יום ראשון, 26 באוגוסט 2012

Global Jihad in Sinai

On July 22, members of the group which is lately active in Sinai Peninsula, "Ansar Beit al-Makdis" (Supporters of Jerusalem) opened fire on an Israeli military bus full of soldiers next to the southern border[1]. On July 24 the group published a video on the web[2] shows the attack on the gas pipeline in Sinai. On August 14, two Grad missiles launched from Sinai towards Israel's southern city Eilat.

Yesterday, on August 25, the group published two videos shows the last attacks I mentioned above. Both videos uploaded by a guy named "Za'In" (or as he call himself, "Irahabi" i.e. "terrorist") to his Facebook account[3] and his YouTube account, which he is running under the name "Ansar al-Sharia al-Sharkia" (Supporters of the Eastern Sharia)[4].


According to Za'In Facebook account, he is related to ["works at"] the Salafi-Jihadi stream in Egypt, known as "Ansar al-Sharia fi Masr" (Supporters of the Sharia in Egypt). The Salafi-Jihadi stream in Egypt uses a blog named "Al-Mujahedin Fi Masr" (the "Jihadists" in Egypt)[5] to spread the videos and the propaganda of the Salafi-Jihadi groups in Egypt, Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.

Za'In is a family member of Izaz Ul Haq[6], Saudi (from Jedda) and Izaz's cousin, as mentioned in his Facebook account, is Attal Zalmay[7], Saudi as well. As it seems, Zalmay is taking part in the Jihad in Pakistan-Afghanistan. According to their Facebook accounts, the three of them are supporters of the Jihad against Israel and "the enemies of Islam".

As we know, one of the groups claimed responsibility for some of the terror attacks against southern Israeli border is a group that affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Salafi-jihadi stream and active in Sinai Peninsula under the name "Majles Shura al-Mujaheedin fi Aknaf Beit alMakdis" (Shura council in the environs of Jerusalem). In one occasion, on June 18th 2012[8], the group sent two terrorists, one from Saudi Arabia and the other from Egypt, to strike the Israeli Defense Forces. Eventually they murdered an Israeli Arab citizen from Haifa, named Saeed Peshapsha.

As it seems, the three "cousins" have a lot to do with the Jihadi-Salafi stream in Egypt, in Saudi Arabia (which is the source of fanatical militant Islamic point of view) and in other places, and might have a connection to the "Ansar Beit al-Makdis" group. As we can notice, they are not afraid to show it.

 Preparing the Grad missiles to launch
Documentaion of the attack on the IDF bus
?Za'In
Za'In's Facebook account

Izaz's Facebook account. His cousin Attal is on the right holding two AK-47 rifles 
Attal's Facebook account




[2] Links were uploaded to the Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihadi Movement online platforms.

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