- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Islamic State militant group on Sunday released a series of propaganda videos praising attacks against Jews in Israel and encouraging more violence.

The latest string of propaganda videos is a rare foray for the terrorist group into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Islamic State typically focuses on recruiting jihadists to territories under its control.

“Israel doesn’t really loom large in Islamic State propaganda,” Will McCants, an expert on the Islamic State group at the Brookings Institution told Vice news. “It’s not mentioned as a top territorial priority for IS acquisition.”

Mr. McCants said the new videos are likely an attempt to capitalize on the global media attention surrounding the violence in Israel, where a series of stabbings, shootings and other attacks have resulted in the deaths of eight Israelis at the hands of Palestinians, Vice reported.

At least 39 Palestinians have been killed in the violence, including 21 who died in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Many Palestinians argue that the violence has been fueled by an aggressive Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa compound, a holy site that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

The new Islamic State videos urge Palestinians to “continue their fight against Jews by all possible means … and to not forget [to use] explosive devices,” Vice reported.

By Monday morning, the group had released six propaganda videos calling for more attacks on Jews. One video, titled “Return Terror to the Jews,” features a masked fighter who praises Palestinians who attack Jews, calling them “lone wolves who refused to be subdued and spread fear among the sons of Zion,” Vice reported.

Israel Defense Force spokesman Peter Lerner took note of the videos, tweeting “#ISIS encouraging more beheadings. Now in #Israel.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that a proposed international presence at the al-Aqsa compound was not needed after France proposed such an action at the United Nations.

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