Former Hamas chief Khaled Mashal delivered a speech on Tuesday calling on Muslims across the globe to engage in jihad against Israel and the Jewish people.
“We are asking for your blood and souls [to be sacrificed for Palestine],” he said.
Mashal, currently based in Doha, Qatar, stated, “[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,” which he referred to as the “the Friday of Al-Aqsa Flood.”
“To all scholars who teach jihad, to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories),” Mashal declared.
He added that the peoples and governments of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt had a duty to support the Palestinians in the wake of Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday in which more than 1,200 people were brutally murdered in southern Israel.
“This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility,” he said.
The full transcript of Mashal’s speech — translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) — can be read here.
Khalid Mashal the leader and founding member of Hamas gave a speech today asking Muslims all around the world to do the following:⁰⁰1. To show anger, especially next Friday, in Muslim countries and Also among Muslim diaspora around the world; he called it “the Friday of Al-Aqsa… pic.twitter.com/koJ42DRFMy
— Brother Rachid الأخ رشيد (@BrotherRasheed) October 11, 2023