July 31, 2015 Hamas called on Palestinians to initiate lone-wolf attacks on Israeli soldiers and settlers in response to an arson attack in the Palestinian village of Duma overnight Thursday-Friday, which left a baby dead and three members of his family severely injured.
Spokesman Husam Badran called the attack — in which two West Bank homes were set alight Thursday night and Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on their walls — an ‘unforgivable Israeli atrocity’ meriting an ‘exceptional response from our people and their resistance.’
‘This crime,’ Badran was quoted by Hamas daily al-Resalah as saying, ‘renders occupation soldiers and settlers a legitimate target for the resistance everywhere and in all conditions.’
Hamas had already declared Friday a ‘Day of Rage.’ Earlier this week, the movement called on Palestinians across the West Bank to partake in demonstrations following mosque services ‘in the defense of al-Aqsa Mosque,’ responding to rising tensions on the Temple Mount between Jews and Muslims.
The funeral of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha was scheduled to leave Nablus’s Rafidia Hospital in the late morning, ahead of Friday prayers.”
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In April, the GMBDW reported that a senior Hamas official has threatened the kidnapping of more Israelis, referring to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
In November 2014, the GMBDW reported that Israel had arrested dozens of members of a Hamas terror network said to be funded and directed by Hamas officials in Turkey. In August 2014, the GMBDW was the first to report that Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas military leader residing in Turkey, had admitted that the Hamas military wing was responsible for the kidnapping, an event which sparked the recent round of the Gaza conflict. We also reported in August 2014 that Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal had further confirmed that Hamas members were behind the West Bank killing of three Israeli teenagers.
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