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…
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