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This week, there were no significant changes on the ground in the various fighting zones in Syria and Iraq. ISIS and its supporters continue their efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, as a means of deterrence and in order to divert the attention of the coalition that is fighting against it.
Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 20-26, 2017)
This past week Palestinian population terrorism was manifested with three stabbing attacks (Abu Dis, the Qalandia crossing and apparently in the central Israeli city of Netanya). In the Gaza Strip international organizations warned that the residents' situation was deteriorating to the point of humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of young Gazans answered Hamas' call. They gathered near the border security fence and rioted against IDF soldiers. A spokesman for the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported that dozens of Palestinians had been injured.
News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict* (May 17 – 23, 2017)
On May 1, 2017, Hamas published a political document entitled “A Document of General Principles and Policies” (hereinafter: the “Political Document”). This document, which includes 42 sections, was published on the Hamas website in two versions: an Arabic version and a version translated into English (see appendices). An examination of the two versions reveals that there are slight differences in the translation into English compared with the Arabic source, but no significant differences were found between them.
The goals and significance of Hamas’s new political document
During the past two weeks popular terrorism attacks continued. Prominent among them were stabbing and shooting attacks.  The Gaza Strip was relatively quiet. In internal and external Palestinian politics there were three significant events: Hamas issued a political document entitled "A Document of General Principles and Policies Mahmoud Abbas met in Washington with Donald Trump. Hamas' General Shura Council announced the election of Ismail Haniyeh as head of its political bureau, replacing Khaled Mashaal.
News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 26 – May 9, 2017)

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 13-19, 2017)

Issued on 19/07/2017 Type Article
After the liberation of Mosul, displaced persons began to return to the city, mainly to its eastern part (which was less affected by the battles). There are serious problems in the city, i.e., a housing shortage and problems with the supply of water and electricity, since many infrastructures have been destroyed. At the same time, the Iraqi security forces are busy detonating booby-traps and explosives, gathering explosives and detaining suspects.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 12 – 16, 2017)

Issued on 18/07/2017 Type Article
Terrorist events this past week focused on the shooting attack from the Temple Mount compound (July 14, 2017) carried out by three Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm (central Israel). Two Border Policemen stationed near the Lions' Gate were killed. The three terrorists fled to the region of the mosques and were shot and killed by Israeli security forces. In their possession were a Carl Gustav submachine gun, a hand gun and knives smuggled onto the Temple Mount.

Hamas constructs a buffer zone to secure its border with Egypt in response to a demand from the Egyptian regime.

Issued on 16/07/2017 Type Article
At the end of June 2017 the Hamas ministry of the interior and national security in the Gaza Strip began work on the foundations of a buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Marwan Barghouti: Partner for Peace Negotiations or Terrorist?*

Issued on 13/07/2017 Type Article
This study examines the milestones in the life of Marwan Barghouti in an effort to reveal and analyzethe profound changes that occurred over the years within Fatah and in his positions regarding Israel.

Spotlight on Iran* (July 2 – 16, 2017)

Issued on 16/07/2017 Type Article
In a first official Iranian response to the ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia, Iran's foreign ministry's spokesman said the success of the agreement depended on extending it all over Syria. The senior advisor to the speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) met with the Syrian ambassador in Tehran to discuss developments in Syria. Senior Iranian officials welcomed the liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, emphasizing the role played by the Iraqi Shi'ite militias supported by the IRGC in the victory.

Mosul has been Liberated. What next?

Issued on 12/07/2017 Type Article
About three years after ISIS declared the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in Mosul, and after around nine months of persistent fighting, the city of Mosul fell into the hands of the Iraqi forces. The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Mosul on July 9, 2017, and declared its complete liberation. The commander of the International Coalition against ISIS declared that the Iraqi forces had complete control of Mosul. However, it is apparently still necessary to remove the IEDs planted in the city by ISIS and complete the mopping up of the city from ISIS operatives, who are liable to hide among the residents.
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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center researches and issues information bulletins about terrorist organizations, among them Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist organizations, Al-Qaeda and global jihad terrorist organizations around the world. The ITIC monitors the terrorist organizations' activities (terrorism, establishing terrorist networks, procuring weapons and financing, media) in the Middle East and beyond. It also studies anti-Israeli incitement and the campaign to delegitimize Israel in the Middle East and around the globe.

The ITIC issues bulletins dealing with the structure of the Palestinian terrorist organizations, their weapons, financing and activities, the Palestinian Authority and its policies toward the terrorist organizations, the terrorism-sponsoring countries (especially Iran and Syria), the global jihad and its links to the Palestinian terrorist organizations, preventing terrorist attacks, etc.