Aug. 30, 2019
- Hamas Arrests Nine Islamic Jihad Members Connected to Gaza Bombings
Hamas security personnel on Thursday apprehended nine people linked to the two suicide bombings in Gaza City on Tuesday that killed three policemen. Palestinian sources in Gaza told i24News Arabic that “all of them are from the Islamic Jihad from Shuja’iya.” They include “a senior operator of the missile unit.” A source said most of them subscribe to the ideology of the Islamic State and that “three other explosive belts were seized.” Palestinian sources said Wednesday that the son of a leader of Islamic Jihad is believed to be behind the Gaza City attacks. (i24News)
- Islamic Fatwa in Gaza Calls to End Independent Actions Against Israel – Amos Harel
A fatwa issued by the Supreme Sharia Council in Gaza in mid-August, reflecting Hamas policy, prohibits individual armed operations in the name of Islam. Sharia law experts argue that the operations are not coordinated with Hamas and therefore expose them to Israeli retaliatory actions.
The council ruled that a person who acts without authorization will not be accorded the status of shahid (martyr) after his death. Hence, the Hamas government will not provide economic aid for the families of those killed in such incidents. (Ha’aretz)