by Jonathan Azaziah
Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi (R.A.), the gregariously glowing glimmer of the Palestinian cause and the founder of Islamic Jihad, was a knight in shining armor; a radiant ray at the ocean’s bottom; and a force of ferocity that chills the enemy to its core and rattles it in its eardrums even to this very moment. ‘Israel’ murdered him on this day 23 years ago. A child of the Nakba, his family was driven from their ancestral home in Ramleh’s Zamuqa–where they had lived for half a dozen generations–by Jewish terrorists from the Irgun and the Haganah who were commanded by war criminals Yitzhak Rabin (real name: Rubitzov) and Yigal Allon (real name: Peikowitz).
He grew up in the bitter and battered slums of Rafah in the Gaza Strip but refused to let the Zionist occupation break his spirit and prevent him from pursuing education. Gifted and brilliant, Shaqaqi rocked a triple crown, attaining degrees from Bir Zeit Univeristy in physics and mathematics then later from Egypt’s Mansoura University in medicine. The last of which led him back to Gaza where he’d open a clinic to serve Palestine’s most poverty-stricken and desperate. It didn’t take long for him to grow completely disillusioned with the politics of the Strip’s two dominant currents: Ikhwan and the PLO. Shaqaqi saw the former’s near-disinterest in total liberation, not to mention growing sectarianism, as unforgivable and the latter’s lack of Islamic observance as a deathly folly. Continue reading Now 23 Years After Mossad Murdered Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi (R.A.), We Remember The Zeal of Zamuqa In All His Liberationist Luminosity