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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to June 1, 2020)

This past week 20 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the PA territories, most of them in the Qalqilya district. The PA ministry of health began conducting sample testing in the various districts to verify if they are corona-free. In view in the decline in the rate of infection the PA decided to relax some restrictions in districts where there were no COVID-19 cases, while taking the necessary precautions. On May 31, 2020, prayers were renewed on the Temple Mount.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 20 – 26, 2020)

In Judea and Samaria the scope of popular terrorism attacks and attempted attacks continues trending upward. In Global Jerusalem Day events, which were also marked in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leaderships praised Iran's contribution to the [terrorist] organizations and their "armed resistance." The main event in the political arena was Mahmoud Abbas' announcement that in view of Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Authority (PA) considered itself released from all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States, including security agreements.
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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to May 25, 2020)

Over the past several days there has been no change in the number of coronavirus cases in Judea and Samaria. For Eid al-Fitr the PA announced a series of preventive measures and a general lockdown during the two-day holiday. Before Eid al-Fitr about 30,000 Palestinians working in Israel returned to the PA territories. Thus, the fight against COVID-19 has so far been successful, allowing the PA to turn most of its attention to its political, legal and media campaign against what it considers Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (Updated to May 24, 2020)

This past week 35 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the Gaza Strip, all of them Gazans returning through the Rafah Crossing. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaza Strip now stands at 55, 39 of them active. This past week the first COVID-19 death was recorded in Gaza, a woman in her 70s.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 13-19, 2020)

While the Gaza Strip is relatively quiet, in Judea and Samaria there has recently been a rise in the number of popular terrorism attacks and attempted attacks. The most notable event was the vehicular attack in southern Mt. Hebron, where an IDF soldier was seriously injured. The 72nd Nakba Day events in Judea and Samaria were overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis. There were local demonstrations but with poor attendance. Most of the events took place In the social media, with relatively little activity. Mahmoud Abbas and other senior Palestinian figures repeatedly threatened that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would exit all its agreements with Israel if Israel announced the annexation of parts of the "occupied territories."
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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (Updated to May 18, 2020)

The spread of COVID-19 throughout the PA continues to decline. At present, there are still COVID-19 patients in two regions in the PA: the Hebron District (30 active cases) and the Arab towns and villages surrounding Jerusalem (eight active cases). The Palestinian government is considering tightening preventive measures during the Eid al-Fitr holiday (which begins on the evening of May 23).
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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.