Mumtaz Dughmush

Mumtaz Dughmush (ممتاز دغمش) is the leader of the Salafi-jihadi group Jaysh al-Islam in Gaza, and a member of the large Dughmush clan. According to journalist Donald Macintyre, “during the 1990s he had been a member of the PA Preventative Security Organisation headed by Mohammed Dahlan, but during the [Second] Intifada he joined Jamal Abu Samhadana to form the militant Popular Resistance Committees. After the 2006 elections, Dughmush, whose militia was now operating autonomously…joined with the PRC and Hamas’s Qassam Brigades to capture [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit, [but then] defied the Islamic faction’s authority….by kidnapping the two Fox News journalists, and subsequently was said to have offered the services of several hundred men to Fatah.”