Spotlight on Iran* (February 14 – 28, 2016)

Issued on 28/02/2016 Type Article
At least six members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in the fighting in Syria during the past two weeks. The commander of the IRGC's ground forces confirmed the deployment of the Saberin elite ground forces brigade to Syria and Iraq. Iran welcomed the agreement ending the hostilities in Syria, but raised doubts over the possibility that the "armed terrorist groups" operating in the country would implement it. Osama Hamdan, in charge of Hamas' public relations, claimed the visit of Hamas representatives to Tehran on the occasion of anniversary of the Islamic Revolution had been successful. He claimed Iran had expressed its commitment to the intifada in the West Bank. Iran said it would give $7000 to the family of every Palestinian shaheed killed in the Jerusalem intifada, and $30,000 to every family whose house had been razed by Israel.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 17 – 23, 2016)

Issued on 23/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the current intensive Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. Stabbing attacks were again prominent in various locations in Judea and Samaria. Some of them were carried out by adolescents 14 to 16 years old. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah continue supporting the terrorist campaign in various ways.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 10 – 16, 2016)

Issued on 16/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the ongoing Palestinian terrorist campaign escalated. There was a series of stabbing and shooting attacks. The family of hunger-striking Muhammad al-Qiq held a press conference and reported on his deteriorating state of health.

The Shooting and Stabbing Attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Signals an Escalation in the Complexity and Daring of the Palestinian Terrorist Campaign.

Issued on 09/02/2016 Type Article
On February 3, 2016, three young Palestinians carried out a combined shooting and stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. A Border Policewoman was shot and killed, and another was critically wounded.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 3 – 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist campaign continued, manifested by shooting and stabbing attacks. Prominent was the shooting and stabbing attack carried out near the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem by three Palestinian youths from Qabatiya. One Border Policewoman was killed. Terrorist tunnels in the Gaza Strip continue collapsing, primarily because of severe weather conditions, but also because of the flooding of tunnels by the Egyptian security forces

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 27 – February 2, 2016)

Issued on 02/02/2016 Type Article
This past week the current Palestinian terrorist campaign continued. There were shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks, along with the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails.
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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.