The image is purportedly the flag of the self-declared Islamic State of Palestine in the Gaza Strip. It is identical to the flag/logo of al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI)/Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, which has been adopted by the umbrella organization, the Islamic State of Iraq, and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It may have been utilized by or created for the likes of Jund Ansar Allah (JAA), one of several jaljalat (loud echo or shrill) groups operating in the Gaza Strip whose members are thought to have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Notably, JAA declared Gaza an Islamic emirate in August 2009. The similarity with the AQI/AQAP logo indicates at the very least the desire to be affiliated with the al-Qa’ida network. The green color of the logo is significant and highly unusual, as green is considered the traditional color of the Prophet Muhammad’s tribe, and has been adopted as a sacred color based on Qur’anic verses (76:21; 18:65-82) and a reliable hadith (prophetic tradition or report) that associates green with “universally good things.”
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Group Name Dawlat Filastin al-Islamiyya - Wilayat Ghaza [Islamic State of Palestine - Gaza province]
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Dominant Colors Green
Secondary Colors White
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shahada
Image Number 0329
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Islamic State of Palestine - Gaza province logo.
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah (including the seal of the Prophet)
Religious Symbols Seal of the Prophet

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