The Palestinian Islamic Jihad

The Palestinian "Popular Resistance" and Its Built-In Violence

Issued on 20/05/2013 Type Base document
This study examines the concept of the Palestinian "popular resistance" (al-muqawama al-sha'abiya) as it was formulated during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then adopted by the sixth Fatah conference in August 2009, and has since been implemented in Judea and Samaria by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 27 – March 5)

Issued on 05/03/2013 Type Article
The rocket fired into Israeli territory on February 26, 2013, was not followed by other attacks. This past week riots continued throughout Judea and Samaria in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian terrorist operatives imprisoned in Israeli jails. In recent months the Israeli security forces uncovered a Hamas terrorist network in Hebron.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 6-12, 2013)

Issued on 12/02/2013 Type Article
The Gaza Strip remains quiet. This past week Gazans held activities to show solidarity with the Palestinian terrorist operatives imprisoned in Israeli jails. The Palestinian battle for hearts and minds in Judea and Samaria continues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 30 – February 5, 2013)

Issued on 05/02/2013 Type Article
The Gaza Strip remains quiet, while violence continues in Judea and Samaria. Israeli security forces exposed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) cell planning to abduct an IDF soldier or Israeli civilian to be used as a bargaining chip. The Palestinian campaign to erect outposts in the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 22-29, 2013)

Issued on 29/01/2013 Type Article
Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip continue holding their fire. A demonstration was held in the village of A'anin (in the Jenin district near the security fence) by Palestinians who initiated a display called the "Prisoners' Village." The prime minister of Malaysia paid a visit to the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 16-21, 2013)

Issued on 21/01/2013 Type Article
The terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip continue to implement the lull understandings reached at the end of Operation Pillar of Defense.
This past week terrorist events occurred at several sites in Judea and Samaria.
The Palestinians set up a new outpost (Bab al-Karameh) in the village of Bayt al-Iksa (northwest of Jerusalem). The Palestinian media reported that preparations were being made for another outpost south of Hebron which would be called Bab al-Qamar.
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Information on The Palestinian Islamic Jihad
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the second largest and most important terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. It was established in the Gaza Strip in the 1970s by students studying in Egypt, members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and headed by Dr. Fathi Shqaqi. Inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has a radical fundamentalist Sunni Muslim ideology, and seeks for the immediate "liberation" of Palestine through jihad (holy war) and the establishment of a Muslim Palestinian state. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad rejects any arrangement or agreement with Israel.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad views terrorism as the only way to advance its goals. It is exclusively a terrorist organization and does to invest its resources in social or welfare activities for the Palestinian population.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad has a military-terrorist wing called the Jerusalem Brigades which carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including suicide bombing attacks. Today the Palestinian Islamic Jihad focuses primarily on rocket attacks, among them attacks with long-range rockets and mortar shells launched from the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad's leadership is permanently located in Syria. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is pro-Iranian and receives extensive support from Tehran.