Ex-Islamic Jihad Leader Launches New Armed Group in Gaza

(Al-Monitor) Raasha Abou Jalal - Hisham Salem, a well-known figure in Gaza, has declared the start of a new resistance movement called "Al-Sabirin" or "Hosn," its Arabic acronym. Its flag looks a lot like that of Lebanon's Hizbullah. Despite Salem's insistence that his movement does not promote Shiite ideas in Gaza, he strongly denounced the beliefs prevailing in Palestinian society that Shiites constitute an existential threat to Sunnis. Salem runs a charity association named al-Baqiyat al-Salihat, which primarily relies on Iranian support. The Hamas movement had shut down the association in April 2011 for allegedly spreading Shiism.

2014-06-19 00:00:00

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