Hamas

Profile of The Army of Islam, a Salafist organization affiliated with the global jihad operating in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 21/08/2012 Type Article
It was mentioned by the Egyptian media as involved in the terrorist attack in Egyptian Rafah which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 8-14, 2012)

Issued on 14/08/2012 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory. In the northern part of the country an attempt to smuggle standard C-4 explosives and explosive devices into Israel from Lebanon was exposed.
Following the terrorist attack in the Kerem Shalom region, the Egyptian army undertook a broad operation to deal with focal points of terrorist activity in the Sinai Peninsula.
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The Gazan-based Salafist jihadi network Tawhid wal-Jihad carried out the terrorist attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border on June 18, 2012, in which an Israeli civilian was killed.

Issued on 13/08/2012 Type Article
The Gazan-based Salafist jihadi network Tawhid wal-Jihad carried out the terrorist attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border on June 18, 2012, in which an Israeli civilian was killed. The attack emphasized the threat to Israel from the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt's difficulty in governing the region.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 1-7, 2012)

Issued on 07/08/2012 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the prevention of a mass-casualty attack in the region of the Kerem Shalom crossing. The attack was carried out by a group of terrorists affiliated with the global jihad. They commandeered two Egyptian APCs after killing at least 16 Egyptian soldiers, and drove them toward the Kerem Shalom crossing. Both APCs were destroyed by the IDF and an estimated eight terrorist operatives were killed. One of the APCs was found to contain a large quantity of explosives and six of the terrorists had explosive belts strapped to their bodies.
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Ziad al-Bandak, advisor to Mahmoud Abbas, recently visited Auschwitz, the Nazi extermination camp. He was strongly denounced by Hamas, which has issued statements denying the Holocaust.

Issued on 07/08/2012 Type Article
While in Poland, Ziad al-Bandak, political advisor to Mahmoud Abbas with the rank of minister, paid a visit to the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on July 27, 2012. He viewed the prisoner barracks and gas chambers, and lit a candle and laid flowers at the memorial site.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 25-31, 2012)

Issued on 31/07/2012 Type Article
The amount of sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip increased. On July 29 an event occurred north of Jerusalem in which a Palestinian was killed and an Israeli policeman suffered slight wounds. During the first half of 2012 there was a significant increase in the so-called soft violence in the Jerusalem area.
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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.