Islamic State Threatens To Topple Hamas In Gaza

CAIRO (Reuters/Hamodia) -

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

The video statement, issued from an IS stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

“The rule of sharia (Islamic law) will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you. We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp, will happen in Gaza,” it said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria …

Meanwhile, an Israeli-Arab, Hamza Magamseh, 23, from Yafia, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for involvement with Islamic State.The prosecution, which had requested a 6-12 year prison sentence for Magamseh in order to send a message about the severity of joining IS and other terrorist groups in Syria to fight the Syrian Assad regime, is considering appealing the lenient sentence.

Still, the Israeli Justice Ministry noted that the sentence was the stiffest so far for joining IS.