Over a hundred thousand Gazans have converged on downtown Gaza City to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Jihad Movement. The group’s popularity has been on the rise, due toits huge charitable work, as well as its refusal to recognize Israel.Under a sea of black flags, tens of thousands of Palestinians from the blockaded coastal enclave gathered in Gaza City in a rally organized by the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine. They came to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine and to pay tribute the Islamic movement’s founder the late Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi. Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi was assassinated by Israeli spies in Malta in 1995. Men and women young and old who came out to show their support for the movement also expressed their adherence to the teachings and principles of Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi. Dr. Shaqaqi viewed the Iranian government as a model for the Arab world and believed in the principle of Velayete Faqih which in Persian means the providence of the Jurist. Um Ibrahim al-Dahdouh whose three sons and two grandsons were killed while defending their land against Israeli attacks had this to say. Addressing the masses via satellite transmission; Islamic Jihad's secretary general Dr. Ramadan Abdullah called on all Palestinian factions to adhere to resistance as the only way to liberate Palestine. The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine refuses to recognize the Israeli regime and is against the so-called two state solutions demanding the liberation of the entire historic land of Palestine. According to some observers the huge turnout shows that Palestinians are against the so-called peace negotiations with the Israelis. The vast majority of the people who took part in this rally didn't personally know Dr. Shaqaqi but his memory lives on. 17 years after his assassination Islamic Jihad members say they are determined to follow in the foot-steps of the movement's founder.