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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 17 – 24, 2018)

On April 20, 2018, the fourth Friday of the "great return march," about 10,000 Palestinians demonstrated and rioted at five central locations along the Gaza Strip border. Palestinians in Judea and Samaria have avoided exceptional shows of solidarity with the Gaza Strip, even before special events.
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Initial Analysis of the Identities of Gazans Killed During the “Great Return March” on March 30 and April 6, 2018

During and after the events of "great return march" that began on March 20, 2018, between 32 and 34 Palestinians were killed (as of April 11, 2018). Most of them have been identified as terrorist operatives affiliated with Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 11 – 16, 2018, 2018)

Events of the third Friday of the "great return march" were less intense and there were fewer casualties than on the two previous Fridays. Judea and Samaria were relatively quiet. The commission for detainees and ex-detainees affairs held a press conference to launch Palestinian Prisoners' Day, 2018 (held every year on March 17). The Arab League held a summit meeting in Saudi Arabia. Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech in which he claimed that east Jerusalem "has been and will eternally remain the capital of the state of Palestine
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 28 – April 10, 2018)

On March 30, 2018, Gazans began the events of the "great return march." In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem there were limited protests and riots despite Land Day and the "great return march." In popular terrorism as well there was no exceptional escalation caused by the events in the Gaza Strip
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Mahmoud Abbas and senior Fatah figures held a reception for a Fatah terrorist operative released after serving 20 years in prison for killing an Israeli on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem

On March 14, 2018, a few days before the lethal stabbing attack carried out on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem (see Appendix), Mahmoud Abbas hosted a festive reception in his office in Ramallah for Rajaa'i Abd al-Karim Hadad. Hadad is a Fatah operative who served a twenty-year prison term in Israel for his participation in a shooting attack carried out on Hagai Street in 1997.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 21 – 27, 2018)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are carrying out intensive preparations for the "great return march." During preparations for the "great return march" Hamas has allowed a controlled increase in tension with Israel. On March 25-26, 2018 Hamas' military wing held a broad exercise in the Gaza Strip. In ITIC assessment, the exercise was held to send a message of deterrence to Israel, saying that Hamas was prepared for escalation that might occur during the "great return march."
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For decades, the Palestinian terrorist organizations have waged a vicious war against the State of Israel, starting in the 1920s and 1930s, causing untold bloodshed. Their mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks claimed hundreds of victims. After the Six Day War, Palestinian terrorism accelerated and the number of terrorist attacks in Israel and abroad against Jewish and Israeli targets increased.

During the 1970s, planes were hijacked by terrorists from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  After the Black September events (the removal of terrorists from Jordan in 1970), most prominent were terrorist attacks abroad carried out by a terrorist group from the Fatah organization calling itself Black September. Those attacks culminated in 1972, when 11 Israeli sportsmen were murdered at the Munich Olympics. Trans-border terrorist attacks were also carried out (attacks from Jordan until 1970 and attacks from the Lebanese border in the 1970s), some of them targeting Israeli civilians. In the 1990s, suicide bombing attacks became the main form of struggle carried out by the Palestinians, first by the radical Islamic organizations, primarily Hamas, and later also by secular organizations such as Fatah. 


There was a significant increase in terrorist attacks during the Palestinian terrorist campaign of 2000-2005 (known as the Al-Aqsa or Second Intifada), during which a great many attacks were carried out, including many suicide bombing attacks which disrupted daily life in Israel and threatened its large cities. The second half of 2015 and early 2016 witnessed a wave of terror characterized by lone-wolf attacks, mainly stabbing, vehicular and shooting attacks.