Examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge - Part Seven *

Issued on 01/12/2014 Type Article
This document is the seventh in a series of publications of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), as part of a project examining the names of the Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge. The project’s goal is to determine which of the fatalities are terrorist operatives and which are non-involved citizens, and to examine the ratio between them.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 19 – 25, 2014)

Issued on 25/11/2014 Type Article
This past week Israel's south remained quiet, with two exceptions. In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem the violence continues, partially to show solidarity with Al-Aqsa mosque. In recent weeks the Israel Security Agency exposed a Hamas terrorist squad whose members had served prison sentences in Israeli in the past. They planned to assassinate Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and had already begun gathering operational intelligence and preparing weapons.

Five Killed in Mass-Murder Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem Synagogue (Updated to November 19, 2014)

Issued on 19/11/2014 Type Article
On the morning of November 18, 2014, two Palestinian terrorists armed with a gun and meat cleavers entered a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. They used their weapons to attack early-morning worshippers at prayer, killing four. A policeman who arrived at the synagogue was fatally shot by one of the terrorists and died later. Six people were wounded. The terrorist attack at the synagogue was the peak so far in the recent wave of terrorism and violence in Jerusalem and to a lesser degree, Judea and Samaria.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 11 – 18, 2014)

Issued on 18/11/2014 Type Article
The wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Jerusalem continues. This week terrorist events focused on the attack at the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, where four worshippers and a policeman were killed, and six were wounded. The use of firearms in the terrorist attack in the synagogue and the attempted assassination of Yehuda Glick may indicate a change in the nature of the attacks and turn them from "popular attacks" (i.e., popular terrorism) to attacks with guns, not necessarily carried out by lone terrorists. That may lead to an additional escalation on the ground, especially in Jerusalem.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 5 – 11, 2014)

Issued on 11/11/2014 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on two stabbing attacks carried out on November 10, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Gush Etzion. Two people were killed in the attacks and four were wounded. So far during November there has been a sharp rise in the number and deadliness of terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorist operatives. Unrest and violent clashes continue in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Hamas has presented the first battalion of the Popular Army, to serve as an auxiliary force for the operatives of Hamas’s military wing in confrontations with Israel

Issued on 09/11/2014 Type Article
On November 7, 2014, in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas’s military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, presented the First Battalion (Al-Fawj al-Awwal) of the so-called Popular Army. The new battalion is called the Knights of Freedom Battalion. According to Hamas, the new battalion numbers 2,500 operatives. Its creation was announced during a ceremony marking the end of the first training course, held in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip
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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.