Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 9 – 13, 2014)*

Issued on 13/04/2014 Type Article
This past week two mortar shells were fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. One fell in the heart of an Israeli village. There were no casualties. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for shelling and for placing an IED. The crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 2 – 8, 2014)

Issued on 08/04/2014 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory. In addition, five mortar shells were fired into the western Negev. In response Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked a number of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. The crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continues.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 25 – April 1, 2014)

Issued on 01/04/2014 Type Article
Israel's south was quiet this past week. Land Day was marked in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip; the ceremonies were poorly attended and there were no exceptional incidents. American Secretary of State John Kerry paid a sudden visit to the region in an effort to resolve the current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 19–25, 2014)

Issued on 25/03/2014 Type Article
This past week IDF forces uncovered a tunnel dug for terrorist purposes by Hamas and penetrating into Israeli territory, one of the longest ever uncovered. Three terrorist operatives were killed in the Jenin refugee camp as an Israeli security force attempted to detain them.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 12 – 18, 2014)

Issued on 18/03/2014 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the latest round of escalation in Israel's south, the most serious since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012). A massive barrage of rockets and mortar shells was fired, mostly by the PIJ. This past week Mahmoud Abbas met with Barack Obama in the White House. Spokesmen for Mahmoud Abbas said that no official version of the framework for an agreement had been presented at the meeting, only a number of ideas.
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Another Round of Escalation in Southern Israel. During It, the Largest Barrage of Rockets since Operation Pillar of Defense Was Fired by the PIJ

Issued on 17/03/2014 Type Article
Between March 11 and 13, 2014, there was a round of escalation in rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip targeting Israel's south, the most serious since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012).
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.