News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 29 – May 5, 2015)

Issued on 05/05/2015 Type Article
This past week one rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip; it fell inside the Gaza Strip. In Judea and Samaria there were clashes between demonstrators and the IDF. The Israeli security forces recently exposed a pipeline for channeling funds from Hamas in the Gaza Strip to Judea and Samaria via Jordan. Several senior Hamas figures recently called for rehabilitating Hamas' relations with Saudi Arabia. Relations between Hamas and the Salafist-jihadi networks in the Gaza Strip are deteriorating.

Iranian Support for Palestinian Terrorism: Funds Transferred to Gazan Shaheeds' Families by Palestinian Islamic Jihad-Affiliated Al-Ansar Charity Association

Issued on 29/04/2015 Type Article
The Al-Ansar charity association operates in the Gaza Strip and is affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). It was founded during the second intifada (2001) and serves the Iranians as a pipeline for funds to finance terrorism in the Gaza Strip and as a way to increase Iran's influence over the Gazan population.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 22 – 28, 2015)

Issued on 28/04/2015 Type Article
This past week there was an increase in terrorist attacks on its southern and northern borders and throughout Jerusalem: Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev at the end of Israel's Independence Day. There were two stabbing attacks and a vehicular attack in the Jerusalem area and at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. An attempt to plant an IED was foiled in the region of the Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the northern Golan Heights.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 15 – 21, 2015)

Issued on 22/04/2015 Type Article
This past week Israel's south remained quiet. In Judea and the most prominent event was the vehicular attack carried out at bus stop at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem. Senior Hamas figures attending Palestinian Prisoners' Day events said the organization intended to abduct Israeli soldiers and "settlers" everywhere. Israel and the Palestinian Authority reached a compromise regarding the tax revenues frozen by Israel.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 1 – 14, 2015)

Issued on 14/04/2015 Type Article
These past two weeks Israel's south remained quiet. In Samaria there were two stabbings at IDF roadblocks. In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem stones were thrown at Israeli vehicles. The Israel Security Agency recently exposed a Hamas cell that planned to carry out a shooting attack targeting IDF soldiers at a roadblock at the entrance to Jerusalem near Abu Dis. On April 1, 2015, the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) formally announced the Palestinians were the 123rd State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty.

Initial Hamas Reactions to the Long-Term Lull Proposal in Return for Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and Lifting the Siege

Issued on 05/04/2015 Type Article
In March 2015 the Hamas media reported that Hamas had recently received a proposal for a long-term lull in the hostilities with Israel (as long as five years) in return for reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and lifting the siege (on several occasions Hamas figures referred to a ceasefire, hudna).
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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.