Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) is a Salafi jihadist group that operates in the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula and has claimed credit for a number of attacks against Israel and Egypt over the past two years. Ansar Jerusalem started its operations in Sinai following the uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign on 11 February 2011 and when Palestinian militants joined the Sinai based Al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (Monotheism and Jihad) group and formed Ansar Jerusalem. The group consists primarily of local Bedouins, but also recruits members in Egypt and beyond. According to its statement, Ansar Jerusalem wants "to liberate our Ummah and Muslim people from the slavery of the oppressive, apostate regimes, and establish justice, dignity and freedom for them, and that is only through servitude to Allah alone and implementing His proper Shariah." It argued that "an army of Muslims that helps the Ummah and the religion is the way to liberate Jerusalem and the rest of Muslim lands and live in freedom, dignity and honor under the shade of the Shariah of the Lord of the Worlds." On 09 April 2014, the US State Department added Ansar Jerusalem to its lists of designated terrorist organisations. On 14 April 2014, the Egyptian Court for Urgent Matters officially labeled Ansar Jerusalem a terrorist organisation.
Centre of Operations
Ansar Jerusalem's intent to maintain an Egyptian focus in the execution of its operations is evident in its refusal to merge with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a group with a transnational objective and areas of operations. Ansar Jerusalem is reported to rely on two branches, namely one in Gaza and the other in Sinai.
Video: 2012 A security fence is rapidly being constructed, but terrorists have still managed to carry out 2 major attacks on Israeli targets this year and now they've succeeded in carrying out a third. A group of Israeli soldiers were ambushed as they brought water to African migrants who had been stopped from illegally crossing into Israel. Ansar Jerusalem - an Al-Qaeda inspired terrorist group in the Sinai - has claimed responsibility online for the cross border attack. Linking the ambush to the Anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," the terrorist group called the incident a disciplinary attack against those who insulted the beloved prophet Muhammad.