News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 25 – 31, 2016)

Issued on 31/05/2016 Type Article
This past week a Palestinian terrorist, in Israeli illegally, carried out a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, wounding an IDF soldier. At the swearing-in ceremony of newly-appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, both the prime minister and new defense minister expressed their support for the solution of two states for two peoples to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 17 – 24, 2016)

Issued on 24/05/2016 Type Article
This past week a stabbing attack was prevented at the Ras Bidu roadblock north of Jerusalem. There was also a drive-by shooting at a bus near the village of Tekoa (Gush Etzion). The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman to the post of Israeli defense minister drew many public responses throughout the PA and Gaza Strip.

Has the Wave of Palestinian Terrorism Reached an End?*

Issued on 24/05/2016 Type Article
On September 13, 2015, the Palestinians began a wave of popular terrorism (called a "popular awakening" by the Palestinian Authority PA). It began with riots on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem during the Jewish High Holidays (second half of September 2015). It continued with a campaign of terrorist attacks which peaked in October 2015 (with 59 attacks).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 11-17, 2016)

Issued on 17/05/2016 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on pipe bombs that exploded near the village of Hizma (north of Jerusalem), critically wounding an IDF officer. Nakba Day events in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip were held without exceptional incident.

Indoctrinating Gazan Children with Hatred and the Use of Violence against Israel *

Issued on 09/05/2016 Type Article
Events were recently held in the Gaza Strip as part of the 8th Children's Festival. They were exploited to indoctrinate Gazan kindergarten children with hatred and the use of violence against Israel. One of the tactics used was having displays put on by masked, uniformed children armed with plastic rifles who simulated a variety of military activities against "Israeli security forces.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 20 – May 3, 2016)

Issued on 03/05/2016 Type Article
This past week there were a number of stabbing attacks in and around Jerusalem. Hamas is trying to reawaken the terrorist campaign, calling for it to become an "armed intifada."
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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.