Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Islamic militant groups take root in refugee camps

From The Washington Post and The Associated Press

Bernard Rougier, author of Everyday Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam Among Palestinians in Lebanon and a professor at the University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, said Shaker al-Absi has adopted a goal and message that reflect the decline of the Palestinian cause as the chief motivator of aspiring jihadists and their financial supporters in the Muslim world. "Many consider Palestine a useless fight," he said. "By changing their own identities, to one of a Sunni warrior, they also get money from Saudi Arabia and other private sources throughout the [Palestinian] diaspora. You are inventing a new figure of the fighter, and it is very exciting to young people." That fighter's goal is to end perceived Western domination and promote Islamic rule.

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