The ZJB have issued a statement claiming the rocket strikes, which begins: "Praise be to God, Champion of the believers [as in all Salafi jihadi media, this refers to only those "true" Muslims, i.e. the jihadis, or "mujahideen" (warriors of faith) as they prefer to be called, and their supporters], those who launched jihad [the struggle] to protect the religion and to support the vulnerable, and Peace and Blessings upon Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets and his family and Companions..."
الحمد لله ناصر المؤمنين، الذي شرع الجهاد حفظا للدين، ونصرة للمستضعفين، والصلاة والسلام على محمد خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
The statement goes on to say that "the Jews," by which they mean the Israelis/Zionists, have are preventing Palestinians from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, while also continuing to insulting them and desecrating their holy places. The Israeli police often do restrict who may enter the Haram al-Sharif platform, where al-Aqsa and Dome of the Rock stand (known to Jews as Har haBayit or Temple Mount), but there is not a blanket ban on prayer there. Generally, Palestinian men under a certain age, usually the mid-forties, are not allowed to enter the platform. At other times, only Muslim visitors are permitted, and those wishing to visit are required to answer religious questions or recite a surah from the Qur'an (by both the Israeli Border Police and Waqf [Muslim Religious Trust]).
In retaliation for this persecution, the statement continues, the ZJB fired two katyusha rockets which hit the Israeli settlement of Nahariya.
The Israeli military retaliated swiftly by firing a dozen artillery rounds at targets inside southern Lebanon, though deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon said that the state was not interested in an escalation of tensions. He also repeated Israeli allegations that Hizbullah was continuing to receive armaments from Syria and Iran, despite the fact that Saturday's rocket attacks were not carried out by the Shi'i party. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahi has taken a harder line, saying that the state would "not hold back" if attacked. Tensions have not escalated following the strikes and counter-strikes, suggesting that neither Israel nor Hizbullah nor the Lebanon desire a conflict. However, small groups such as the ZJB may yet succeed in dragging them back into a regional confrontation.
Ziyad Jarah Brigades Statement
Read the Ziyad Jarrah Brigades' statement (in Arabic).