News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 20-26, 2015)

Issued on 26/05/2015 Type Article
This past week Israel's south remained quiet. In Jerusalem there was a vehicular attack targeting a group of Border Policemen, carried out on the road to the Mt. of Olives. The Palestinian media recently reported that a dirt road was being constructed in the Gaza Strip along the border with Israel at a distance of a few hundred meters from the border security fence.

Third vehicular attack carried out in Jerusalem in May, and as before, it received support from Fatah and the Palestinian media; the Palestinian Authority did not condemn it*.

Issued on 21/05/2015 Type Article
On May 20, 2015, a vehicular attack was carried out in Jerusalem, the third during the past month and the seventh since the beginning of 2015. During the past year there was an increase in the number of vehicular attacks carried out as part of what the Palestinians call the "popular resistance."

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 13-19, 2015)

Issued on 19/05/2015 Type Article
This past week Israel's south remained quiet. Rallies and marches were held in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip for the Nakba Day. A vehicular attack was carried out near the entrance to the village of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion. Four Israelis were injured, one seriously.

During the past year there has been an increase in the number of vehicular attacks in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Issued on 18/05/2015 Type Article
At around noon on May 14, 2015, a Palestinian drove a taxi with an Israeli license plate to the junction at the entrance of the village of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion. The driver swerved out of the lane, rammed into youths waiting at the bus stop and sped away. Four young men were injured, one seriously; the others suffered minor injuries.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 7-13, 2015)

Issued on 13/05/2015 Type Article
In the Idlib province, northwestern Syria, battles continue between the Syrian Army and Hezbollah operatives and the Al-Nusra Front and its allies (Jaysh al-Fatah). In Iraq, there have been no significant changes: in the refinery compound in Baiji, ISIS controls most of the area and so far has the upper hand in the fighting against the Iraqi Army. In the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security forces are intensifying their operations against the ISIS’s branch in Sinai, so far without significant results.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 6-12, 2015)

Issued on 12/05/2015 Type Article
This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory. There were several incidents along the Israeli-Gazan border between IDF forces and suspicious Palestinians. Clashes continued between Hamas' security forces and Salafist-jihadists. The Hamas security forces erected roadblocks and detained jihadist operatives.
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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.