Jaysh Al-Ummah Leader In Gaza: Jihad Is The Main Way To Liberate Palestine; The Arab Leaders And The Palestinian Factions Have Betrayed Palestine

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April 5, 2021

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On March 26, 2021, an article reviewing the Palestinian issue appeared in the Thabat weekly magazine, published by the pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat News Agency. The article was written by Ismae'il Bin Abd Al-Rahim Hamid aka Abu Hafs Al-Maqdisi, the leader of the Gaza-based Salafi group Jaysh Al-Ummah.

In his article, Al-Maqdisi surveys the Palestinian issue today and levels criticism at the leaders of Arab states and the heads of the Palestinian factions which he claims have become tools of "the Zionist-Crusader" occupation on the one hand, and of Iran on the other hand, and are not managing to unite to formulate a clear and efficient plan to liberate Palestine.

Al-Maqdisi urges the adoption of jihad as the main means of struggle against the occupation; the formulation of a coherent plan to liberate Palestine; and the creation of an Islamic regime to supervise its implementation. He also calls for the establishment of a fund to provide economic assistance to the jihadi fighters.[1]

The following are translated excerpts from the article:

"Day after day the problems and pain of the Muslims increase. Palestine was an issue which touched the entire Islamic nation and the only issue for the majority of the Muslim faithful. Furthermore, many members of the nation sacrificed their lives in defense of Palestine to liberate it from the hands of the Zionist Crusaders who stole it by force.

"However, we as a nation didn't, and still don't, have a clear conception by means of which we can galvanize the powers of the [Islamic] nation and unite them in the face of the Zionist-Crusader occupation of the Muslim countries. This is in contrast to the occupation forces which formulated a clear conception to divide the nation and establish regimes which would function in place of the occupier and enable it to rule easily over all the resources of the [Islamic] nation and to steal them without losing one soldier on the battlefield. If one regime fell in one of the Islamic countries, the occupier intervened directly or by means of functionary organizations or parties that it had created long before. Evidence for this is what occurred in Mali, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

"We in Palestine live in this reality, for us it happened before, when the resistance factions were utilized, and became the protectors of the occupation project. Moreover, several of the heads of these organizations and their intelligence apparatuses became the spearhead opposed to the revolution of the [Islamic] nation against the functionary regimes. The role of [former senior member of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad] Dahlan in many Arab and Islamic countries was not concealed from anyone. Some of the Islamic parties and organizations made alliances with Iran. Thus the Palestinian factions were divided between two plans: "A Western Zionist crusader plan and an eastern Persian Russian plan, while the plan of the Islamic nation didn't exist at all, because no Islamic regime adopted such a plan…

"Our [political] parties compete with each other to see who will serve the plan of the occupation and implement its settlement plan, and so the Palestinian issue is wiped out by Arab and Palestinian hands… And they silence all the voices which call to restore the Palestine issue to the original position it held – as the issue of the entire Islamic nation… And thus Palestine became merely a humanitarian issue, an area where there are some residents with special needs such as the opening of a throughway, gas delivery, cutting off electricity, and delivery of medicines and food.

"The Muslims' problems, headed by the Palestine problem, will be solved only if the following steps are taken: Agreement among the forces of the [Islamic] nation and its jihadi fighters about a clear conception; the formulation of a strategic plan; implementation of an assessment of every phase and learning from experience so as to avoid mistakes and prepare for the coming phases; creation of an Islamic regime which will adopt this plan and supervise its details; adoption of jihad as the main choice for the struggle against the Zionist-Crusader occupation; the establishment of a financial fund to support the jihadi fighters in accordance with their needs and the character of their struggle with the enemy in all the occupied Islamic territories; the establishment of a research center to work on future plans and political, economic, social and cultural programs; the raising of morale among the people of the nation and the provision of training to prepare them to contend with the challenges which will face the plan for total liberation and for the restoration of the caliphates…

"We are prepared to extend our hand to our people who are zealous [in their love for] their religion, their land, and their honor."

 

[1] Telegram, March 26, 2021.

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