Hamas

The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (Updated to May 31, 2020)

This past week six new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number to 61, of which 42 are active. All the cases entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing. In ITIC assessment Hamas's fight against the coronavirus is under control. According to a website based in London, the number of cases and deaths in the Gaza Strip is far larger that what has been reported. So far the information has not been verified.
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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 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 Gaza Strip (Updated to May 17, 2020)

There has been no change in the reported number of COVID-19 patients in the Gaza Strip and it still stands at twenty. Although that the number of patients is low and stable, the heads of the public health system in the Gaza Strip continue to warn the local population of a coronavirus outbreak.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 6-12, 2020)

The spread of COVID-19 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is moderate and under control. In northwestern Samaria an IDF soldier was killed when a rock was thrown from the roof of a house during detentions of Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity. Following an Israeli order banning banking services for the families of shaheeds and Palestinian terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails, a number of Palestinian and Arab banks closed or froze the families' accounts.
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Hamas

Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.


The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which includes the military wing and the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population, in addition to social, educational activity vis-à-vis the population of the Gaza Strip; and the external leadership, Hamas’s political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria. The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


Hamas’s ideology seeks to establish an Islamic Palestinian state on the entire territory of Israel. The preferred way to achieve this goal is through armed struggle. Hamas has a military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and various kinds of other attacks (such as shooting, suicide bombings, abductions etc.) in the territories of Judea, Samaria and Israel.


Over the years, Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority members. Ever since, the rift between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority has grown.

Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by several countries, including Israel, the United States, and the European Union.