Radical Islamists in Gaza: "Compared to Us, Hamas Is Islamism Lite"

[Der Spiegel-Germany ] Ulrike Putz - Abu Mustafa, 33, holds the key to an ideology that many are turning to in Gaza: Salafist jihadism, a belief in the most radical form of Islam. He says the Salafis now number up to 5,000 people. Members are receiving weapons training and are schooled in both dogma and strategy. Salafis - sometimes referred to as Wahhabis - seek to live a life governed by the laws of religion. To make their vision a reality, Abu Mustafa and his men are willing to fight - and they are willing to slaughter innocent bystanders. For those who don't want to accept the hegemony of Islam, holy war is the only recipe. "We have to fight - just like our brothers on Sept. 11," Abu Mustafa says.

2008-07-22 01:00:00

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