In a statement on Sept. 6, Taleb also said Jaljalat tried to assassinate
at least two Western dignitaries. The dignitaries were identified as former
U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Quartet coordinator Tony Blair, who toured
the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2009.
"The hands of Carter and Blair are stained with Muslim blood," Taleb
said. "It was our duty to kill the two."
In the statement, Taleb, a former commander in Hamas's military wing
wanted by the regime since 2007, said Jaljalat was preparing to launch
additional attacks on Hamas. Taleb called for an Islamic emirate in the Gaza
Jaljalat, which means thunder in Arabic, was said to have been linked to
Jund Ansar Allah, decimated by a Hamas assault on a Rafah mosque
in August. The assault led to the death of Jund leader Abdul Latif Mussa and
more than 20 other members.
Taleb said Hamas has made Jaljalat the top priority of the Islamic
regime. In the e-mail to the London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat, Taleb said Hamas
has raided Jaljalat strongholds in the Gaza Strip.
"They [Hamas] confiscated much of our weapons and ammunition," Taleb
said. "Hamas also arrested many of our warriors upon their return from jihad