The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Examination of the number of Palestinians killed during Operation Cast Lead indicates that most were armed terrorist operatives and members of Hamas’s security forces involved in fighting against the IDF.

Issued on 07/04/2009 Type Article
Hamas has adopted a policy of concealing its casualties and attempts to include them in the overall number of civilians killed.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 24-31, 2009

Issued on 31/03/2009 Type Article
The trend toward a decrease in rocket and mortar shell attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continued this past week. The American and Arab media reported that during January 2009 Israeli airplanes attacked a convoy of trucks in Sudan which were carrying an Iranian shipment of arms to the Gaza Strip.

Using civilians as human shields

Issued on 25/03/2009 Type Article
Additional evidence shows Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip established bases, military installations and rocket and mortar shell launching positions near schools, some of them run by UNRWA.

Mounting evidence indicates that during Operation Cast Lead (and in ordinary times) members of Hamas’s internal security forces served as commanders and operatives in Hamas’s military wing (Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

Issued on 25/03/2009 Type Article
As part of the anti-Israeli propaganda campaign which followed Operation Cast Lead, Hamas and human rights organizations often include the number of policemen and other internal security servicemen killed during the operation in the civilian death toll (as opposed to the combatant death toll). Their claim is that the internal security forces are civilian by nature, as they provide services to civilians and are not military-operative apparatuses such as Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 17-24, 2009

Issued on 24/03/2009 Type Article
This week events focused on an attempted mass-casualty attack at the Lev Hamifratz shopping mall near Haifa, where a car bomb was left in a parking lot.
At a government meeting held on March 17, the prime minister announced the failure of the latest round of Egyptian-mediated talks for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.


Anti-Semitism on Arab media

Issued on 22/03/2009 Type Article
The popular Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera is still used as a venue for blatant anti-Semitism. The reputable cleric Sheikh Yussuf al-Qardawi presents the conflict with Israel as a campaign between Islam and the Jews and says that Jews should be killed, citing a well-known Islamic tradition
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Information on The Israeli Palestinian Conflict
The Palestinian Authority is a semi-autonomous entity which controls the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 with the signing of the Oslo Accords. Formally, according to the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority also controls the Gaza Strip, but in reality it lost control in June 2007 when Hamas' violently took control. Since Yasser Arafat's death, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has headed the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority's status was severely damaged by the Palestinian terrorist campaign (the Al-Aqsa, or second intifada). Since it was unable and unwilling to prevent terrorist attacks from being carried out from its territory, Israel ended cooperation with it and most Palestinian Authority activities came to a standstill. Today the Palestinian Authority security forces maintain internal order and prevent terrorist attacks.
Many countries around the world give the Palestinian Authority some sort of recognition as a political entity, although most of them do not recognize it as a sovereign state. Some of them formalized their diplomatic relations and promoted their representatives to the status of ambassadors. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently applied to the UN for membership. On September 23, 2011, he formally appealed to the secretary general of the UN to recognize the state of "Palestine."