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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Novemeber 17-23, 2021)

Terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria: This past week there were three terrorist attacks, two in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Temple Mount and one in Jaffa. Hamas network in Judea and Samaria: The Israeli security forces exposed a large network of Hamas terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria planning to carry out attacks, including attacks inside Israeli territory. Britain moves to outlaw Hamas: British Home Secretary Priti Patel proposed outlawing Hamas' political bureau, leading to a wave of angry Palestinian reactions, mainly from Hamas, which criticized British foreign policy and said the organization would continue its "resistance" activities [i.e., violence and terrorism], including armed "resistance."
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 10-16, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads. The Palestinian Authority (PA): In preparation for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) meeting to be held in Oslo on November 17, 2021, the PA government repeatedly complained about the financial hardships threatening to stop its continued functioning unless it receives international aid. The Gaza Strip: Hamas marked the 9th anniversary of Operation Pillar of Defense, which was initiated by the targeted killing of Ahmed Jaabari, commander of its military-terrorist wing. The coronavirus: The number of active cases continues declining in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 3 – 9, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week there were several attempted terrorist attacks. The most serious was a shooting attack targeting an IDF post near Ramallah on November 5, 2021. The shooter escaped. The Gaza Strip: The IDF's aerial defense unit intercepted a UAV launched by Hamas which approached the Gaza maritime zone. The Palestinian Authority (PA): The commander of the IDF Central Command signed an order outlawing five of the six Palestinian NGOs designated by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz as terrorist organizations. The coronavirus: The number of active coronavirus cases continues to decline in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 27 – November 2, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles driving on the road. The Gaza Strip: Relative quiet continues along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. The Palestinian Authority (PA): On November 1, 2021, Mahmoud Abbas began a formal visit to Italy where he will meet with the Italian president and prime minister, as well as with the Pope. The Israeli electric company informed the PA that in light of its mounting debt, which has reached almost $160 million, as of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, there will be four-hour power outages in several areas in the Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem districts. The coronavirus: The number of active cases continues to decline in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 20-26, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: During the past two weeks Palestinians frequently clashed with the Israeli security forces at the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip: Relative quiet continues. Israel announced that beginning on October 21, 2021, it would issue 3,000 additional permits for Gazan businessmen to enter Israeli territory. The Palestinian Authority (PA): After legally authorized joint activities of the Israeli security forces, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order designating as terrorist organizations six civilian social organizations affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike: On October 22, 2021, after nine days, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) prisoners in Israeli jails ended their hunger strike.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 13-19, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week a Palestinian carried out a vehicular ramming attack in Qalandiya, wounding an Israeli Border Police fighter. The Gaza Strip: The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, and his second in command arrived in the Gaza Strip and met with the Hamas leadership. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Shtayyeh have been urging the American administration to advance the Palestinian cause, including keeping promises made to the PA, among them the reopening of the American consulate in east Jerusalem and promoting "trust building" measures. The Palestinian terrorist prisoners: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike to protest the sanctions imposed on them after six prisoners escaped from Gilboa Prison.
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General Information

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.