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March 11, 2015 12:09 pm

Israeli Arab Party’s Official Says Islamic State Learned Terror From Zionism

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Islamic State's latest execution video, released Tuesday, identifies the pictured victim (wearing orange) as a 19-year-old Israeli Arab and a "Mossad spy." Photo: YouTube screenshot.

JNS.org – Raja Zaatra, a public relations official for the Joint Arab List political party in Israel, said the Islamic State terror group learned its actions from Zionism and refused to define Hamas as a terrorist organization.

During a panel discussion about Israel’s upcoming March 17 election at Bar-Ilan University on Tuesday, Zaatra said, “Where did ISIS (Islamic State) learn all these things? Look at what the Zionist movement did in 1948, the acts of rape, murder, plunder, and mass slaughter that were committed.”

Turning to Hamas, Zaatra said that the Gaza-based group is “not a terrorist organization. A people under occupation have a legitimate right to resist.”

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After drawing condemnation from across the panel’s political spectrum for his comments, Zaatra told Israel Hayom, “I believe in every word, and I certainly don’t regret what I said.”

MK Hanin Zoabi, a Joint Arab List member, was initially banned from the upcoming election over her history of anti-Israel comments—including remarks that the Hamas kidnappers and murderers of three Jewish teens last summer were “not terrorists,” and that the Israel Defense Forces and Islamic State are “both murderous armies that lack red lines.” But Zoabi’s candidacy was later reinstated by the Israeli Supreme Court.

“The High Court justices who permitted the horrible things that Zoabi has said and done in recent years have led to this Zaatra allowing himself to say things that in any other country would cause his citizenship to be revoked,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday.

The Joint Arab List—an alliance of the Israeli Knesset’s Arab political parties—said in a statement, “We have come out with a strong official stance against ISIS’s crimes, and the Joint Arab List condemns them regardless of any historical events.”

Islamic State issued its latest execution video on Tuesday, identifying the victim as 19-year-old Mohamed Said Ismail Musalam, an Israeli Arab from eastern Jerusalem who the terrorist group called a “Mossad spy.” Islamic State also released the names and photos of 13 other individuals the group claims were part of an Israeli Mossad network trying to spy on its operations.

Musalam’s father, Said, told Army Radio, “Mohamed was against Islamic State, seeing what he saw on TV, what they were doing, he was against them. … Everyone who knows Mohamed loves him. … The Mossad? What are you talking about? Why would the Mossad recruit a clueless 19-year-old kid?”

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    God Calling December 23 The World’s Song: Walk with Me in the way of Peace. Shed Peace, not discord, wherever you go. But it must be My Peace. Never a Peace that is a truce with the power of evil. Never harmony if that means your life-music being adapted to the mood and music of the world. My disciples so often make the mistake of thinking all must be harmonious. No! Not when it means singing the song of the world. I, the Prince of Peace, said tha I came “not to bring Peace but a sword.”

  • Mike Graham

    Satan plans to do a repeat. Just one Big problem with that: Lesson # 1 EZEKIEL Ch: 38:
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  • victoria brandeis

    why write what is foolish…..zionism started everything…..with passover linking to your, israeli elections how interesting it is to jump into the fold and ask…..which son am i……or daughter……

    with 40 years of protection am i the one who feared no food and took more …. or less…..basically did i have faith……

    so who are you ‘ the israeli’s ‘ who can vote…..the angry one….or the one who developed strength and sense of self during those years…..or the wimps who bathed in idols……

    same old same old.

  • Jordan

    If the arabs don’t like it in Israel they should move to Jordan.

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