Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 21 – October 7, 2015)

Issued on 07/10/2015 Type Article
During the past two weeks the wave of popular terrorism (the "popular resistance") increased and worsened, with shooting attacks which exceeded the "popular resistance's" modus operandi. Hamas plays a central role in inciting Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks with the objective of initiating a "third intifada" in Judea and Samaria (while at the same time maintaining quiet in the Gaza Strip serves its interests). During the past two weeks two rocket hits were identified in the western Negev. An ISIS-affiliated network claimed responsibility. The IDF responded by attacking Hamas targets
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 9-20, 2015) *

Issued on 20/09/2015 Type Article
The main events of the past two weeks were the increase of “popular terrorism” in scale and intensity. “Popular terrorism” focused on the Temple Mount, the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and the adjacent Jewish neighborhoods. A Jerusalem resident was killed as a result of a stone-throwing attack on his car near his home in the Arnona neighborhood in south Jerusalem. The Israeli Prime Minister convened a special session on the situation in and around Jerusalem. Over the past few days, a number of rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip.
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Two military exercises carried out by the national security forces under Hamas direction in the Gaza Strip simulated storming an IDF post and abducting soldiers.

Issued on 10/09/2015 Type Article
Two military exercises carried out by the national security forces under Hamas direction in the Gaza Strip simulated storming an IDF post and abducting soldiers. The two exercises indicate that the national security forces are military forces in every respect and not merely an internal security service.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 2-8, 2015)

Issued on 08/09/2015 Type Article
is past week Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two bullets (possibly stray) at houses in the Israeli community of Netiv HaAsara, north of the Gaza Strip. Rioting and terrorist attacks in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem continue, part of what the Palestinians call the "popular resistance". The Israeli coordinator for government activities in the territories reported that Hamas operatives had forcibly taken over a warehouse in the Gaza Strip and seized building materials sent by Israel.
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Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) twice managed to secure the release of its administrative detainees, accomplished through long hunger strikes accompanied by threats of undermining the lull in the Gaza Strip

Issued on 03/09/2015 Type Article
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) twice managed to secure the release of its administrative detainees, accomplished through long hunger strikes accompanied by threats of undermining the lull in the Gaza Strip. They employed a policy of brinkmanship that has potential for future deterioration.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 26 – September 1, 2015)

Issued on 01/09/2015 Type Article
This past week another rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. An ISIS-affiliated network that claimed responsibility for previous rocket attacks claimed this one as well. in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem popular terrorism continues, with Palestinians carrying out stabbing and vehicular attacks, and throwing 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.