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Iran to renew financial support for Islamic Jihad

(JNS.org) The Iranian government will renew its financial support for the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad after cutting off that funding for two years amid strained relations, the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported last week. Iran’s plan follows Islamic Jihad leaders’ trip to Iran in April, in which the terrorist organization’s visiting delegation and Iranian leaders discussed how to strengthen violence against Israel. “The Arab states did not support the popular uprising in Palestine and will never support it since it contradicts their leaders’ agendas. Iran is the only state that supports the intifada and the martyrs’ families,” Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah said in April.

Islamic Jihad’s Quds Brigades will now receive $70 million directly from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Iran had reportedly cut funding to the Palestinian terror group over the latter’s refusal to support Iran’s proxy in Yemen, the Shi’a-Muslim Houthi rebels.

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