The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The use of mosques for military and political purposes by Hamas and other terrorist organizations and Islamic groups:

Issued on 02/03/2009 Type Article
According to international laws governing of armed conflict, mosques used for military purposes lose the special protection afforded houses of worship and may become legitimate targets for attack.

Over the past few days there has been a surge in the number of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel

Issued on 01/03/2009 Type Article
In the past several days, 42 days after the completion of Operation Cast Lead, there has been a surge in the number of rockets fired at Israel.

List of Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center bulletins dealing with Hamas and the other terrorist organizations’ use of the civilian population as human shields

Issued on 01/03/2009 Type Article
During and after Operation Cast Lead, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center issued a large number of bulletins exposing how Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip use the civilian population in the Gaza Strip as human shields.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 17-24, 2009)

Issued on 25/02/2009 Type Article
This week rockets and mortar shells continued to be launched from the Gaza Strip at western Negev population centers and IDF forces operating near the border.
The Israeli Security Cabinet unanimously decided that the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit would be Israel’s top priority (i.e., a higher priority than the lull arrangement).

On February 21 two rockets were fired into Israel from south Lebanon.

Issued on 22/02/2009 Type Article
One hit a house in a village in the western Galilee, causing slight injuries to three civilians. It was the fourth time rockets were fired from Lebanon since the end of the second Lebanon war. Hezbollah again denied involvement.

Civilians as human shields: additional evidence from various sources demonstrating the use made by Hamas of civilian houses for military purposes during Operation Cast Lead – file no. 5

Issued on 20/02/2009 Type Article
What follows is evidence from various sources – photographs, aerial imagery, air strike footage, prisoner interrogations, and a seized document – clearly showing how Hamas and other terrorist organizations made use of civilian houses for military purposes during Operation Cast Lead. The houses were used as laboratories for weapons production, arms storehouses, booby-trapped areas designed to hit any IDF soldiers entering them, and safe houses for terrorist operatives. IDF soldiers were fired upon from residential buildings. In addition, rockets and mortar shells were fired from residential areas.
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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."