There’s a new name to learn on the Palestinian terrorism scene. Lion’s Den is a newly-formed Palestinian terrorist cell in the West Bank city of Nablus responsible for some of the worst attacks against Israel this past year.
Fueled by and organized through social media, Lion’s Den was established in August by armed militants from different Palestinian factions – both from Fatah and Hamas along with members affiliated with Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.” 1 Sam 15:2
(Lion’s Den flag in front of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem (Photo: Twitter)
The new group was formed shortly after Ibrahim Nabulsi, known as the “Lion of Nablus,” was killed during an Israeli raid in early August. Nabulsi, a member of Fatah’s armed wing, became a national Palestinian symbol after he committed a series of shooting attacks against Israeli military positions and Joseph’s tomb earlier this year.
Lion’s Den reportedly consists of several dozen men – mostly young, secular males in their 20s and 30s – who have lost confidence in the Palestinian Authority leadership and have asserted themselves as the face of a new revolutionary phenomenon. They are defiant against both the P.A. and Israeli authorities and have gained increasing popularity on social media.
Israeli officials have designated Lion’s Den a “terror squad,” as its members have brazenly targeted military posts, as well as Israeli settlements and civilians passers-by, according to the Israeli Defense Forces. The group has also disrupted the IDF’s routine security patrols in the area with violent attacks.
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