The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem or the Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem (in Arabic: Majlis Shura Al-Mujahideen, Magles Shoura al-Mujahedeen, etc.) is an armed al-Qaeda-linked group that is active in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and in the Gaza Strip. Since it emerged following the 2011 Arab Spring developments in Egypt, it has carried out attacks against civilians in Israel. The group describes violence against Jews as a religious obligation that brings its perpetrators closer to God. It was designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department on 19 August 2014. The group has declared its support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.