Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 28 – February 3, 2015)

Issued on 03/02/2015 Type Article
On January 28, 2015, Hezbollah carried out a combined anti-tank missile and mortar shell attack on IDF forces in the Har Dov region (the so-called Shebaa Farms) in the eastern sector of south Lebanon. On January 27, 2015, UNRWA announced it had run out of money to rebuild the houses of Gazans damaged in Operation Protective Edge.
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Hamas and the other terrorist organizations based in Gaza are rehabilitating the military capabilities damaged in Operation Protective Edge through extensive recruitment, the establishment of military units and intensive military training.

Issued on 02/02/2015 Type Article
Hamas, the other terrorist organizations and the security forces in the Gaza Strip have made efforts in the past months to restore military capabilities damaged during Operation Protective Edge. To that end Hamas has allotted considerable funds, manpower and equipment, despite the lack of resources in the Gaza Strip. The military buildup is particularly blatant in view of the continuing delays in the civilian reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 22-28, 2015)

Issued on 28/01/2015 Type Article
On the morning of January 27, 2015, a shooting attack took place at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, were diplomats, foreign and local government officials and tourists stay. The attack killed at least nine people. One of the Japanese hostages, whose photo was circulated by ISIS last week, has been executed. ISIS, which is holding another Japanese hostage, has threatened to execute the other Japanese hostage and the Jordanian pilot if a female terrorist held in Jordan is not released within 24 hours. Kurdish sources reported that the YPG militias have managed to liberate the whole city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 21 –27, 2015)

Issued on 27/01/2015 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus. Nine people were wounded, four of them critically. A public opinion poll taken at the beginning of December 2014 by the Palestinian Center Policy and Survey Research headed by Dr. Khalil Shikaki clearly indicated Palestinian public support for Hamas and its policies.
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Stabbing Attack on Tel Aviv Bus Wounds Nine, Some in Critical Condition: Stabbing attacks are a widespread modus operandi, relatively easy to carry out, part of the so-called "popular resistance" in Judea and Samaria and sometimes filter into Israel.

Issued on 25/01/2015 Type Article
On January 21, 2015, a Palestinian terrorist carried out a stabbing attack on a crowded bus in Tel Aviv en route from Bat Yam (a city south of Tel Aviv) to Tel Aviv University (crossing the center of the city). According to reports from Magen David Adom, nine people were wounded, four of them critically and three seriously.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 14-20, 2015)

Issued on 20/01/2015 Type Article
Israel's south remains quiet. In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem violence and terrorism continue, although their intensity has abated somewhat. Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, announced a preliminary examination would be carried out into the situation in "Palestine" to determine if there was a reasonable basis for an investigation by the Court. On January 18, 2015, a convoy of Hezbollah operatives was attacked in the northern Syrian Golan Heights. Six Hezbollah terrorist operatives were killed, among them Jihad Mughnieh, the son of senior Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughnieh,
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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.