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Islamic Palestine Block, An-Najah Students Cell

Description: A green map of Israel and the territories is partly obscured in the background. A black M-16 rifle is superimposed over the upper section of the map with a black flag, attached to the rifle, to the left. To the right, black lettering translates as "Muslim Palestine Block." The gun rests on a globe, which in turn rests on the Koran. Encircling the globe and Koran is a red crescent with the inscription: "An-Najah National University."

Explanation: Green is the color of Islam: the fact that both Israel (and the territories) and the globe are in green signifies the group's desire to Islamize them. The rifle and the flag are symbols of militancy. The Koran, upon which the globe rests, is considered the foundation of the movement. The red crescent symbolizes Islam.

Name Variations | Overview | Focus of Operations | Major Attacks | Leaders | Ideology | Goals | Methods | Sponsors | U.S.- Related Activities

Name Variations

Islamic Palestine Block, An-Najah Students Cell

Overview

An-Najah University, in the West Bank city of Nablus, has been a flashpoint in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians since at least 1980, when violent anti-Israel protests led the Israeli military to close the school intermittently. Today the student council of An-Najah is known for its advocacy of anti-Israel violence and its recruitment of Palestinian college students into terrorist groups. The council, almost completely controlled by factions loyal to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah, glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel. Hamas has described An-Najah as a "greenhouse for martyrs."

Focus of Operations

An-Najah University, Nablus (West Bank)

Major Attacks

None known. The group is a recruiter and feeder for Hamas and many of its members have conducted suicide bombings, but it does not stage attacks independently.

Leaders

The student council is comprised of student groups known to be affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Ideology

Militant Islamic fundamentalism

Goals

Indoctrinating students with anti-Israel propaganda and recruit them for terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Methods

Sponsors

Al Ihsan, a charitable society in the West Bank and Gaza connected both to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

U.S.-Related Activities

None known