Jihad and the so-called “Islamic State”: Terrorism is not Jihad – by Zidane Meriboute

As witnessed by an article published last weekend (22-23 November 2014) in the front-page of the International New York Times (“ISIS brand catches on for militants in Pakistan – Jihadists are beginning to take the group’s name and to pledge allegiance”) as well as by the name of the hotline recently set-up on the website of the French Ministry of Interior, “Fight against the djihadist networks” (“Lutte contre les filières djihadistes”), the erroneous use of the concepts of “jihad” and “jihadists” in relation to the hainous and barbarous acts perpetrated in Syria and Iraq by the so-called ISIL is unfortunately still very common; the Geneva Centre therefore deems it useful, if not necessary, to devote again an editorial (the previous one was authored by Idriss Jazaïry) intending to restore the true meaning of “Jihad”.

About the (mis)use of the term “jihadist” – by Idriss Jazaïry

The Geneva Centre would like to share with its readers Mr. Idriss Jazaïry’s thoughts about the misuse of the term “jihadist”. It is worth mentioning that Mr. Jazaïry is a former Algerian Ambassador and has extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the UN Human Rights Mechanisms as well as the UN system at large.

The world press is awash nowadays with the threats of “jihadists” and with heinous crimes committed by the “islamist militants” who have joined under the “Islamic State” banner.