News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 5 – 12, 2013)

Issued on 12/11/2013 Type Article
This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. In Judea and Samaria violent events continued, including an attempted stabbing attack, throwing Molotov cocktails and shooting attacks. The fuel shortage in the Gaza Strip continues, creating power outages. The lack of fuel is the result of the damage done to the smuggling tunnels in Rafah by the Egyptian army and of a Hamas-Palestinian Authority financial dispute.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 30 – November 5, 2013)

Issued on 05/11/2013 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the IDF's detonation of the tunnel dug for terrorist purposes. Five IDF soldiers were wounded, one critically. Four Hamas terrorist operatives were killed. In Judea and Samaria terrorist attacks continued as part of the so-called popular resistance.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 23 – 29, 2013)

Issued on 29/10/2013 Type Article
This week rocket and mortar shell fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory recommenced. In response Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. In Judea and Samaria violence continued as part of what is known as the popular resistance, including stones thrown at Israeli vehicles. The release of 26 Palestinian terrorists was implemented on the night of October 29, 2013.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 16 – 22, 2013)

Issued on 22/10/2013 Type Article
Terrorist events this past week focused on a vehicular terrorist attack at an IDF base near Al-Ram (south of Ramallah), carried out with a tractor. IDF soldiers shot and killed the terrorist driving it. Ismail Haniya, head of the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, gave a speech praising the terrorists who carried out the recent attacks in Judea and Samaria.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 9 – 15, 2013)

Issued on 15/10/2013 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory, launched from the Gaza Strip. IDF forces uncovered a well-constructed, sophisticated terrorist tunnel originating from the southern Gaza Strip. Seraya Ofer, an Israeli civilian, was murdered near his home in the northern Jordan Valley.
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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.