Israfil Yilmaz is far from being a strong advocate of Israeli industry. Like his fellow fighters, the Dutch-born Muslim extremist, who gained notoriety by tweeting and Instagramming about life as a jihadi in Syria, is committed to its destruction. But in his latest tweet, which praises an apparatus that turns a Glock pistol into a menacing Robocop-style rifle, Yilmaz is actually helping to publicize a product that is 100 percent made in Israel.
“I thought having a Glock .19 was beast—until I saw one of the brothers with one of these,” he posted on Tuesday, along with a picture of the apparatus, complete with a flash light, extra magazine and telescopic sight.
In fact, this device is a bestseller from an Israeli arms company called CAA Tactical, which is based in Kiryat Gat, not far from Gaza, from where it sells products around the world. The company’s name is featured on the device, which itself has a very common Israeli name: Roni.
Oblivious to its Zionistic roots, Yilmaz’s tweet gathered excited replies from fellow jihadis, who are growing increasingly fed up of journalists poking fun at their conversations over M&M’s. Can you blame us, though?
While some wrote, “I need some for #Ferguson,” others said the apparatus “looks like a tommy gun on roids.”
The Israeli company has a yearly turnover of $15 million selling “tactical aids for personal defense weapons,” which are made from hardened plastic and improve their accuracy and lethal potential. Moshe Oz, the company’s CEO, said in an interview last year that CAA Tactical employs 60 workers to manufacture the devices in southern Israel. Its biggest markets are the U.S. and the Philippines, along with the Israeli security forces. No comment was available at the time of writing about the device which turned up in Syria.
The company’s website clearly states it is based in Israel (with an inactive Hebrew portion of the site marked by a small Israeli flag), proving that while tweeting is easy, sometimes hitting up Google beforehand could be helpful for the aspiring jihadi.