Hamas

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 23 – 30, 2014)

Issued on 30/12/2014 Type Article
This past week Palestinian snipers shot at an IDF force securing work being conducted near the border security fence. In Samaria, a young girl was critically injured by a Molotov cocktail thrown at the family car. On December 30, 2014, the UN Security Council rejected the Palestinian resolution calling for the end of the Israeli occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders.
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Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and National Security Forces Exercises Simulate Takeover of IDF Posts near Gaza Strip and Abduction of Soldiers

Issued on 29/12/2014 Type Article
On December 23, 2014, the national security forces in the Gaza Strip, one of the internal security forces controlled by Hamas, held graduation exercises for an officers' training course. The exercise simulated the storming and takeover of an IDF post and was held in an Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades training facility in the southern Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 17-13, 2014)

Issued on 23/12/2014 Type Article
A rocket hit was identified in Israel's south, the third since the end of Operation Protective Edge. On December 17, 2014, Jordan proposed a draft version of a Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a peace arrangement and the end of the (Israeli) occupation of the Palestinian territories before 2017. On December 17, 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced it had annulled the measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization and the freezing of Hamas' funds.
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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.