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The Islamic State group's silence on Palestine speaks volumes

21.10.15

The Islamic State group's silence on Palestine speaks volumes: [alaraby.co.uk] Despite the Palestinian uprising being the leading news story across the Arab world, this is the first time IS propagandists have mentioned Palestine in any meaningful way.

Few can expect that the opportunist tactics of the group will find any resonance with Palestinians.

The recent violence in Israel and the occupied territories has a distinctly secular edge, and includes both men and women who find IS extremist ideology abhorrent.

What makes the Islamic State group different to other Salafi groups is that rarely does its propaganda spell out a vision of liberating Jerusalem, or attempt to co-opt the Palestinian cause to mould itself as a "defender of Islam".

Instead, IS remains rooted in the idea of "existing and expanding", conquering neighbouring territories to further its own borders.

From Hamas to al-Qaeda, the concept of liberating Palestine has been vital motivation in attracting recruits, and often presented in jihadi groups' longer-term plans.

IS clerics in the group's self-declared capital Raqqa have largely been silent about the recent Palestinian uprising against Israeli forces occupying the West Bank, say activists in Raqqa, and appear to have little passion for a cause it sees as nationalist - and thus blasphemous.


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