The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 6 – 12, 2016)

Issued on 12/04/2016 Type Article
During the past few weeks (since the end of March) there has been a significant drop in the intensity and severity of the current Palestinian terrorist campaign. According to a report issued by the Israel Security Agency there was a decrease in the number of terrorist attacks during March compared with February. However, it is still too early to state whether the Palestinian terrorist campaign is losing momentum of its own accord or if the decrease in the number of attacks is temporary.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 30 – April 5, 2016)

Issued on 05/04/2016 Type Article
The Palestinian terrorist campaign that began over half a year ago continues with increasing and decreasing levels of intensity. At the end of March-beginning of April there was a perceptible decrease in its intensity and extent. However, it is still too early to say if that is a trend or merely temporary. Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman, was interviewed by Israel's Channel 2 TV station. The interview was aimed directly at the Israeli public over the heads of the Israeli political leadership.

Inculcating Hatred and Violence for Israel in the Palestinian Educational System: The Rudolf Walther School in Deir al-Balah, as a Case Study*

Issued on 05/04/2016 Type Article
At the end of March 2016 the Hamas-affiliated Shihab News Agency issued a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read.

Hamas' Response to the Egyptian Demand to Sever Its Relations with the Muslim Brotherhood Following Strong Egyptian Pressure on Hamas

Issued on 31/03/2016 Type Article
On March 6, 2016, Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, the Egyptian minister of the interior, held a press conference where he accused Hamas of involvement in the assassination of Hisham Barakat, the Egyptian attorney general. Egypt alleged the assassination was carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Recent Video Shows Palestinian School Children Subjected to Anti-Israel Indoctrination

Issued on 30/03/2016 Type Article
The Hamas-affiliated Shihab news agency recently posted a video to its Facebook page entitled "The Palestinian Alphabet." The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows a class of young Palestinian children being indoctrinated with "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" before they learn the Arabic alphabet.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 23 – 29, 2016)

Issued on 29/03/2016 Type Article
The Palestinian terrorist campaign that begin more than six months ago continues with increasing and decreasing intensity. Prominent this past week was a stabbing attack carried out by two Palestinian terrorists at the Tel Romeida roadblock in Hebron, who were killed during the attack. After the attack a video was distributed showing an Israeli soldier shooting one of the terrorists who had already been neutralized and allegedly no longer posed a danger. The soldier was detained.
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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."