Since 1948, through inspections and recourse to the history it became clear that Jewish state terror against dissident and oppressed peoples of Palestine has become the norm rather than the exceptional phenomena. In recent confrontation, Israel has completed a series of airstrikes on chosen targets linked to the Islamic Jihad extremist group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The airstrikes came after a barrage of rockets late Thursday. The airstrike by Israeli jets apparently targeted the home of an Islamic Jihad andkilled a top commander of the Iranian sponsored Islamic Jihad, considering him an impending threat to the Jewish community.A current development is heightening tensions significantly between the Jewish state and Gaza jihadi groups. Islamic Jihad vowed to take vengeance for killing, saying in a statement: “The response to this crime will have no limits … the occupation will be the one responsible for this aggression”
Both militant groups (Hamas and Islamic Jihad) of Gaza are committed to Israel’s destruction, but Islamic Jihad is seen as more radical and violent and has closer ties to Iranian regime and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In historical prospective Palestinian Islamic jihad was a part of Egyptian Muslim brotherhood. Later on, it gained influence from Iranian revolution and broke away from Muslim brotherhood due to a non-violent nature of Egyptian organization against Israel. “Kata’ib Sayf Al-Islam Al-Quwah Al-Islamiyya Al-Mujahidah” and “Saraya Al-Quds also known as Al-Quds brigades” are two military wings of Islamic jihad that were responsible for suicide attacks in Israeli since 1994.
On June 5, 2002 Islamic jihad conducted a suicide attack in Israel that caused massive causalities. Later on “al-Quds Brigades” claimed responsibility of this suicide attack in Al-Manar television channel. According to Abdullah Salaah, secretary general of Islamic jihad’ this suicide attack was conducted due to anniversary of 6-day war in 1967. Yasser Arafat was very interested in the development of Islamic jihad phenomena. Two factions of Islamic jihad were established in Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization.i.e, Islamic jihad Jerusalem and the Islamic jihad squad. Islamic jihad Jerusalem was headed by Sheikh Asad Bayod al-Tamimi and Islamic jihad squad was led by Khalil Al-Wazir and Ghazi Al-Husaini. Latter on, two more factions of Islamic jihad, Islamic jihad Al-Aqsa Brigades and Islamic jihad-Ahmad Muhanna was established by Ibrahim Sarbal and Ahmad Muhanna respectively.
From 1993 to 2000, Israel and Palestinian authority tried to resolve conflicts about Gaza and West Bank through the political process. Islamic jihad along with Hamas was against the political process and continued its focus on suicide attack within Israel cities and towns. During second intifada, ideological difference of PA, Fatah, Hamas and Islamic jihad declined on suicide attack in Israel.
Palestinian Islamic jihad is considered true heir of Sayed Qutb’s ideology in conflicting region of Palestinian. This organization shaped their violent struggle according to religious and radical approach of Sayed Qutb against Israel. Book “Milestone” written by Sayed Qutb is considered holy Bible for this organization. This organization adopted Qutb’s concept of “far enemy” i.e. western countries and Israel and “near enemy “i.e. secular leader of Muslim countries and made a number of suicide attacks at different Israeli places. This organization is still operating in Gaza and fighting with “everlasting tragedies of philistines”.
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