Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 30-December 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/12/2016 Type Article
This past week Palestinian popular terrorism continued in Judea and Samaria with the routine throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails, and without exceptional incident. The 7th Fatah Movement Conference was held in Mahmoud Abbas was reelected head of the Fatah movement.
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Palestinian Reactions to the Wave of Fires in Israel (Updated to November 30, 2016)

Issued on 30/11/2016 Type Article
For six days, between November 22 and 27, 2016, raging fires spread throughout Israel and the districts of Judea and Benjamin. According to Israeli police reports, more than 90 fires broke out. Prominent among them were fires along the Carmel mountain ridge (Haifa and Zichron Ya'akov) and a series of fires in the Judean mountains.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 23-29, 2016)

Issued on 29/11/2016 Type Article
This past week there were two major attacks of Palestinian popular terrorism: Fires raged throughout Israel and the Benjamin and Judea districts for six days, causing substantial property damage and destroying extensive wooded areas. The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent eight fire engines and 41 firemen to help put out the blazes. According to initial and partial information, only a minority of the fires were caused by arson.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 16 – 22, 2016)

Issued on 22/11/2016 Type Article
This past week Palestinian popular terrorism continued, including an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandia crossing (north of Jerusalem). A Palestinian terrorist tried to stab a security guard and struggled with him. He was shot and killed. Palestinians continued throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and at the Israeli security forces. The Hamas security forces detained Abdallah al-Ashqar, a senior Salafi jihadist terrorist operative in the Gaza Strip and in ISIS's Sinai Province.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 9 – 15, 2016)

Issued on 15/11/2016 Type Article
Popular terrorism continues, this past week manifested by an attempted stabbing attack at the Hawwara Junction near Nablus. Stones were thrown at Israeli cars and buses in Judea and Samaria. Two Israelis were wounded. Preparations are being made for the seventh Fatah conference, scheduled to take place on November 29, 2016.
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Initial Palestinian Reactions to Trump's Election as President

Issued on 14/11/2016 Type Article
Mahmoud Abbas and senior figures in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Fatah and the PLO were generally restrained in their reactions to the election of Donald Trump. However, their remarks hinted at concern over a greater pro-Israeli bias in the new American administration, based on statements made by Trump during the campaign. Their worst concerns are that the new president will abandon the two state solution, support construction in the settlements, and move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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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.