Latest update: October 21st, 2012
Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, passed information to Israel which led to the extermination of the senior Salafi Jihadist official in the Gaza Strip Hisham Sa’idani, and another senior official, Ashraf Sabah. The two members of the Salafi Jihadist organization based in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai, the “Mujahideen Shura Council near Jerusalem,” were killed on Saturday after an IAF aircraft fired a missile at a motorcycle they were riding in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, Yoni Alper’s Terror Watch reported, based on Palestinian sources.
According to these sources, Hamas officials who have been fighting Salafis and the aforementioned organization, gave the private phone number of Sa’idani to Israel in order to get rid of one of the leading Global Jihadists in Gaza who subverted the Hamas rule.
Shortly before the assassination, Sa’idani received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence, apparently in order to verify that this is, indeed, him. The call was answered by his assistant, Ashraf Sabah, and shortly thereafter they were killed by the Air Force.
Salafi websites affiliated with the global jihad are pointing an accusing finger at Hamas, saying that Israeli Intelligence has penetrated extensively into the Hamas security apparatus and hinting that they suspect that Hamas insiders cooperated with Israel on the assassination. Those websites have been calling to find out and bring to justice those collaborators and traitors who facilitated the elimination of the two officials. Thos sites are also warning members to conduct themselves carefully against more attackis.
The Shura Council organization recently called for Hamas to stop its pursuit of Jihadist activists in the Gaza Strip, to return to them the weapons that have been confiscated and to release all Salafi detainees from the prisons. Additionally, the organization called on Hamas to allow Salafis to continue to train and to attack the Zionists.
The senior of the two Jihadists who were assassinated was Hisham Sa’idani (Walid Al Maqdisi), 43, a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship. Sa’idani was the leader of the Tawhid and Al Jihad and was responsible for the deadly attack against an IDF patrol on the Gaza border, killing one IDF enlisted man and seriously wounding an officer in 2009.
Maqdisi was also charged by the Egyptians of responsibility for attacks against tourist targets in Nuweiba, Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab in the Sinai peninsula, between 2004 – 2006. Later he was one of the founders of the organization of the Mujahideen Shura Council near Jerusalem, which maintain terrorist bases and has a firm hold in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai. It is considered a rising power in the region, whose goal is to execute the attacks against Israeli targets in the peninsula and through the Gaza Strip.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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