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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 14-20, 2021)

The Temple Mount, Jerusalem: On July 18, 2021, Tisha B'Av in the Jewish calendar, more than 1,000 Jews entered the Temple Mount, heavily secured by Israeli police. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police forces before the Temple Mount compound was opened for the Jews. Judea and Samaria: The Israeli security forces detained several dozen operatives from a Hamas student cell in Birzeit University who organized a visit to the recently-demolished house of Palestinian terrorist operative Muntaser Shalabi in the village of Turmus Aya. The Gaza Strip: Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, left the Gaza Strip after a visit of several days. He visited both Israel and the Gaza Strip in an effort to find a way to deliver Qatar's money to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Contacts with the United States continue. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh met with Hady Amr, deputy assistant secretary for Israeli and Palestinian affairs in the American State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July7-13, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli civilians, communities and vehicles driving on the roads. IDF forces demolished the house of Palestinian terrorist Muntaser al-Shalabi (who holds American citizenship) in the village of Turmus Aya (north of Ramallah). The Gaza Strip: Hamas continues complaining about what it calls "Israel's delaying tactics in lifting of the siege of the Gaza Strip." The Palestinian Authority (PA): The Israeli State Security Cabinet confirmed that as of August 2021 the sum of about $182 million, the amount the PA pays Palestinian terrorist prisoners and the families of terrorist shaheeds, would be deducted from the tax revenues Israel collects for the PA. Muhammad Shtayyeh condemned the decision, claiming it violated agreements and international law. The death of political activist Nizar Banat while in the custody of the PA security forces is still causing unrest, although this past week there were fewer protests.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 30 – July 6, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week there was a stabbing attack in the Jordan Valley. A Palestinian attacked an Israeli soldier and stole her weapon. He was apprehended a short time later. A Palestinian who threw an IED at the Israeli security forces during a riot near Nablus was shot killed. Demonstrations were held in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem.The Gaza Strip: This past week incendiary balloons were launched into Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip border, setting several fires. In response the IDF attacked terrorist targets. Rebuilding the Gaza Strip continues with efforts to find a mechanism for delivering money.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 23 – 29, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week two terrorist attacks were prevented, one in the Israeli community of Yitzhar and the other at the Qalandiya Crossing north of Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip: After government deliberations and an assessment of the security situation, Israel extended the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip coast from six nautical miles to nine, and authorized the delivery of raw materials for vital civilian industry through the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Gaza Strip. Representatives of the Palestinian terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip held a meeting in the office of Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, and agreed they would not link rebuilding the Gaza Strip to a prisoner and MIA exchange deal.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 16 – 22, 2021)

There were two terrorist attacks this past week: A Palestinian woman was killed attempting a combined vehicular-ramming and stabbing attack in Hizma, south of Nablus; a Palestinian woman tried to carry out a stabbing attack in Hebron and was detained. The flag march in the Old City of Jerusalem, June 15, 2021 and reactions: Despite threats from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations, the flag march in Jerusalem ended without significant repercussions. Addenda to Operation Guardian of the Walls: Given what is described by Hamas as lack of progress in contacts for defining the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas leadership is increasing its efforts to ease daily life for the Gazan population by exerting pressure on Israel. The coronavirus vaccine crisis: The delivery of soon-to- expire coronavirus vaccines from Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA) was severely criticized, and after the first batch was delivered the PA cancelled the deal.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 9 – 15, 2021)

Tension at an all-time high before the flag march: Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have warned Israel not to "play with fire" while calling for a general mobilization and confrontations near the Damascus Gate. Hamas threatened to renew rocket fire at Israel and called for confrontations in east Jerusalem. In the meantime, Egypt is trying to prevent Hamas from attacking southern Israel.
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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.