On February 20, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of eight leading members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The indictment provides a wealth of detail about the close connection between PIJ and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
announcements followed a whole string of previous declarations which have festooned websites sites and media reports since later January 2003. The end result of all these declarations and warnings of imminent attack has been to build up a sense of dread in expectation of “the big one;” we are told that a “mega attack” is in the works and that “it is only a matter of time.” All of this may be grounded in fact, but it is equally true that the media hype has played into al-Qaida’s strategy of psychological warfare.
More efficient than any bomb is the knowledge which incorporates skills and competences, original and creative thinking, some understanding of engineering, learning, and integration of many context insights, such as the effect of communication etc.
On the 28th February 2003, the internet site Arabforum.net published an appeal to Muslims to betray their countries for the sake of Jihad. This site is popular among followers of Osama bin Ladin and his al-Qaida network, and is particularly designed to appeal to young Moslems around the world.
The Islamic Jihad’s ideology blended Palestinian nationalist ideas with themes drawn from three other sources: the ideology of the Muslim Brethren; activity of the militant Islamist groups in Egypt; and the teachings of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shi`i leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran.
The Head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Ramallah, Ibrahim Abu Hijleh, who was arrested by Israel at the end of December 2002, has confessed to ordering DFLP squads to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets.
Women’s access to the most extreme form of participation in terrorism occurs for various reasons, with distinct differences from one group to another.
During the Aqsa intifada, Iraq's direct and deep involvement in strengthening the terrorist infrastructures in Judea and Samaria in order to improve their capabilities in carrying out fatal terrorist attacks against Israeli targets, was exposed.
The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the subsequent American war against terrorism have focused attention on the financing of terrorist movements and operations. The lines of political influence follow those of economic assistance.