Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 6 – 12, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria the spread of coronavirus infection continues to decrease, although the number of active cases is still high. In the Gaza Strip relative calm continues. In Judea and Samaria there was a combined ramming and attempted shooting attack targeting IDF soldiers west of Jenin. Israeli vehicles on the roads in Judea and Samaria continue as targets for increasingly frequent stone- and Molotov cocktail-throwing attacks. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is making preparations to hold elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council, and later, for the "presidency" and the Palestinian National Council.
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The first military exercise was held under the command of the joint operations room of all the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. Its objective was to send messages of unity and improved military capabilities

On December 29, 2020, a joint military exercise, the first of its kind, was held to mark the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead. The exercise was called "Strong Pillar" (a phrase taken from the Qur'an to send a message of unity). Twelve military wings of terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip participated in the exercise under the command of the joint operations room (which began operating in 2018 during the return marches).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 30, 2020 –January 5, 2021)

In the Gaza Strip the number of active coronavirus cases stands at 9,308 (up from last week). The rate of positive test results is greater than 20%. In Judea and Samaria the number of active coronavirus cases stands at 7,831 (slightly down from last week). This past week the Gaza Strip was quiet. In Judea and Samaria an Israeli woman was critically wounded when stones were thrown at her vehicle (near the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah). During violent clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces evacuating an illegal building in the village of Yatta, south of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot and fatally wounded. ceremony was held in the Gaza Strip to mark the anniversary of the death of Qassem Soleimani.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Judea and Samaria (Updated to January 4, 2021)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gaza is still very high. Between December 29, 2020 and January 4, 2021, 4,123 new cases were detected. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the rate of infection continued declining but the number of active cases is still high, with 7,978, down from 11,322 a week ago.
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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.