Terrorist Attacks

Latest escalation in terrorist activities from the Gaza Strip (The situation on the ground as of 12:00 hours, April 10, 2011)

Issued on 10/04/2011 Type Article
On the afternoon of April 7, 2011, Hamas fired a guided anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus in the western Negev. Following that event, over the weekend there was an escalation of approximately 120 rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli population centers in southern Israel

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 30-April 5, 2011)

Issued on 05/04/2011 Type Article
This past week terrorism events focused on the murder of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis. Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues to target Israeli communities in the western Negev.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 23-29, 2011)

Issued on 29/03/2011 Type Article
Terrorist events this past week focused on the IED which exploded at a bus stop in Jerusalem near the International Convention Center. It killed a British subject and wounded 39 Israeli civilians. At this point it is unknown who carried out the attack.
The escalation in rocket and mortar shell fire which began on March 19 has waned (although sporadic rocket fire continues). This past week 13 rocket hits and 18 mortar shell hits were identified in Israeli territory. One of the rockets was a Grad which fell near the southern
Israeli city of Ashdod. In response Israeli aircraft attacked a number of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.

Escalation continues in Israel's south: One Grad rocket falls near the city of Ashdod and two hit Beersheba

Issued on 23/03/2011 Type Article
Over the past few days the Palestinian terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip continue escalating their attacks on Israel's south: Rockets were fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad at the city of Ashdod, the first rocket attack on the city since Operation Cast Lead, and at the city of Beersheba.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 16-22, 2011)

Issued on 22/03/2011 Type Article
This week events centered on the exceptional barrages of 49 120mm-mortar shell hits which targeted villages in Israel's western Negev. The attack was carried out by Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip continues its "smile spin" for the new regime in Egypt, seeking a meeting with its heads. Demonstrations were held in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, called "Day of Rage," to demand an end to the dissension between Hamas and Fatah. The demonstrations in Judea and Samaria were relatively quiet, while in the Gaza Strip violence was used to disperse them, and correspondents were attacked by Hamas' internal security forces.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 9-15, 2011)

Issued on 15/03/2011 Type Article
Events this past week focused on the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar. They were stabbed to death in their sleep, apparently by Palestinian terrorists who infiltrated the settlement by climbing over the security fence. The Israeli prime minister and international community condemned the murders. Senior PA figures, including Mahmoud Abbas, weakly denounced the attack after a delay. Senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad figures praised the murder, expressed support for "killing Israeli settlers," and called the attack "heroic." Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip celebrated by distributing candy and sweet pastries to passersby. On March 15 Israeli navy fighters took control of the M/V Victoria, a commercial vessel carrying weapons, apparently for the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
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Information on Terrorist Attacks
For decades the Palestinian terrorist organizations have waged a vicious war against the State of Israel, causing untold bloodshed. Their mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks claimed hundreds of victims. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact beginning of terrorist attacks against Israel. However, after the Six Day War Palestinian terrorism accelerated and the number to terrorist attacks in Israel and abroad against Jewish and Israeli targets increased.
During the 1970s planes were hijacked by terrorists from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Most prominent at the time was a Fatah organization called Black September, which in 1972 killed 11 Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics. Trans-border terrorist attacks were also carried (attacks from Jordan until 1970 and attacks from the Lebanese border), some of them targeting Israeli civilians. In the 1990s suicide bombing attacks became the main form of terrorist attack carried out by the Palestinians, first by the radical Islamic organizations, primarily Hamas, and later by the secular organizations.
There was a significant increase in terrorist attacks during the Palestinian terrorist campaign of 2000-2005 (known as the Al-Aqsa or second intifada), during which a great many attacks were carried out, including many suicide bombing attacks which disrupted daily life in Israel and threatened its large cities.
The number of terrorist attacks diminished after Operation Cast Lead and thanks to the construction of large sections of the security fence.