Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 11 – 17, 2014)

Issued on 17/06/2014 Type Article
The Israeli security forces have been engaged in intensive actions in Judea and Samaria for five days to locate the three abducted Israeli youths (Operation Brothers' Keeper). Six rockets were fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. In response the Israeli Air Force struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said that the Israeli security forces had undertaken a complex operation which might continue for a long time
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Three Teenage Youths Abducted from the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea (The situation as of June 15, 2014, 1400 hours)

Issued on 15/06/2014 Type Article
At 2200 hours on Thursday, June 12, 2014, three teenage youths left the Gush Etzion yeshiva where they were students and headed for home; they did not arrive. The Israeli security forces began searching for them on the following morning, Friday, June 13, 2014. The working assumption of the Israeli security forces is that they were abducted when they hitched a ride at the Gush Etzion junction.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 3 – 10, 2014)

Issued on 10/06/2014 Type Article
This past week terrorist events in Judea and Samaria focused on the shooting attack carried out by a Palestinian at the Tapuah Junction. This week, the Palestinian administration was transferred to a national consensus government composed of technocrats. At the same time, fundamental issues also began to surface, among them attitudes towards terrorism
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 28 – June 2, 2014)

Issued on 03/06/2014 Type Article
This past week an suicide bombing attack was prevented when a Palestinian terrorist operative wearing an explosive belt was detained at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev. In France an armed terrorist was apprehended who apparently carried out the shooting attack that killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 21 – 27, 2014)

Issued on 27/05/2014 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. Terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for mortar shell fire and an IED placed near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continued throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles. Three people were shot and killed in Belgium, two of them Israelis, in a shooting attack apparently motivated by anti-Semitism.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 14 – 20, 2014)

Issued on 20/05/2014 Type Article
In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, Nakba Day passed without exceptional incidents, with the exception of a violent clash near the Ofer jail where two teen-aged Palestinians were killed while confronting Israeli security forces. Mahmoud Abbas met with American Secretary of State John Kerry. According to a State Department spokesperson, Kerry told Mahmoud Abbas that the United States would not be able to support the internal Palestinian reconciliation unless Hamas "foreswore military operations" against Israel and publicly recognized its right to exist.
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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.