A recent gathering consisting of thousands of supporters of the Islamic State (IS) took place at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported on Wednesday.
The report was part of a story set to broadcast in full next week, which details how the Islamic State has zeroed in on Israel as its premier target in the near future.
The rally, reportedly held on a recent Friday, was organized by the Tahrir (Liberation) party, an organization that seeks to unify all Muslim countries to create one massive Islamic state that is ruled by the barbaric, extreme rules of sharia law. The Palestinian branch of Tahrir has now reportedly thrown its weight behind the Islamic State terror group under “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling itself the “Palestine branch” of the jihadi outfit.
According to the report, several IS flags were flown during the demonstration. Israel’s Channel 10 filmed speakers talking about their plans to liberate Jerusalem’s Muslims from the Jews.
The reporter who documented the IS rally, Zvi Yehezkeli, said the Islamic State is “now knocking on Jordan’s door” and “has marked ‘Palestine’ (Israel) as the next target on its list.”
Israeli officials announced Wednesday that the Islamic State has been banned from the country, and anyone associating with it would be subject to severe repercussions. The law, signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’aolon on Wednesday, banned any further meetings with organizations friendly with the Islamic State. Israel can now take legal measures to ensure those who try to raise money for or support IS in any way can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, according to The Jerusalem Post.
This week, video surfaced of the killing of American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff at the hands of the Islamic State. Sotloff, who went to Israel in 2008, received his undergraduate degree at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, known for its premier counter-terrorism program. Sotloff was born in Miami and was the grandson of Holocaust survivors.