16th century illustrated Turkish manuscript showing Jonah and the whale (top) and Jeremiah in Jerusalem. The fate of the tomb of Jonah in Mosul, now under ISIS control, is not known
One cannot escape the irony that there are no Jews left in Syria and Iraq to massacre: Syrian Jews number a handful, and there are just five Jews in Iraq. Nevertheless, threats of a Jewish Holocaust are a useful recruiting tool, the Algemeiner reports:
A Twitter post Thursday by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS), now calling itself the Islamic State (IS), has
promised a Holocaust against the Jews.
“The Real Zionist Holocaust is Predicted in the Hadiths! The Hour
[resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and
the Muslims kill them, and the tree will say: “Oh, Muslim, servant of
God, there is a Jew behind me, kill him! THE PROMISED Holocaust,” a graphic posted on the @ISIS_Conquests’s Twitter account said.
Daniel Pipes, an expert on jihadism, said the hadith likely was a recruitment tool.
“Yes, calling for a Holocaust against Jews refers to a violently
anti-Semitic strain among jihadis and will surely appeal to some of
them,” Pipes said in an email to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Anti-Semitic propaganda has played an important role in the terrorist
group’s recruitment efforts. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, placed Jews on the side of evil in a speech posted last Tuesday on the Internet in which he called on Muslims to join him.
“O ummah of Islam, the world today has been divided into two camps
and two trenches … The camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr
(disbelief) and hypocrisy … all being led by America and Russia, and
being mobilized by the Jews,” al-Baghdadi said.
In another such video released on Twitter, IS told jihadists to “Break the crosses and destroy the lineage of the grandsons of monkeys.”