News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 22 – 28, 2013)

Issued on 28/05/2013 Type Article
This past week there was quiet along Israel's southern border. Violent confrontations and riots continued in Judea and Samaria The visit of American Secretary of State John Kerry ended without a breakthrough.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 14 – 21, 2013)

Issued on 21/05/2013 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory, landing in the western Negev. Violent confrontations and friction continued in Judea and and Samaria. Following the abduction of seven Egyptian soldiers and policemen, the Egyptian security forces took steps on the ground making contact difficult between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian "Popular Resistance" and Its Built-In Violence

Issued on 20/05/2013 Type Base document
This study examines the concept of the Palestinian "popular resistance" (al-muqawama al-sha'abiya) as it was formulated during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then adopted by the sixth Fatah conference in August 2009, and has since been implemented in Judea and Samaria by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 8 – 13, 2013)

Issued on 13/05/2013 Type Article
This past week Israel's south was quiet. The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, a terrorist organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda and responsible for rocket fire into Israeli territory, claimed that the new Hamas force had prevented its operatives from firing rockets and had even detained one of them. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spent three days in the Gaza Strip as a guest of Hamas.

Hamas has introduced a program in Gaza Strip schools called Al-Futuwwa, which provides military training for tens of thousands of adolescent boys.

Issued on 08/05/2013 Type Article
Hamas has introduced a program in Gaza Strip schools called Al-Futuwwa, which provides military training for tens of thousands of adolescent boys. Its objective is to raise a new generation of Hamas operatives and supporters, and to ensure Hamas' future control of the Gaza Strip.*

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 1 – 7, 2013)

Issued on 07/05/2013 Type Article
Rogue terrorist networks in the Gaza Strip continue their efforts to undermine the lull in the fighting achieved at the end of Operation Pillar of Defense. Attempts to carry out terrorist attacks using cold weapons (stones, knives, Molotov cocktails) continue in Judea and Samaria, part of the so-called "popular resistance."
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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.