Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 3 – 9, 2015)

Issued on 09/06/2015 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the two instances of rocket fire targeting the Ashqelon region and other locations in the western Negev. Israel reiterated its policy of considering Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from the Gaza Strip (although Israel is aware it has been carried out by rogue terrorist organizations and that Hamas has made efforts to prevent it). Events held for Naksa Day (the day the Palestinians mark the Six Day War) passed without exceptional occurrences.
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Hamas’s media reported that Hamas’s senior figure Ismail Haniya congratulated Majed al-Zeer, the general director of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), on receiving a non-governmental observer status in the UN Committee on NGOs.

Issued on 04/06/2015 Type Article
Hamas’s English-language and Arabic-language media announced on June 3, 2015, that Ismail Haniya, deputy chief of Hamas’s Political Bureau, congratulated Majed al-Zeer, the general director of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), for having been granted a non-governmental observer status in the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations. The congratulations were conveyed on a telephone call, apparently on June 2.
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UN Committee on NGOs voted to grant the Palestinian Return Centre observer status, pending authorization.

Issued on 02/06/2015 Type Article
UN Committee on NGOs voted to grant the Palestinian Return Centre observer status, pending authorization. The London-based PRC is affiliated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and has played an important role in the campaign to delegitimize Israel.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 27 – June 2, 2015)

Issued on 02/06/2015 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. A rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory near Gan Yavne, a village east of Ashdod. Israel responded to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip with air strikes on four terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian bid to suspend Israel from the Federation of the International Football Association (FIFA) was unsuccessful.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 20-26, 2015)

Issued on 26/05/2015 Type Article
This past week Israel's south remained quiet. In Jerusalem there was a vehicular attack targeting a group of Border Policemen, carried out on the road to the Mt. of Olives. The Palestinian media recently reported that a dirt road was being constructed in the Gaza Strip along the border with Israel at a distance of a few hundred meters from the border security fence.
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Third vehicular attack carried out in Jerusalem in May, and as before, it received support from Fatah and the Palestinian media; the Palestinian Authority did not condemn it*.

Issued on 21/05/2015 Type Article
On May 20, 2015, a vehicular attack was carried out in Jerusalem, the third during the past month and the seventh since the beginning of 2015. During the past year there was an increase in the number of vehicular attacks carried out as part of what the Palestinians call the "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.