News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict* (May 17 – 23, 2017)

Issued on 23/05/2017 Type Article
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.

Spotlight on Iran* (May 7 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/05/2017 Type Article
A commander of an IRGC brigade spoke in an interview about the IRGC's activities in Syria. An article published by the Iranian Diplomacy website claimed that Iran had no choice but to recognize the seniority of Russia's role in Syria and rely on Moscow to protect its interests in Syria.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 10 –16, 2017)

Issued on 16/05/2017 Type Article
Popular terrorism continued this past week with a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem. The terrorist, a Jordanian tourist, was shot and killed. Palestinians throughout Judea and Samaria held demonstrations and rioted in solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and to mark Nakba Day.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority's ministry of education undermine UNRWA's intention to slightly moderate the curriculum used in its schools.

Issued on 16/05/2017 Type Article
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority's ministry of education undermine UNRWA's intention to slightly moderate the curriculum used in its schools. The dispute between them raised the problem of Palestinian textbooks, which are infused with hostility towards Israel

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 26 – May 9, 2017)

Issued on 09/05/2017 Type Article
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.

The goals and significance of Hamas’s new political document

Issued on 08/05/2017 Type Article
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.
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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.