The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Palestinian popular terrorism in Judea and Samaria declined during the first half of 2018, despite both the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem and Hamas’ continuous inciting Palestinians to join the violent “return marches”

Why did Hamas not succeed in duplicating the marches, with their attendant violence and terrorism, in Judea and Samaria? Why is the populace in Judea and Samaria apparently relatively apathetic, without masses of Palestinians demonstrating in support of the Gaza Strip, where events led to such a large number of casualties? Why has the relocation of the American embassy not led to mass popular protest in Jerusalem and throughout Judea and Samaria? Why have the events in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem not motivated young Palestinians to carry out attacks and give new momentum to popular terrorism?
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 6 – 12, 2018)

The demonstrations and riots last Friday, June 8, 2018, which marked Global Quds Day and Naksa Day, were attended by more than 10,000 Gazans. This past week there was a stabbing attack in Afula in northern Israel in which an 18-year-old girl was wounded.
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The Struggle for the Nature of Education in East Jerusalem: The Palestinian Authority (PA) recently announced an increase in its activity to reinforce Palestinian nationalist education in east Jerusalem

The PA recently announced it would intensify its activity in the education system in east Jerusalem schools. The announcement came in response to reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli government was going to invest hundreds of millions of shekels in education in east Jerusalem to encourage a transition to the Israeli curriculum. Support for the PA education system in east Jerusalem is represented by the PA as "a national program," and notes an effort must be made to advance it to cope with Israeli activity.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 16-22, 2018)

The "return marches" continue, also after the events of May 14, 2018. However, this past Friday (May 18) there was a decline in the number of rioters (a few thousand) and in the level of violence. Senior Hamas figures encourage the demonstrators to continue holding demonstrations Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), was hospitalized in Ramallah.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 9-15, 2018)

Events this past week focused on the violent, pre-planned demonstrations of the "great return march" on May 14, 2018. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations called on the residents of Judea and Samaria to join the demonstrations. Response was poor.
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“History lecture” by Mahmoud Abbas: At the opening of the PNC session, Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech of fake history and anti-Semitism

The deliberations of the 23rd Palestinian National Congress (PNC) started on April 30, 2018, in Ramallah. At the opening of the Congress, Mahmoud Abbas delivered a long speech, which included many topics. One of them, to which he dedicated about 20 minutes of his speech, was a “history lecture” replete with fake history. This part of the speech, which was full of inaccuracies and distorted names and dates, dealt with denying the connection of the Jews to the Land of Israel.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Palestinian Authority is a semi-autonomous entity which controls most of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 by virtue of agreements signed as part of the Oslo process between Israel and the PLO. Formally, the Palestinian Authority also controls the Gaza Strip, but in reality it lost control of the Gaza Strip 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 under Yasser Arafat was severely damaged by the Palestinian terrorist campaign (the Al-Aqsa, or Second Intifada, 2000 until 2005). Israel asserted that it failed to function since it did not fight against terrorism and even played an active role in organizing and funding terrorist attacks against Israelis. Israel ended cooperation with it and most Palestinian Authority activities came to a standstill.

After the end of the Second Intifada, Arafat’s death and his succession by Abu Mazen, Israel changed its policy towards the Palestinian Authority and the relations between them improved. Today, the Palestinian Authority controls area A in Judea and Samaria and enjoys partial cooperation with Israel, mainly in terms of security and administration. In the territories under its control, the Palestinian Authority operates through its security services, in coordination with Israel, to maintain internal order and prevent terrorist attacks. At the same time, the Palestinian Authority supports “popular resistance” (popular terrorism), providing political and even practical backing to acts of violence taking place as part of this kind of terrorism.

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 with the Palestinian Authority and promoted their representatives to the status of ambassadors. On November 29, 2012, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 67/19 by a large majority. The resolution granted the Palestinian Authority a status of an observer state, which is not a full member.