Gun-Wielding Gaza Imam: These Weapons Are Our Only Means To Establish The Islamic State

In a sermon that apparently took place on Friday August 29th, Sheik Lyad Abu Funun told his congregation at the Al-Huda Masque that Israel had not managed to take a “single gun, a single bullet, or a single rocket.”

Israel “came to destroy the tunnels,” the Iman yelled while waving a black assault rifle in the air. “They came to make us surrender. Did we surrender?” he asked.

Still holding the rifle in the air, Iman Funun said “This war has proven that these weapons are our only means to liberate our lands.”

“These weapons are the only means to establish the Islamic State. These weapons are the only means to reestablish Muhammad’s caliphate,” he shouted.

Funun’s reference to the caliphate and to the Islamic State sound like the same hymn sang by the islamic extremist members of ISIS.

Fifty days after the war between Israel and Gaza began, the United Nations has announced a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to “enable work at the scale required in the strip, involving the private sector in Gaza and giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority in the reconstruction effort, while providing security assurances through U.N. monitoring that these materials will not be diverted from their entirely civilian purpose,” Reuters reports.

Although there are still reports of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel–and Hamas has admitted to firing rockets during the established ceasefire–the war-torn region has been significantly more peaceful than it was nearly two months ago.

And as for how the radical Iman in the video clip above plans to reestablish Muhammad’s caliphate, well, only time will tell.


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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