Report: Islamic Jihad to hold historic elections - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Terror Group

Jihad rally in Gaza (archives) Photo: Reuters
Jihad rally in Gaza (archives) Photo: Reuters
 
 

Report: Islamic Jihad to hold historic elections

Sources tell al-Sharq al-Awsat terror group decided to hold elections due to disagreements over ties with Hamas, 'resistance' to Israel

Elior Levy
Published: 04.29.12, 09:38 / Israel News

The Islamic Jihad movement will hold elections for a new leadership for the first time since it was established in the 80s, the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Sunday, citing sources in Gaza and the West Bank.

 

The elections will be held in the next few weeks in the same method the Fatah and Hamas movements held their elections.

 

Related articles:

 

According to the report, the terror group's decision stemmed from major disagreements between the movement's leaders in Gaza over general policies, relations with Hamas and Fatah and "resistance" to Israel.

 

Sources told the newspaper that Jihad leaders such as Abdullah Shami and Abu Hazm al-Najar were among those who supported the effort to expand the movement's role within Palestinian society as opposed to focusing solely on the "armed struggle" against Israel.

 

Islamic Jihad is due to elect a new politburo, as well as a new regional leadership to "pump new blood into the movement," one of the sources said.

 

Islamic Jihad launched the majority of the rockets which targeted Israeli communities surrounding Gaza during the latest round of violence, in hopes of dragging Hamas into the fighting as well. However, the Islamist group, which rules the coastal enclave, remained on the sidelines.

 

After a ceasefire agreement was reached, Islamic Jihad held a mass "victory" rally in Gaza, during which its secretary general, Ramadan Shalah, threatened to fire rockets deep into Israeli territory. "They (Israelis) know how far our rockets can reach," he said.

 

In elections in Gaza earlier this week, Hamas members selected a new local leadership and delegates to the Shura Council. By next month, the other three branches are to complete their selection, to be followed by the election of the supreme leader, Hamas operatives said.

 

A senior Hamas operative in the Strip said a majority of newly elected Shura Council delegates from Gaza support Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, despite disagreements over his unity deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

 

Support from Gaza could increase Mashaal's chance to win re-election.

 

AP contributed to the report

  

You can contact Elior Levy, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs Correspondent, at: paldesk@gmail.com

  

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
2 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    למציאת מרחב ההתגוננות האישי שלכם »
    פיקוד העורף מזכיר: יש לחכות 10 דקות במרחב המוגן לפני שיוצאים החוצה
    רשימת יישובים במרחב