The Palestinian Islamic Jihad

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

Issued on 29/11/2016 Type Article
This past week there were two major attacks of Palestinian popular terrorism: Fires raged throughout Israel and the Benjamin and Judea districts for six days, causing substantial property damage and destroying extensive wooded areas. The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent eight fire engines and 41 firemen to help put out the blazes. According to initial and partial information, only a minority of the fires were caused by arson.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 10-26, 2016)

Issued on 26/10/2016 Type Article
The Jewish High Holidays, often a time of trouble, were relatively quiet. There was a stabbing in Har Adar (north of Jerusalem) and an attempted stabbing and the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. A Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist squad handled from the Gaza Strip was recently exposed in Israel. Its operatives planned to carry out a mass-killing attack at an event in a reception hall in Beersheba, using guns and hand grenades. They also planned to abduct and murder Israelis and then use their bodies as bargain chips to negotiate with Israel.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 27 – October 9, 2016) *

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
The most significant attack was a shooting attack from a car carried out by a Palestinian from Silwan in east Jerusalem. A policeman and a woman were killed, and five people were wounded. The terrorist was shot and killed. There were also two stabbing attacks, one at the Qalandia crossing (north Jerusalem) and the other at the Negohot junction in Mt. Hebron. On October 5, 2016, a rocket hit was identified in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, the fourth since the end of Operation Protective Edge.
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Spotlight on Iran* (September 25 – October 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, spoke at a ceremony held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hossein Hamedani, a senior official in the IRGC killed in Syria. He said the Iranians fighting in Syria defended not only Syria but Islam and the Islamic Republic. He added that the main reason for Iran's support of Syria was Syria's support for Iran in the Iran-Iraq War. Chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said Iran had recently attacked targets in Iraq and Syria using long-range UAVs.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 31 – September 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/09/2016 Type Article
Palestinian popular terrorism continues. This past week stabbing attacks were prevented (in the Old City of Jerusalem and Hebron. This past week there was a series of shooting attacks (carried out by Gazans using light arms and one using a sniper rifle). They targeted IDF forces engaged in routine security activities near the border security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 24 – 30, 2016)

Issued on 30/08/2016 Type Article
The main terrorist event last week was a stabbing attack carried out during the pursuit of a Palestinian who threw stones at an IDF vehicle near the village of Yitzhar (south of Nablus). The local elections in Judea and Samaria are supposed to be held on October 8, 2016.
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Information on The Palestinian Islamic Jihad
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the second largest and most important terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. It was established in the Gaza Strip in the 1970s by students studying in Egypt, members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and headed by Dr. Fathi Shqaqi. Inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has a radical fundamentalist Sunni Muslim ideology, and seeks for the immediate "liberation" of Palestine through jihad (holy war) and the establishment of a Muslim Palestinian state. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad rejects any arrangement or agreement with Israel.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad views terrorism as the only way to advance its goals. It is exclusively a terrorist organization and does to invest its resources in social or welfare activities for the Palestinian population.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad has a military-terrorist wing called the Jerusalem Brigades which carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including suicide bombing attacks. Today the Palestinian Islamic Jihad focuses primarily on rocket attacks, among them attacks with long-range rockets and mortar shells launched from the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad's leadership is permanently located in Syria. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is pro-Iranian and receives extensive support from Tehran.