The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a transnational jihadi media outlet, in partnership with the al-Falujah al-Islamiyyah online discussion forums announced on October 6 the launching of a media campaign against the Palestinian religious-nationalist group HAMAS. The campaign is being launched in retaliation for HAMAS' August 14 battle against Jund Ansar Allah ("Soldiers of the Partisans of God; JAA), a small jihadi Salafi group operating in the Gaza Strip. HAMAS decided to crack down on JAA, as it has with other like-minded groups that have emerged in Gaza in the past decade, after it declared the symbolic, yet significant, establishment of the "Islamic Emirate of Bayt al-Maqdis," or "Holy House," a religious name in Arabic for Jerusalem, which houses two of Islam's holiest shrines, Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.
I previously wrote about the significant differences the conflict between the two groups demonstrates between religious-nationalism (or Islamist-nationalism) and transnational jihadism HERE. The GIMF/al-Falujah media campaign is named after the former spiritual guide of JAA, Shaykh 'Abd al-Latif Musa, who is more commonly referred to by his kunya (in this usage, akin to a nom de guerre) Abu'l Nur al-Maqdisi. He was one of the JAA members killed in the battle with HAMAS in the southern Gaza city of Rafah at the Mosque of Ibn Taymiyyah, which is named after a prominent medieval Sunni jurist whose works are popular with contemporary Salafis (and not just jihadi Salafis either). A special forum has been established for the campaign, currently housing threads linking to video and sound files related to the group. The campaign is being dubbed a "raid":
غزوة الإمام الشهيد أبي النور المقدسي الإعلامية
The announcement of this campaign is yet another significant example of the differences between Islamist-nationalist movements such as HAMAS, whose goals are bound to a specific geographic location, and transnational jihadis, who see local and regional conflicts as being part of a larger whole.
The goals of the campaign are described thus (explanatory notes are included in brackets):
(1) Show the truth of the heinous and horrific massacre [in Rafah], and refute the lies and allegations [against JAA] being spread by HAMAS.
(2) Demonstrate the truth [true identity] of the HAMAS of today and its deviations from the HAMAS of yesterday [the original HAMAS movement].*
*Jihadis differentiate between the "HAMAS of today" and the "original" HAMAS under the direction of founding members Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Rantissi, Salah Shehadah, and Nizar 'Abd al-Qadir Rayyan, who were all assassinated by Israel.
(3) Issue a warning to Muslims against donating money to HAMAS because such donations will become bullets used in targeting the Muslims.
(4) Support/Assist the mujahideen [warriors of faith], the ones who believe in absolute monotheism [Tawhid; the muwahideen], who fight so that the word of God is supreme and [because] His law [Shari'ah] is absent.
(5) Publish the intellectual heritage of the Imam-Shaykh Abu'l Nur al-Maqdisi, may God embrace him and his brothers [the martyrs of Rafah, the mujahideen].
The GIMF/al-Falujah staff vows that "shedding of the blood of the believers" will "not be forgotten," and the "shameful falsehoods" being spread by HAMAS will be revealed.