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Palestinian Islamic Jihad

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is an Islamist terrorist organization, based in Damascus, Syria and very active in Gaza and beyond.

The radical Islamic extremist organization was established by Palestinian students in Egypt[1] in 1979 prominantly by Fathi Shaqaqi and other former members of the Muslim Brotherhood[2] who were admirers of the Iranian Revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.The basis for the establishment of Islamic Jihad began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran in the late 1970s and Khomeini's rise to power.[1][3]

Since the death of Shaqaqi[3] it is led by Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah.[2]

It concentrates on spectacular attacks against Israeli civilians and military forces, sometimes using women and children as suicide bombers.

Its most deadly attacks include the October 2003 suicide bombing at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, killing 22 and wounding 60; the June 2002 suicide bombing at Meggido junction, killing 17 and wounding 50; and the March 1996 suicide bombing of the Dizengoff shopping mall in Tel Aviv, killing 13 and injuring 75. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the July 12, 2005 suicide attack on a Netanya shopping mall, killing 5 and wounding 90 and at the Netanya mall on December 5, 2005, killing 5 and wounding 50. The group claimed responsibility (along with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade) for the April 17, 2006 bombing of the old central bus station in Tel Aviv, killing 11 and wounding 70 and the January 29, 2007 attack on a bakery in Eilat, which killed three.[1]

One of its most notable terrorist attack was committed at the Beit Lid Junction in 1995 which resulted in the death of eight Israeli soldiers. It is funded by the governments of Iran and Syria and has established an alliance with Hamas.[2] Since 1987 it is cooperating with Hezbollah and receives training from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[4]


It made headlines at an escape of 6 terrorists, five of them members of this Islamic-terror group have escaped prison in Sep/2021.[5][6] The architect of that prison break actually stated that they were very well treated in Israeli prison.[7][8][9]


Like Hamas, its stated goal is the destruction of Israel.[1] The creation of an Islamic state in "Palestine" in its place as well as the belief that Islamic law should be forced on the Arab and Muslim states and then on the rest of the world. It is recognized as an terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia and Israel.[2]

Like Hezbollah and Hamas, it systematically uses its civilian population (Human shields by terrorists). In July 2021, its depo in Gaza at a civilian area, exploded and caused injuries and deaths.[10][11]

Iran's mercenaries

Noted journalist summed up how the mullahrcracy of Iran uses Hamas & PIJ:[12]

Hamas and PIJ, it seems, want to continue receiving funds and weapons from Iran, but they do not want to be seen by Arabs and Muslims as mercenaries serving Iran's interests in the Middle East.

Hamas and PIJ want the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs and Muslims to believe that their only goal is to "liberate all of Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea" -- a euphemism for driving the Jews out of Israel and replacing it with an Islamist state.

That is most likely why both Palestinian terror groups were quick to issue statements denying that their main goal is to defend Iran and serve its interests in the Middle East.

"Take your armies and go with them back to Iran, where you can fight your battles away from the peoples you occupy to achieve your agendas," said Sami Gemayel, head of the Lebanese Kataeb Party. He also criticized the failure of Lebanese leaders to respond to the admission that Hezbollah was created to serve Iran, and not Lebanon: "Are you ready now to face the truth?"

The Iranian commander's [Maj. Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid's] statements coincide with the Biden administration's delusional commitment to the fiction that the US will somehow convince Iran to abandon its plans to acquire nuclear weapons.

While the Biden administration is talking about "diplomacy" as the best way to rein in Iran's nuclear program, the mullahs are preparing for war and advancing their scheme to annihilate Israel and, with the help of their six "armies," occupy still more Arab countries.

Racism

On Aug 10, 2006, Ashraf Hanisha stabbed to death Italian student peace activist mistakenly thinking he is a Jew.[13][14]

Like Hamas and Hezbollah, it is oart of Islamic Republic of Iran's triangle proxies.[15]

Recent

Example: In 2022, on March 30, March 31, Apr 1, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Other Palestinian Groups Threaten Violence During Ramadan – 'The Month Of Jihad And Martyrdom.'[16]

In April 2022, IDF eliminated[17] a PIJ cell:[18]
A will was found in the vehicle of the three terrorists from the Islamic Jihad who were killed tonight by the IDF, in which one of the terrorists wrote that terrorist attacks against Israel should continue.

It was revealed:[17]

The three Palestinian Arab terrorists eliminated in an Israeli counter-terror operation.. were on their way to carry out a terrorist attack in central Israel.. the three Islamic Jihad terrorists killed in the pre-dawn operation.. were about to cross over into pre-1967 Israel to carry out an attack in the center of the country.

In Apr 2022, per Cairo sources: 'Islamic Jihad, backed by Iran, is key to escalation.' [19]

PIJ's Sha's Kamamji from Jenin, photographed himself with Swastika

One of the Jenin "Palestinian" terrorists, an Islamic Jihad member, eliminated on Apr 14, 2022, Sha's Kamamji [كامامجي][20] was photographed in front of a swastika, with the writing in Arabic reading: "The People of the Streets."[21]

April 2022, foiled.
Documentation obtained by the GSS: The Islamic Jihad's terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria detonates a bomb as part of attempts to carry out terrorist attacks.[22]

In recent years, there has been a constant shift in the intentions of all terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which exploit Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria to promote terrorist activity. This is a systematic and extensive activity that is being driven by organizations, including the Islamic Jihad organization, in order to destabilize the entire region

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Palestinian Islamic Jihad, ADL.

    ...radical Islamic extremist organization inspired by the Iranian revolution of 1979. It was established by Palestinian students in Egypt who were admirers of the Iranian Revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood. Like Hamas, its expressed goal is the violent destruction of the State of Israel, which Islamic Jihad believes will then bring about the unification of the Arab and Islamic world, “purified of modern Western elements.”...

    Unlike the larger and better-funded Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad does not manage social welfare programs; it concentrates instead on spectacular attacks against Israeli civilians and military forces, sometimes using women and children as suicide bombers. Its most deadly attacks include the October 2003 suicide bombing at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, killing 22 and wounding 60; the June 2002 suicide bombing at Meggido junction, killing 17 and wounding 50; and the March 1996 suicide bombing of the Dizengoff shopping mall in Tel Aviv, killing 13 and injuring 75. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the July 12, 2005 suicide attack on a Netanya shopping mall, killing 5 and wounding 90 and at the Netanya mall on December 5, 2005, killing 5 and wounding 50. The group claimed responsibility (along with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade) for the April 17, 2006 bombing of the old central bus station in Tel Aviv, killing 11 and wounding 70 and the January 29, 2007 attack on a bakery in Eilat, which killed three.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Islamic Jihad, Haaretz, July 18, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amir Bohbot, Terrorism, Assassinations, Rockets and Escape from Prison: The Long Account of Israel and Islamic Jihad, Walla, 18/09/2021.

    The terrorist organization, founded by students, built its power in the 1980s with the help of Tehran. Since then, the GSS and the IDF have been trying to thwart its steps and expose its infrastructure. On the other hand, the terrorists of the organization raise their heads again and again. Recently, jihad has intensified in Jenin. If the escaped prisoners arrive in the city, the IDF is expected to have a very difficult battle

    The basis for the establishment of Islamic Jihad began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran in the late 1970s and Khomeini's rise to power. The spirit that fueled the Muslim Brotherhood's military activity in Egypt, culminating in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981, also inspired the organization, as well as the military activity of political Islam in Sudan, which led to the establishment of a Sharia law-based military regime.

    A small group of students in Egypt formed the small and extremist organization, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to Shiites, in order to "liberate" (sic) Palestine from Israel and take a violent approach - by way of terrorism.

    This approach helped connect with Iran, which would later lead to a permanent pipeline for the transfer of funds from Tehran to the territories. In 1986-1987, jihadist operatives led murderous attacks that overshadowed Hamas' terrorism, which was initially perceived as more social than religious. The terror perpetrated by the PIJ helped raise funds, but years later led to the expulsion of senior members of the organization from the territories to Lebanon, including Shaqaqi. In November 1994, the strongest signal was given to change the trend in relation to the organization's activists and senior officials, when Hani Abed, one of the organization's leaders in Gaza, was killed in a car bomb blast.
  4. Palestinian Islamic Jihad | UANI
  5. Initiator of the attack on the Likud branch and one of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri: the terrorists who escaped from Gilboa Prison, Daniel Siryoti, ILH, Sep 6, 2021.
  6. Initiator of the attack on the Likud branch and one of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri: the terrorists who escaped from Gilboa Prison, Daniel Siryoti, ILH, Sep 6, 2021
  7. Carmel Dangor @carmeldangor Tweeted (Oct 12, 2021):

    Mahmoud Arda is the architect of the escape from Gilboa Prison. He planned and led the tunnel excavation for no less than 9 months. Arda was the last to get out of the tunnel - and the first to get caught. Here are some excerpts from his police investigations:...

    I have known for 15 years that under the showers, in all the cells the floor is weak, and it is possible to dig a tunnel - but I did nothing, because our situation was good, there were universities, good food, visits and cell phones...
  8. [1], Hamal, Oct 12, 2021. The escape architect from Gilboa Prison: "I have known for 15 years that the floor under the showers is weak - but I did nothing, because our condition was good"
  9. Yoseph Haddad @YosephHaddad Tweeted (Oct 12, 2021):
    When the fugitive terrorist testifies their situation in good prison because they have a university, good food, visits and monlons we should all get a tone. Are VIP guests or terrorists with blood on your hands?! We must now in prison for security prisoners to make an extreme revolution from end to the edge!
  10. 1 killed, 10 injured in explosion at Gaza City market Tzvi Joffre, JPost, July 22, 2021. ... after a weapons storage belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist movement at the Al-Zawiya market in Gaza City exploded on Thursday morning... The PIJ seemed to take some form of responsibility on Thursday evening, announcing that it would "rise up to its responsibilities" and follow up with all concerned parties concerning the explosion in the market. The terrorist movement expressed its "full solidarity" with those affected by the explosion. The injured were transferred to Shifa Hospital in the coastal enclave. The Palestinian killed in the incident was identified by Palestinian media as Atta Saqallah. "Instead of responding to UN calls for the reconstruction of Gaza, terrorist organizations continue to manufacture weapons and promote the construction of military sites," added Adraee. "These terrorist organizations store their weapons in the heart of residential neighborhoods and among civilians, exposing them directly to danger."
  11. IDF: The largest explosion in the Gaza Strip - an Islamic Jihad weapons depot, News 20. Thirteenth of Av 5781 (22/07/2021) .

    An IDF spokesman in Arabic reveals that the explosion that took place earlier today in the Gaza Strip and caused deaths and injuries was caused by a malfunction in the Islamic Jihad's weapons depot. IDF in Arabic Lt. Col. Avichai Adrei.

    Lt. Col. Avichai Adrai, the IDF's spokesman in Arabic, reveals on his Twitter account that the explosion that took place earlier today in the Gaza Strip and caused deaths and injuries was caused by a malfunction in the Islamic Jihad's weapons depot.

    "The explosion is further proof that the terrorist organizations prefer to continue their murderous activities over the interests of the residents of the Gaza Strip. "Instead of responding to UN calls for Gaza rehabilitation, terrorist organizations continue to manufacture weapons and promote the construction of military sites, storing their weapons in the heart of residential neighborhoods and among civilians, and exposing them directly to danger," Edrei wrote on his Twitter account.
  12. Khaled Abu Toameh, "The Role of Iran's Palestinian Mercenaries," Gatestone Inst., October 28, 2021.

    Hamas and PIJ, it seems, want to continue receiving funds and weapons from Iran, but they do not want to be seen by Arabs and Muslims as mercenaries serving Iran's interests in the Middle East.

    Hamas and PIJ want the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs and Muslims to believe that their only goal is to "liberate all of Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea" -- a euphemism for driving the Jews out of Israel and replacing it with an Islamist state.

    That is most likely why both Palestinian terror groups were quick to issue statements denying that their main goal is to defend Iran and serve its interests in the Middle East.

    "Take your armies and go with them back to Iran, where you can fight your battles away from the peoples you occupy to achieve your agendas," said Sami Gemayel, head of the Lebanese Kataeb Party. He also criticized the failure of Lebanese leaders to respond to the admission that Hezbollah was created to serve Iran, and not Lebanon: "Are you ready now to face the truth?"

    The Iranian commander's [Maj. Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid's] statements coincide with the Biden administration's delusional commitment to the fiction that the US will somehow convince Iran to abandon its plans to acquire nuclear weapons.

    While the Biden administration is talking about "diplomacy" as the best way to rein in Iran's nuclear program, the mullahs are preparing for war and advancing their scheme to annihilate Israel and, with the help of their six "armies," occupy still more Arab countries.
  13. Palestinian who murdered Italian jailed for life, JPost Staff, July 19, 2007.
    An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian to life imprisonment Thursday for the 2006 killing of an Italian tourist near Jerusalem's old city. Angelo Frammartino, from the town of Monte Rotondo near Rome, was fatally stabbed last August in what the military described as an ambush near the Herod's Gate entrance to the walled city. He was 24 when he died. Ashraf Hanaisha was arrested within days of the stabbing and confessed, the military said. He pleaded guilty at the opening of his trial and was convicted of murder.  At the time of Hanaisha's arrest, the army said he had told interrogators he had intended to kill a Jew, and the murder of the Italian tourist was a mistake.
  14. A Palestinian was arrested on suspicion of murdering the Italian volunteer Efrat Weiss, Aug 20, 2006.
    The GSS arrested a Palestinian close to Islamic Jihad on suspicion of murdering Italian peace activist Angelo Permertino in Jerusalem about a week ago. The suspect confessed to the act and even repeated it... Ashraf Hanisha, 24, who is close to the Islamic Jihad organization, confessed to the murder and even repeated it ... Hanisha stabbed the Italian volunteer inadvertently, and in fact intended to harm a Jew.
  15. IRGC General Gholamali Rashid: Hizbullah In Lebanon, Hamas And PIJ In Palestine, PMU In Iraq, And The Houthis In Yemen Are All Armies Ready To Defend The Iranian Regime, Memri, Sep 30, 2021.
  16. Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Other Palestinian Groups Threaten Violence During Ramadan – 'The Month Of Jihad And Martyrdom', Menri, Apr 6, 2022.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Terrorists were about to carry out attack in central Israel, Israel National News, 03.04.22.
    Three terrorists eliminated by Israeli forces Saturday morning in Samaria were on their way to carry out attack in central Israel.

    The three Palestinian Arab terrorists eliminated in an Israeli counter-terror operation over the weekend were on their way to carry out a terrorist attack in central Israel, Channel 12 reported Sunday night.

    According to senior Israeli security officials cited in the report, the three Islamic Jihad terrorists killed in the pre-dawn operation Saturday were about to cross over into pre-1967 Israel to carry out an attack in the center of the country.
  18. A will was found in the vehicle of the three terrorists from the Islamic Jihad who were killed tonight by the IDF, in which one of the terrorists wrote that terrorist attacks against Israel should continue. Accurate GSS alert led to thwarting an attack
    [2]

    Itay Blumental (@ItayBlumental) Apr 2, 2022

  19. Kan News (@kann_news) Tweeted (Apr 10, 2022):
    Sources in Cairo here News: Islamic Jihad, backed by Iran, is key to escalation - Jihad spokesman in Gaza: 'If Israeli "aggression" [sic] continues - all fronts will explode."'
  20. Elior Levy, Yoav Zeitun, Two terrorists were killed in clashes near Jenin; IDF: "Open fire on the forces", Ynet, Apr 14, 2022.

    Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours, and clashes continue: Two terrorists were killed in the village of Dan near Jenin - one of them a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad and the brother of a terrorist who escaped from Gilboa prison. Following Hamas' call for clashes, Ramallah and Bethlehem declared a general strike and also called for a confrontation with the IDF.

    One of the two killed this morning near Jenin is Sha's Kamamji, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad and the brother of Ayham Kamami who was among the terrorists who escaped from Gilboa prison in September. The other dead is Mustafa Abu al-Rub...
  21. AbuAliEnglishBot @AbuAliEnglishB1 Tweeted (Apr 14, 2022):
    Palestinians are reporting that Shas Kamamji tried to escape IDF forces who came to his house to arrest him (two of his brothers, as well as another family member, were arrested this morning). Attached is another picture of Kamamji - photographed in front of a swastika, with the writing in Arabic reading: "The People of the Streets" [3]
  22. Documentation obtained by the GSS: The Islamic Jihad's terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria detonates a bomb as part of attempts to carry out terrorist attacks, Rotter, 25.04.22.

    The GSS thwarted an attempt by the PIJ in the Gaza Strip to establish a terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria in order to carry out attacks against Israeli targets.

    In recent months, the General Security Service has revealed and thwarted an attempt by the Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip to establish a terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria in order to carry out attacks in front of Israeli targets.

    As part of the affair, a number of Palestinians from Jenin and the surrounding villages who had been recruited by GAP officials from the Gaza Strip for military activity were arrested by the GSS and the IDF.

    Their GSS investigations show that they were recruited on social media by Ahmad Nabil Ahmad Judeh, a resident of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, a military GAP operative involved in locating and recruiting young people in the field.

    Prominent among the detainees is 'Yasmin Shaaban', 40, a resident of the village of Jalama near Jenin, a mother of four, a PIJ activist who previously served a prison sentence for involvement in planning a suicide bombing in the Gaza Strip.

    The investigation revealed that Shaaban acted as an intermediary between Ahmad Judeh, a resident of the Gaza Strip, and members of the squads in Judea and Samaria and assisted them with money transfers, weapons and ammunition.

    Jasmine's arrest and interrogation were a key factor in deciphering the affair.

    The information that emerged during the investigation led to the identification of the targeting infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

    The investigation revealed an outline targeting the terrorist infrastructure from the IDF, according to which, among other things, Ahmad Judeh acted on behalf of

    Ghad Shaker Diab Ganam, a resident of Rafah, a senior GAP official in the Gaza Strip.

    The investigation led to the arrest of about 7 conscripts from Judea and Samaria. One of the members of the squads in Judea and Samaria is 'Muhammad Yassin,' a resident of the village of Deir Abu Daif near Jenin.

    The investigation revealed that he recruited a number of other people from his village, who were also arrested.

    Yassin and members of his squad received training materials from the Gaza Strip and manufactured a high-quality rocket-like explosive device with which they planned to carry out an attack on farmers in the area.

    On April 20, 2022, an indictment was filed against the two in the military court in Samaria, alleging serious security offenses.

    In addition, indictments have recently been filed against 4 other cell members.

    This is a thwarting of a terrorist cell that acted with the direct intention of PIJ operatives from the Gaza Strip in favor of promoting quality attacks against Israeli targets.

    In recent years, there has been a constant shift in the intentions of all terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which exploit Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria to promote terrorist activity. This is a systematic and extensive activity that is being driven by organizations, including the Islamic Jihad organization, in order to destabilize the entire region.