The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (also written as Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade) is a terrorist group whose goal is to drive the Israeli military and settlers from the West Bank and establish a Palestinian state loyal to the secular nationalist Fatah ideology.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade considers Hamas to be a rival group.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade comprises an unknown number of small cells of Fatah-affiliated activists that emerged at the outset of the second Palestinian uprising, or al-Aqsa Intifadah, in September 2000.
Al-Aqsa’s goal is to drive the Israeli military and settlers from the West Bank and establish a Palestinian state loyal to the secular nationalist Fatah ideology.
Al-Aqsa employed primarily small-arms attacks against Israeli military personnel and settlers as the uprising spread in 2000, but by 2002 it turned increasingly to suicide bombings against Israeli civilians inside Israel. In January 2002, the group claimed responsibility for the first female suicide bombing inside Israel.
After a deadly al-Aqsa bombing in March 2002, the United States designated the group a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
– Source: al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, National Counterterrorism Center. Monday, March 14, 2011 – 8:31 AM CET
The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades is a coalition of Palestinian nationalist militias in the West Bank. The group’s name refers to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The organization has been designated as a terrorist group by the governments of Israel, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union. Many Palestinian people believe that the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a group that defends Palestinian rights by licit resistance.
– Source: al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, Wikipedia. Monday, March 14, 2011 – 8:25 AM CET