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Islamic Jihad

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Support grows for Palestinian hunger striker

Supporters of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian activist who has been on hunger strike since he was detained mid-December, have called for a worldwide solidarity hunger strike. Adnan is believed to be the leader of the Palestinian group ‘Islamic Jihad’ and is currently in administrative detention, a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge … Continue reading

Meshal will not seek reelection; analysts say reason is growing gap between Gaza-based Hamas and exiled leaders

Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, has notified the Hamas leadership that he will not seek reelection. Palestinian analysts claim that the move is due to a growing rift between Hamas’ Gaza-based leader, Ismail Haniyeh, and Syria-based Khaled Meshal. Meshal’s recent statements have been in support of a reconciliation deal with Fatah and have hinted at the acceptance … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad leader enters 34th day of hunger strike

Khader Adnan, senior member of Islamic Jihad, entered the 34th day of a hunger strike to protest his treatment by prison authorities. Adnan was arrested by Israeli forces on December 17. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Hamas, Islamic Jihad debate joining forces

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two principal Palestinian Islamist movements, are holding talks “at the highest level” in an effort to merge the two factions. According to an Islamic Jihad spokesperson, the efforts at reconciliation are in the interest of the Palestinian cause and the future of the Palestinian liberation movement. “An in-depth dialogue has … Continue reading

IDF exposes Syria-funded Islamic Jihad terror cell in West Bank

A statement by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet on Thursday said that the IDF had discovered an Islamic Jihad cell near Jenin in the West Bank that was planning attacks on Israel. 10 members have been arrested in recent months. The investigation showed links with the Islamic Jihad based in Syria, with important transfers of … Continue reading

Jordan allows Islamic Jihad to join PLO meet in Amman

Changing their position from December, Jordan will allow an Islamic Jihad delegation to join the PLO committee meeting on Sunday. Salim Zanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, said that all factions which signed the unity agreement in May will be in attendance, Abu Imad ar-Refaai, Islamic Jihad’s representative from Lebanon. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here … Continue reading

Israeli airstrike destroys Gaza training base, no injuries

Israeli war planes bombed central and northern Gaza Strip early Thursday, with no injuries reported. Israeli forces struck a training site of Islamic Jihad armed wing the Al-Quds Brigades in Al-Zahra district of central Gaza, flattening the compound and damaging nearby houses. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Israel strikes Gaza Strip for second time in hours

The Israel Air Force conducted a second strike of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, just hours after the Israeli army confirmed it targeted a terror operative in the coastal strip. Three were killed and 10 were wounded in the two strikes. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be freed

Israel has published a list of a further 550 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed in the coming days to complete a swap deal which brought about the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The latest group of 544 men and six women has been selected by Israel and does not include any members of Hamas … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad’s growing influence

There is concern that growing divisions within Palestinian ranks could jeopardise talks with Israel. It is not just Fatah and Hamas that have trouble finding consensus. Groups such as Islamic Jihad are growing in importance both politically and militarily. Al Jazeera, Qatar

Analysis: Islamic Jihad rise in Gaza challenges Hamas rule

Since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, killing and expelling Fatah militiamen, it never faced a real challenge to its rule. Until now. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Hamas, Islamic Jihad say they want to keep truce

Hamas is keen on preserving the state of calm and does not like the idea that other Palestinian groups are launching attacks on Israel, Hamas officials said over the weekend. Islamic Jihad leaders also expressed their readiness to avoid an all-out confrontation with Israel. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Islamic Jihad militant killed in Gaza Strip air strike

One Palestinian militant has been killed and at least two others injured in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics say. The Israeli military said its aircraft had targeted two groups of militants east of Gaza City, which had been preparing to fire rockets into Israel. BBC, United Kingdom Click here for the … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad affirms support for reconciliation after Cairo meeting

Islamic Jihad’s deputy leader said Friday that the party’s meetings in Egypt on the reconciliation deal were “explanatory,” and reaffirmed their support for the agreement. Islamic Jihad strongly supports reconciliation, the statement said, adding that the movement will continue to refuse recognition of Israel or support of the Oslo Accords. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad delegation arrives in Cairo

An Islamic Jihad delegation has arrived in Cairo to discuss national unity, party officials said Thursday. The Islamic Jihad delegation will discuss joining the Palestine Liberation Organization. Senior leader Sheikh Khalid al-Batsh told Ma’an on Sunday that Islamic Jihad would be interested in joining the PLO, but only on condition that it is restructured and its new … Continue reading

Islamic Jihad Leader Hails Iranian Students for Raiding British Embassy

A senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement praised the Iranian university students for their ‘courageous’ occupation of the British embassy in Tehran, saying that it is natural for any given country to expel its enemies. Fars News Agency, Iran Click here for the full story

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