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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 14 – 20, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out five shooting attacks in Judea and Samaria.. The Israeli security forces increased their counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria. Members of a Hamas terrorist network were detained in Hebron and Nablus; they were planning mass-casualty attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces. The Palestinian security forces in Nablus detained a senior Hamas terrorist operative; his detention caused riots in Nablus. The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 7 – 13, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out three terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria: two shooting attacks (no Israeli casualties) and one attack with a hammer wounding an IDF soldier. A mass-casualty attack was prevented in Tel Aviv. A Palestinian terrorist from Nablus was detained with a submachine gun and two pipe bombs in his possession. A Hamas delegation led by the head of its political bureau arrived in Moscow and met with the Russian foreign minister and his deputy. Mahmoud Abbas will give a speech at the UN General Assembly where he will demand Israel immediately be prevented from continuing its "unilateral measures" and will relate to the Palestinian push for full UN membership.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 31 – September 6, 2022)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out three attacks: In the Jordan Valley, Palestinians shot at an Israeli bus carrying IDF soldiers. Near Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, an IED was thrown at an IDF post. North of Hebron, a Palestinian carried out a stabbing attack.The Israeli security forces intensified their counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria. The IDF investigation into the death of al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh found that who fired the bullet could not be determined with any degree of certainty, but it is likely she was mistakenly hit by IDF fire.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 24-30, 2022)

Palestinians carried out two shooting attacks in Nablus and in Shavei Shomron, northwest of Nablus. A stabbing attack was prevented when a Palestinian armed with a knife was detained at the Reihan Crossing. The Israeli security forces continued and increased their counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. There was also an increase in attempts to smuggle weapons into Judea and Samaria. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 18-23, 2022)

This past week two shooting attacks targeted Israeli buses, no casualties were reported. A shooting attack was prevented at the Eliahu Crossing, south of Qalqilya. Israeli security forces continued carrying out counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. Two Palestinians were killed in IDF activities and a Palestinian died after having been wounded two weeks previously. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. The claim made by Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to Germany, that Israel allegedly carried out "fifty holocausts" of the Palestinian people, continues provoking reactions.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9-17, 2022)

A shooting attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem left nine people wounded, three of them critically. A young Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli security force fighter; he was shot and killed. Ibrahim al-Nablusi, who was wanted for carrying out a shooting attack, was killed in Nablus. Three other Palestinians were killed in IDF activities in Nablus and Hebron. The Gaza Strip was relatively quiet. Sources in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas summed up Operation Breaking Dawn as a success.
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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.