JERUSALEM, Israel - The call for jihad ("holy" war) in Islam is meant to be launched against infidels. But the two rival Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas -- are engaged in an internal jihad against one another.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) documented the ongoing media war between Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and Hamas, the ruling faction in the Gaza Strip, following June's bloody military coup.
On their respective television stations, the two groups accuse one another of defiling Islam.
The Hamas video depicts Fatah members as rats, corrupted by American money and weapons. The cartoon implies that members of Fatah relish firing on mosques, defiling Muslim women (by removing their veils), and burning the Koran (Muslim holy book).
In the video, a Hamas hero arrives on the scene, looking strikingly like Disney's Lion King, to defeat the filthy Fatah rodents and defend Islam.
The video ends by implying that Fatah followers are infidels whom Hamas will punish "and hell will close" over them.
Fatah retaliated with a video of their own, a photo montage depicting a Gaza mosque attacked by Hamas gunmen. The camera zooms in on the bodies of the slain, pools of blood on the floor of the mosque, and copies of the Koran next to spent grenades and bullet casings.
Injured members of the Fatah-affiliated Islamic Jihad terror group, who were in the mosque when Hamas attacked, tell their story.
While both factions acknowledge Islam's "universal supremacy," each claims to be the true representatives, in the Palestinian Authority, of the Prophet Mohammed's faith.
The full video clips are available on YouTube (Hamas video; Fatah video) or the PMW Web site.
Source: Palestinian Media Watch