Hamas

Spotlight on Iran* (January 15 - 29, 2017)

Issued on 29/01/2017 Type Article
The Astana talks on the future of Syria ended on January 24, 2017. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a joint mechanism to oversee the Syrian ceasefire. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry denied claims made at the UN by the Israeli ambassador that Iran was using commercial Mahan Air flights to transfer weapons to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon. He claimed Hezbollah did not need Iranian arms because it supplied all of its own needs. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, international affairs advisor to the speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament), met in Tehran with Khaled Qaddoumi, Hamas representative in Iran, and assured him that Iran's support for the Palestinians was the focus of Iranian policy.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 18 – 24, 2017)

Issued on 24/01/2017 Type Article
On January 24, 2017, there was a shooting incident at a roadblock near the community of Ofra, carried out using an improvised weapon. In view of the possible relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures continue their campaign of threats. Some of them have tried to make it a religious issue, courting the support of the Arab and Islamic countries and international institutions.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 11 – 17, 2017)

Issued on 17/01/2017 Type Article
The electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip brought masses of protesters into the streets (one held in the Jabalia refugee camp had thousands of demonstrators). The crisis illustrates Hamas' difficulty in coping with the challenges of governance in the Gaza Strip. Senior Palestinian figures have initiated a campaign threatening mainly the United States, in the wake of the possibility that America will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 4-10, 2017)

Issued on 10/01/2017 Type Article
At the focus of terrorist events this past week was a vehicular attack on the promenade in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem, carried out with a truck. Four IDF officers were killed. The terrorist was shot and killed. The Palestinian Authority and Fatah, which support the "popular resistance," of which vehicular attacks are considered a legitimate part, avoided condemning the attack or responding to it.
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Vehicular Attack in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem

Issued on 09/01/2017 Type Article
On January 8, 2017, a Palestinian terrorist from Jabel Mukaber used a heavy truck to for a vehicular attack against a group of Israeli soldiers. It was carried out on the promenade in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. He was shot and killed. Four Israeli soldiers were killed.
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Information received from a Hamas operative who crossed the border to Israel indicates once again that Hamas uses Gaza Strip hospitals for military purposes

Issued on 05/01/2017 Type Article
On November 27, 2016, Bilal al-Razayna, 24, resident of the Gaza Strip, was detained after crossing the security fence into Israeli territory. Al-Razayna, who belongs to the Izz al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military-terrorist wing, was involved in various military activities such as sniper training, digging tunnels, and securing facilities.
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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.