspired attacks in Israel (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
Footage from the security cameras documenting the attack in Hadera, which was integrated into the video (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
Footage from the security cameras documenting the attack in Hadera, which was integrated into the video (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
Another speaker, an ISIS operative speaking Hebrew (Telegram, March 29, 2022)    Abu Sa’ad al-Maqdisi (i.e., from Jerusalem) (Telegram, March 29, 2022).
Right: Abu Sa’ad al-Maqdisi (i.e., from Jerusalem) (Telegram, March 29, 2022). Left: Another speaker, an ISIS operative speaking Hebrew (Telegram, March 29, 2022)
Video released by Al-Dar’ al-Sunni
  • The ISIS-affiliated Al-Dar’ al-Sunni Foundation (literally: the Sunni Shield) released a video entitled “The First Rain” (Awwal al-Ghaith, i.e., suggesting the hope that there will be more rain later). The video shows security camera footage that appeared in the Israeli media documenting the terrorist attacks in Beersheba and Hadera. ISIS’s former spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani can be heard in the background praising the perpetrators of the  attacks (Telegram, March 28, 2022).
Video entitled “The First Rain” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)
Video entitled “The First Rain” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)
Video released by the Al-Murhafat Foundation
  • The ISIS-affiliated Al-Murhafat Foundation released a video entitled “Photo Report – Palestine” containing images from the Israeli media with subtitles summing up the incidents in Beersheba and Hadera according to ISIS’s media network (Telegram, March 28, 2022).
Video entitled “Photo Report – Palestine” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)
Video entitled “Photo Report – Palestine” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)

From the video “Photo Report – Palestine” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)
From the video “Photo Report – Palestine” (Telegram, March 28, 2022)

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[1] For more details, see the ITIC's Information Bulletin from March 31, 2022, “Two deadly ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks carried out in southern and central Israel