Hamas Threatened By New Islamic Revival
GAZA CITY [MENL] -- The Hamas regime has been alarmed by a new Islamic
revivalist movement that eschews politics.
The movement, known as Salafis, was said to receive funds from the Gulf
as well as sources within the Gaza Strip. The Salafis, who appear to
resemble the Taliban and Al Qaida, have established a mosque and religious
school and were believed to number up to 50,000.
"They have become the new rival of Hamas and are supported by very
powerful sheiks in the Gulf," a Palestinian security source said.
The source said the Salafis have become established in every major town
in the Gaza Strip. Salafi members, dressed in robes and long beards, spend
their evenings going from door to door in efforts to recruit Muslims to
attend mosque on a daily basis. The Salafis have their own mosque, A-Sahabah, as
well as an elementary and high school in Gaza City.