Hamas

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 7 – 13, 2015)

Issued on 13/01/2015 Type Article
Israel's south remains quiet. In Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem terrorist attacks and violence continue. Prominent this past week were stabbing attacks. This past week tension increased between Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas (separately) condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 31, 2014 – January 6, 2015)

Issued on 06/01/2015 Type Article
This past week clashes continued along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. In Hebron an ISIS-affiliated terrorist squad was apprehended. The Palestinian Authority's proposed UN resolution failed to pass the Security Council vote. In response the PA formally filed applications to join twenty international conventions. In response, Israel froze the transfer of 500 million shekels ($126 million) in tax revenues collected for the PA. Palestinian public figures strongly condemned the Israeli decision.
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Additional findings in the examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge - Part Eight *

Issued on 31/12/2014 Type Article
During the examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge carried out by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), 50 names of terrorists were identified, all of whom were Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives, who did not appear on the various Palestinian lists of fatalities issued by entities affiliated with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (for the nature of the various lists, see below).
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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.