News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 4-10, 2017)

[1]Bahaa Alian, from Jabel Mukaber, and another Palestinian terrorist carried out an attack on a number 78 bus in Jerusalem in October 2015, killing three people
[2]For further information, see the January 9, 2017 bulletin, " Vehicular Attack in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem."
[3]Based on the Israel Security Agency website. The scores of stone-throwing attacks are not included in the statistics.
[4]The statistics do not include mortar shell fire or rockets which misfired and fell inside the Gaza Strip.
[5]Yahya Ayyash, aka "the engineer," was one of the founders of Hamas' military-terrorist wing and one of its most prominent operatives. He was behind suicide bombing attacks in the 1990s that killed dozens of Israelis. The Israeli security forces killed him with a booby-trapped cell phone on January 5, 1996.
[6]On January 1, 2017, Archbishop Hilarion Capucci died at the age of 94. Between 1965 and 1974 he was the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Caesarea. In 1974 he was caught by the Israeli security forces smuggling weapons in his vehicle for Fatah operatives, exploiting his diplomatic status. He was sentenced to a term of 12 years but in 1978 the Pope asked Israeli President Ephraim Katsir to secure his release. Upon his release he was deported. In 2010 he participated in the Mavi Marmara flotilla. While on a visit to Rome in 2013, Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the "Star of Jerusalem" medal.

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